Cleveland Neighborhoods

Whether you’re driving, taking public transportation, ride sharing or even walking, Cleveland neighborhoods are an easy trip from Downtown and are home to some of the city’s best restaurants and nightlife. They also give visitors a better chance to mix with locals (who aren’t on their lunch breaks), and see what our houses and churches look like, from the photogenic St. Theodosius in Tremont to Tudor mansions in Cleveland Heights, and Victorian beauties in Ohio City.

University Circle

University Circle has a Ph.D. in education—after all, it's home to the campuses of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals—and entertainment. The bustling, green space-filled neighborhood is a museum mecca (Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History); boasts first-class restaurants (L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar, Trentina); and has no shortage of entertainment-filled bars (Corner Alley, Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern). Get there from downtown using the convenient RTA HealthLine.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Embrace your inner child and take a spin on the restored Euclid Beach Carousel at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center or check out some cutting-edge art at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
  2. Have a fancy night out while catching a concert by the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra at majestic Severance Hall and grabbing a nightcap at Coquette Patisserie.
  3. Take a leisurely outdoor stroll through the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's animal and nature haven, the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden.


Ohio City

Although foodies and craft beer fans alike will find much to love along Ohio City's Market District main drag—which is located just across the Cuyahoga River, west of Downtown, and is anchored by the bustling West Side Market—the growing neighborhood has many hidden gems.

Upstart restaurants (The Plum Café & Kitchen), family-friendly activities (Tabletop Board Game Café), funky local shopping (Salty Not Sweet) and unique bars (Porco Lounge & Tiki Room) abound. Drive a few blocks away, and you'll also come across Hingetown: Located between the Market and Gordon Square Arts Districts, the entrepreneurial enclave has smart sipping (Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Beet Jar Juice Bar) and cool art (Cleveland Museum of Art satellite gallery Transformer Station).

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Sip on award-winning suds at two of the newer craft breweries in town, Hansa Brewery and Platform Beer Co.
  2. Catch a jazz concert at the intimate BOP STOP at the Music Settlement club.
  3. Enjoy free samples during a tasting tour of Mitchell's Ice Cream's W. 25th headquarters.



Old-school Cleveland meets new-school urban living in this cozy, residential-heavy neighborhood. A hop, skip and a jump from Downtown, Tremont has no-frills bars (including an eclectic brewery on the site of the oldest beer garden in Cleveland, Forest City Brewery), beautiful churches and restored homes, talented artists, cool boutiques and coffee shops, and no shortage of belly-busting restaurants. Be sure to make time to stop by one of Cleveland's most famous pop culture monuments (A Christmas Story House and Museum).

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Grab a slice of pizza at Crust and then peruse new book releases at Visible Voice: Both shops are conveniently located in the same building.
  2. Taste authentic, spicy Southern delicacies at Bourbon Street Barrel Room.
  3. Stroll through the monthly (every second Friday) Walkabout Tremont and get a taste of the neighborhood's art galleries, shops and gorgeous architecture..

Detroit Shoreway

The Gordon Square Arts District (along the Detroit Shoreway) lives up to its name: Institutions like the Cleveland Public Theatre and the Capitol Theatre offer experimental plays and thought-provoking movies (respectively), while the popular Third Fridays at nearby 78th Street Studios offers hip galleries and sights. The neighborhood also has no shortage of tasty restaurants and well-curated bars, including Terrestrial Brewing Company in nearby Battery Park; farm-to-table pioneers Spice Kitchen + Bar; and Banter, whose specialties are beer, wine, sausage and poutine. The lakefront green oasis Edgewater Park, meanwhile, is the perfect place for dog-walking, sight-seeing and sunbathing.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Hone your gaming skills by playing a few rounds at Superelectric Pinball Parlor.
  2. Take in adventurous theater—ranging from political dramas to farcical comedies—at Cleveland Public Theatre.
  3. Indulge your sweet tooth with a hot fudge sundae from Sweet Moses—or, if you're feeling adventurous, grab some friends and dig into the 10-scoop(!) sundae monster the Terminal Tower.

Little Italy

Food, faith, and the famous Feast of the Assumption Festival go hand-in-hand to define this beloved Cleveland neighborhood, located at the base of Murray Hill near the campus of Case Western Reserve University. First settled in the 19th century by Italian stonemasons and artisans, Little Italy today feels like a quaint European village, with its narrow streets, majestic churches, cozy Italian eateries (including Cleveland’s oldest restaurant, Guarino’s, and the delectable La Dolce Vita) and bakeries full of heavenly smells.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Sip and and stroll through Murray Hill at one of its popular art walks, which take place the first weekends of June, October and December.
  2. Browse (and sample!) the array of wines, cheese and unique gifts at Little Italy Wines.
  3. Snack on Italian sweets from cannoli to tiramisu at Presti’s or Corbo’s bakeries.


The Collinwood community and its emerging Waterloo Arts District are anchored by the famous music mecca the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern. Formerly the Croatian Liberty Home, the two-room venue has booked everyone from the White Stripes to the Sonics—in addition to hosting a popular Sunday brunch and the occasional flea market. The Waterloo District is a similar mix of bohemian and traditional. It’s a place where you can go polka dancing at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home or check out innovative exhibits by local creators at the Waterloo Arts.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Order up a piping-hot pizza and a frosty beverage at Citizen Pie.
  2. Marvel at the music photographs at Space: ROCK Gallery and then see the real thing next door by catching a show at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern.
  3. Hunt for wax classics and rarities at Blue Arrow Records and the hottest new indie releases at Music Saves. (Bonus tip: Don't forget to give some loving to the pet cats living at each record store.)

Shaker Square

As the oldest shopping district in Ohio—and the east side's ultimate shop-and-dine destination—Shaker Square has a little something for everyone: food lovers (Douglas Katz’s fire food and drink), those with a sweet tooth (Popcorn Shop Factory), and film buffs (Shaker Square Cinemas). Also be sure to leave time for Larchmere Boulevard, a hub for shopping, books, dining and more.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Have a leisurely weekend brunch (try the homemade sticky buns!) at at Chef Douglas Katz’s fire food and drink.
  2. Stroll Larchmere Blvd., a block north of Shaker Square, and mosey through the district's many antique and art stores.
  3. Grab a beer and watch an independent film or Hollywood blockbuster at the art-deco Shaker Square Cinemas.

West Park

Everyone's Irish in Kamm’s Corners on St. Patrick’s Day—or, really, any other day of the year. Nestled between Downtown and the airport, the neighborhood is full of jovial and authentic Irish pubs that tout Gaelic football, rugby, Guinness and live Celtic music. In addition, visitors can explore hobby shops, seasonal farmer’s markets and the historic Alger Cemetery (Oswald Kamm, the community’s namesake, is buried there.) Be sure to also mark your calendar for the annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners, an all-day, family-friendly bash that unites the neighborhood in merriment.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Listen to live music at area pubs and bars, including P.J. McIntyre’s, Smedley's Bar & GrilleWest Park Station and Red Lantern.
  2. Shop Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop for new releases and back issues.
  3. Grab a dozen far-out (and quirky) flavored donuts at Peace, Love & Little Donuts.


Other Neighborhoods of Interest

St. Clair Superior/Asiatown

Home to AsiaTown Cleveland’s bustling markets and restaurants (including the best places in town to get the Vietnamese noodle soup pho). The neighborhood also hosts a thriving art scene and has started offering the AsiaTown Food Tour Series, which educates people about the area's rich culinary heritage.

Event: Night Market Cleveland, various dates during warm weather months


Classic and retro attractions along Lorain Ave.: Italian food haven Café Roma, authentic hookah bars, ghost tours at the soon-to-be-refurbished Variety Theatre, bluegrass courtesy of Judy at Curbside Coffee and Ray’s Indoor Bike Park.

Event: Summer live music at Halloran park, various dates




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