The West Side Market is one of the best indoor public food markets in the U.S. 

Just east of Cleveland, the combination of Beachwood Place and the adjacent Legacy Village (see below) is one of the better upscale shopping destinations in the Midwest. 

Several malls located throughout Greater Cleveland and some of the more unique shopping districts and shopping attractions are discussed below.

Malls located within short distances from I-90 include the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, east of Cleveland, and most easily accessed using the Route 306 exit, and Crocker Park (discussed below) in Westlake.  The most distinctive feature of the Great Lakes Mall is a double-sized Dillard's, with one store featuring men's clothing and another women's clothing.  Macy's is another anchor at Great Lakes.

SouthPark Mall in Strongsville is a bi-level mall located relatively close to both I-80 and I-71, featuring Macy's and Dillard's as anchors, and also with a Kohl's and JC Penney.

Great Northern Mall in North Olmstead is  twelve miles southwest of Cleveland on I-480 with Macy's and JCPenney department stores as anchors.

Here's an article on flea markets in northeast Ohio:

Here's a guide to local Cleveland stores, separated by category:

Downtown Cleveland:  

  • The Avenue at Tower City CenterA major addition and renovation took place in the early 1990s of Cleveland ’s beautiful neoclassical landmark skyscraper: The Terminal Tower. The complex is now known as Tower City Center  and it serves many functions. Among marble columns, gilded storefronts and fountains visitors can enjoy this indoor oasis off Public Square in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Here you will find fine dining, cinema, luxury accommodations, a food court, and a variety of shops. Notable shops include GAP, Godiva Chocolate, MAC Cosmetics, Brooks Brothers, Nine West, Ann Taylor, Victoria Secret, Charlotte Russe, and Kuhlman’s. Tower City also serves as the hub for the countywide system of bus and rapid transit (Greater Cleveland RTA).

West Side Suburban Cleveland:

  • Crocker Park - This is not your typical suburban shopping mall. It is a new neighborhood with a mix of national and regional retailers and local boutiques strung along an attractive streetscape with restaurants, townhouses, and things to do. In fact, Crocker Park has become a model of New Urbanism principles and is attracting national attention for its unique design and mixed uses. Here you will find shops such as Urban Outfitters, H&M, Trader Joe’s, Coach, Abercrombie, Hollister, J. Crew, and Banana Republic. Crocker Park has a niche in apparel for teenagers and young adults. Crocker Park is conveniently located fifteen minutes west of downtown Cleveland off Interstate-90.

East Side Suburban Cleveland:

  • Beachwood Place - High-end shops are plentiful at Beachwood Place with department store anchors like Saks Fifth Avenue , Dillard’s, and Nordstrom’s. Other shops - just to name a few - include Swarovski, Cleveland Trunk, Arden B., BCBG, Origins, Pottery Barn, Guess, Sephora, Cache, and Bose. Beachwood Place is located East of downtown Cleveland off Interstate-271 or down Cedar Road from University Circle.  Beachwood Place and Legacy Village (next) can be reached using RTA buses and rail lines, including from Tower City and University Circle.  See the following "Public Transportation" travel article for details.
  • Legacy Village - A beautiful main-street shopping center built with inspiration from Rodeo Drive, Legacy Village is an inviting place to shop and dine. Retailers include Talbot’s, Nordstrom Rack, Arhaus Furniture, and Crate and Barrel.  Restaurants include Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, and The Cheesecake Factory.  Legacy Village is located within close proximity to Beachwood Place. There is live music outside on Friday nights in the summer months.

  • ETON Chagrin Boulevard- This shopping center is wonderful collection of fine shopping and restaurants in a beautiful and inviting atrium and streetscape. Eton is well known throughout the region as the region's premier collection of boutique shopping. In addition to the exclusive boutiques, you will find Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble (with Starbucks), Penzeys Spices, lulumon athletica, The North Face Store, Brooks Brothers, Orvis, Trader Joe’s, and Sur La Table.  Recent additions include a huge Apple store and Tiffany & Co.  Restaurants include Pacific East, Stone Oven, Paladar and Taza. Parking can be a challenge during peak hours. Eton is located off Interstate-271 and on the way to Chagrin Falls, also a great shopping and dining district.

East Side Indie Cleveland:

  • Waterloo Arts District - The Waterloo arts district is a unique little pocket of Cleveland. Located just a few minutes from downtown, the area boasts several thriving independent cafes, galleries, and retail shops. For those looking to step outside the shopping mall and find that perfect gift (for yourself or others) this is the place to go. Browse through hand-picked vintage t-shirts, pulp-novels, household goods, and other clothing at "This Way Out"; satisfy your need for great new music at "Music Saves"; or stop by the "Shoparooni" for a handmade scarf, pocket ninja, or a pair of fabulous new shoes. There are also two galleries on the street: "True Art Gallery" and the "Arts Collinwood" gallery and community arts center, both are host to several local and visiting artists' work. Places to eat while you're visiting include: "Cafe Marika", serving soups, sandwiches, and homemade hungarian pastry; "Fontina's", a family-run short-order diner; and the "Beachland Ballroom", which serves burgers and all the usual pub-fare as well as gloriously decadent deep-fried PBJ. Waterloo Road is located just North of Interstate-90 at the E152nd street exit.


Outlet Shopping:

Unique Stores in Greater Cleveland

  • Bead Paradise II on Oberlin's charming Tappan Square features ancient, vintage, and antique beads from around the world; unusual metals and gemstones; associated jewelry; and contemporary women's clothing, home accessories and natural health and beauty products.  Oberlin is located about 40 minutes southwest of Cleveland, connected by freeways.  It also can be accessed from I-90 and Route 2 west of Cleveland.
  • B. A. Sweetie Candy Company in Brooklyn, just southwest of downtown Cleveland off I-480, claims to be the largest candy store in the U.S.  It inventories over 4,000 items, many hard to find candies, with over 400,000 pounds of inventory.  It also has a popular 36-hole miniature golf course, where the snack shop features ice cream and over 100 different types of candy toppings.

  • Vinyl record stores have played a major role in Cleveland's Rock 'n Roll history.  Here's another listing of Cleveland record & music shops.