Explore Ohio: My Day on the West Side of Cleveland

So a few weekends ago, one of my besties and I spent the day in Cleveland.

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I’m always looking to explore and try new things! I’m vowing in 2016 to try as many new things as I can, staring off in my own backyard of Ohio.

We started off our Saturday at the West Side Market in Ohio City. According to the website it is “Cleveland’s Oldest Tradition.” Only open on certain hours of the week, this venue features a wide variety of local vendors who sell everything from homemade pasta to raw fish, produce and even sweets! Well worth a stop if you are visiting the area on the weekend.

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I bought a bunch of homemade pasta while Emily bought some local produce!

After the market, we walked around and explored the shops in the area. We stumped upon this awesome mural down a not-so-sketchy alley!

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There are a lot of places to eat and grab drinks close to the market, but after just eating brunch at home we decided to stop at the Glass Bubble Project. It’s right behind the market and well worth the stop!

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They feature TONS of homemade glass sculptures and you can even take a glass blowing class! They were doing a live demo when we stopped by.

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Our favorite bartender told us about his friend’s tea shop, Cleveland Tea Revival, which we went to next. SO MANY TEAS! I loved it! You will have to drive there is you are coming from the market, but parking is free. It was in a cute little area called “Hinge Town.”

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There was the tea shop, juice bar, yoga studio, some loft apartments, and a bike shop there. I loved the window displays at the bike shop – so inspiring and fitting for the day!

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After drinking out tea and admiring the beautiful houses in the area, we took a short 15 minute drive west to Lakewood.

There, we stopped at Campbell’s Sweet Factory! Cupcakes! Buckeyes! Popcorn! Oh my gosh! It all looked so good! They had a cotton candy tree – A COTTON CANDY TREE!

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I had a salted caramel cup…it was so decadent! I couldn’t even finish it!

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Emily had the peanut butter cup…she also couldn’t finish it! Reader beware: you may get a cavity or two – totally worth…

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Next, we walked to a bar called 16-Bit.

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Heaven!! Arcade Bar: all I have to say! They have all those old school arcade games from Frogger to Pac Man to Mortal Kombat. I was just excited to play Tron!!

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The best part…all the games are FREE, as long as you buy a drink! They only games you have to pay for is pinball…which is 50 cents.

After drinks and games, we walked to The Root, my favorite cafe in Lakewood.

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They feature local artists and even have vegan bakery made in-house. I love their coffee! A great place to warm up and have a great cup of joe!

 

There were SO MANY places that I saw that I can’t wait to explore! If anyone has suggests, I’m an open book and would LOVE to know!

What about you? What’s your favorite place in your hometown???

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Talk Soon,
Jennifer