April 27, 2022
By Jen Jones Donatelli
You could hire Instacart to do your food shopping, but then you’d miss out on the distinct delights of perusing these only-in-Cleveland markets. See for yourself.
West Side Market
At West Side Market you can snack on a Parisian-style savory crepe, bratwurst sandwich, or handmade pierogi (or all three—we won’t tell). With dozens of vendors, the world is your oyster at this nationally-renowned historic market.
Over on the East side, Asia Plaza beckons in the heart of AsiaTown. This market is the real deal—packed with gift shops, restaurants, groceries and flower shops serving both the Asian community and tourists. Pick up fresh flowers at Flower City; browse what’s rumored to be Ohio’s largest Asian market at Park to Shop; or treat yourself to a Ball Ball Waffle delight as you check out one of the other 20 tenants on-site.
Sunny’s Asian Food & Spices
For South Asian fare, bookmark Sunny’s Asian Food & Spices in Solon. Sip on complimentary chai as you check out the wide selection of Indian spices and specialty items, or make it a lunch date at the on-site restaurant Sunny’s Kitchen. The traditional Indian street food eatery is open six days a week, featuring vegetarian-friendly fare such as Chaat Papdi and Parathas.
La Plaza Supermarket
And at La Plaza Supermarket, every day is Taco Tuesday. Nosh on a selection from its on-site taqueria while browsing goods from Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and more. Once you do, it’s easy to see why Clevelanders consider this popular store their passport to delicious home-cooked Mexican food.
To support some newer entries on the scene, visit Brook Park-based CleaveLand Grocers. Named “Best of CLE” by Cleveland Magazine, CleaveLand Grocers is an imported foods market specializing in Middle Eastern eats and certified halal meats. (And don’t leave without trying a chocolate cream-filled Cocomo biscuit)
787 Market & Cafe
Bringing the 787 to 216, 787 Market & Cafe is Puerto Rican-owned and –operated, and it shows with a delicious selection of Puerto Rican street food, espresso and empanadas.