One of America's first, most majestic malls, The Arcade is widely considered a crown jewel of Cleveland architecture. Opened in 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in the country, it was restored to its full glory in 2001 and is now one of the best places in town to take in some truly breathtaking late Victorian architecture. Want to learn more about the remarkable history of the "best building in Cleveland?" Check out this video from CSU Digital Humanities.
Did you know the Arcade is currently a hotel? In 2001, the Hyatt Corporation bought and remodeled the hotel by placing rooms along the top three floors of the arcade as well as along the two towers. The first two floors showcase various retail businesses and food shops, such as coffee and tea bars.
Before you head out, make sure to grab a bite. There are lots of amazing options here, and they can satisfy lots of different cravings. Got some sugar-obsessed kids with you? Bring them to Cathy's Creamers for sprinkle-covered ice cream sandwiches or go to Campbell's Sweets and grab some kettle corn or chocolate buckeyes. Maybe you want a more grown-up experience? Check out Boney Fingers Barbecue for a carnivorous extravaganza, Zen Sushi if you want to continue your spa day into the evening, or Pizza 215 for satisfying salads, classic Italian-American combos, and the occasional wild pie like the Cleveland-inspired one topped with whipped mashed potatoes, ricotta, cheddar, caramelized onions, green onions, and sour cream.
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