Everyone told me not to go to Cleveland as apparently it was boring and dull – I could not disagree more. Maybe it was because I went in expecting the worst but I was pleasantly surprised. Cleveland has several different neighbourhoods to it and each one with a different querk. We got there late the first night and headed to the main downtown area. There we played some bowling at this really nice alley and wandered the streets which were all full of funky bars, cupcake shops, nice restaurants and tons of lights and happy people. After that we drove out to Ohio City and grabbed some food at a diner and went dancing. The whole time I kept thinking I was in Williamsburg as everything was so damn hip.
Zzz. The next day we went to this little street called Coventry which was full of hipsteresque cafes and shops. It felt really trendy and reminded me of Portland, OR. We ate at somewhere called Tommy’s and it was delicious. I got pancakes and a breakfast platter – definitely recommend! They also have vegan and gluten-free options and it was a very cute and homey place. Shoutout to our waitress who smiled the whole time!
Finally it was time for the main course – the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I got Glastonbury flashbacks as we walked up to it due to the pyramid structure. If you go make sure you check online for discounts as we managed to get student pricing (even though they don’t advertise that inside). The building is split into different levels with some museum areas, exhibitions, movies etc. We were there for under two hours but you could easily spend all day truly embracing the whole place. I’ll try not and be too annoying and upload a gazillion photos but it’s easy to get carried away in there. They have exhibits from Elvis to Beyonce and everyone in between – so really anyone will enjoy themselves inside. It isn’t all text, text, text either as there are interactive exhibits and lots of music (duh) so you won’t get bored.
One of the more random things that we found in Cleveland was the A Christmas Story house. I have never seen or even heard of this movie but Mel was adamant on us checking it out. It’s literally in the middle of a suburban street and then opposite is a museum and gift shop. They do hourly tours and it was pretty surreal as everything was ‘Christmas’ yet it was Easter haha. Maybe this winter I’ll watch the movie and get it more but for me this was a little confusing…
From there we just wandered around Cleveland a little checking out the giant chandelier and we attempted to go to Westside Market but it was hella busy (it looks awesome though so if you get the chance then go check it out). Our drive back to Toronto was long but pretty smooth – just played a bunch of car games and stopped off for more Timmy’s. Then we spent like two/three days in the Can which was lovely. It was a really brief trip but definitely a fun one!