Cleveland December 17, 2018
9 Fascinating Places In Cleveland You Can Barely Find On A Map
When one is looking for fun and exciting things to do in Cleveland, locals are quick to offer advice. We typically recommend places like the Arcade, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. These places are some of Cleveland’s most famous spots and they are certainly worth the visit, but there are many little-known destinations throughout Cleveland that are less famous but just as worthy of visiting.
1. Superior Pho, 3030 Superior Ave. #105, Cleveland
Cleveland is a melting pot of cultures, and this is absolutely splendid news for lovers of multicultural cuisine. One can find all sorts of unique eats in the city, but locals truly love Superior Pho. Traditional Vietnamese eats are served up alongside classy bubble teas, and the entire menu is a treat for your taste buds. Hidden at the back of a teeny tiny plaza, this place is accessible from the main parking lot or the rear one.
2. Southside, 2207 W. 11th St., Cleveland
Tremont is full of amazing attractions, and this epic little burger joint is a local hot spot. Creative drinks, homemade potato chips, delicious burgers, and super yummy tacos are a few features visitors are obsessed with. However, it's hidden in a lonely unsuspecting building, so look for a crowd when you're searching for this charming spot.
3. Dittrick Museum Of Medical History, 11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
The Dittrick Museum Of Medical History is a collection of some of the most fantastic medical instruments known to man, and it includes a contraceptive collection with more than 1,100 artifacts. From the outlandish to the groundbreaking, this museum could be easily overlooked if you were unaware of its existence. This museum is located on the third floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library at the corner of Euclid Ave. and Adelbert Rd., and it's free to visit.
4. The Speakeasy at Quintana's Barber & Dream Spa, 2200 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights
This charming home from the 1920s captures a little-known piece of local history. Cleveland was anything but a dry city during Prohibition. Alcohol flowed in from Canada, and locals consumed it despite local authorities' "liquor war." Capturing the lightheartedness of party goers of the Roaring Twenties, this barber shop hides a super chic speakeasy that delights in-the-know patrons.
5. Shuhei Restaurant of Japan, 23360 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood
Good sushi can be hard to find, just like Shuhei Restaurant of Japan. This charming Japanese eatery features sushi that's truly to die for. Servers are dressed in kimonos, and the surrounding ambiance is charming and friendly. However, being hidden in the basement of an office building makes this eatery hard to find, but locals can tell you that's its worth the search.
6. Greater Cleveland Aquarium, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland
The Cleveland Flats have undergone incredible rejuvenation in recent years, and as a result many former industrial structures have found new life. The historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse building is the one selected to house this incredible aquatic world, though one could argue that the Cleveland Public Power Plant (the building on Lake Erie's shore that's covered in whales, of all things) would make a more appropriate home to the aquarium.
7. Simply Greek, 11454 Uptown Ave., Cleveland
Serving omnivores and vegetarians alike, this charming restaurant is beloved by Clevelanders from every walk of life. Here, authentic Greek cuisine can be served as dine-in or carryout, but the restaurant can be a bit hard to spot. Visitors can find it east of Mitchell's Ice Cream and behind Panera.
8. The Bourbon Street Barrel Room, 2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland
It's hard to find great seafood so far from the ocean, but this delicious dining spot is overflowing with seafood selections. This destination offers diners a taste of New Orleans without ever leaving Cleveland, though the restaurant blends in with the surrounding historic district and hides behind a lovely tree. Keep your eyes peeled next time you're in Tremont, and be sure to stop for the loveliest New Orleans-style dinner in the state.
9. The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse and The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, 750 E. 88th St., Cleveland
If you are unfamiliar with Cleveland, this area may be a bit confusing. You could easily miss the street the greenhouse is on, and it sits behind an open green space. The greenhouse is surrounded by what seem to be ancient ruins but are actually unique gardens celebrating cultures from around the world. Both attractions are free and open to the public.
Cleveland features countless incredible attractions, but some are something of a mystery even to well-traveled locals. Which of these hidden gems are you most looking forward to visiting?
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