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West Side Market, Cleveland

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Flea Market Historic Site
Used since its inception in 1840 as a center for commerce and trade, West Side Market represents Cleveland's oldest market space. The building's iconic 42 m (137 ft) clock tower and brick construction date from a 1912 remodel, which transformed the old wooden structure into its present neoclassical style. You can explore hundreds of stalls selling fruits, vegetables, and other foodstuffs. Locals use the market for day-to-day food shopping. If possible, join a guided tour, offered occasionally by longtime shoppers. To visit West Side Market and other attractions in Cleveland, use our Cleveland tourist route planner.
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  • Great food, nice people and a lot of good deals. Fresh Italian bread, that is out of this world fabulous! Yummy pastries you can't pass up :)  more »
  • I spent 9 nights in Cleveland this trip and ended up at the West Side Market on 4 separate days! The place is a foodie lovers dream. I am guessing over 100 vendors, with at least a few dozen of those ...  more »
  • We were hoping for more ready-to-go options for dining but this is definitely a great place to get fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. More variety would be nice.  more »
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  • This is one of the oldest and most historic markets in the United States. It possesses an old world charm that is really appealing. They have a world class selection of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and an excellent selection of pastries and sea food. Prices are usually pretty good. The market is not open daily so you will need plan ahead. They are not open on Tuesday or Thursday. Also parking can be really tight on the busier days of Saturday and Sunday. Besides all that the best thing about this market is the culture. You will meet people of all races and nationalities harmoniously getting along drawn together by the international selection of foods that they love. This truly is a great place to shop and it is also a safe place thanks to the presence of the Cleveland Police. It is also a tourist attraction as well so you will meet people from all over America and the world who have come here to Cleveland to experience our local treasure. This market truly is remarkable!
  • This is pretty much a must visit if you’re visiting Cleveland. If you live in the area, it’s a great place to buy fresh, local products and support the local economy. Everything I’ve purchased here I’ve enjoyed. I enjoy the vibes of being around everyone bustling and buying fresh food. It’s always fun!
  • Usual and unusual foods. Popular for tourists and for everyday shoppers. Frequented by local chefs. Ethnic, prepared and specialty items as well as meats and produce. Sinful bakery goodies. Across the street from the West 25th St. Rapid stop. Plenty of free parking. Go midweek to avoid crowds. While most vendors accept credit cards, cash is easier.
  • I would actually rate the main market 5 stars+, but the produce section is abominable. I will never get produce there again. Every time I have, the vendors have tried to add more than I ask for and charge me for it. Each time I've brought home food that is already moldy or rots within days. I'll be sticking to my local farmer's market from now on. As far as the main market ... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Never had a problem with any of the vendors or their products. Great selection, amazing food, THE place to go for meats, smokies, cheeses, bakery, and so much more!
  • Place is awesome, market has excellent meat, pastries, fruit, vegetables and a restaurant. Old fashioned decor, building is very old but in great shape. Great selection of items for a marketplace. A must visit if you want freak goods!

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Most of Cleveland's hotels are located in downtown, though you can also plenty of comfortable and affordable rooms in the city's outlying neighborhoods. Many downtown hotels offer discounted weekend rates and deals that include tickets to some of the city's major attractions, but if you prefer to stay away from the central part of town, consider the neighborhoods east of the Cuyahoga River. Staying in this part of Cleveland allows you easy access to the city's cultural district, renowned for its museums, galleries, and parks.
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