Here's your Cleveland must-do list...
It's no secret Cleveland is in mid-renaissance. You'll be in the city for a few days for Content Marketing World 2013; we'd like to help make the most of your visit. Here's a handful of things to see, do, eat. Get in touch (seriously) if you have questions. We love telling people about our city and helping you love it too.
Coffees to drink… Rising Star Coffee Brewers (1455 West 29th /Ohio City) for a serious cup of locally roasted coffee, Erie Island Coffee Co. (2057 East 4th / Downtown) is a downtown morning hotspot, LOOP (2180 West 11th / Tremont) provides a little getaway with coffee, music and a walk in the park.
Pop in for breakfast… Gypsy Beans (6425 Detroit Ave / Gordon Square): oh, holy-you'll-never-think-of-muffins-the-same-way-again; BonBon Pastry & Cafe (2549 Lorain Ave / Market) is a cute lil' French cafe serving brunch-style dishes all day; Latitude 41*N (5712 Detroit Ave / Detroit-Shoreway) has a diverse menu, chill atmosphere and wifi.
Places to lunch… Bac (2661 West 14th / Tremont) serves some of the best Asian fusion you'll taste — dude, just try the sweet potato tempura fries; Le Petit Triangle (1881 Fulton Road / Ohio City) is just a stinkin' cute cafe and you'll totally crush on some great French-cafe dishes; Superior Pho (3030 Superior Ave / St. Clair-Superior): Cleveland's got serious Pho, try this one or one within walking distance; Walnut Wednesday (East 12th and Walnut / Downtown): local food trucks unite for a weekly taste of mobile Cleveland bites.
Must eat for dinner… Momocho (1835 Fulton Road / Ohio City) dishes mod Mex that will blow your mind whole — don't miss goat cheese guacamole or candied jalapeno gingersnap bread pudding; Stone Mad (1306 West 65th / Gordon Square) serves a hearty menu next to a cozy fireplace and indoor bocce court or on the uniquely handcarved stone patio; Grovewood Tavern (17105 Grovewood Ave / Collinwood) specializes in tasty gourmet made with local ingredients and wine offerings to write home about; Lolita (900 Literary Road / Tremont) is a Michael Symon restaurant, featuring charcuterie, exotic Italiana and wine; The Greenhouse Tavern (2038 East 4th / Downtown): meat, drinks and rooftop patio; Spice Kitchen & Bar (5800 Detroit Ave / Detroit-Shoreway) makes its seasonal menu and drinks with local ingredients, creativity and quaint charm.
Let's grab drinks… Reddstone (1261 West 78th / Detroit-Shoreway): fab patio with Mason-jar drinks, tasty small plates and steps away from Edgewater Park; Velvet Tango Room (2095 Columbus Ave / Market) throws back to a time when there was an art to making cocktails and listening to live jazz; Lava Lounge (1307 Auburn Ave / Tremont): lights, lounging, calamari and happy hour; Nighttown (12387 Cedar Road / University Circle) features a long wine list, live music and a restaurant inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses.
Something sweet… Corbo's Bakery (12210 Mayfield Road / Little Italy) and Presti's Bakery (12101 Mayfield Road / Little Italy) are Little Italy Cleveland treats, featuring cannoli, cassata cakes, rainbow cookies, sour cream doughnuts, espresso and handmade gelato that would make anyone's Italian grandma swoon; Churned (1112 Kenilworth Ave / Tremont) takes artisan ice cream — from brown butter lavender brittle, mexican hot chocolate and smoky campfire to ginger wasabi, avocado and garlic rosemary with roasted grapes flavors — to a new level of awesome; Sweet Moses (6800 Detroit Ave / Gordon Square) is a vintage soda shop with decadent sundaes, tasty malts and floats, and a case filled chocolate-dipped everythings in a walkable neighborhood near Edgewater Park.
Late-night eats… Bogtrotter's Doorstep (1848 West 25th / Market) is all about big, delicious sandwiches made to dip and soak; Bar Cento/Bier Markt (1949 West 25th / Market): ooh, pommes fritte and carbonara pizza; Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave / Detroit-Shoreway) does gourmet hot dogs, killer tots, live music and the hardest trivia on the planet every Monday night.
Just go here... West Side Market (West 25th and Lorain Ave) is our century-old public market that features as much produce, fish, meats and ready-to-eats as charm and history. It's open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Run, bike, walk… Edgewater Park (6500 Shoreway) offers running paths, sandy walks on the beach, sweeping city views and a place to park, if you don't just bike or bus there; Cleveland Metroparks (Various): this city is surrounded by breathtaking greenspaces, known as the Emerald Necklace, that you could run, bike, hike and explore for days... or years; Running the Bridges (West 29th and Detroit Ave / Ohio City) is a Wednesday-night, 3.5-mile group run from Ohio City, through Market District and across Hope Memorial and Veterans Memorial bridges, with amazing views to see and fabulous people to meet.
Stay fit… 1-2-1 Fitness (2130 Adelbert Road / University Circle) offers killer spinning, kettlebell and other group exercise classes on the historic campus of Case Western Reserve University; Standup Paddleboarding (Various) is pretty hot in Cleveland — take that, Betty White! — and offered at all levels, as lessons, rentals and even yoga; CSU Pool (2420 Chester Ave): no excuse not to get in your laps while you're in Cleveland.
Explore… 41 North Kayak (Various) will take you on a sunset kayaking tour of downtown Cleveland or the west cliffs on Lake Erie; Historic Gateway Tours (Various) are guided walking tours of historic, architecturally and culturally interesting haunts in downtown Cleveland and the Flats; Cleveland Bike Tours (Various) takes you on neighborhood explorations on pedals.
Give back… Taste of the Browns (Cleveland Browns Stadium, 100 Alfred Lerner Way / Downtown) on Monday, Sept. 9, benefits the Cleveland Foodbank and features a tasty menu by local chefs, athlete appearances and entertainment; Coit Farmers Market Taste of Autumn (Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road / Collinwood) also on Monday, Sept. 9, benefits the Coit Road Farmers Market and features a local harvest buffet from area farmers prepared by the region’s finest chefs; Write to Assemble (Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave / Detroit-Shoreway) on Tuesday, Sept. 10: author Michael Clune discusses his memoir as part of a series brought to you by Ohio City Writers, a nonprofit creative writing center.
Cheer… Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins (100 Alfred Lerner Way / Downtown) opens the home season on Sunday, Sept. 8 — tailgating in the muni lot off East 9th; Puppypalooza (Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario Street / Downtown) is a Cleveland Indians baseball that welcomes furry friends into the stadium on Monday, Sept. 9; Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario Street / Downtown) are in town through Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Listen… Beachland Ballroom and Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road / Collinwood): legendary concert hall hosts local and national music acts each night in a burgeoning neighborhood complete with independent music stores, vintage shops, Caribbean food and BBQ; Play Me I'm Yours (University Circle) is an international exhibition, featuring creatively decorated pianos located in public places, ready for any passers-by to play and enjoy; Brews + Prose (11400 Euclid Ave / University Circle): non-snooty monthly reading series features Anisfield-Wolf Book Award-winning writers Kasim Ali and Eugene Gloria at MOCA Cleveland on Tuesday night, Sept. 10.
Center yourself… Yoga studios abound in Cleveland — consider Studio 11 (2337 West 11th / Tremont), Vision Yoga (1861 West 25th / Ohio City), No Place Like Om (5409 Detroit Ave / Detroit-Shoreway) and The Studio (1395 West 10th / Downtown); independent movie theatres — consider Cleveland Cinematheque
(11141 East Boulevard / University Circle), Capitol Theatre (1390 West 65th / Gordon Square) and Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Road / Cleveland Heights).
Museum hop… Take the RTA HealthLine to University Circle and easily walk between the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and the seriously fascinating Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. And if there's time: the Contraception Museum at the Dittrick Medical History Center on the CWRU campus. No joke.
Cool stuff to take back… Room Service (2078 West 25th / Market): beautiful house wares, pretty clothes and jewelry, vintage goods and local stuff; Native Cleveland (15813 Waterloo Road / Collinwood) and CLE Clothing (342 Euclid Ave) are all about local goods and Cleveland pridewear done right; Salty Not Sweet
(2074 West 25th) is an indie craft show, selling artisan wares with attitude.
Vintage… Heck's Revival (11102 Detroit Ave / Cudell-Lakewood): refurbished modern-vintage beauty at reasonable prices; Lorain Ave Antiques (Various) is eight miles of intermittent shops with a range of vintage, refurbished and antique wares; Elegansia (1810 West 25th / Market) sells a beautiful array of vintage clothes and accessories.
Clothing… Yellowcake Shop (6500 Detroit Ave / Gordon Square) is home to the women's, men's and lil' ladies' clothing lines by Project Runway star Valerie Mayen; TurnStyle Boutique (6505 Detroit Ave / Gordon Square) houses a unique collection of modern, exotic and vintage women's clothing; ILTHY (6602 Detroit Ave / Gordon Square) artist-created urban ware inspired by pop culture, music, sports and history; Anne van H. (11440 Uptown Ave / University Circle) is a modern boutique chock full of international designers.
arrive early/leave late.
Weekend before... F*SHO is a contemporary furniture show highlighting some serious Cleveland talent; MIX: Form is an outdoor happy hour party at the Cleveland Museum of Art, featuring live performance by dynamic, eleven-piece Brooklyn-based funk collective MOKAAD; Roar Along the Shore is a floating music fest of a party off the shores of Lake Erie... on a boat; Walk All Over Waterloo to explore a rising Cleveland neighborhood gaining love for live music and shopping; Playhouse Square Block Party celebrates the nation’s second largest theatre collective (watch out, NYC!) with neighborhood walking tours, food tastings and live entertainment; Cleveland Garlic Festival celebrates the pungent of the pungent with food, folks and fun in historic Shaker Square; Comedian Drew Thomas gives you the giggles with Chucklefck’s Sunday-night funnies at Reddstone; Terminal Tower Observation Deck delivers panoramic views of NEOhio from the city's iconic tower.
Weekend after... Halfway to Hullabaloo (Thursday) fashion preview event leading up to designer Valerie Mayen's premiere event in November; Tremont ArtWalk is a stroll through streets of a beautiful Cleveland neighborhood, exploring galleries, ice cream shops, fine dining and drinks; An Evening in Slovenia is a creative pop-up dinner party; The Cleveland Flea is an urban flea, showcasing the best food, art, craft, furniture, clothing artisans and purveyors.
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