jace asked in TravelUnited StatesCleveland · 1 decade ago

Is downtown Cleveland worth a visit?

Thinking about going there mid September to watch the Vikings stomp the Browns. So what does the downtown have to offer? I want some good local microbrew, some good coffee shops, and good places for mens clothing. Also, what is a good hotel near Cleveland Browns Stadium and other downtown attractions?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Mid-September can be great time to visit Cleveland if you can avoid a rainy weekend. Lake Erie still will be in the 70s and likely will take any chill out of the air.

    As a Vikings fan, it's probably a good idea to visit Cleveland when the Browns are down, although it's the NFL, and anything is possible, including an upset of the Vikings by the Browns. Now, being from the Big Ten backwaters, if you really want to see a sure thing and an elite NCAA football team in action, stay around to Sept. 19 to see Ohio State make its once in two decades visit to Cleveland to take on Toledo, a MAC team which did upset Michigan last year at the Big House. If Ohio State enters the game undefeated (it plays USC the prior weekend in Columbus), the Buckeyes likely will be contending again for a national title.


    Cleveland's best microbrewerey is Great Lakes Brewing Pub. Its Dortmunder Gold and Eliott Ness (of "Untouchables" fame before cleaning up Cleveland) Amber Lager are among its especially honored beers:



    If you visit the Great Lakes Brewpub just off West 25th Street, be certain to ask to see the Eliot Ness bullet holes.


    As a football fan, while in Cleveland, you might want to make the couple hour drive to Canton to see the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



    As far as men's clothing, there is a Brooks Brothers shop at Tower City in the heart of downtown. Cleveland's premier shopping district, however, is 30 minutes east of downtown at Beachwood Place Mall and Legacy Village (which has a Jos. A. Bank and a Nordstrom Rack).

    Having coffee at the West Side Market, a short walk from Great Lakes, may be memorable. You'll certainly have your choice of pastries.


    There's a Caribou Coffee at Tower City and several Starbucks locations. Phoenix Coffee is a local chain with two downtown locations.


    Apart from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (now featuring a Bruce Springsteen exhibit), Cleveland's top attractions include its Orchestra, ranked 7th in the world and one of the two best in the U.S., and the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the best in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Orchestra won't be performing in early September.



    One unique attraction in Cleveland is the U.S.S. Cod, the only unmodified (entry and exit is through the original hatches) U.S. World War II fleet submarine open to the public.


    Cleveland's Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center in the U.S. outside of New York City.

    The Nautica complex in the Flats, East 4th Street and the Warehouse District are the downtown area's leading entertainment districts.




    Well-located hotels include the Ritz-Carlton (expensive) in the Tower City complex and the downtown Marriott, which is closer to Cleveland Browns Stadium, as is the Hyatt-Regency Cleveland-Arcade, located in the one of the country's architectural landmarks, offering a very unique lodging experience.



    The Cleveland Doubletree Dowtown/Lakeside recently was renovated and offers a free shuttle in the downtown area. It may be a bargain option. It's very close to Browns Stadium and the RRHOF.

    The Goodtime III still will be offering Friday and Saturday river and lake cruises in September.


    If you want to see Progressive Field, the Indians will be at home the weekend of the Vikings game.

    Cleveland's RTA mass transportation system offers one-day passes for $4.50. Its "Rapid" light rail "Red" line can take you from the airport to downtown. Its W. 25th Street station is a short walk from the West Side Market and the Great Lakes Brewery.


  • 1 decade ago

    Stay at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel on public square...it is a beautiful hotel near many main attractions and is connected to Tower City, a vast multi-level shopping mall. Get some great Microbrews at Great Lakes Brewery, and check out the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. You ought to enjoy Cleveland very much, and your Vikings will probably win...just don't gloat too much, Cleveland is passionate about their Browns even though they disappoint every year. Enjoy your visit!

  • Miss 6
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    First off, even though the Browns haven't had the best of seasons having a sentence that consists of Vikings stomping the Browns isn't a good way to ask for any nice places to go. We're particular about out Browns regardless of their record.

    Browns Stadium is located by W. 3rd street, there are some hotels that are within walking distance. Hampton Inn on 9th street is nice, Marriott in the Key Center and in Tower City you can stay in either the Ritz-Carlton or the Renaissance Hotels. They Hyatt Regency in the old Arcade also within walking distance of Browns stadium. The Great Lakes Brewery is on the West Side of town. West side Market on W. 25th street. Arabica Coffeehouse on Juniper Rd near University Circle is a nice coffee house with good coffee, that's on the East side of town, near the museums and other cultural attractions.

  • KitKat
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Isn't it sad that I have worked in downtown Cleveland for 3 years and still don't know much about it?

    Well I'm not old enough to drink, so idk about microbrews, but there is an AMAZING sub place called Jimmy Johns next to Cadillac Ranch in Public Square. Beware, though, it's VERY addicting and amazingly wonderful <3 I get the #5 no onion no tomato and I would sell a kidney to get one if that's what it took!

    Hotels- Never stayed here since I live close. But I knew someone who stayed in the Mariott in Public Square attached to the Key Tower. They said it was RIDICULOUSLY amazing, although expensive (but his college paid for it, so who knows exactly how much). He's been talking about going back, but there is no reason to since we're so close.

    Have fun.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Downtown Cleveland blows

  • 5 years ago

    I am getting married at the Old Courthouse. It is so pretty!! There is also the Botanical Gardens, the Art Museum, Case Western campus has a ton of pretty places, the Cleveland Zoo has a pretty cool rain forest building. The Science museum is really cool as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You would be quite shocked how inexpensive some of these places are. I don't know which ones are under a thousand off hand, but we have looked a bunch of these places and they are really cool.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Hello I need your advice I am stoping at Pittsburgh with my mom and dad for 5 nights in September to a bit of sightseeing and maybe watching a baseball game there. After visiting Pittsburgh I want to visit Ohio for 5 nights but I am undersided where to go Cleveland or Columbus I need your help which city is better for sightseeing,shopping,food and maybe watching a live sport game?

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  • 1 decade ago

    September is a great time to visit and the weather should be good to enjoy all downtown has to offer - including an array of sidewalk patios at the restaurants. Downtown is a very clean, walkable

    and safe place to visit. This wasn't always the case, but there are a lot of current revitalization efforts.

    The heart of downtown Cleveland is Public Square, and the nicest hotels are practically on the square. The historic beaux arts Renaissance Hotel, the chic Marriot Hotel, Cleveland's only four star hotel - the Ritz Carlton, and a gilded age shopping mall converted to the Hyatt Regency are all located stones throws away from Public Square and within walking distance of Browns Stadium and other attractions. Compared to other cities, these hotel brands are reasonably priced.

    Immediately west of Public Square, the Warehouse District along W.6th and W.9th is a hotspot for nightlife and fine dining. D'Vine Wine bar, swanky Johnny's Downtown fine dining, Blue Point's specialty seafood, Sushi Rock, Chophouse Brewery and restaurant, Phoenix Coffee - a local favorite, the tucked away Little Bar neighborhood pub, and Mercury Lounge's fashionable scene for cocktails are just some of the highlights.

    Immediately east of Public Square along Euclid and E. 4th Street there is a very busy district of dining and entertainment venues. Lola's by Iron Chef Cleveland native Michael Symon, the excellent Erie Island Coffee Shop, the House of Blues, Pickwick and Frolic Comedy Club and restaurant, and Flannery's Irish Pub and restaurant are just some of the highlights on this intimate pedestrian street. http://www.east4thstreet.com/

    The harbor on the north edge of downtown is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center, which are worth a visit. But most of the museums and cultural institutions are located in the cultural center of the city called University Circle, which is easily accessible from Public Square via the new high tech Bus Rapid Transit line. The Cleveland Museum of Art - undergoing a major expansion project - is an absolute must-see in University Circle.

    If you are seeking local microbrew, Great Lakes Brewing Company is an absolute must-visit. The beer is a local favorite found on tap at many bars throughout the city, but the brewery complex in Ohio City just across the river from downtown is a beer lovers paradise. The brewery boasts a historic pub, restaurant, beer garden, sidewalk patio, cellar bar, gift shop, and brewary tours - http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/ The Ohio City neighborhood is charming historic german neighborhood anchored my the landmark West Side Market (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 5 PM) and a number of trendy and ethnic establishments like the Bier Markt specializing in Belgian beers.

    Downtown shopping in Cleveland is minimal, but you will find a Brooks Brothers and several others at Tower City Center in Cleveland's landmark skyscraper. Shopping has migrated outward to the upscale suburban shopping centers on the East Side like Beachwood Place with a Nordstroms and Saks, Legacy Village and Eton Chagrin Boulevard. On the west side in Crocker Park there is mixed-use development with a number of men's shops among other restaurants and a movie theater.

    Outside of the typical retail chains at shopping centers, there are a number of independent men's clothing shops. The ultra high end Christophier Custom Cloths less then ten minutes west of downtown by car near Edgewater Park - http://www.christophier.com/, Esquire Magazine's Top 100 men's clothing store Adesso in fashionable Rocky River less than 25 minutes west of downtown - http://www.adessofashions.net/, and one of my personal favorites specializing in modern men's fashion RR Freestyle in Westlake less than 30 minutes from downtown Cleveland - http://www.rrfreestyle.com/

    I'm confident you will enjoy yourself in Cleveland. Thanks for the questions! Have a great trip!

  • 1 decade ago

    The only thing I saw when I stopped in Cleveland was the Rock and Roll Hall of Hame, so I highly recommend you take the time to check that out.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

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