Shaker Heights is a very diverse suburb of Cleveland, established in 1911, and my soon-to-be new neighborhood! I am so excited to explore and eat my way through this very fun and exciting town. Technically, I live in the Buckeye Shaker neighborhood because I live in Shaker Square, which is part of the City of Cleveland due to an agreement that was made in 1912… but I feel like my new apartment is in Shaker Heights, so I’m saying I live here. 🙂
Shaker Square is a very interesting area because it was developed between 1927 and 1929 by the Van Sweringen brothers to act as a gateway between the urban downtown city and suburban living areas. It can look a little scary if you’re not used to seeing two train tracks going straight through a square, but you get used to it quickly!
So, what is there to do in Shaker you might be asking? Well, there is so much, but let’s keep the list to 5:
- I Heart Waffles. If you’re anything like me, you LIVE for brunch. I could seriously eat brunch all day, every day. So, I Heart Waffles is a GREAT place to your breakfast on all day! Plus they have other food items, like loaded mac & cheese, wings and something called a “Donuffle” which is basically my two favorite things combined. Why aren’t you already running to this place? As Leslie Knope would say, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.”
- North Union Farmer’s Market. Smack dab in the middle of Shaker Square every Saturday from 8am-4pm from April 4-Dec. 19, you will find the North Union Farmer’s Market outside. You will find a wide variety of vendors with an even greater variety of stuff! There is everything from fresh vegetables to homemade pasta, meats, cheeses… the list could do on. I definitely suggest checking out the Square on a Saturday for the market!
- Balaton Restaurant. This neighborhood used to be known as Little Hungary, serving as the historic heart of Cleveland’s Hungarian community, which at one time was the largest in the world outside of Hungary.So if you want a truly amazing Hungarian meal, stop by Balaton for dinner and have a potato pancake and veal schnitzel for me!
- Dewey’s Coffee Cafe. Being inside Dewey’s is the closest I’ve ever felt to what I imagine Luke’s Coffee Shop would be like. There is amazing coffee, great comfort food, the constant smell of ice cream and popcorn from next door and you can bring your own wine…
- Shaker Square Cinemas. Movies with a side of weekday savings? COUNT ME IN! Shaker Square Cinemas boasts Bargain Mondays, Free Popcorn Tuesdays, Happy Hour Wednesdays and No 3D Surcharge every Wednesday; so you basically have to go to the movies now.
Now that you know what to do, I hope you too can become a “mover and shaker” of Shaker Heights. I know there are so many other things that you can do in Shaker Heights/Buckeye Shaker… but I wanted to keep this list pretty short. If there is something that you think I should put on here, let me know in the comments!
I’ll look for you on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market!