Shaker Square was built almost a century ago, a shopping destination modeled on small-town squares designed to provide services and good to the wealthy people who were then settling in the area around South Moreland, Larchmere, Buckeye and Shaker Boulevard.
Shaker Square has undergone numerous changes and facelifts over the years. It now reflects the increased diversity of the neighborhood and, with a rapid stop in the middle of it, it’s accessible to visitors from all over. Its four easily walkable quadrants include Hungarian, Japanese and soul food restaurants, as well as the cutting-edge fire food and drink, created by Cleveland star chef Doug Katz.
It’s also got a movie theater, grocery store, a toy store, a hand-crafted good shop, and a coffee shop where you can sit and outside and enjoy the scenery on a nice warm day. Come on Saturday morning to shop the long-running North Union Farmers Market, the one that launched the farmers market craze in northeast Ohio.
Walk a block north to Larchmere and you’ll find a long stretch with more casual restaurants, friendly bars and shopping of all kinds including books, antiques, new and vintage clothing, home furnishings, and crafts. Larchmere hosts regular sidewalk sales and street festivals where you can browse the offerings and enjoy music and food outside.
The area is also home to a couple of distinctive large-scale events that attract thousands of people from all over: the Larchmere Porchfest in June featuring free music up and down Larchmere and its side streets, and the two-day September Garlic Fest at Shaker Square, presented by the North Union Market.