Wednesdays & Fridays - 11:30 AM
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- Visit approximately 15 vendors offering specialties that may include: apple turnovers, olive oil tasting, Cambodian specialties, artisanal cheese, handmade desserts, and more
- Discover the history of this market, its influence on the community, and meet some of its valued vendors
Take a culinary journey through Cleveland's historic West Side Market to meet the established vendors, learn about its history, and enjoy a variety of delicious cuisine on this insiders' food tour.
With its origins dating back to 1840, the West Side Market is Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market. Its classic architecture, dedicated vendors, and rich history have made it the United States' best public market still standing.
This two-hour tour of the West Side Market takes you through this historic market to meet the long-standing vendors, absorb the history, and enjoy a variety of grand cuisine as you visit approximately 15 vendors throughout the facility.
Specialties on this tour may include (and are subject to change):
- Apple turnovers
- Olive oil tasting and appreciation
- Cleveland's best hummus
- Organic fruits and vegetables
- Mediterranean specialties
- Michael Symon's favorite beef jerky
- Tasting and appreciation of handmade almond, cashew and peanut butter
- Handmade desserts
- Fresh-squeezed juices
- Spicy and sweet pickles
- Cambodian specialties
- Cleveland's best falafel
- Artisanal cheese
- Dried fruits and vegetables
Cleveland is experiencing a culinary awakening where indigenous cuisine mixes with progressive and authentic ethnic communities which continue to grow in number and size.
You will be walking for the entirety of this 2 hour tour. All tastings are included in the price. Please notify us of any food concerns prior to the tour so accommodations can be made. You will visit up to 15 vendors that will happily fill most stomachs.
Gratuity for the tour guide is not required but is appreciated.
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 6 people per tour.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent. The tours are held rain or shine as the entire tour takes place inside the covered market building. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. You will be walking for 2 hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance of intended date of use.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
How much food is served on the tour?
You will sample vendor specialties at approximately 15 stops on the tour. For most people there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
Some of the food may include: apple turnovers, olive oil tasting and appreciation, Cleveland’s best hummus, organic fruits and vegetables, Mediterranean specialties, Michael Symon’s favorite beef jerky, tasting and appreciation of handmade almond, cashew, and peanut butter, handmade desserts, fresh squeezed juices, spicy and sweet pickles, Cambodian specialties, the city’s best falafel, artisanal cheese, and dried fruits and vegetables.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes, there will be fresh juices served on the tour. Water bottles for each guest will also be provided at the beginning of the tour.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as the experience provider knows well enough in advance, they can often accommodate your needs.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 2 hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase tickets for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you book your desired date.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain or shine as the entire tour takes place inside the covered market building.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour inside the West Side Market.
How much walking is involved?
You will be on your feet for the entire length of the tour. You will walk through the market and stand at each of the vendor stalls. So, remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
While the market itself is wheelchair and stroller accessible, it is often crowded and may be difficult to maneuver. If you or someone in your group will have a wheelchair or stroller, please let us know at the time of booking.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Aside from sampling delicious food, you will learn about the history of the West Side Market and it's importance within the city of Cleveland. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history and culture of the market and the surrounding area.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Yes, it is customary to tip the tour leader at the end of the tour. Tour leader gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Industry standard is between $3-5 per person.
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