Downtown Cleveland

Downtown includes several distinct neighborhoods where visitors can find hotels, restaurants, bars, nightlife and architectural delights. Use the quick guide below to learn about each area of Downtown Cleveland so you can easily plan your journey from one adventure to the next.

Still not sure? Visit our buds over at the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, who can share a little bit more about our vibrant Downtown.

Campus District

Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and St. Vincent Charity Hospital anchor this neighborhood just east of Cleveland's central business district. New modern academic buildings, apartments and renovated mid-rises with street-level restaurants and shops now line Euclid Avenue.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Step inside the Gothic 1907 Trinity Cathedral and into a world of music, art, education and spirituality. Explore the diversity of numerous musical genres by attending the annual BrownBag Concert Series featuring everything from jazz to classical music.
  2. Head to the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University with 15,000 of your closest friends for concerts, sporting events, trade shows and other occasions.
  3. Becky's Bar and Grill is the "Downtown's Neighborhood Bar" and a local favorite. Stop in and enjoy good beer and great eats (and free parking).

Civic Center District

This area, also known as the heart of Downtown Cleveland is home to the city's landmark skyscraper, Terminal Tower. A few blocks north, The Cleveland Mall, one of the city's public parks, offers a grassy oasis in the middle of Downtown. In warm weather, it's a popular lunch spot for office workers and convention center attendees and has even been known to attract Frisbee players and sunbathers.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Public Square is an essential piece of the Cleveland experience. Undergoing a $32 million renovation, Public Square will soon offer visitors and residents a new area to gather for lunch during the summer, ice skate in the winter and relax under the stars at evening concerts.   
  2. Located on the southeast quadrant of Public Square is the historic Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Opened in 1894 to commemorate local Civil War contributions, the monument includes a free mini-museum inside.
  3. Try your luck at the JACK Cleveland Casino, located in the former Higbee Department Store featured in the famous A Christmas Story movie. Home to 1,609 slot machines, 119 table games, and 35 electronic table games, this casino will ensure a night filled with excitement.

East 4th Street

With its strings of overhead light bulbs, patio seating and ever-present street life, pedestrian-friendly East 4th Street exudes a come-hither draw that's hard to ignore. This concentrated chunk of commerce is the result of a tenacious developer's effort to redevelop a tawdry block of vacant and struggling storefronts into the city's newest entertainment and housing district. The New York Times called it a "prime example of 21st-century urban redevelopment in the Midwest."

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Eat, drink and bowl at The Corner Alley Downtown on the corner of East 4th and Euclid Avenue. Spice up your dining experience with delicious cuisine, a variety of craft brews and some friendly bowling banter at one of the restaurant's 16 bowling lanes right in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.
  2. East 4th also is a good place to find souvenirs. The CLE Clothing Co. sells T-shirts, glassware and local artistic treasures designed to represent a die-hard love for Cleveland.
  3. Pickwick and Frolic is more than just a restaurant. The venue also houses one of the largest made-for-comedy theatres in the country called Hilarities 4th Street Theatre. Weekly shows at Hilarities present a wide-range of comedians who share many laughs with East 4th patrons.  

Gateway District

The Gateway District attracts swarms of locals and visitors Downtown for major concerts and professional baseball, basketball and hockey games - plus all the eating, drinking and celebrating (or commiserating) that goes on before and after those events. It also is home to many Downtown hotels, retails stores and more than 60 restaurants and bars.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Watch your favorite Cleveland team rock the court or join the crowd for a life-changing show at Quicken Loans Arena, the massive downtown complex that houses more than 20,000 spectators and concertgoers.
  2. New renovations to the home of the Cleveland Indians has made Progressive Field one of the best summer spots for visitors. Choose from some of CLE's favorite dining or drinking hotspots and indulge in the best snacks and local brews while watching one of America's favorite pasttimes.
  3. Not only is the 5th Street Arcades a century-old architectural landmark in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, it's also a shopping venue.

Ninetwelve District

Formerly known as the Financial District, this neighborhood includes office buildings mixed with cool Downtown residences and fun lunch spots popular with the 9-to-5 crowd.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Got a food truck fix? Stop by Perk Plaza on Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during the summertime to experience Walnut Wednesday, a food truck event. Lunch with fellow Downtowners and enjoy the musical stylings of some of CLE's local music heroes.
  2. Perk Plaza, the newly renovated area outside of Reserve Square is Downtown's coolest urban greenspace. Hang in the sun and catch up.
  3. The Historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda now houses Heinen's, one of the area's most popular grocery establishments. Stop in to view its amazing architecture, and then treat yourself to something special from the delicious coffee espresso bar.

North Coast Harbor

North Coast Harbor includes Cleveland's most notable attractions. The I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Great Lakes Science Center and FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, sit side-by-side along Lake Erie. Voinovich Bicentennial Park juts into the harbor off East 9th Street Pier and makes for impressive skyline photo opps. The area becomes a hotspot of activity during football games and summer events.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Where else can you relive the soundtrack of your life? Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to view more than 50 exhibits, dynamic cinema presentations, plus the largest single collection of rock and roll artifacts.
  2. Create cloud rings out of water vapor, use your fingertips to make light dance and see how 350,000 volts of static electricity can literally make your hair stand on end at the Great Lakes Science Center.
  3. Sail away on the largest sightseeing/charter boat in Cleveland, the Goodtime III, which offers narrated tours and entertainment cruises.

Playhouse Square

The big marquees and twinkling lights let you know you've arrived in Playhouse Square, Cleveland's official theater district. This collection of glamorous, restored theaters draws well over a million visitors annually for Broadway shows, concerts, dance performances, opera and two in-house performing groups, The Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. Aside from New York's Lincoln Center, this is as big as it gets in the United States.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Watch incredible actors perform your favorite Broadway shows at Playhouse Square.
  2. Relax at Star Plaza while viewing the iconic chandelier at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 14th Street. Enjoy the cozy fire pit, comfy outdoor seating and juicy burgers at the outdoor eatery DYNOMITE.
  3. From escargot to cassoulets, take in Chef Zack Bruell's modern French cuisine inside the upscale Cowell & Hubbard situated in the heart of this vibrant district.

St. Clair-Superior Neighborhood and Asiatown

At first glance, many of the buildings in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood are non-descript and, frankly, slightly foreboding. But don't be fooled. Step inside. This is where you'll find the area's most authentic Asian food and an up-and-coming arts scene.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Begin your authentic Asian experience in Cleveland's own Asiatown by dining at Superior Pho Vietnamese Restaurant, where the pho is fab and the atmosphere delights.
  2. Cleveland Kurentovanje is a must. Join the Slovenian Cleveland community in saying goodbye to winter with a little polka, pierogi and the famous fuzzy Kurents who are called in to help usher in spring.
  3. Score some vintage pieces and local treasures from more than 170 vendors at the Cleveland Flea, a monthly outdoor market that runs from April-October.

The Flats (East/West)

The Flats have come back to life thanks to a multi-million-dollar makeover. This waterfront neighborhood now features restaurants, bars, shops and a boardwalk with complementary green space. (The area's famous water taxis will even take you from one rockin' side of the Flats to the other to help you explore.) For decades, the land's proximity to the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie and railroad tracks have made it the central locale for the manufacturing, coal and shopping industries. If your timing is right, you can still see huge freighters navigating the river's sharp oxbow turn.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Make friends with fish and memories with friends at the Cleveland Aquarium. Featuring eight galleries and more than 50 exhibits, visitors are able to discover aquatic life from all over the world.
  2. See your favorite artist perform at Jacobs Pavilion, the open-air amphitheater on the West Bank of The Flats.
  3. Gather a group of close buds at Punch Bowl Social and toast one another with local beer, spirits or a signature punch cocktail of choice. Chat the night away and indulge in some friendly competition with a round of darts, bowling or even shuffleboard.

Warehouse District

Back in the mid-19th century, this neighborhood donned warehouses for hardware, marine and garment businesses, as well as offices for the then-mighty iron, coal, railroad and shipping industries. Nowadays, many of the Victorian-era buildings may look the same on the outside, but are filled with steak eaters, wine drinkers, club crowds and loft dwellers.

3 Must-Do Things
  1. Small Box in the Warehouse District is a mini marketplace that features retail shops made from converted shipping containers that sell items from local Cleveland designers and shops.
  2. With a large menu, an extensive wine list and a phenomenal dining atmosphere, Blue Point Grille is one of Cleveland's favorite seafood restaurants.
  3. Spend the evening clubbing and dancing at one of Cleveland's favorite hotspots, Velvet Dog.

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