“home to over 100 vendors!”
The market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. You can find not only fine meats and fresh vegetables, but also fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheese products, and even fresh flowers. There are also booths that sell ready-to-eat foods, herbs, candy and nuts. Tourists from all over the world tour the market every year drawn by television programs produced by the Travel Channel and Food Network featuring segments on the West Side Market. Last year it is estimated that over a million people visited the market. Whether as a day-tour destination or a weekly shopping experience, the West Side Market continues to be an interesting and historical Cleveland tradition.
Everything about this place was great. Free parking, Tons of food, the architecture. It's got something for literally everybody. I ended up eating at one of the diners that are hidden in the corners of the market and it was very good.
Go there. Get the pierogis. You can get other stuff if you want, too. They have a lot of great stuff (from coffee and loose leaf to to pastries to produce to meat to dried fruits and spices). But the main thing to know is to get the pierogis, which come in not only the standard flavors (potato, potato and cheese, potato and onion, etc.), but also a variety of specialty flavors (cottage cheese, jalapeno, taco, etc.)
I'm from Cincinnati. I grew up going to Findlay Market. I live right by it. Cleveland's West Side Market spanks it. I love this place. Yes, Steve's Gyros lives up to the hype, but there's sooooo much other good stuff here. Mostly food, but other fun things too, snacks, kitchenware, gifts, flowers, etc. Buy a sausage from somewhere and eat it. And, there's so much fresh Italian food, which I love. Some advice: In the immortal words of a dude I overheard last time I was here... "If your name doesn't have enough vowels in it, I'm not buying pasta from you."
It was a nice authentic market. We didn't buy much because we weren't shopping for groceries, but there are some cool ice cream and dessert vendors.
The gyros at Steve's Gyros are a must try. The line can get pretty long and they run out of meat towards the end of the day so get there early to grab one. Also the jerky and smokies and J&J meats are amazing! Some places only take cash here so make sure to carry some. There are not a lot of places to sit down so be warned if you do get a meal you may be standing or sitting on a bench outside to eat it. You can go upstairs and look over the market and sit on the window sill up there, but it does get pretty crowded.
Pricy but a lot off fun! My wife and I were already talking about other things we would want to if we ever came again, as soon as we got to our car.
A wonderful market place. Get some cheese, all varieties of foods, do some people watching. I had a great time!
Great coffee, cool place. Parking was free, but insane on a Friday around 11--took about 25 min to snag a spot.
If you are visiting Cleveland for the first time, or have just never been to the West Side Market, it is a must-see destination. The history and architecture of the market are amazing. There are a ton of great food options and vendors. Easily one of the most fun and interesting places to visit in Cleveland.
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West Side Market Cafe
- Fri, Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Mon, Wed: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Tue, Thu: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Sun: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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