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Dating all the way back to 1840, Cleveland's oldest publicly owned open-air market began on a simple tract of land. After undergoing intense renovations and repairs, the West Side Market reopened to the public in 1912, unveiling its indoor yellow brick markethouse and its iconic 137-foot-tall clock tower. Over the years it has continued to grow, and the market is now home to more than 100 different vendors selling items from all over the world. And you don't have to be a foodie to appreciate the wide array of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy and cheese products, meats and even fresh flowers sold here. This historic market also houses food stalls selling ready-to-eat items, candies and nuts. Having been featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network, West Side Market is an original must-see Cleveland attraction luring more than 1 million visitors each year.
Both locals and visitors recommend strolling the market and enjoying the fresh samples before making any purchases — there's a lot to see, so try before you buy. Travelers also note the European-feel of the market is especially appealing. Many applaud the fresh produce and meat selections, as well as the low prices, while some say the architecture of the building alone is worth a visit. Just be careful if you plan on driving, because the parking lot fills up fast.
You'll find the market located in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, less than 3 miles southwest of downtown. The rail's Red Line and multiple buses stop on the corner of West 25th Street, which is directly behind the market. There is also free customer parking available in Lot A. The market is free to visit and is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; it's closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Visit the market's website for more information and a list of vendors.
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