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The West Side Market: Where Pierogis and Ghosts Collide – 10 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know

The West Side Market in Cleveland has been serving up food for over a century. But did you know it’s also a hotbed of spooky specters, secret tunnels, and cinematic stardom? Here are the top 10 craziest things about this culinary mecca:

It’s got its own cookbook: “The West Side Market Cookbook” has recipes for everything from pierogis to paella. You’ll be so full you won’t even have room for your own tears of joy.

The clock tower is a time-traveling wonder: The tower’s been around for over 100 years and if you listen closely, you might hear it some day.

It started across the street in 1840:,Prior to being built in 1912 there were 72 years of west side markets that took place just across the street from where it stands today. It was built in 1912.

It’s a hauntingly good time: From strange noises to moving objects, the market’s ghosts will have you jumping out of your skin and into your shopping cart.

It’s a Hollywood hotspot: You might recognize the West Side Market from “The Avengers” or “The Food Network Challenge”. So don’t be surprised if you spot Iron Man ordering a gyro.

There’s rumor of a secret tunnel: Rumor has it that there’s a tunnel connecting the market to St. Ignatius High School. Is it a remnant of Prohibition-era bootlegging or just a convenient way to sneak in a snack? You be the judge.

It’s a foodie fever dream: With over 100 vendors, the market has everything from exotic meats to artisanal cheeses. It’s a paradise for your taste buds and a nightmare for your wallet.

It’s a melting pot of flavors: The market is home to vendors from all over the world, making it a true culinary crossroads. Think of it as a world tour for your taste buds.

It’s a bargain bonanza: You can find some amazing deals at the market, so grab your reusable bags and get ready to stock up. It’s like Black Friday for foodies.

It’s a true Cleveland icon: The West Side Market is a landmark of the city, beloved by locals and visitors alike. It’s the kind of place that makes you proud to be from Cleveland, and grateful for the wonders of delicious food.

So if you’re in Cleveland, don’t miss out on the West Side Market – it’s a feast for your senses and a hub of spooky, secret, cinematic, bargain-filled goodness. Check out our YouTube video tour below with our partner Jones Drones




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Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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