My ohio city guide
A Cleveland, Ohio Neighborhood
I may be biased with this one, but Ohio City is one of my favorite Cleveland Ohio neighborhoods and one I also call home.
Just west of Downtown, Ohio City is known for its food scene, nightlife, and 100+ year old marketplace but to those who call it home we know there’s so much more the neighborhood has to offer. There’s an art museum and exhibits, diverse street festivals, a rich history as part of the Underground Railroad and the LGBT Civil Rights movement. There’s two smaller, sub-neighborhoods within Ohio City nicknamed Hingetown and SoLo. There’s unique boutiques, great vintage shops, and some of the most Instagramable interiors in town. Oh, and if you’re into murals, we’ve got a lot of those.
With Downtown Cleveland minutes away, the Flats entertainment district within walking distance, and being sandwiched between two other popular Cleveland, Ohio neighborhoods you won’t have problems finding something fun to do, delicious to eat, or unique to experience. Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about my favorite spots in Ohio City!
Things to do in Ohio City
Visit the West Side Market and see what a 100+-year-old historic marketplace looks like. A popular location for many locals looking to pick up some groceries, a meal, or do to some killer people watching, the market offers a little something for everyone. The architecture alone is worth the visit. My favorite thing to do is grabbing a quick bite to eat and finding my way upstairs to the small overlook and prepare for an amazing view and photo op.
Explore other historic landmarks like St. Johns Episcopal Church which has an interesting history as part of the Underground Railroad, and visit Hingetown, a small enclave of Ohio City that had a big part in Cleveland’s LGBT Civil Rights movement.
Try to find all of the murals in town. Ohio City is dense with murals – several by local artists, some in collaboration with visiting artists. Some of my favorites are the Prince Mural (seen above), the pizza mural, the flying tiger and the Welcome to Cleveland postcard (seen above). I started to blog about how to find several of these murals – check out part one here.
Depending on when you visit there’s street festivals, outdoor markets, and more. Take a look here to see the current events calendar.
eats & treats in Ohio City
Breakfast & Brunch
Le Petit Triangle (1881 Fulton Rd. | Website ) for a French-inspired meal, the breakfast potatoes alone are worth the visit. Cleveland Bagel Co. (4201 Detroit Ave. | Website) for a quick bagel. I love grabbing one of their bagel sandwiches when I need a quick breakfast. The Plum (4133 Lorain Ave. | Website) has tasty breakfast and a very Instagramable interior.
Lunch & Dinner
Ohio City Burrito (1844 W 25th St. | Website) is our favorite spot to get quick and delicious Mexican food and Bakersfield (2058 W 25th St. | Website) is where we go when we want to sit and chill with some delicious tacos. Want the best guac in the city? Head over to Momocho (1835 Fulton Rd. | Website) who have a modern take on Mexican food. You can find some tasty pizza made quick at Citizen Pie (2144 W. 25th St. | Website) who also have a very Instagramable interior and a killer house-made soft-serve ice cream. Have a craving for some Thai? Check out Banana Blossom (2800 Clinton Ave. | Website).
Sweets & Treats
Want to see your ice cream being made? Get a scoop at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream (1867 W. 25th St. | Website). If you’re looking for more unique flavors be sure to check out Mason’s Creamery (4401 Bridge Ave. | Website). Visit Campbell’s Sweets Factory (2084 W. 25th St. | Website) for yummy cupcakes and other treats. You should also try the black and white cookie with major NYC vibes at Larder (1455 W. 29th St. | Website) and get your donut fix at Big Mouth Donuts (1418 W. 29th St. | Website).
Shopping in Ohio City
Shops & Boutiques
Curated goods with some local artists’ work can be found at Room Service (2078 W.25th St. | Website), plus their windows are always a treat to look at. Wild Cactus (2138 North, W.25th St. | Website) has a selection of on-trend clothing and accessories with a small section of vintage in back. Check out Oh Pink! Party Shop (2138 South, W.25th St. | Website) for adorable party and stationery goods.
Check out All Things for You (3910 Lorain Ave. | Website) for two floors of vintage goodies and be sure to visit Helm Collective (3904 Lorain Ave. | Website) next store for a more curated, vintage vibe.
The best photo ops in Ohio City
There are so many murals around town! Check out my post on finding them here.
You’ll also find a lot of great spots to get killer downtown skylines. One of the best places to get a great city skyline is on the Superior Viaduct. You can’t park here so you’ll have to figure out parking. You get great city views walking or driving into downtown across the Detroit-Superior Bridge. Driving down the Franklin St. Hill towards Columbus Street into Duck Island will give you some premium views of the city skyline.
West Side Market
Check out the upper viewing deck at the WSM for prime people watching and the best views. It’s also fun to photograph the foods and crowds throughout the market.
Guardians of Traffic
When you cross the Hope Memorial Bridge you’ll notice these incredible statues of the guardians each holding a mode of transportation. They’re pretty incredible to see and greet you into and out of Ohio City.
Some of my favorite interiors are inside The Plum and Citizen Pie
This is a foodie neighborhood so you bet everything you eat is going to be worth a shot
Ohio City on the blog
Know before you go
I’ve never felt unsafe in this neighborhood, however, crime does happen and more often in the less popular areas. Just remember that you are still in the city and to use common sense when out and about. Car break-ins tend to happen a lot in certain areas so keep your valuables out of your car and especially not in sight of anyone passing by when parking on the street. Even a little bit of change can be enough of a reason for someone to break your windows.
Ohio City has this great resource of people dubbed as Safety Ambassadors who patrol the neighborhood and are on duty until midnight at the latest. If you feel the need, you can contact them for a safety escort to walk you to your car, escort you to a business, or wait with you at the bus station. To request a safety escort call Read more about the neighborhood clean and safety ambassadors here.
Most of your parking is going to be on the street. There are a handful of parking lots scattered around the neighborhood and if you’re in the W.25th St. Area you can utilize The West Side Market parking lot for a reasonable fee.