A Mini Guide to Cleveland, Ohio

I’m going home for a wedding this weekend!  Any time I mention that home is Cleveland, OH or, as some people fondly(?) call it, the Mistake on the Lake, I hear some really original jokes like “Isn’t that the city known as the mistake on the lake?!”  In all seriousness, I’ve never heard anyone mention anything good about the town if they’ve never been.  And that’s the thing, if you’ve never been or don’t know where to go when you’re there, the city can be fairly… dismal.

So, fret no more!  I’ve come up with a quick mini-guide to the city of Cleveland!  Trust me, if you know where to go, the town is far more than a haphazard, misguided plot of land near a body of water, if you catch my drift.  ;) And, if this mini guide isn’t enough, I’ve listed a few extra bonus locations at the bottom of this post.  Go visit Cleveland!

West Side:
-Edgewater Park or Rocky River Beach: If you can watch a sunset here, even better.  Come summer, sundown in Cleveland over the lake is beautiful.  It’s my favorite time to be there.
-Lakewood, Detroit Ave: This is my hometown.  Detroit Avenue is full of bars and restaurants.  My favorite spots are MELT, Deagan’s Bistro Pub, Aladdin’s.
-Cleveland Metroparks: Parks that wind through the west and south side of Cleveland.  Awesome biking, hiking, running paths, and golf courses.
Downtown Cleveland: 
-West 6th, West 9th, East 4th: The popular bar/restaurant sections.  Michael Symon’s LOLAs is on E. 4th.  Barley House is a fun happy hour place on W. 6th
-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
-Browns, Indians, Cavs games… we don’t always win, but Clevelanders are passionate about their sports!
-Playhouse Square: Great place to catch some shows
-Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica: This has gone through a number of names, but they are always having fun events and concerts here.
-Tremont/Ohio City: Small area, can’t go wrong.. great restaurants and bars.
-West 25th/Market Street Area: Great restaurants and bars!! Definitely check out Great Lakes Brewing Company.  I’ve always wanted to go on one of their tours.
East Side:
-Art / History Museums
-Little Italy: Awesome festivals, great food!  Get some cannolis at Corbos!
-Coventry Village: Fun restaurant/bar area.  Caters to Case Western students.  Definitely go to Tommy’s for some brunch/lunch action!
-Case Western: Fun to tour the campus; there is some neat architecture
-Wade Oval Park: Beautiful park/pond.. people are often out taking pictures and laying on the lawn on nice days
-Shaker / Cleveland Heights: beautiful, authentic homes and neighborhoods
-Beechwood: If you are in dire need of some shopping!
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2 thoughts on “A Mini Guide to Cleveland, Ohio

  1. I have a friend in Cleveland and I have run the half marathon there the last 3 years. I think it is cute and underrated (kind of like Philly!). LOVE Melt and we went to Cleveland Heights – you have to add Picadilly Artisan Yogurt to your list! So amazing! We want to bring it here to Chicago!

    • Hi Erica – We probably ran right past each other at the half marathon in 2012! How ironic! I will have to add Picadilly to the list – I’ve never been. Perhaps this weekend?! :)

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