Shopping in ClevelandMichelle McQuade | December 7, 2016
Cleveland is home to a diverse array of shopping malls, local shops, and one-of-a-kind art stores and antique shops, making it a paradise for shoppers.
With such a huge variety of shopping venues to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out where to start, so here are some of the city’s must-visit shopping destinations:
5th Street Arcades
530 Euclid Avenue,
Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, 5th Street Arcades is a collection of historic century-old shopping arcades which are also architectural marvels. Recently restored in 2012, these elegant indoor streetscapes are undoubtedly one of the region’s most attractive shopping destinations, combining gorgeous architecture with a vibrant selection of locally-owned boutiques, must-try restaurants, cozy cafés, and a variety of services.
78th Street Studios
1300 West 78th Street
78th Street Studios is one of Northern Ohio’s largest art and design destinations, with 170,000 square feet of space featuring art galleries, art studios, performance venues, and music studios.
In addition to being one of the most popular attractions for fine art enthusiasts, 78th Street Studios also serves as an incubator for businesses in different categories such as publishing, music, product design, and events.
Visitors of 78th Street Studios can also head to regular events such as Open House and Third Fridays to enjoy visual exhibits, live music, mouthwatering cuisine, and a large variety of pop-up booths.
2999 Payne Avenue,
Located in Cleveland’s Chinatown, Asia Plaza is a sprawling six-acre shopping complex featuring over 20 tenants. Established back in 1988, Asia Plaza was designed to provide a variety of products and services to Greater Cleveland’s Asian community.
In addition to its shops and services, Asia Plaza also hosts several events throughout the year, including the Cleveland Asian Festival and the Chinese New Year celebration.
The Cleveland Flea
1440 E. 36th Street
Looking for a different shopping experience? The Cleveland Flea might be just the thing for you. Every month, the unique shopping attraction draws over 35,000 shoppers to their Tyler Village location and a modest crowd for their more relaxed Sunday Market in Hingetown.
At the Cleveland Flea, shoppers can browse for rare, one-of-a-kind merchandise sold by vintage dealers, fine artists, jewelers, furniture crafters, and so much more. The business incubator was founded in 2013 by Stephanie Sheldon of Indie Foundry, who was searching for a way to support creative businesses and local artists in the Cleveland area.
Through Cleveland Flea, artists and budding entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to make a living, while shoppers get to enjoy a fresh, new shopping experience that isn’t available anywhere else.
West Side Market
1979 West 25th Street,
Open for more than a hundred years, Cleveland’s West Side Market is the city’s oldest indoor and outdoor market place. The venue is considered the anchor of historic Ohio City, and is one of the most beloved landmarks in the entire Northeast Ohio region.
At the West Side Market, shoppers can select from a plethora of baked goods, fresh meats, seafood, cheeses, poultry, fruits and vegetables, spices, and so much more.
If you’d like a sampling of Cleveland’s rich history, a visit to West Side Market is a must.