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Cleveland’s West Side Market

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Flavors and finds in Cleveland

To locate Cleveland’s West Side Market, look for the 137-foot clock tower looming over the Ohio City neighborhood or simply follow your nose.

Open since 1912, West Side Market is a favorite of Maddie DeLong ’11, ’13 MA. “It’s so beautiful architecturally, but it also shows off the culture behind Cleveland.” With nearly 100 vendors of fresh and prepared foods, she says, “you can walk in and get fresh pierogies, and you can try the local bakeries. There are just so many things you can see in one building.”

Husband Andy DeLong ’10 likes to show off the city’s lakeshore. Just west of the Great Lakes Science Center are three lakefront parks. Wendy Park is known for its birding, Edgewater Park as the western end of the 17-mile Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway and Whiskey Island for its newly renovated art deco-style U.S. Coast Guard station.

For a different kind of vibe, Amanda McLin ’10, ’10, ’11 M.Ed. recommends downtown’s East Fourth Street district. The neighborhood features celebrity chef and hometown boy Michael Symon’s Lola Bistro restaurant, the Pickwick and Frolic comedy club and the Corner Alley bowling center, among other venues.

“It’s a hotspot,” McLin says. “Sometimes it’s so crowded you can hardly walk through it.”

Where to stay

Hoping to spot one of your favorite pro athletes out on the town? Try hotels like Metropolitan at the 9, the Renaissance on historic Public Square or the buzzy new Hilton Cleveland Downtown, where the bar on the 32nd floor offers prime views of Lake Erie.

Where to eat

You’ll get whiplash trying to keep up with the hot restaurant scene in Cleveland. But Jonathon Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern, one of the catalysts of the dining inferno, remains a can’t-miss favorite. Say yes to Crispy Chicken Wings Confit and consider sharing the famous Face & Eggs with your honey.

And don’t miss

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Cleveland, go bowling. Take in the sights and sounds at Mahall’s, a kitschy-hipster bowling alley, bar and music venue wrapped in one cool place. (Pro tip: All the cocktails are named after hero worship-worthy female film and television characters.)