Cleveland Neighborhoods

A quick drive from downtown, Cleveland neighborhoods are home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars 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

The bold and the brainy call the art and educational neighborhood of University Circle their Cleveland capital. The districts of Wade Oval and Uptown have perhaps the greatest concentration of business, botany, medicine, and art learning centers on the globe within one square mile — from the campuses of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s all easily accessible from downtown using the award-winning RTA HealthLine.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Ride the restored Euclid Beach Carousel at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center or explore more than 40,000 artistic masterpieces for free at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
  2. Visit Madagascar and Costa Rica under one roof at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glasshouse.
  3. Head down Euclid Avenue to the Uptown District for fun at The Corner Alley and cutting-edge art at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ohio City

Foodies and fans of craft beer call Ohio City's Market District their urban oasis. Just across the Cuyahoga River, west of downtown, the city's yellow-bricked West Side Market has been home to haggle-friendly meat, seafood, and veggie vendors for more than 100 years, but it's Ohio City's Victorian-era homes, boutique eateries, and famous craft brewers (like Great Lakes Brewing Co.) that have made it one of the city's symbols for urban renewal (where hip meets heritage). But its coolest locale might be the entrepreneurial and arty district of Hingetown, which "hinges" Market District and Gordon Square Arts District into Ohio City.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Sip on a malty Forest City Brown Ale at Market Garden Brewery or an award-winning Oktoberfest at Great Lakes Brewing Co.
  2. Sample ethnic eats from falafel to crepes at the West Side Market. Climb the stairs just inside the W. 25th Street entrance for an amazing view.
  3. Eat at TownHall and enjoy a delicious, 100-percent non-GMO menu with a diverse craft beer selection.


This blue-collar neighborhood balances Cleveland’s big city feel with cozy, small town charm. Minutes from downtown, Tremont is one of Cleveland’s oldest communities, and for all we know, might just be stuck in time. Explore the old cottages, bygone neighborhood bars, beautiful churches, and cordial local characters. Look closer and notice come-as-you-are bars sandwiched between Food Network famous restaurants, art galleries, and even a pop culture monument (A Christmas Story House and Museum).

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Order breakfast all week and brunch on the weekends off of Grumpy’s Café’s Cleveland-style comfort food menu.
  2. Eat a la carte or from Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s personalized tasting menus at his signature restaurant DANTE.
  3. Eat your way through the Taste of Tremont.

Detroit Shoreway

If University Circle is Cleveland’s international art capital, Gordon Square Arts District (along the Detroit Shoreway) is the city’s bohemian quarter. Institutions like the Cleveland Public Theatre and the Capitol Theatre draw the terminally arty and interesting to local stages and indie cinema. The hip and hungry seek out bistros and bars from Happy Dog to Spice Kitchen + Bar, and urban greenery like the lakefront’s Edgewater Park attracts everyone from dog-walkers to desperate surfboarders, while Gordon Square’s old homes and elegant mansions create a stately backdrop.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Polka Happy Hour and choose from 50 house-made toppings to garnish your hot dog at The Happy Dog.
  2. Take-in adventurous and experimental stage productions from abstract dramas to rib tickling comedies at Cleveland Public Theatre.
  3. Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios for local fine art and good conversation.

Little Italy

Food, faith, and the famous Feast of the Assumption Festival all help define this little Italian village, located at the base of Murray Hill. First settled in the 19th century by Italian stonemasons and artisans, Little Italy today is a buffet of Italian eateries and bakeries, including Cleveland’s oldest restaurant (Guarino’s). Community and spirituality also commune in proud religious and social centers like the Holy Rosary Church and the Alta House.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Wine, dine, and stroll through Murray Hill at one of its many art walks.
  2. Order homemade pizza, pasta, and sauces from Mama Santa.
  3. Snack on Italian sweets from Cannoli to Tiramisu at Presti’s or Corbo’s bakeries.


An old Croatian ballroom and tavern — turned indie music mecca — is the cornerstone of this Collinwood community and its emerging Waterloo Arts District. The famous Beachland Ballroom and Tavern has hosted everyone from Arcade Fire to the Cramps, but you’d never know it by the low prices and casual neighborhood locale. The Waterloo District is similarly chill and edgy. It’s a place where you can crash a family-friendly fish fry at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home or contemplate themes and mediums at the Waterloo Arts.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Explore galleries, food, music, and shopping at Walk All Over Waterloo, the first Friday of every month.
  2. Grab a tall boy (24 oz. PBR) and catch local and national acts at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern – then go downstairs to shop for vintage clothing at This Way Out.
  3. Find your favorite classic album cover under the shellac floor at Blue Arrow Records. Find vinyl at Music Saves too.

Shaker Square

As the oldest shopping district in Ohio, Shaker Square can entertain everyone from school kids to grandparents, being Cleveland’s ultimate eastside shop-and-dine destination. Drive the minivan or take advantage of two light-rail Rapid transit lines. Just be prepared to argue over where to eat (Douglas Katz’s fire food and drink), where to shop (PLAYmatters toy store), and where to have fun (Shaker Square Cinemas). Just leave time for Larchmere Boulevard, Cleveland’s art and antiques shopping district (with fine folks like Wolfs Gallery).

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Enjoy a wood-fired prepared menu at Chef Douglas Katz’s fire food and drink.
  2. Stroll Larchmere Blvd. a block north of Shaker Square for art, antiques, and books.
  3. Grab a beer and watch an independent film or Hollywood blockbuster at the art-deco Shaker Square Cinemas.

West Park

The party moves to Kamm’s Corners after the downtown parade on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish pubs attract barflies with Gaelic football, rugby, and live Celtic music, while walkers explore hobby shops, Sunday farmer’s markets, and the historic Alger Cemetery, resting place of Oswald Kamm (that guy the community’s named after). Nestled between Downtown and the airport, it’s a great locale to grab a Guinness or eat everything from Irish to Italian.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Listen to live music at area pubs, including P.J. McIntyre’s, Public House, West Park Station, Red Lantern, and Backstage.
  2. Shop Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop for new releases and back issues.
  3. Attend the annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Other Neighborhoods of Interest

St. Clair Superior/Asiatown

Home to AsiaTown Cleveland’s bustling markets and restaurants. The neighborhood also hosts a thriving art scene with diverse people, places and attractions.

Event: Night Market Cleveland, various dates Jun. through Sept.


Classic and retro attractions along Lorain Avenue: Café Roma, authentic hookah bars, Variety Theatre history & ghost tours, bluegrass at Judy’s curbside and Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike.

Event: Halloran Park Music Festival, July



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