West Side Market
In operation for more than 100 years and home to as many as 100 locally owned, independent businesses, the West Side Market is the anchor of Historic Ohio City. It is an integral and treasured facet of the neighborhood, the city of Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio region. The market offers a wide variety of fresh meats, cheeses, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, as well as baked goods, spices, ethnic specialties, prepared foods, flowers and more. With a rich heritage comprised of quality food, fond memories and a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, the West Side Market has earned its title among residents as “Cleveland’s Public Market.”
The West Side Market opened on November, 2 1912, making it the city’s oldest, continuously operating, municipally owned market. It was originally built to replace the Pearl Street market, which had operated on the opposite corner since 1840. Together with the Broadway Market and Central Market, the West Side Market served Cleveland’s growing immigrant population in the early 20th century. Of these three public markets, the West Side Market is the only one still in operation today—continuing to offer an experience for shoppers that is culturally diverse and refreshingly relational.
The West Side Market was designated one of ten “Great Public Places in America” by the American Planning Association in 2008. In 2012, the market celebrated its Centennial with yearlong activities commemorating its great regional worth.