It’s Cooler By The Lake

Lakewood, situated on the shores of Lake Erie and on Cleveland’s western border, is about as diverse a city as you’ll find anywhere. With young and old, trendy and traditional, artsy and entrepreneurial, and a high school where students have more than three dozen native tongues, it mixes up the best of community-oriented suburban living with its quiet streets of solidly built and beautifully landscaped homes and duplexes and its thriving, walkable, old-school commercial strips jammed with mile after mile of small shops, great restaurants and friendly bars.

Lakewood is also known for its dedication to sustainability and the local food movement with a couple of farmers markets. multiple community gardens, several vegan cafes, parks large and small and a commitment to bike-friendliness.

It’s an arts town too, with music happening from one end to the other, many art galleries and its crown jewel, the Beck Center for the Arts, with its packed schedule of theater productions, art exhibits and classes in all areas of the arts. The Lakewood Arts Festival in August brings together artists from all over with enthusiastic arts patrons, but you’ll find festivals of all types all year long in this active, engaged city.

While much of Downtown Lakewood can be found along Detroit Avenue, there is a thriving retail and restaurant district along Madison Avenue in Lakewood, that retains a hip, community vibe:

[above photo: The Lakewood Citizen]


* Taco Tonto's (Lakewood)

* Buckeye Beer Engine

* Fears Confections

* Melt Bar & Grilled

* Geiger's

* Get Hep Swing

* India Garden

* Gina DeSantis Ceramics

* Paisley Monkey

* Falafel Xpress

* Beat Cycles

* The Root Cafe

* Beck Center for the Arts

Dang Good Foods

Dinerbar on Clifton


* The Tea Lab

Frugal Fortune

Threefold Gifts

Harlow's Pizza

Bouche Gluten-Free Bakery

Goodkind Coffee

Salvaged Boutique

LaLa Custom Cake

Over the Moon Ceramics Studio

The Bookshop in Lakewood

Souvenir Vintage Boutique

Cleveland Curiosities

Rood Food & Pies

DirtyTown Guitar and Amps


CLE Couture

Nature's Oasis Grocery and Cafe

Distill Table

Sarita [A Restaurant]

Googie Style

Rising Star Coffee Roasters

Western Reserve Distillers

Sauced Kitchen & Taproom

Griffin Cider House

Tomori's Pizzas and Subs

The Proper Pig Smokehouse

Future No Future Vintage Clothing

Play It Again Sam

Playgrounds Cafe

Addicted Coffeebar


Robusto & Briar

Woodstock BBQ

Screw Factory

Thai Thai

Art on Madison

Two Bucks

LEAF Farmers Market

GV Art + Design Studios

Vegan Doughnut Company

Revival Body Care


Fred and Daisy's

Lindey's Lake House

Side Quest Bar

Virginia Marti College

Urban Bulk Foods

Five O'Clock Lounge

Forage Public House

Breadsmith of Lakewood

Girl's Best Trend

Bottlehouse Tasting Room & Mead Hall

Southern Cafe

Malley's Chocolates

Lakewood Farmers Market

The Good Goat Gallery


Retro Rosie

Dave's Cosmic Subs

Thai Kitchen

Humble Wine Bar


Barroco Grill

El Carnicero

Angelo's Pizza

Borderline Cafe

Indigo Perfumery

Museum of Divine Statues

West End Tavern

Thrift Crypt


Pink Lotus Yoga

West Side Skates

The Sweet Spot

Spin Bike Shop

Plantation Home


Blackbird Baking Company

Sweet Designs Chocolatier

Molto Bene Italian Eatery

My Mind's Eye

Rozi's Wine House

Pier W

Aladdin's Eatery

Deagan's Kitchen & Bar

Gray Dog Diner

Voodoo Tuna Sushi Bar and Lounge


Winchester Music Tavern

Lion & Blue

River Colors Studio

Good 'n' Raw

The Phantasy

Mahall's 20 Lanes

Around the Corner

Cleveland Vegan

Daystar Boutique

Goddess Blessed


VOSH Nightclub


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