If you have a few days to enjoy yourself in the Queen City, the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area has lots to offer. Here are some of our favorite places to go and things to do. Just Google them for more info!
Findlay Market - the state's oldest continuously operated public market and a great place to soak in some of Cincinnati's culture and food.
American Legacy Tours' Queen City Underground Tour - A great walking tour that takes you through Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood, underground through crypts and brewery tunnels, and is full of fascinating information. There are often ticket discounts through Groupon or cincysavers.
50 West Brewing Co. - Cincinnati is a serious brewery town and some local breweries are really taking things to a new level. If the weather's nice, 50 West in Mariemont has bike rentals and access to the Little Miami Bike Trail (a favorite of ours), as well as a brewpub and tasting room. Allen recommends the Punch You In the EyePA.
Hiking in Devou Park in Covington or Ault Park in Cincinnati - Cincinnati has great parks with tons of hiking trails - Devou is where Allen and I first went hiking and where he proposed, and Ault Park is one of our favorites.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers - If the weather's not so nice, the Cincinnati store is a great place to wander with a coffee, and when you've worked up an appetite, head over to their restaurant, Bronte Bistro, for a bite. We recommend the Bronte Burger with Sweet Potato Fries.
Cincinnati Art Museum - It's free! And also the home of some excellent pieces and exhibits.
Eat & Drink:
Adriatico's - Close to the University of Cincinnati, Robin's office gets pizza from here all the time. Get the Sicilian crust for a real treat. You won't be sorry.
Bakersfield - An Over-the-Rhine staple and the start to any fun night out, Bakersfield has terrific margaritas, chips and guac, tacos...we could go on.
Dutch's - This unique spot in East Hyde Park is mainly a bar and bottleshop with some excellent food available from their Larder. We love this place for their inexpensive bottles of wine which can be sipped by the fire on the patio.
Green Papaya - A Hyde-Park/Oakley neighborhood favorite for sushi, Thai food, noodles, etc.
Rhinegeist - Another brewery that's taking over the city. Rhinegeist's beer is reliably really good, and the space is a pretty awesome converted warehouse in Over-the-Rhine with ping pong tables, beanbags/cornhole sets, and a rooftop deck. They don't have food in-house, but Adriatico's delivers there and it's not uncommon to see people bring board games with them and play at their long tables.
Taft's Ale House - Possibly Allen's favorite restaurant ever, Taft's claim to fame is tri-tip. They put it on everything, and it's always perfectly prepared. The smoked chicken wings are another favorite, and their beer is good, too! Another OTR gem.
Taste of Belgium - The best brunch spot in the city. There are a few locations, and their waffles are to-die for and the Brunch Burger is a serious treat. Also open for dinner with plenty of non-breakfast options.
Zula Bistro and Wine Bar - A tapas-style restaurant and wine bar in Over-the-Rhine that we love for all the variety mussels you can get!