Now, I’m all for spontaneous trips but I definitely like to do a bit of research and planning before I head to a city that I’m not too familiar with. I personally use the TripAdvisor App to help me find hidden gems like the ones I found in Cleveland. I even almost fooled my Instagram friends, thinking I was in Paris lol! The app allows you to search and save must-see places in any destination around the world to a list that you can then label by trip. One of the main reasons why I love the app for planning is because of its map feature that lays out all of the places I’ve saved so I can see where everything is in relation to my current location. Try it out by downloading the app here. p.s., it’s free!)
West Side Market
One of the nation’s largest and oldest food halls and has been in business since 1840! If you love markets, you’ll love this indoor one.
I was searching for the perfect coffee shop to get work done and I stumbled upon Pour Cleveland. I felt like I was right back in NYC when I walked into this gem! The coffee shop is light and airy, the service was great and most importantly, the coffee was strong and delicious. Being a digital nomad, I especially loved the outlet pods installed on every table.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
If you’re a Rock n’ Roll fan, lose yourself in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum located in Downtown Cleveland. The views of Lake Erie and the architecture itself are worth the visit. If you’ve been to Paris, you may recognize this building as it was designed by the same architect, I.M. Pei that designed The Louvre!
Shop in The First Indoor Shopping Mall in America
The Arcade Cleveland first opened in 1890 and still stands as a shopping mall and historic landmark in Cleveland. My old soul immediately fell in love with this place as soon as I walked in.
Tower City Center
This tower located on Public Square is home to 75 specialty shops, six full-service restaurants, an 11-screen theater, and 2 hotels. It’s also one of the most strikingly beautiful towers on the Cleveland skyline.
E. 4th Street
Located east of Public Square, Downtown Cleveland’s East 4th St. immediately struck my attention the moment I caught a glimpse of its string lights.
Heinen’s Grocery Store
I know what you’re thinking…”really? a grocery store?” But really, hear me out! The entrance of this place is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen and is totally Instagrammable.
Insider tip: You can photograph the ceiling by walking into the main entrance of the grocery store but to get a bird’s eye view, enter from The Metropolitan at the 9.
Where to Stay: The Metropolitan at the 9
The Metropolitan at the 9 located in Downtown Cleveland is conveniently located within walking distance of sports stadiums, a major mall, the Cleveland Convention Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This hotel is where you’ll find both luxury and trendy. The hotel features a restaurant in a bank vault, a rooftop lounge and indoor dog park. We snagged a last minute deal by booking on the TripAdvisor app with its variety of online travel agencies that it features.
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