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The world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with its acres of galleries to explore, is a good anchor to a multifaceted Cleveland road trip. And a museum visit can be paired with nearby dining, shopping and more, with Google Maps or MapQuest a vital asset to navigation.
The museum, at 11150 East Boulevard, has free admission to its permanent collections, with paid parking in an adjacent deck. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; closed Monday. It is less crowded on weekdays. There is an admission charge for some special exhibitions, such as “Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern,” which runs through March 3. Find full museum info at ClevelandArt.org.
A casual fine-dining dining experience can be found not far from the museum at L’Albatros Brasserie, 11401 Bellflower Road, a contemporary French restaurant with a wide and wonderful menu, a range of prices and attentive service. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. (AlbatrosBrasserie.com)
From the museum, it’s not far to the Larchmere neighborhood, with a variety of shopping and dining options. A must-visit is Loganberry Books, at 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, is the kind of comfortable, library-like bookstore you could spend a whole day in, with old and new books, great greeting card selection and a rare-book room. (LoganberryBooks.com). Eclectic Eccentric, at 13005 Larchmere, is a kooky-quirky gift and vintage shop. WOLFS Fine Painting and Sculpture, at 13010 Larchmere, is a high-caliber three-story gallery of fine vintage artwork in many styles, much of it with a Cleveland connection. (WolfsGallery.com) Fiddlehead Gallery, at 12736 Larchmere, is an inviting contemporary gallery with “contemporary crafts, functional creations and oddities. (FiddleheadGallery.com) Fine Points, at 12620 Larchmere, is a combination yarn shop and women’s fashion boutique. (FinePoints.com)
For dining and drinking in the Larchmere neighborhood, there is the funky Felice Urban Cafe, at 12502 Larchmere Boulevard, which has a recommended happy hour. (FeliceUrbanCafe.com). Batuqui, at 12706 Larchmere, is a traditional Brazilian restaurant housed in a handsome Victorian house. (BatuquiCleveland.com) Barroco Arepa Bar, at 12718 Larchmere, is a lively spot for happy hour drinks, an eclectic (and 80 percent gluten-free) food menu and live music. (BarrocoArepaBar.com)
If you’re feeling ambitious enough to pair an art film with art viewing (or instead of the museum), there’s the Cedar Lee Theatre at 2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, which offers foreign and American independent fare on multiple screens. (ClevelandCinemas.com) Next door to the theater, at 2175 Lee Road, is Heights Arts, an art and gift gallery. (HeightsArts.org)
In the same neighborhood as the Cedar Lee are two recommended dining/drinking spots. Lopez, at 2196 Lee Road, has inventive Southwestern/modern Mexican fare and margaritas. (LopezOnLee.com) Boss Dog Brewing Co., at 2179 Lee Road, is a craft brewery in an industrial setting with excellent food. (BossDogBrewing.com)