West Side Market Cleveland Ohio
If you ever go to Cleveland, Ohio make sure you stop at West Side Market. It is Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market which is located on the corner of Pearl (W. 25th) and Lorain Street. However, make sure you have a cooler with ice in your car and plenty of muscle to carry out the food, there are no carts. We always take our reusable grocery bags as they are easier to carry than the plastic bags that they give you.
As we turned onto W. 25th St. we could see the skyline of Cleveland above the trees.
We pulled into the parking lot and a building had this beautiful mural painted on it.
When you walk into the market, there are a few vendors on the outside.
Once you walk through the doors there is a large hall that is usually full of customers, fruit and vegetable vendors. There weren’t very many customers and only about half of the vendors that are usually there, all due to the pandemic I’m sure!
Once you get to the end of this hall, you walk outside to get to the market building. Security was at the door making sure everyone had on a mask. There were two woman feeding the pigeons between buildings.
Once inside the market building there are booths with every kind of meat, poultry, cheese, nuts….well just look at all the pictures below. This wasn’t everything but I tried to capture the best of the best and most unique food for you.
We weren’t too sure, with the pandemic, about going to the market but we wore our masks, were very careful and went anyway. Normally this place is packed with people and there were about one quarter less vendors inside, but that was still enough.
I know somebody will ask what did we buy. Well I think my husband bought bread and beef sticks only. Me on the other hand, well you all know how I am!
I have been looking for chicken hearts and gizzard for over 6 months! I found them here and bought out the vendors supply! That was 8#’s of gizzards and 7#’s of hearts.
Add on the strawberries, melon, rabbit, scallops, ham, brats, sausage, bread, smoked fish for my dad and beef sticks.
I also bought one macaron. I have never tasted a macaron and they were so beautifully decorated that I had to buy one. Well, that won’t happen again because it wasn’t what I was expecting and not worth the $2.50 I paid for one! Did you know there are also macaroons which are made differently from the macaron and if I ever come across them, I will definitely try one.
I hope you have enjoyed our trip to the West Side Market in Cleveland Ohio and if you ever get the chance to go there, I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as we do. We try to drive there once a year but I would go more if it was closer.