It’s no secret that the golden age of mall-based retail is waning, but that doesn’t mean great malls have vanished completely.
Around Upstate New York, many malls have found new ways to attract customers and even tourists with novelties, unique attractions, concept restaurants and more.
The 25 malls below are the best Upstate New York has to offer, according to data from Yelp.com. They range from indoor shopping meccas to pedestrian streets packed with businesses. Take a look and see if your favorite mall is on the list.
These businesses are the best malls in Upstate NY according to Yelp.com’s “best” formula, which ranks them by factors including star rating , volume of reviews and more
#25 Sangertown Square (New Hartford, Oneida County)
3.5 stars, 7 reviews
One customer says: “I thought the mall was sadly dying, as a lot of the stores were seeming to close, and I was a bit afraid for it. HOWEVER, they opened a Boscovs, and that is my favorite department store chain. Every time I go in, it is jam packed with people.”
4 stars, 3 reviews
One customer says: “It’s a lovely old building with lots of business stuff going on inside. It’s directly next door to the Expo Market so after you gorge yourself on some of the trendy food spots you can wander around here and soak up some history.”
#23 Chautauqua Mall (Lakewood, Chautauqua County)
3 stars, 5 reviews
One customer says: “Five guys, olive garden, sakura, and planet fitness gave it a bigger crowd and a busier parking lot, but it didn’t do much for actual mall shoppers.
4.5 stars, 3 reviews
One customer says: “I am so thankful this shopping center opened! Everything is in one place and I no longer have to drive all over to pick up things on my list. I can just drive to this location and then walk around.”