Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and do list!
Occupation: Communications Coordinator at Positively Cleveland
Born in: Cleveland, OH
Lives in: Cleveland, OH
Short bio: As the communications coordinator for Positively Cleveland, the CVB responsible for promoting tourism to the area, April Ingle is constantly discovering more new restaurants, attractions, boutiques and people to love about her hometown. When she’s not busy touring travel journalists around town, she spends most of her time shopping at local festivals, running through the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks and eating her way through Cleveland’s renowned culinary scene, one neighborhood hotspot at a time.
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Favorite 5-star ho – Not only are the accommodations the ultimate in luxury, their “Rocktails” – cocktails inspired by a hit rock songs like the “Bittersweet Symphony” – are clever and out of this world.
Favorite budget ho is in the ideal downtown location with an excellent view of Lake Erie (and, of course there’s the FREE cookie they offer upon check-in) or recently-renovated in a 19th century historic building that feels like luxury without breaking the bank.
Favorite fine dining restaurant: With an unbelievable view of Lake Erie, offers some of Cleveland’s tastiest seafood, chops and steaks in a white-table-cloth, contemporary atmosphere.
Favorite casual restaurant: in Ohio City – This funky “mod mex” restaurant is known for its extensive selection of guacamoles (try the goat cheese guac) and the famous cucumber margarita.
Favorite café: in Tremont – The pecan-crusted bacon is simply life-changing.
Best museum: , known for its breadth of internationally renowned pieces of art ranging from Monet to Picasso, is also one of the few remaining major art museums that still offers free admission to its massive permanent collection.
Most popular local food: From the gourmet, beef cheek-stuffed ones at Michael Symon’s , the traditional types made at and , to the kind you can have shipped to your door from the West Side Market’s , there’s no doubt that the Pierogi reigns supreme in Cleveland cuisine.
Local drink: A beer from – Their brews are so legendary, the locals write songs about them
Movies filmed there: (you can even ), , , , ,
Best souvenirs locals can buy: Anything from
Recommended reading for your city: The West Side Market is a Cleveland icon, culinary resource and signification cultural treasure. Local author Laura Taxel explores the history and importance of the space in her book, .
10 Places Visitors must see:
Best place to volunteer:
Best iPhone app(s): The provides instant, up-to-date information, events, photos, and maps on hundreds of locations in University Circle, including museums and institutions, restaurants, galleries, schools, entertainment, and shopping venues. Also, the helps visitors explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped the city’s history with layered, map-based, multimedia presentations.
Best websites: or
Best travel tip: The heart and soul of Cleveland is in our neighborhoods. Ethnic neighborhoods retain much of their Old World cultural background from food to festivals and emerging diverse neighborhoods blend art galleries, indie theaters, gastropubs and blue-collar watering holes. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore these hidden gems.
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