Megan Alexander’s Saratoga Bucket List

Megan Alexander’s Saratoga Bucket List


Restaurants, shops and activities in Saratoga’s award-winning downtown

Saratoga Springs is bursting with incredible restaurants, shops, and activities, all offering unique products that, together, make up the ultimate Saratoga experience. Here’s a list of what I consider the highlights of Saratoga Springs that I would recommend as a “bucket list” for all Saratoga visitors to try.

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Salmon sinner at Scallions in Saratoga NY
Salmon dinner at Scallions

Must try:
Summer: chilled peach soup
Winter: fried green tomatoes

Quinoa Salad at Scallions in Saratoga NY
Quinoa Salad at Scallions

This restaurant is so fresh, healthy, and flavorful! It’s my favorite.



Must try: Pommes Frites
Are these the best you have ever tasted?


Salt & Char

Must try: Marinated raspberries in Champagne dessert
The food here is amazing but, if nothing else, you must indulge in this decadent dessert!

Raspberries and champagne at Salt and Char in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY
Raspberries and champagne at Salt and Char


Hamlet & Ghost

Must try: Ghost Burgers and a handcrafted cocktail Such fun!


15 Church

Must try: Zeppoles (or “Zepps” for short) Cinnamon Dusted Ricotta Doughnuts, Vanilla Custard & Salted Caramel Sauce. You will thank me!


Ben & Jerry’s

Ben and Jerry's in Saratoga
Ben and Jerry’s in Saratoga

An obvious one-must try: Ice Cream
It’s summer in the Saratoga Ben & Jerry’s, even in the winter!



Another obvious one-must try: Candy and fudge. What is not to like?


Wine Bar

Must try: Warm nut medley and a glass of wine on the outside patio on a summer evening watching the downtown bustle – a must do!


9 Maple

Must try: Summer cocktail special made with fresh local blueberries, and all that jazz. This bartender has talent!


Putnam Market

Putnam Market in downtown Saratoga Springs
Putnam Market in downtown Saratoga Springs

Must try: Cake
I could find a reason to celebrate every day for a slice of Putnam cake!

A delicious cake at Putnam Market
A delicious cake at Putnam Market




Miss Scarlett

Barbie’s closet!


Schuyler Pond at Scallions

Whimsical home goods. You will want everything in this wonderland of a store!


Caroline and Main

Classy fashion. The floor girls always look so good!


Saratoga Tea & Honey Company

Matcha at the tea bar. The beeswax candles in adorable shapes made my holidays this year!


Saratoga Olive Oil

Aged balsamic. This makes a salad taste like a treat!


Pink Paddock

Window shopping at the Pink Paddock

Classic Saratoga attire for track or polo!

Sloppy Kisses

Saratoga loves dogs!



Criterion Cinemas

Movie and popcorn – classic. I love this place!


Yaddo Gardens

Smell the roses!

Yaddo Gardens


Saratoga Polo

Tailgate, watch the sun set, replace the divots, and learn what a chukker is!

Saratoga Polo at sunset
Saratoga Polo at sunset


Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The curtain at SPAC before the New York City Ballet performance
The curtain at SPAC before the New York City Ballet performance

In the mood for the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, a Rock concert, all outside? Check.


Victoria Pool

Fun in the sun, Saratoga style!


Saratoga Racetrack

It’s all about the horse, of course!


There are so many fabulous places in Saratoga. This list is a sample of my ultimate Saratoga experience. What items would be on your bucket list? Email me your recommendations ( I cannot wait to try them! See you in Saratoga!

About the author

Megan Alexander is currently a co-owner of Country House Bed & Breakfast (Queensbury, NY) and a descendant of Richard Warren, Mayflower passenger and Mayflower Compact signer. She earned her B.S. in Accounting (with highest honors) from Rutgers University, and is currently a licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Roohan Realty in Saratoga Springs, NY. Learn more about Megan and our other real estate experts on our Agents page.

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