Our picks for some of the most interesting & eclectic urban locales in Northeast Ohio.
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Location: This downtown neighborhood includes the streets of W. 6th, W. 9th and W. St. Clair.
During the 1800s, this was Cleveland’s commercial center. Today it’s a premier neighborhood that blends the area’s many contemporary restaurants, bars, shops and refurbished loft spaces with the city’s rich history and architecture. The neighborhood borders the east bank of the Flats, a vibrant riverfront district with restaurants galore.
Shopping: Constantino’s Market (216.344.0501); Krush (216.291.5800)
Dining: Blue Point Grille (216.875.7827); Cleveland Chop (216.696.2467; Johnny’s Downtown (216.623.0055); Johnny’s Little Bar (216.861.2166); Mallorca (216.687.9494); Nauti Mermaid (216.771.6175); Taza Lebanese Grill (216.274.1170)
(on Cleveland's west side)
Location: Five miles west of downtown, Tremont borders the Cuyahoga River to the east and north, Clark Avenue to the south and Scranton Road to the west.
Cultural diversity and community spirit characterize this dynamic destination. Here you’ll find eclectic eateries, neighborhood bars, boutiques, galleries and historic Orthodox churches, including St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which was featured in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter. Fans of the movie A Christmas Story (1983) can tour the house where it was filmed and visit the museum.
And every second Friday night of every month, Tremont holds its Art Walk—a great opportunity to visit participating galleries, specialty merchants and more.
Shopping: Banyan Tree (216.241.1209); Robert Hartshorn Studio and Gallery (216.403.2734); Evie Lou (216.696.6675); Miranda's Vintage Bridal (216.298.9070); Paul Duda Gallery (216.589.5788); Wine & Design (216.781.8000)
Dining: Barrio (216.999.7714); Crust (216.583.0257); Farenheit (216.781.8858);
Fat Cats (216.579.0200); The Flying Monkey (216.861.6659); The South Side (216.937.2288)
In the midst of a multi-phase revival, downtown Akron is abuzz with things to see and do. The Downtown Akron Alliance sponsors regular events, such as trolley rides to popular destinations. Also adding to the excitement are shopping destinations such as the new Northside Marketplace (234.542.6627), a dynamic showcase and incubator for up-and-coming crafters and entrepreneurs. For a cultural experience in downtown Akron, visit the Akron Art Museum (330.376.9185).
Shopping: Zeber-Martell Clay Studio & Gallery (330.253.3808); Rubber City Clothing (330.434.4722)
Dining: Luigi’s Restaurant (330.253.2999); The Lockview (330.252.5128); Crave (330.253.1234); DBA Dante Boccuzzi Akron (330.375.5050); Diamond Grille (330.253.0041); Bricco (330.475.1600); Cilantro Thai and Sushi (330.434.2876)
(West of Downtown Akron)
Locals love the Highland Square area, located 12 minutes north of downtown Akron, for its lively, eclectic atmosphere and its walkability. Antique shops, vintage record stores, restaurants, bars and The Tangier Event and Entertainment Center (330.376.7171) are just a few reasons to spend an afternoon or evening in Highland Square.
Shopping: Square Records (330.375.9244); Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat (330.780.7753); Rule of Next (330.258.9940)
Dining: Aladdin’s Eatery (330.535.0110); Mustard Seed Market & Café (330.434.2233); Michael Trecaso’s Restaurant (330.253.1511); Angel Falls Coffee Company (330.376.5282); Wally Waffle (330.374.4915)
CANTON ARTS DISTRICT
This lively four-square-block district in downtown Canton features 30 art galleries, studios and specialty shops, dozens of pieces of public art, a theater, restaurants, cafés and nightspots featuring live music and dancing. Even the garbage cans are decorated with original art in this funky neighborhood.
Shopping: Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods (330.817.6723); Canton Clothing Company (330.313.5261); Julz by Alan Rodriguez (330.455.5555);
Laura of Pembroke (330.477.4455)
Dining: Lucca Downtown (330.456.2534); Basil Asian Bistro (330.452.3888); George’s Lounge (330.452.0029); Bender’s Tavern (330.453.8424); Fronimo’s Downtown (234.360.8665); Conestoga Grill (330.458.0834)