Quirky, Delicious, and Creative. That’s Tremont.
From its colorful homes, college-inspired street names, and A Christmas Story leg lamps adorning nearly every window, it’s evident Tremont has a personality of its own. Home to over twenty historic churches, well-known chef-operated restaurants, unique boutiques, and street festivals, as well as its proximity to Downtown and other popular neighborhoods, Tremont has a little something for everyone. My Tremont Ohio Travel Guide will take you through some of the best things to do, eat, and experience in the neighborhood. Enjoy finding your new favorites!
Tasty Tremont: Where To Eat & Drink
Eat Cajun Home Fries & Andouille Sausage at Grumpy’s Cafe
Grumpy’s is one of the yummiest breakfast & brunch spots in Tremont. I highly recommend getting the Grumpy’s Special with Cajun home fries and andouille sausage along with other breakfast classics if you’re going for the New Orleans vibes.
Visit | 2621 W 14 Street, Cleveland, OH
More Tremont Brunch & Breakfast Spots
Delicious brunch options are made by hand using food sourced in Ohio and their garden. You might recognize them from a few Food Network features, too.
Visit | 777 Starkweather Ave
Martha on the Fly
Egg sandwiches are the main deal at this tiny but popular breakfast spot, you’ll also find brunch goodness like donuts, salad, cornmeal fries, and much more.
Visit | 2173 Professor Ave
Bread, pastries, pizza, soup, coffee, hot chocolate, and one of the best chocolate chip cookies in Cleveland can be found at this stylish but simple bakery cafe.
Visit | 1633 Auburn Ave
More Great Tremont Spots for Lunch, Dinner, & Dessert
Restaurants and Bars on my to-visit list: (I can’t believe I haven’t been to some of these, either.) Porco Lounge & Tiki Room, Dante, Prosperity Social Club, Tyfun Thai Bistro, Lava Lounge, La Cave Du Vin, La Bodega, and the Velvet Tango Room.
New restaurants I’m keeping an eye out for opening day: Lil’ Ronnie’s, STEAK
A dark and moody intimate setting for dinner or a drink. They also make a killer grilled cheese sandwich.
Visit | 1031 Literary Road
This sweet shop opened in 2023 and you’ll find milkshakes, ball waffles, gelato, fruit teas, and more.
Visit | 910 Literary Road
Cloak & Dagger
Stylish dark academia vibes meet a vegan menu and one of the most thoughtful, well-designed cocktail menus.
Visit | 12399 W. 11th Street
Make New Friends at affoGATO Cat Cafe
A Cafe that creates a safe and comfortable haven for kitties you can adopt while also creating a place for locals to work and play. I haven’t been inside yet but it’s definitely on my to-do list!
Visit | 761 Starkweather Avenue
New Orleans Vibes in Tremont
My Tremont Ohio Travel Guide wouldn’t be complete without a nod to New Orleans. It’s no secret that The Big Easy is one of my favorite cities which is why I noticed all of the NOLA-esque details around the Tremont neighborhood. When I walk around the neighborhood, I see courtyards and alleyways with wrought-iron fencing and colorful homes that remind me of the homes you’d see around New Orleans and make me feel like I’m walking around the French Quarter. There’s even a restaurant that is designed to feel like a building on Bourbon Street.
Speaking of New Orleans, do you like Mardi Gras? I have a whole post dedicated to celebrating it in Cleveland here.
Enjoy Delicious Cajun Eats at Bourbon Street Barrel Room
Indulge your tastebuds at this New Orleans-inspired Cajun restaurant. The inside has a balcony wrapped around the interior giving you major Bourbon Street vibes. The food is Cajun, the treats are Beignets, and it’s an extra delight to visit during Mardi Gras!
Visit | 2393 Professor Avenue
Take a Photo of the Cleveland Script Sign
This is one of several Script Signs throughout the city and has an expansive city skyline view. If you’re lucky, you can even catch a killer sunset. Curious to see the rest of the signs? I have a post sharing how to find them and what else to do nearby here.
Enjoy A Stroll along the Ohio & Erie Canalway via the Towpath Trail
Tremont is the only neighborhood along the Towpath Trail which runs right by this Script Sign. This 101 mile trail takes you along the historic Ohio and Erie Canalway. Learn more about the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail here.
Shop At The Prettiest Boutique Shop: Banyan Tree
Trendy and unique clothes and accessories, home goods, gifts, jewelry, and beautiful display windows can be found at Banyan Tree.
Visit | 2242 Professor Avenue
More Tremont Shopping
Visible Voice Books
This awesome bookshop is part books part cafe. In addition to that, you’ll find a delicious pizza shop on the lower level called Crust.
Visit | 2258 Professor Avenue
Rook Modern Cool shop filled with vintage, mid-century style furniture and accessories
Art Tremont is a new art store with art supplies, classes, and more. I haven’t had a chance. to visit yet, but it’s on top of my list!
Paul Duda Gallery huge art gallery filled with Cleveland-focused art and more.
Visit the House from A Christmas Story
This home is the actual home facade used in the popular Christmas movie. The owner renovated the interior to match the movie as much as possible and turned it into a museum and home you can rent out to reenact your favorite A Christmas Story moments. Its most busy season is during the holidays but the museum is open year-round.
Visit | 3159 West 11th Street
FOR FUN: See how many homes and business windows you can spot a Leg Lamp, the famous lamp from the movie A Christmas Story. Clevelanders, especially those in Tremont, love to feature this iconic Christmas decoration with pride as the home of several film locations from the movie.
With 26 churches within the neighborhood border, Tremont has the largest concentration of historic churches within the United States. That’s one church per square mile. Some still operate as churches while others have been renovated to hold other purposes. Religious or not, you can admire the beauty of these old buildings, especially the Theodosius Russian Orthodox church with its iconic green patina roof, a photographers favorite.
Festivals, Walkabouts, and Farmers Markets
Tremont hosts several street festivals, weekend walkabouts, and a farmer’s market in the summer. Our favorite is Tate of Tremont (pictured) where the local restaurants get out and share their best bites, a perfect way to try something new (or an old favorite).
Here are a few favorite events you can enjoy:
Tate of Tremont is the 3rd Sunday in July
Arts in August happens each weekend in August
Farmer’s Market runs Tuesdays from Mid-May through early October
Walkabout Tremont is the 2nd Friday of every month
Admire Colorful Street Art
You’ll find colorful street art throughout the Tremont Neighborhood from simple murals like the rainbow wall above to art on the side of buildings, and the famous bird that you’ll see everywhere around town (mural at the top of the page).
Marvel At The Unique Buildings and Architecture
You’ll find a mix of new and old construction throughout the neighborhood. Some enjoy the mix while others think it is like oil and water. Either way, it’s fascinating to see the combinations.
As you drive around Tremont, you’ll notice a lot of street signs inspired by education such as “Professor”, “College”, “University”, and “Literary”. These are remnants of Tremont’s past as home to Cleveland University back in 1851-1853. Today, what exists of the former university is now lofts and restaurants. It’s notable for being the first institute of higher learning in Cleveland and was also a brief rival of Oberlin College.
Thanks for reading along! I hope you enjoyed my Tremont Ohio Travel Guide. This is just a taste of what this vibrant, historic, and hip neighborhood has to offer. Have fun exploring and finding your own favorites.