Cleveland: West Side Market

Food lovers (Foodies) from all over the world flock to West Side Market in the historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. West Side Market has been highlighted on both the Food Network and Travel Channel and has roots all the way back to 1840.

The market is open four days a week and my most recent trip there was this past Saturday. Saturday morning is the best time to go. There are more stands open and more people making it more vibrant inside and outside in the neighborhood. The market is not open on Sunday’s.

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

The main part of the market is in an enclosed old yellow brick market house with a 137-foot clock tower that stands out in the whole neighborhood. It’s home to the best and an amazing variety of:

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

Cheeses and dairy products.

Cleveland - West Side Market - cheeses

High quality meats, including of course lot’s of varieties of bacon!

Cleveland - West Side Market - bacon and meats

Fish, eels and lot’s of seafood.

Cleveland - West Side Market - eel, fish, seafood

Breads, desserts and other baked goods. Who can’t beat filled-to-order cannolis?

Cleveland - West Side Market - breads, baked goods

Cleveland - West Side Market - cannolis and desserts

Every kind of ravioli and pasta you can imagine. Pumpkin ravioli? I guess it is the season. I always check out Ohio City Pasta.

Cleveland - West Side Market - ravioli, pasta

Lot’s of oils, hot sauces, spices, candy and more can be found. Lot’s of people weren’t there to shop or sight-see, just to grab lunch or a snack. Some of them were upstairs eating gyros, sausage sandwiches, pastry treats or having a hot coffee. Great views of the market and people watching opportunities can be had upstairs.

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

The arcade portion of the market, recently enclosed and right next store is home to vendor after vendor selling a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.

Cleveland - West Side Market - fruits and vegetables

Cleveland - West Side Market - vegetables

Cleveland - West Side Market - fruits

I always seem to gravitate towards the onions and garlic.

Cleveland - West Side Market - vegetables, onions, garlic

You’ll see lots of people throughout the market like myself with cameras out getting pictures of all the amazing products. No vendors have ever raised an issue about it. You’ll also see all the fruit and vegetable vendors reaching out to you trying to get you to buy from them, but you can’t really go wrong it terms of price with any of the stands. I always make sure to pick the specific tomatoes, onions, oranges, etc. that I want.

Cleveland - West Side Market - foodies, photography

As this is the holiday season, outside the market we saw holiday trees for sale, Santa Claus for the kids to see, a small arts and crafts market and even a line to get some of the Christmas Ale being brewed. You’ll find breweries, restaurants, book stores and other shops and my favorite spot, Koffee Cafe. Grabbed a peppermint stick coffee with Bailey’s. I wasn’t be able to take it outside haha, but it was well worth relaxing inside and getting out of the cold.

Cleveland - Ohio City Neighborhood

West Side Market is my favorite market. I love driving a few hours each way just to go there to people watch, have a coffee, soak in the city neighborhood atmosphere and bring back goodies to make some amazing meals. This is one market I hope you’ll get to someday.

Cleveland - West Side Market - Ohio City neighborhood

What do you like about West Side Market and the Ohio City neighborhood? What markets in the United States and around the world are must visits?

10 responses to “Cleveland: West Side Market

  1. Thank you so much for this great post. This has brought back so many memories for me as my dad used to take me there when I was younger. It is truly a gem. Thank you!!

  2. Well, you already know I’m a fan of the West Side Market. I like Detroit’s Eastern Market, and Toledo’s Farmers Market is worth a stop if you’re in the area. I’ve heard good things about the Yellow Springs Market in Ohio and the Farmers Market in Flint, Michigan…hope to visit those both one of these days.

    • Detroit’s Eastern Market is nice. Like all the meat and wine shops around the market. Will have to check out the one in Toledo and the others. πŸ™‚ Also wanting to go to North Market in Columbus.

  3. I love that you travel to Cleveland to go to the market. I do the same thing on Saturdays, especially during the holidays. The focus around food is comforting and brings people together. It’s relaxing and exciting all at the same time. I always leave there completely full of delicious food and all the essentials to stay that way for days. I also look forward to when the weather begins to break and I get to enjoy the first warm day at the market. But for now, bring on the snow! Happy Holidays!

    • Can’t beat the market and neighborhood atmosphere, with flurries flying, during the holidays. So festive. Look forward to being back to get mode goodies. Happy Holidays to you too!

  4. I love a good food market, and it looks like Cleveland has one. I find it gives insight to the area. I’ve been to Ohio, but not Cleveland. It looks like a cool place to visit.

    • Definitely agree with you. After hanging out around the market and the neighborhood and coffee shops got a great feel for the area. Nice place. Recommended stop for travelers and foodies. Always on the look out for food markets. πŸ™‚

  5. I enjoy looking through a post that will make people think.
    Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

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