Frontdesk welcomes you to our 24th city: Cleveland, Ohio! Cleveland is located in northern Ohio, bordering the southern shore of Lake Erie. Once known for manufacturing, it is now full of arts and culture. Cleveland is also a diverse city – a true melting pot of many heritages – which means excellent restaurants. This midwestern city truly has something for everyone. Here are the best places to visit in Cleveland, from popular tourist stops to the top eats in the city!
THINGS TO DO IN CLEVELAND
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is one of the most popular attractions in Cleveland. The city is considered “the home of rock and roll,” first coined by a Cleveland radio DJ in the early 1950s. The city was also instrumental in launching the music careers of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame documents the history of rock music and showcases artist memorabilia, costumes, and props. It’s a must-see for any music fan!
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is home to a diverse collection of more than 61,000 works of art. It is one of the most-visited art museums in the world and features significant pieces from artists like Picasso, van Gogh, and Renoir. The Cleveland Museum of Art also has a notable collection of Asian and Egyptian art. Bonus: General admission is free!
West Side Market
The West Side Market is the oldest indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland. It originally opened in 1912 and is now estimated to draw over a million visitors annually. The market features over 100 vendors selling produce, meats, spices, and baked goods, showcasing many of the diverse cultures and ethnicities that make up the city’s heritage. It is also known for its beautiful architecture.
Did you know that Cleveland is home to the largest performing arts center in the USA outside of New York City? Playhouse Square is comprised of 10 performance spaces, including five theatres that have been restored to their original 1920s glory. You can catch a variety of shows at Playhouse Square, from comedy to dance performances and major Broadway productions.
WEST SIDE VS EAST SIDE
Cleveland is divided in half by the Cuyahoga River, and the two sides have a friendly rivalry. The East Side includes the neighborhoods University Circle, Little Italy, and Cleveland Heights. Most of the city’s museums are considered to be on the East Side, as well as Playhouse Square and shopping centers. The West Side includes neighborhoods such as Tremont, Ohio City, and suburb Lakewood. This area has several parks, easy access to the lake, and is closer to the airport. While the rivalry remains strong, both sides have plenty of things to do in Cleveland, Ohio!
BEST RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Urban Farmer in downtown Cleveland is the perfect spot for brunch. They serve up organic, locally-sourced food in a stylish and rustic setting. Urban Farmer is known for their steak, but also has an extensive weekend brunch menu. We recommend trying the popular brioche french toast or eggs benedict. You also won’t want to miss the build-your-own Bloody Mary and bubbly bars!
Craving a delicious sandwich for lunch? Slyman’s has the best corned beef sandwiches in the city. They also serve up tasty reubens, burgers, and breakfast sandwiches. Slyman’s is located just east of downtown, in the Goodrich-Kirtland Park neighborhood.
For an upscale dinner, head to Lola, one of celebrity chef Michael Symon’s award-winning restaurants. The beef cheek pierogies at the New American eatery are a must-try (pierogies are a Cleveland staple, after all). The restaurant also has excellent seafood options and an extensive wine list with over 400 options.
When it comes to alcohol, Cleveland has an incredible craft beer scene! Great Lakes Brewing Company is a brewery and brewpub located in the Ohio City neighborhood and is also the oldest in the state. They have over 200 beers, including several exclusives that are only available on-tap at the brewpub. Aside from the breweries, East 4th Street is a great spot for nightlife with its variety of bars.
There’s plenty fo explore in Cleveland! If you’re looking for a place to stay while visiting the city, check out our Frontdesk short-term rentals in Cleveland, Ohio. We offer one- and two-bedroom suites in the heart of downtown, close to the city’s best museums and top attractions. Frontdesk apartments come with incredible amenities like fully-stocked kitchens, smart TVs, free wifi, and access to laundry facilities. Find a suite in Cleveland today!