my Detroit-Shoreway guide
a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood
West of Downtown, Cleveland and nestled on the shores of Lake Erie is a fun, artsy neighborhood called Detroit-Shoreway. Here you’ll find Cleveland’s beach, awesome murals, awesome art and theater scene, boutiques and shops, awesome vintage shopping and some great restaurants. Gordon Square Arts District is the part of Detroit-Shoreway where most of the action is. Take a look below at some of my favorite things to do in the neighborhood.
Things to do in Detroit-Shoreway
Visit Edgewater Beach for beautiful, sweeping views of Cleveland and Lake Erie. Go out on the water, swim, hang out at the Beach house, stroll out on the pier, walk around the park and get some shade under the beautiful Willow Tree, Cleveland’s most famous tree, at the edge of the beach.
Catch a show at one of the several theaters in the neighborhood. Check out the Near West Theater and Cleveland Public Theater for a live show or catch a movie at the vintage Capital Theater.
Get a sweet treat at an old fashioned style soda fountain. Sweet Moses serves up ice cream and other treats in a very realistic soda fountain which uses several vintage soda fountain items from the counters to the milkshake blenders.
Spend a day vintage shopping on Lorain Ave.
eats & treats in Detroit-Shoreway
Breakfast & Brunch
Cleveland Bagel (4201 Detroit Ave. | Website) Yes, this is also listed in Ohio City’s guide but it’s really tricky knowing which neighborhood this awesome spot falls so I’m going to list it twice. It’s that good. Grab a bagel sandwich for breakfast and thank me later.
Lunch & Dinner
Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave. | Website) Hotdogs and beer. It’s pretty simple, or is it? Check out their website to see their extensive list of hotdog toppings. Banter (7320 Detroit Ave. | Website) Poutine and sausage are their specialties. They also have an artisan beverage store attached. Blue Habanero (6416 Detroit Ave. | Website) Yummy Mexican food in a cute little restaurant. Good Co. (1200 W. 76 St. | Website) Burgers, fries, shakes, they keep it simple here. There’s some other stuff on the menu but we stick to the basics. It’s also very Instagramable inside. Il Rione Pizzaria (1303 W. 65th St. | Website) This is some seriously good pizza. In fact, it’s so good they often sell out of dough balls before closing so if you want some I’d recommend getting there sooner than later.
Sweets & Treats
Brewnuts (6501 Detroit Ave. | Website) for some giant, oftentimes themed donuts and beer. In addition to yummy donuts, they have a seriously fun interior that is very Instagramable. You’ll find the “Donut Mess with Cleveland” neon sign here. Sweet Moses (6800 Detroit Ave. | Website) an old fashioned style soda fountain bringing nostalgia and yummy treats to Cleveland.
Shopping in Detroit-Shoreway
Shops & Boutiques
Océanne (6515 Detroit Ave. | Website) beautiful, handmade jewelry and curated goods. FOUNT (6706 Detroit Ave. | Website) locally made quality leather bags and goods made in Cleveland. Land of Plenty (6511 Detroit Ave. | Website) two shops in one – curated home and stationery goods on one side, and vintage on the other.
Sweet Lorain (7105 Lorain Ave. | Website) They dub themselves the Vintage Department Store and are full of all kinds of unique finds. Reincarnation Vintage Design ( 7810 Lorain Ave. | Website) Furniture restoration and vintage reseller. Some really unique finds here. These are two of my favorite shops, you’ll find many more vintage shops on Lorain Ave!
The best photo ops in Detroit-shoreway
Just like Ohio City, Detroit-Shoreway has several amazing murals you could photograph if that’s your thing. Here’s a link to help you find them here.
This is Cleveland’s closest beach to downtown. Depending on where you go there’s amazing views of the Downtown skyline, sandy beach, a cool, rocky shore, amazing sunsets, a pier, and what may arguably be Cleveland’s most popular and most photographed tree – a beautiful Willow tree (pictured below),
This part isn’t so much a beach as it is a cliff-like hill above the lake. You can see Edgewater Beach, amazing Cleveland skyline, and get a shot with one of the Cleveland Script Signs.
The “Donut Mess with Cleveland” neon sign.
This is inside the donut shop Brewnuts, but also let’s talk about how cute the shop is in itself. If you’re into tropical vibes this is your place. I learned recently the women’s bathroom has this amazing pink flamingo wallpaper in it! So many photo ops. (and yummy donuts!)
I love our mini-ocean. Just stare out into its endless waves and it’s hard to imagine where the lake ends. The Lake has an incredible personality and can look different every day. My favorite is when it’s completely still or when the waves are going crazy.
Food & Restaurant Interiors
There are so many yummy places to take great food shots of. Some of my fave places to take a shot: Good Co., Brewnuts, Il Rione, and Sweet Moses.
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Know before you go
Like Ohio City, I’ve never felt unsafe in this neighborhood. However, I’ve only ever really hung out in areas where the restaurants, shops, and entertainment are. Some crimes do happen so it’s best to just use your best judgment. Don’t walk around late alone and be aware of your surroundings.
There are a few lots around town but a majority of the parking is going to be street parking. Good luck! If you’re going to the beach there’s a huge parking lot.