University Circle

With many of the city’s top cultural institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art, Severance Hall, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden all here, University Circle has long been regarded as Cleveland’s artistic and intellectual hub. The area is anchored by world-renowned schools like Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. But cultural enrichment isn’t the only draw to University Circle. This ethnically diverse neighborhood mixes urban luxury living with student housing thanks to its prime location between Downtown Cleveland and Shaker Heights. Visitors will also find an array of dining options here, from quick service spots like Mitchell’s Ice Cream to upscale restaurants like L’Albatros Brasserie. Don’t leave University Circle without catching the view from the Wade Lagoon overlook.

Ohio City

Beloved for its historic 19th-century architecture and emergence as a hip foodie destination, Ohio City charms both locals and out-of-town visitors. Ohio City sits adjacent to Downtown Cleveland along the Cuyahoga River, serving as a lovely extension of the city’s urban hub. The neighborhood is best known as the home of the West Side Market, Cleveland’s longstanding indoor/outdoor public market. Beyond the always bustling West Side Market, Ohio City entices guests with chic cafes, farm-to-table restaurants like Townhall, and local breweries like Great Lakes Brewing Company. Ohio City even lays claim to the city’s first official park, Ohio City Park. History buffs will especially enjoy walking past the various historic churches and Victorian homes throughout the neighborhood. With so much to see and do, Ohio City is a quintessential Cleveland neighborhood.


Cleveland’s food scene may have put Tremont on the map, but this historic neighborhood has become so much more in recent years. Tremont sits just west of Downtown Cleveland, separated by the scenic Cuyahoga River. German immigrants first settled in Tremont in the 19th century, leaving behind historic churches and rows of beautiful urban Victorian homes. Today, Tremont entices visitors with art galleries, boutiques, and some of the city’s best new American cuisine at spots like Fahrenheit and Lola Bistro. Don’t miss out on Tremont’s monthly art walk for a dose of local culture. The neighborhood even has its own central green space, Lincoln Park, where you’ll often find community events.

Little Italy

As its name boldly suggests, Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood offers a taste of Italian culture in the Midwest. Little Italy sits just east of Downtown Cleveland along Mayfield Road. Italian immigrants first settled in the area in the late 19th century to work for the railroad and steel mills. While the Italian population has dwindled, Little Italy is still celebrated through festivals and public art installations that line the main promenade along Mayfield Road. Of course, the scrumptious food also helps keep Italian traditions alive in Little Italy. Every group should enjoy a meal at one of Little Italy’s red-sauced joints like Trattoria or Guarino’s. Don’t leave Little Italy without grabbing dessert at Corbo’s, an Italian bakery staple since 1912.

Gordon Square

The Gordon Square neighborhood offers a laid-back, creative vibe along Cleveland’s northside. Gordon Square sits just northwest of Ohio City and straddles the city of Cleveland and city of Lakewood border. Locals frequent Gordon Square for its independent movie theater, live music venues, and the neighborhood’s bohemian flair. Two local theater companies, Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre call Gordon Square home. After catching a show, groups can dine at upscale American spots like Spice Kitchen or grab a craft brew at The Happy Dog. The Capitol Theatre and Cleveland Public Library’s Gordon Square branch are two historic buildings that anchor the neighborhood.

Shaker Square

Distinctive architecture and public green spaces define Cleveland’s Shaker Square neighborhood. Developed in the 1920s, Shaker Square aimed to be America’s first outdoor shopping center. The neighborhood’s crowning jewel remains its picturesque central green space that branches off impressive Tudor-style buildings. Groups should admire the Colonial and Tudor structures like the Moreland and Ludington buildings, along with the iconic jewel box-style Rapid Transit Kiosk. Shaker Square also serves as a public transportation hub, with both the RTA’s Red and Green line train tracks running through the central square. Between the lovely green space and historic structures, the area makes for a great stroll.

Downtown Cleveland

You can’t talk about Cleveland neighborhoods without mentioning the heart of the city, Downtown Cleveland. This central district along the Lake Erie shoreline blends soaring skyscrapers and green spaces. Popular draws like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square theater district, Jack Cleveland Casino, Progressive Field, and FirstEnergy Stadium bring both locals and tourists to Downtown Cleveland. When you venture past Cleveland’s top attractions, you’ll find a lively central business district flush with office workers by day and diners and bar-goers by night. Be sure to admire Cleveland’s beautiful, iconic landmarks like Terminal Tower and the Cleveland Trust Company Building (The 925 Building).


Discover culinary treasures from the Far East in Cleveland’s Asiatown neighborhood. Situated between Downtown Cleveland and University Circle, Asiatown is one of Cleveland’s most culturally rich and fastest-growing districts. Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean and more Asian cultures all converge in this lively neighborhood. Food truly reigns supreme in Asiatown. Groups must make a stop at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants and markets. You’ll find cuisine ranging from dim sum spots like Li Wah to Taiwanese street food joints like Cleveland’s outpost of Taiwanese chain Snow Lotus. Beyond the delicious dining, Asiatown also hosts fun cultural events like the annual summer Night Market and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

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