Explore the Neighborhoods and Suburbs of Cleveland

Get to Know This Diverse Ohio City

Cleveland is a collection of interesting and diverse neighborhoods and suburbs. Each has their own personality and there's something for everyone. From historic Ohio City to charming Little Italy, let's explore Cleveland's many distinct neighborhoods.

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Little Italy

Old style Neighborhood, Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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A touch of "Old World" Italy can still be found on Mayfield Road in Cleveland's Little Italy. It’s a charming neighborhood filled with Victorian homes, courtyards, and brick storefronts.

Little Italy is the place to go if you’re seeking traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurants and bakeries offer delicious foods that will impress anyone. After a bite, you can stroll through the neighborhood’s art scene, including the old Murray Hill School, which has been reimagined into a collection of artistic shops, studios, and galleries.

Holy Rosary Church is the centerpiece of the area. Each August, they host the Feast of the Assumption, which is a popular event with an open invitation to everyone.

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Ohio City

Looking south on West 25th Street in Ohio City, towards the West Side Market.
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Once an independent city, Ohio City was annexed by Cleveland in 1854. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods and has a fascinating mix of historic and trendy places to see and visit.

With Lake Erie just to the north, Ohio City is a destination for many reasons. It boasts some fantastic shopping opportunities, including The Westside Market, is home to notable churches, and Jim Mahon Park is known as the place to catch sunsets over the lake.

Within the neighborhood, you’ll also find some great dining establishments. Consider these essential to round out your culinary experience of Cleveland.

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This small neighborhood just east of downtown Cleveland is one of the most interesting areas of the city. Since the 1950s, a diverse group of Asian immigrants has called it home. The prominently Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean community is a tight-knit one and Asian culture is widely celebrated there.

Asiatown is the place to find a great array of Asian foods, including some of the best dim sum and noodle houses around. From the restaurants to the grocers and bakers, it is a food lover's delight. If you're looking for authentic cuisine and ingredients, then you'll want to frequent this colorful piece of Cleveland.

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Just south of Lake Erie and between E 131st and E 185th streets you'll find the neighborhood of Collinwood. It is a diverse community and has been named one of the "best secret communities" in the U.S.

Art lovers will certainly want to head to Collinwood. The neighborhood is known for its art walks and the Waterloo Arts Fest is a popular event that takes place every June.

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Old Brooklyn

Old Brooklyn, Cleveland
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On the west side of Cleveland, you’ll find Old Brooklyn. It’s a neighborhood filled with greenhouses and tree-lined streets. You’ll find a mix of homes, from modest middle-class bungalows to upper-income homes in the desirable South Hills.

Old Brooklyn is home to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and many other fun venues for families. You can also enjoy the hiking and biking trails that lead to downtown as part of the Ohio Towpath Trail. Shopping and dining are plentiful in the area as well.

Old Brooklyn is home to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and many other fun venues for families. You can also enjoy the hiking and biking trails that lead to downtown as part of the Ohio Towpath Trail. Shopping and dining are plentiful in the area as well.

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On the west side of Cleveland and next to Lake Erie, you will find Detroit-Shoreway. It too is a diverse neighborhood and home to many ethnic groups who have left their mark.

The neighborhood centers around the bustle of Gordon Square. This art district is filled with shops, galleries, and many events to keep you entertained. It is home to many great theaters and a variety of eclectic dining opportunities as well.

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Fairfax is a dynamic residential neighborhood that is made up mostly of middle-income, African-American families. You'll find it just east of University Circle.

Karamu House, the oldest African-American theater in the U.S. can be found in Fairfax. It is also home to the famous Cleveland Clinic and a number of historic churches.

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Shaker Square

Station sign at Shaker Square station on Cleveland's RTA Rapid Transit
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On the edge of the Shaker Heights suburb, you will find the historic neighborhood of Shaker Square. The neighborhood was designed with European markets in mind, so you will find interesting Georgian and Tudor architecture all around you.

Next to the antique district of Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Square packs a lot into its square mile of real estate. It is the second oldest planned shopping district in the U.S. and offers a great variety of stores and restaurants to keep you busy. The Art Deco movie theater is a treasure of the neighborhood and there’s almost always an event taking place.

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Slavic Village

If you want to practice your Polish, Cleveland’s Slavic Village is the place to go. Located south of downtown, the neighborhood retains its Czech and Polish heritage year-round.

Slavic Village is known for the traditional cuisine being served at restaurants and delis throughout the neighborhood. It is also home to a nice variety of small shops, including many antique stores that are fun to browse. The red brick of the Gothic St. Stanislaus Church is eye-catching and the interior is a step back in time.

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Another south side neighborhood, Tremont was also one of the first neighborhoods in Cleveland. It celebrates its history by showcasing the Victorian homes and the largest concentration of historic churches in the U.S. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in architecture.

Lincoln Park is the heart of Tremont and a great place to relax or catch a summer concert. Shoppers will find plenty of stores to visit and the neighborhood boasts a great art scene. Foodies will enjoy Tremont’s restaurants and families can look forward to the fun summer festivals the neighborhood offers.

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University Circle

There are cultural opportunities throughout all of Cleveland, but University Circle is the center of it all. Here you will find endless attractions, from the Cleveland Museum of Art to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. As the name suggests, it’s also where you’ll find many of the city’s universities and colleges.

Whether you enjoy a free concert at Wade Oval or hit one of the many coffee shops or nightspots in the neighborhood, there’s always something going on. It’s a great place for a casual stroll and you’re sure to find something new on each visit.

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Cleveland's East Side Suburbs

Shaker Heights Public Library Main Branch
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The east side of the Cuyahoga River means rolling hills, horse country, and diverse communities. Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights are directly to the east and retain some of the architecture that Cleveland is known for.

On Lake Erie you will find the suburb of Euclid, once home to the famous Euclid Beach Park. While there's plenty to do in all of Cleveland's eastern subarbs, most are primarily residential, with Solon being one of the more affluent of the lot.

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Cleveland's West Side Suburbs

West of the Cuyahoga, you'll find a diverse collection of communities, from multi-cultural Lakewood to the ethnic enclave of Parma.

This side of Cleveland includes a more lakefront living than the western suburbs. It includes the lakeside towns of Rocky River and Bay Village. Neighboring Bay Village is Westlake, a great place for a day of shopping and good food.

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Cleveland's South Side Suburbs

The landscape south of Cleveland, between the city and Akron, is dotted with a number of small towns. Once frontier outposts, most are now bedroom communities to Akron and Cleveland. 

Some of the suburbs you'll find in this area include Brecksville, Medina, Strongsville, and Sagamore Hills. Berea is an interesting area, home to a number of annual festivals and the Cleveland Browns training camp.

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