A Cleveland landmark for the past hundred years, West Side Market is about the most gorgeous place in town to get some grocery shopping done. But it's also one of the most dangerous ones for your wallet. Come in with a plan, or just plan to have fun, because there are over 100 vendors at this amazing food hall. The market was built in 1912 to serve the growing immigrant population of Cleveland.
The stalls at the market sell local and specialty produce (if you're looking for fresh lychees, the Iskander Produce booth might be a good bet). There are butchers and fishmongers. West Side Market even has a cheese shop that carries nearly 200 imported and domestic milk products - from fresh goat cheese to French sheep's milk feta to buffalo milk butter. And if you want to make your life easier with some pre-made treats, you'll find better ones here than you ever will at the Whole Foods hot bar. Grab some Eastern European specialties at Pierogi Palace, delight your significant other with fresh black pepper and basil noodles from Ohio City Pasta, or take home some garlic stuffed olives from Rita's.
But the really dangerous thing here is the tempting assortment of lunch options. Do you really want to choose between brats and Cambodian food? Maybe you should get a pepperoni roll from The Pizza Bagel Lady while you think it over? If it all seems too overwhelming while you're walking around, grab a seat at West Side Market Cafe, where you can take your time deciding. Or, take a look at this video from cleveland.com for some recommendations from the experts.
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