One of the advantages of living in a big city is that you don’t need a car to get around, but Cleveland is fairly spread out, which often makes getting around without wheels tricky. Never fear, we’ve found the places you can explore for hours, and all you need for transportation is your own two feet. Here are some of the most walkable neighborhoods in Cleveland.
1. Coventry Village
Coventry Village is more than a neighborhood, it’s an experience. With an eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants, there are lots of things for everyone. If you’re in the market for trendy and unique accessories, check out City Buddha and Passport to Peru. If you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe, you won’t be disappointed. Coventry has one of the only Cleveland-area American Apparel stores, and Avalon Exchange is worth checking out for buying and selling gently used clothing. Get lost in the antique shops, which are all packed with interesting items. Hungry? Grab a delicious slice at Guy’s Pizza for a quick meal, or indulge in a hearty and exotic meal at TreeCountryBistro.
2. Ohio City
Ohio City is “Cleveland’s Artisan Neighborhood.” Home of the West Side Market and two microbreweries, the locally sourced food scene here is hotter than ever. Check out Campbell’s Sweet Factory for snacks with unexpected flavors, like the barbecue popcorn. There are plenty of places to find gifts for others, or yourself, like the Glass Bubble Project for handmade glass creations, and Something Different Gallery.
3. Little Italy
When you’re in the mood for Italian (all the time?) head on over to Little Italy and Murray Hill. With cultural sights as hearty as the food, your stomach and your mind will be satisfied by an excursion here. Venetian Merchant has specialty teas and gifts, La Bella Vita offers authentic Italian giftware, and Topsi Turvi features hand crafted wares to delight kids of all ages. There are plenty of galleries to peruse, like the Galeria Quetzal and Schoolhouse Galleries. And, of course, you can’t leave without stopping in to at least one bakery. If you and 19 friends are interested in seeing all that Little Italy has to offer, you can sign up for a guided walking tour of the neighborhood.
In recent years, Tremont has been drawing in young professionals and artists, turning it into a secret hot spot for dining and entertainment. The neighborhood is now home to the greatest concentration of art galleries in Cleveland, as well as various cultural attractions like the A Christmas Story House and the Liminus Theater. There are a ton of unique restaurants, including Barrio and Lolita. For nightlife, The Treehouse and the Literary Café are always fun.