A Guide to Cincinnati
Collected by Allison Murray, AFAR Contributor
Cincinnati’s beautiful architecture and historic charm, embodied by the revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, give the Queen City a truly cosmopolitan feel. Cincinnati offers an emerging foodie culture, excellent museums, and a youthful, positive energy.
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203, USA
The Cincinnati Museum Center is perhaps as well known for the building it calls home as it is for its wide range of attractions, with three museums (Science and Natural History, Children's, and History), as well as the Family OMNIMAX Theatre. As a...
1331 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Iris Bookcafé sources its coffee from local roasters (of which there are a number in the area) and maintains a selection of used and rare books covering the spectrum between art and photography to Americana, drama, and poetry. Iris also has...
210 E 8th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Arnold's is Cincy's oldest pub and it feels like it: nice'n cozy, with that worn-in, august feeling of a place just rife with history. Passing through that history at the actual bar brings you to a great open patio in the back that sometimes has...
953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
The Cincinnati Art Museum is a great resource, with a permanent collection that is varied and significant (including two personal favorites in American painting, Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent). With sections on Classical and Near Eastern,...
3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, USA
If you're a beer fan passing through Cincinnati, you need to be sure to stop by the Madtree Brewing tap room. Lots of great, fresh beers that are crafted literally just a few feet away from where they are served. The boys at Madtree often have the...
1306 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Atomic Number Ten is a carefully curated vintage shop focusing on the 1950s through the 1990s, with finds for both men and women, as well as a number of home decor items (and some things you never knew you needed). Stop by and say hello to Katie...
1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Cincinnati's Washington Park is at the heart of the up-and-coming Over-the-Rhine (OTR) District, and, like all great parks, is a focal point for the community. There are frequently events, live musical concerts & dancing, market days (including...
1214 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Abigail Street is a foodie's paradise in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District. The self-styled 'Mediterranean Winebar' delivers on everything from the menu (check out the crispy panko-crusted calamari & cauliflower, or the wood grilled lamb...
FOUNTAIN SQUARE, 511 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Graeter's Ice Cream dates back to the 19th century, and is something of a tradition in the Queen City. One of their more famous flavors is a Black Raspberry Chip (see photo), with very sizable chunks of chocolate, that can be a decadent break on a...
1220 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
A Tavola uses a wood fire oven at the back of the restaurant to cook up its signature Neapolitan pizzas, many of which feature innovative flavor combinations (such as their fig jam, prosciutto, fontina, and arugula pie). Like many OTR restaurants,...
520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Year round Fountain Square is the hub of almost all activities in downtown Cincy, making it the heart of local life and the perfect place to immerse yourself as a visitor. Plan ahead or just show up to see what's going on! If there is a festival...
3046 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, USA
For homemade ice cream, sweets, and old-fashioned flavored sodas, take a step back in time to a real soda fountain in Cincinnati. Aglamesis Brothers has been a Cincy institution since 1908 and there is no better place around town to get old-school...
3094 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, USA
Blue Manatee is a truly fabulous store for families and kids. They have an amazing selection of great books, toys, games, and other little trinkets for toddlers, elementary-aged kids, and even middle school kids. Their decor is extensive and very...
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
The aptly named Great American Ballpark is home to the Cincinnati Reds, and is a great time out whether or not you're a fan of the 'Big Red Machine' (as a die-hard Giants fan blessed with the gorgeous AT&T Park in San Francisco, I can still say...
44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Founded in 1939, the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati's mission is to explore the relationship between art and life by means of (often interactive) exhibits. It also extends beyond the walls of the museum, as Shepard Fairey...
1202 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
This very contemporary general store offers a wide variety of eco-conscious, low-environmental-impact products, including handmade jewelry and clothing. They also have a lunch & brunch counter with a number of vegan and gluten-free options—in...
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Let's be clear, these waffles aren't light fluffy American style Belgian waffles. These Liege waffles are chewy, dense and covered with crunchy sugar. Hot off the grill with no toppings at all, they're a perfect snack and strawberries and whipped...
2030 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208, USA
This cute little bakery/café is located in the artsy Obryonville area in Cincinnati and everyone must try their high tea at least once. Served on tiered silver platters, their little sandwiches and scones are lite bites you'll remember. This is...
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, United States
Walk, jog, or run across this bridge for light exercise, a great view and local history. Upon opening in 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and a feat of engineering. Architect Daniel Roebling's most famous bridge connects...
1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA
The American Sign museum is a must for anyone interested in the art and design of advertising. Having recently heard about an independent film on sign painting, this museum piqued my interest—as handmade signs age, it's phenomenal the way that...
600 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
There is much ado about Nada, and for good reason. Nada has a great vibe, and serves up some of the finest Mexican cuisine to be had in the Queen City (not to mention offers a lengthy beer list & a number of margarita options). During the summer...
1310 Pendleton St Studio 112, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
On the last Friday of the month, the Over-the-Rhine District has an art walk that sees many local galleries, bars, shops, and cafes open their doors late into the evening. It's a great way to connect with locals and get a better sense for what the...
110 E Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
The Coffee Emporium is a great place to meet friends over a cuppa, and it's also connected to the revitalization of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, having moved into the area in the early 2000s. While you're there, check out the tremendous number...
1237 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
The Lackman is located on the ground floor of a former brewery that dates back more than 100 years, not far from Washington Park. It boasts a full bar, an unusual selection of wines, and over 40 beers to choose from (including 14 on tap), and it...
320 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA
This little local indie theater is in the beautiful Gaslight District of Ludlow. The theater is small and cozy and shows a lot of indie and foreign films you wouldn't normally find at the big box-office theaters (win!). I also love the fact that...
118 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Another successful venture from the same group that brought Nada to Cincinnati, Sotto is a refined Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown. Playing on the name, the restaurant is set below street level, giving it an intimate feel. Also, the...
207 Woodward St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
MOTR Pub is a thoroughly Over-the-Rhine establishment, bringing musicians and artists together by hosting live performances, and exhibiting the work of local painters on the walls—a new artist is featured each month, and "Writer's Nights" at MOTR...
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