Distinct neighborhoods such as vibrant nightlife hotspots, bustling business districts, distinguished museum quarters and charming ethnic enclaves make up the city of Cleveland . Each neighborhood has its own history and character.

Downtown Cleveland - Downtown Cleveland is one of the country’s top ten largest central business districts. Not only is it the region’s center of corporate, legal, banking, and government services it is also the center of entertainment and nightlife. Downtown Cleveland’s attractions and quality of urban life has made it extremely attractive place to live in the past ten years and has the highest downtown residential growth rate in the Midwest.

Public Square – Four landscaped parks make up the heart of downtown Cleveland , and have existed since the city was founded. A variety of skyscrapers now surround the square – including Key Tower , one of the twenty tallest buildings in the United States . Public Square hosts a variety of celebrations, and serves as a nice place to relax. The Fourth of July festivities on the Square draw large crowds and feature a free live performance of patriotic songs by the Cleveland Orchestra.

North Coast Harbor – Stroll along the lake and see some of Cleveland ’s most popular attractions on the northern edge of downtown Cleveland . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center , and the William G. Mather Museum . Head to the end of E.9 th pier to Voinovich Park for excellent views of the harbor and Cleveland skyline

Civic Center – The city’s most important civic buildings surround a manicured lawn overlooking the vast Lake Erie waters and North Coast Harbor . Cleveland ’s Civic Center grew out of the 1903 Group Plan, which was almost fully realized if the Union Terminal Train Station had been built on the Northern end. Despite its unfinished status, it is still the nation’s largest planned civic district outside of Washington D.C.

Theatre District – on the eastern edge of downtown bright lights and marques from Playhouse Square light up the streets. Theatergoers have several fine restaurants and cafes to choose from before and after the show that complete a splendid evening.

Warehouse District – the region’s most swanky restaurants and swinging clubs have all opened up in historic 19th century warehouses in a couple blocks just west of Public Square . Enjoy the chatty sidewalk patios, thumping beats, and street musicians under the stars and streetlights with Cleveland ’s best-dressed crowd.  

Gateway – Sports and major events take place year-round at Jacob’s Field and the Q Arena . Sports bars, music venues, fine restaurants, and other establishments make the district a diversified entertainment district perfect for everyone and the whole family.

West Side Neighborhoods:
  • Ohio City  www.ohiocity.com  - Just across the Cuyahoga River from downtown, is known for its ethnically diverse population and the magnificent West Side Market anchoring Market Square . A city landmark since 1912, the market is one of the country’s largest and boasts a variety of fresh foods and ethnic specialties from over 180 vendors. Take a stroll through this charming Victorian Era neighborhood – originally settled by Cleveland’s German and Irish population - and discover more eclectic culinary delights found at a Hispanic bakery, a Middle-Eastern hookah lounge, a French creperie, a German import house, a Japanese sushi bar, Cambodian restaurant, and a Belgian bar just to name a few. Fashionable contemporary eateries, funky shops, and an influx of new housing enhance the cosmopolitan ambiance. Another not-to-miss neighborhood favorite includes the famous Great Lakes Brewery, known for its quality award-winning craft beer.  The Open Air in Market Square street fair features live music, a variety of arts and crafts vendors, and takes place every Saturday afternoon during the summer.  Panoramic Market Square Cleveland skyline live webcam.
  • Tremont - Historic Tremont is a rejuvenated neighborhood gaining reputation as one of Cleveland’s hot spots for nightlife, art and dining. Originally settled by Eastern Europeans, Appalachians , Greeks, Polish and African-Americans, Tremont's newest residential influx are young urban professionals and artists, lured by the area’s eclectic surroundings. Tremont has one of the largest concentrations of architecturally notable churches in the country. Stemming off of Lincoln Park in all directions, you'll find charming shops, hip cafes, local pubs, chic lounges, and trendy restaurants. Drop in the neighborhood during an Artwalk, held the second Friday of every month, or the Taste of Tremont held every September for an excellent sampling of the art and food of Tremont.
  • Detroit Shoreway, www.dscdo.org The Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood is located just one mile west of downtown Cleveland on Lake Erie . Gordon Square is an emerging as the vibrant commercial center of the neighborhood along Detroit Avenue with arts and retail institutions like the Cleveland Public Theater, antique shops, and cafes. The neighborhood also includes the Franklin Boulevard and West Clinton National Register Historic Districts. 
  • Edgewater - On the edge of the near west side of Cleveland the Edgewater community is best known for the popular Edgewater State Park, which overlooks Lake Erie and offers visitors hiking and biking trails, picnic spots and fishing piers. This neighborhood, notably along Clifton Boulevard , is also full of offbeat coffee houses, upbeat delis, unique gift shops, intimate restaurants and nightly entertainment. Recently the gay community in particular has found the neighborhood a nice place to live.
  • Brooklyn Centre - www.brooklyncentre.com this neighborhood predates Ohio City and Old Brooklyn - settled in 1812 - with remnants of early housing and horse-drawn carriage days.  The Metroparks Zoo, Metrohealth Hospital and Steelyard Commons are major destinations within this neighborhood.  There are schools, libraries and commercial district within one mile radius of Cuyahoga Valley National Park access via Denison Ave, which will have bike lanes completed in 2015. Riverside Cemetery is an oasis of green popular in Brooklyn Centre  for jogging and contemplation with local residents and Metrohealth employees.

University Circle - University Circle is an extraordinary cultural, medical, and educational district – its concentration of institutions in one beautiful square mile surrounding the pristine Wade Park and Lagoon is unsurpassed in the world.  With many of Cleveland ’s treasured museums located here, it is prime tourist spot. Museums include the Cleveland Museum of Art , the Cleveland Museum of Natural History , the Western Reserve Historical Society , the Cleveland Botanical Gardens , and the Children’s Museum . Drop in for a foreign film at the acclaimed Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art , or an esteemed performance by the Cleveland Orchestra in their lavish winter home, Severance Hall . Don’t miss the deconstructionist architectural marvel by Frank Gehry; the Peter B. Lewis Building . After the museums take a walk up Martin Luther King Boulevard through Rockefeller Park . For more information visit www.universitycircle.org.   

East Side Neighborhoods:
  • Little Italy - Just up the road from University Circle is Little Italy, one of the city’s best-known and geographically distinct neighborhoods. First settled in the late 19th century by skilled Italian artisans, Little Italy has retained much of its Old World charm. The area is home to a blend of art galleries and shops, offering a wide variety of crafts, paintings and sculptures. Murray Hill Artwalks are held the first weekend of June, October and December. As its name might suggest, Little Italy offers some of the finest Italian-style dining in Cleveland . The Feast of the Assumption is a weeklong street festival in August that begins with a traditional religious procession by the parishioners of Holy Rosary Church.
  • Cedar Fairmount, www.cedarfairmount.org  - Cedar Fairmount is located at the intersection Cedar Road - the East Side ’s major commercial avenue - and Fairmount Boulevard , one of the East Side ’s most distinguished residential boulevards. This district is well known for its beautiful historic Tudor-style buildings. During the day, enjoy the unique shops and cafes. In the evening, enjoy sophisticated entertainment like jazz shows, martini bars, and billiards. Cedar Fairmount epitomizes Cleveland ’s East Side .
  • Coventry Village , www.coventryvillage.org - Village in Cleveland Heights has an atmosphere all its own, retaining the counterculture atmosphere that made it a magnet for Bohemians in the 1960s and 70s. Today the neighborhood maintains its Bohemian roots, and has become a popular place for Cleveland ’s college students to spend time when they are not studying. The heart of Coventry Village offers a truly original shopping experience with an eclectic assortment of boutiques featuring everything from retro clothing and toy shops to off-beat music stores. Ethnic eateries, pubs and live music clubs round out this hip neighborhood.
  • Shaker Square, www.shakersquare.net , www.larchmere.com  - Square, the oldest shopping area in Ohio , is an excellent place for dinner and a movie.  A broad choice of local restaurants and a beautifully restored 1930s cinema that shows with independent and mainstream films. Saturday mornings during the summer, locally grown produce is available during the Farmer Markets. Stroll one block north to Larchmere Boulevard, Cleveland 's Art and Antique district, is home to more than 40 primarily locally-owned shops, galleries, restaurants and services that create a unique urban shopping experience. Two light-rail Rapid Transit lines stop at the Square offering fast transportation to and from downtown Cleveland , the waterfront and Cleveland Hopkins Airport .