A Walking Tour of Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

A Walking Tour of Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is a suburb in the Greater Cleveland area and home to over 46,000 Clevelanders. Coventry Village, Cleveland Heights’ main business district, is one of the city’s most creative, high-energy areas. Let’s take a virtual tour of this oh-so-walkable neighborhood that has earned its nickname as “the Greenwich Village of Cleveland.”

Coventry Village is a walkable neighborhood nestled in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Packed with opportunities for dining, shopping, and nightlife, it’s quickly earned a name for itself as one of Cleveland’s most exciting and diverse areas and as a hub for the arts in Northeast Ohio. Buzzing with energy and possibility, it’s especially beloved among free spirits, foodies, and artists.

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Coventry Village stretches out across Coventry Road between Euclid Heights Boulevard and Mayfield Road. Bookstores, bars, music venues, theaters, restaurants, and boutiques make it a favorite destination for tourists, students, and locals alike. In particular, Coventry Village has brought many a suburbanite out of the woodwork and into local businesses.

The shops in Coventry Village have earned it comparisons to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, given their quirky, countercultural, and bohemian flair.

Cleveland Candle Company, for example, sells hand-poured candles in unique scents such as Apple Orchard, Sleepy Baby, Cleveland Snow, CLE Magic, Twigs and Berries, and Peppercorn Cardamom. The store also lets you create your own scent at the “Candle Bar,” along with hosting candle painting and making classes for creative types.

Looking for something a bit more high-end? Coventry Road’s Blush Boutique, carrying a handpicked selection of women’s clothing and accessories from local designers, has been named “Best Eastside Boutique” by Cleveland Magazine for several years in a row.

Some of Coventry Village’s most sought-after eateries are Bodega, a sprawling outpost serving up 200 kinds of martinis alongside international fusion cuisine, and Tommy’s, a homey restaurant known for its milkshakes and old-school comfort food as well as its vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

Specialty foods along Coventry Road include Thai rolled ice cream at Zero Below Ice Cream Roll, in flavors such as coffee and green tea alongside a variety of fruit, cookie, and candy toppings, and organic dairy and vegan frozen yogurt sourced from Ohio Amish Country at Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt.

Coventry Village is also a haven for art, literature, and music. Mac’s Backs on Books- Books on Coventry is Cleveland’s favorite bookstore, with three floors of new and used books and frequent author appearances and poetry readings. If you’re more interested in arts education or finding community, try acting classes at the Houde School of Acting, art workshops and local artist galleries at ARTFUL, or plays at the Ensemble Theatre.

At the Grog Shop, take in local, regional, and national musical acts in a laid-back atmosphere while sipping on local microbrews. After a show, you can find over 400 brands of whiskey at The Whiskey Bar, a speakeasy-style lounge owned by a Cleveland Heights local.