Cleveland February 17, 2019
An Excursion Through This Polish Village Will Make You Feel Thousands Of Miles Away From Cleveland
One of the loveliest aspects of city life is the ability to interact with a plethora of cultures at once. Big cities like Cleveland attract immigrants from all around the world, allowing residents a unique opportunity to “travel” without leaving the region. In Cleveland, Little Italy and AsiaTown are beloved destinations for tourists, but Parma has Polish Village. This charming shopping district is an absolute must-see, and photos don’t quite do it justice.
Polish Village is an economic district that runs along Ridge Rd. from Pearl Rd. to Thornton Ave.
This little cultural cluster is a perfect day trip destination, and it's nothing short of a gem.
Here, paczkis, pierogies, and polka are necessities, and they perfectly complement the friendly atmosphere of this community.
In Parma's Polish Village, heritage is celebrated in so many ways. You'll find a variety of ethnic surprises during your visit, but the prevalence of live polka music is one of the most energetic happens that you may discover.
This district is always celebratory, whether it is Polish Constitution Day, Paczki Day, Dyngus Day, or any other day of the year.
Culture is the name of the game in this pleasant shopping district, but it's played up even more on traditional Polish days of celebration. Clevelanders celebrate with a particular flair, making their celebrations a distinct hybrid of Euro-American traditions.
In this community are several landmarks that will make you feel 5,000 miles away - as if you are actually in Poland.
Krakow Deli, located at 5842 Ridge Rd., is truly a treat. This grocery store provides specialty products, many of which are imported directly from Europe. People come here for quality Polish foods and meats, and nobody ever leaves disappointed.
And the foods will offer an international excursion to your taste buds.
Traditional and modern eateries thrive in this community, offering diverse dining options to visitors. Indian, Lebanese, and Italian foods await in this community as well, so one could easily travel the world right in Parma.
This cultural corridor of a community is truly a haven for tradition, which you can find reflected in both murals and the architecture of St. Charles Borromeo Church.
St. Charles Borromeo Church is a gorgeous American Romanesque edifice that popped up in 1954. Around that time, St. Charles Borromeo Parish grew to be the largest parish in the state, and the church's beauty is unquestionable to this day.
And, of course, locals are prepping to flock to this location on Paczki Day.
Every bakery in this community becomes a Polish dream on Paczki Day. Looking to road trip for some of the best desserts in town? Check out our
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Polish-American culture and traditions are alive and well here, and you'll doubtlessly learn a lot during your visit.
All sorts of people of Eastern European descent have settled in this area, and they flock to Polish Village for its familiar atmosphere. Artwork, bakeries, salons, and restaurants will offer you a glimpse into the heritage, which residents are more than happy to share with you.
Prepare for a good time and some polka music, because this is one cultural community you'll want to visit again and again.
You'll want to experience this community on both an average day and a day of celebration at least once a year, as Polish Village has an unbeatable atmosphere. It's friendly and walkable, and you're sure to fall in love with its charms.
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