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LPK on The Queen City

Cincinnati Guide

Cincinnati goes by a lot of nicknames: the Queen City (for its riverfront glamour), the City of Seven Hills (self-explanatory) and Porkopolis (a recall to the days when pigs ran through the streets). Named for the Roman general Cincinnatus, known for deeply German traditions and sought for our Greek-style chili, we’re as motley and proud as they come.

 

Explore, enjoy—and don’t be surprised when you’re eager to return.

Current Events

Nice timing. Starting October 9 and rolling into the weekend, there’s a slew of exciting events across the city.

Eats

From quick breakfasts to opulent dinners, this place is best explored by fork.

Sweets ’N’ Treats

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

BonBonerie
Sweeten your day with homemade pastries, cakes and cookies at this charming bakery in O’Bryonville. Details >

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery
Indulge your sweet tooth with treats made the old­-school way at this family-run bakery. Details >

Holtman’s Donuts
There’s no donut like a Holtman’s donut. Grab a dozen for a meeting (or yourself). Details >

Dojo Gelato
Craving a little Italian luxury? This handmade gelato shop will happily oblige. (We reco the Double Dutch Oreo.) Details >

Bakeries

A Reason to Carb Load

Shadeau Breads
Located on Main Street, this bakery’s sandwiches and soups are available on a limited basis. Get in early for the best goods! Details >

Blue Oven Bakery
Gone by noon, their wood-fired baked goods and innovative recipes are favorites among bread fanatics. Details >

Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse
Find yourself really loving the bread from your lunch? Chances are it’s the magical stuff from this place?

Servatii
Known mostly for their pastry goods and pretzels, the closest location is at Fountain Square—and worth the trip for the Danish alone. Details >

Breakfast

The Most Important Meal

First Watch
An excellent choice if you want to start your morning on the healthy side. Details >

The Sleepy Bee
This locally sourced breakfast spot may hold the secret to delectable omelets as well as the sweetest pancakes. Details >

The Echo
Delight in ample portions of comfort food and indulge in a mimosa from their full bar. Details >

Hang Over Easy
The name does the talking here. This diner-like spot will pull you back down to reality. Details >

Brunch Time

It’s Brunch O’Clock Somewhere

Nation
In the center of the Pendleton neighborhood, Nation’s breakfast menu is unlike any other. Details >

French Crust Café and Bistro
Located at Findlay market, stock up on fresh-baked pastries and croissants. Details >

MOTR Pub
Live-music venue by night, brunch hangout by day, their rotating taps make for a casual afternoon. Details >

Cheapside
Come for the coffee, stay for the brunch. On nice mornings, hang out on their patio and sip an espresso.

Lunch Break

Network Over Something Yummy

Taste of Belgium
Eat like a Belgian and feast on their locally famous waffle & chicken (the waffle comes first!) plus many other tasty pairs. Details >

The Eagle
Even though they’ve mastered the chicken sandwich, don’t stop there—spoil yourself with any of their fares. Details >

Arnold’s
As Cincinnati’s oldest tavern, Arnold’s patio is the perfect excuse for a pint with your lunch. Details >

Nicholson’s
This Scottish/American gastropub’s fireplace and cozy booths will lull you into a food coma. Details >

Lunch Spots

Find Good Food with Friends

Eli’s BBQ
This backyard joint has a well-deserved cult following. Sauce up and experience 5-star meals. BYOB. Details >

Bakersfield
In the thick of OTR, head here for a lunch with Mexican street fare or a quick chips & guac session. Details >

Pleasantry
This rustic-chic eatery touts New American dishes with an outdoor patio that’s perfect for a long lunch. Details >

Maplewood
This California-inspired joint’s spacious café is proof that lunch hour is the best hour. Details >

Grab ’N’ Go

Grub Out Even If It’s Quick

Fusian
Roll your sushi your way and wash it down with beverages made with natural ingredients. Details >

Total Juice Plus
This is a great option for a healthier lunch with tasty wraps, freshly made smoothies and wheatgrass shots. Details >

Currito
This isn’t your average burrito joint. Go here for a little adventure rolled up in a tortilla. Details >

Sunshine Deli
A local shop with daily sandwich specials, this deli is a great option if you’re looking for a quick bite or a bowl of soup.

Food Trucks

Pig Out on Food a la Two Axles

Red Sesame
Usually at Fountain Square, this Korean-style BBQ flaunts a side of Mexican flair and a selection of homemade sauces. Details >

Hungry Bros.
This New American “twist on classics” food truck serves up culinary brilliance with a side of pun. Details >

C’est Cheese
Grilled cheese? Say no more. Their gourmet sammies are as innovative as they are gooey. Details >

Catch-a-Fire Pizza
Led by a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America, this truck touts the finest wood-fired pizzas around. Details >

Fancy Dinner

Recommended for Two (or More)

Boca
Start your night (and your tastebuds) off right at this high­-end Italian/French restaurant perfect for date night. Details >

Please
This new upscale kitchen flaunts a rotating seasonal menu that’s as inventive as it is tasty. Details >

Metropole
Located inside 21C, Metropole is as chic as it is savory—with fireplace-cooked cuisine as the star of their menu. Details >

Primavista
Head to the west side and take in dazzling city views with an elegant menu of classic Italian dishes. Details >

Out to Entertain

Woo Someone in Cincy

Sotto
Set underground, this elegant dinner spot is top notch for refined-yet-rustic Italian. Details >

21C Museum Hotel
Walk the galleries of contemporary art and spend a night in their eccentric rooms at this museum/hotel hybrid. Details >

Jean-Robert’s Table
Cincinnati is a better place thanks to Chef Jean-­Robert’s flair for French dining experiences. Details >

Salazar
Enjoy a drink and eclectic, farm-inspired fare in the heart of OTR. Plus, you’ll love the mosaic tile floor. Details >

Eat Together

Grab a Group

Nada
A wonderful option for any meal, Nada’s tasty tacos and incredible margs are the perfect backdrop to a fiesta. Details >

Dewey’s Pizza
With locations across the city (including nearby Clifton), Dewey’s is an eclectic pizza joint for any ’za lover. Details >

Fifty West
This cozy little brewery boasts a great selection of beers and their chef specializes in tasty food pairings. Details >

Zula
As one of the best Mediterranean options, Zula also plays house to some of the finest wine selections in town. Details >

Drinks

Start with a coffee. End with a cocktail at a storied bar.

Morning Brew

Pick Yourself Up at These Pick-Me-Ups

Lookout Joe Cincinnati
Located across the street, grab a cup of excellent coffee before your 9am meeting. Details >

Coffee Emporium
Enjoy artisanal coffee and a full menu at the oldest coffee house in Cincinnati. Details >

Ferrari Bros.
Cappuccino? Try this barber-shop-turned-coffee-bar. Admire the old postcards that line the walls—this space has been in the family for generations. Details >

1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
This brick-walled cafe is a great and quiet option away from the bustling Vine Street crowd. Details >

Happy Hour

Drinks after the Bell

The Blind Pig
Head down to 3rd St. to mingle with local sports fans before you hit the banks for a ball game. Details >

Rhinegeist Brewery
Tap house-brewed beers next to games of Ping-Pong and corn hole. Or wander up to the rooftop and soak in the view. Details >

Knockback Nat’s
Since it’s LPK’s favorite watering hole, don’t be surprised when you see a familiar face here. Try their wings—Cincy’s best!

Queen City Radio
QCR’s open patio and food truck frame a perfect scene for afternoon drinks in their beer garden. Details >

Culture

Where to begin? From world-class theatre to hole-in-the-wall venues, we’re arts-obsessed.

Museums

Get Some Culture

Museum Center at Union Terminal
Your source for mummies, oceans and a wealth of other whoa-inducing exhibits, plus a domed Omnimax theater. Details >

Contemporary Arts Center
Designed by the brilliant Zaha Hadid, check out one of the first contemporary-art institutions in the US. Details >

Taft Museum of Art
Peruse an extensive collection of paintings, porcelains and decoratives at this National Historic Landmark. Details >

Cincinnati Art Museum
Get lost in this monumental museum’s 65,000 pieces of artwork. And don’t forget to check out their Art After Dark program. Details >

On the Stage

Encore! Encore!

Ensemble Theatre
In the mood for a show? This theatre is at the gateway of OTR and is a great addition to date night. Details >

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Take a seat in one of only five US theaters to complete Shakespeare’s 38-play canon. Details >

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Who said center stage was for adults only? This kid­-cast show is chock-full of up-and-coming performers. Details >

Playhouse in the Park
Enjoy a play in this Tony Award-winning playhouse nestled in Eden Park. Details >

Performing Arts

Enter Stage Right

Aronoff Center for the Arts
Catch your favorite Broadway production in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Details >

Cincinnati Ballet
There’s so much more than just The Nutcracker here. You’ll love any performance from this troupe. Details >

Cincinnati Opera
The second-oldest opera company in the US and a go-to for a one-of-a-kind sensual experience. Details >

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
With Music Director Louis Langrée at the podium, this ensemble leaves you wanting more. Details >

Music Venues

Try Not to Sing Along

Southgate House Revival
Watch your favorite bands onstage in the church of rock & roll at this Northern Kentucky historic venue. Details >

Riverbend Music Center
Whether you’re close to the stage or partying it up on the lawn, this is a must-try venue for concerts. Details >

Taft Theatre
An Art Deco theater on Fifth Street, Taft sees all types of entertainers come through its doors. Details >

20th Century Theater
In the heart of Oakley Square, catch an act at this historic building boasting a unique Art Moderne design. Details >

Activities

Bored? Impossible. Pick an adventure and have at it.

Walking Distance

Make the Most of Your Lunch Hour

OTR
Saunter on up to the most happenin’ neighborhood in town—cross Central Parkway and you’re there!

Washington Park
Crowned by Music Hall, WaPa is in the heart of OTR­—and one of our favorite places to spend a lunch hour. Details >

Fountain Square
Say hello to The Genius of Water statue and enjoy people-watching in the epicenter of our business district. Details >

Smale Riverfront Park
At this waterside park, take a jog, play interactive instruments or watch the passing boats. Details >

Transportation

Get Moving

Cincinnati Metro
With routes running all over the city, it’s easy to hitch a ride and explore other neighborhoods. Details >

Red Bike
Rent, ride, return, repeat—Red Bike will have you happily coasting around the city on two wheels. Details >

Cincinnati Streetcar
The Cincinnati Bell Connector is a convenient way to cruise from northern downtown to The Banks along the river. Details >

Pedal Wagon
Wheel through the city on a 15-person, pedal-powered party wagon and enjoy a 6-pack while you’re at it. Details >

Cincy Classics

Visit All Our Hometown Gems

Skyline Chili
Asking for a 3-Way here isn’t what you think. Order a chili bowl or coneys for lunch or dinner. Details >

Graeter’s
You can’t talk Cincinnati without mentioning Graeter’s. Try the hometown favorite, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. Details >

Findlay Market
As the nation’s oldest open-air market, their produce stands and local vendors will meet all your grocery needs. Details >

Esquire Theatre
Watch everything from independent films to retro favorites at this classic movie theatre in Clifton. Details >

Kentucky Spots

Have Fun on “The Other Side”

Mainstrasse
An idyllic German ’hood, Mainstrasse is brimming with bites to eat, bars to hop and shops to explore. Details >

Newport on the Levee
Spend an evening in front of Cincy’s skyline—there’s bowling, movies, an aquarium and plenty to eat at this riverfront hub. Details >

Covington
This quaint Kentucky city is just across the river. Listen closely, and you’ll hear its residents proclaiming: “Love the Cov!”

Devou Park
Want the best view of the Queen City? Head to this park, complete with walking trails and a golf course. Details >

Family Time

Find Something Fun for Everyone

Cincinnati Zoo
Our award-winning zoo isn’t just for animal lovers—their expansive botanical gardens are worth seeing, too. Details >

Carol Ann’s Carousel
Take a spin on this antique merry-go-round located at the gates of the Roebling Bridge on The Banks. Details >

Krohn Conservatory
Need a little vegetation fix? Enjoy their indoor rainforest, desert gardens and exotic orchid house. Details >

Union Terminal
Trick your kids into learning about science, nature and history with fun, interactive exhibits. Details >

Sports

Wear Your Jersey

Cincinnati Reds
Take yourself out to the ball game and root, root, root for our Redlegs. Details >

Cincinnati Bengals
Earn your Cincy stripes and yell yourself silly with “Who Dey!” cheers at Paul Brown Stadium. Details >

Cincinnati Cyclones
Break the ice with an action-packed hockey game. Check out crowd-favorite dollar-beer nights. Details >

FC Cincinnati
This sports team is the talk of the town. Score tickets to a game and rock the orange and blue at Nippert Stadium. Details >

Health & Fitness

Get Physical

Move Your Hyde
Strike a pose. Yoga your way into a healthier lifestyle at this downtown studio. Details >

ELMNTL Fitness
Gyms not your thing? Take your workout outside and get your fitness fix in the woods. Details >

Punch House
No matter your experience level, this boxing gym will have you craving more ring time. Details >

YMCA
Swim laps, play a game of racquetball or lift some iron at this downtown wellness center. Details >

Outdoor

Get Off Your Couch

Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures
Take an adventure down the Little Miami in a canoe or kayak at this river hub. Details >

Cincinnati Nature Center
The CNC is crossed with a diverse set of trails. Plus, they hold a ton of knowledge on our natural wonders. Details >

Cincinnati Parks
Our award-winning park system boasts over 100 outdoor areas. Details >

Little Miami Scenic Trail
Stretching from the northern ’burbs to the Ohio River, this trail is teeming with joggers, rollerbladers and cyclists alike. Details >

Dog Parks

Take Your Pet on a Playdate

Otto Armleder Park
Bring your dog out for a hike, then reward yourself with a picnic in the park. Details >

Washington Park
Get their tails wagging with 12,000 square feet of fully fenced play space. Details >

Redbird Hollow
Explore Indian Hill’s best-kept secret alongside your furry sidekick. Details >

Mount Airy Forest
Play a round of disc golf and let your pet have some fun too—this place has an enclosed dog park! Details >

Media

Plug in. Read up. Get current on what’s what.

Local Blogs, Zines & Papers

Stay Connected

Soapbox Cincinnati
Read up on people, places and ideas that are fueling our city’s cultural revolution. Details >

Cincinnati Magazine
Loaded with listicles of the best, this glossy reader is full of monthly features and profiles. Details >

Cincinnati Enquirer
Be the bearer of good news with Cincinnati’s oldest, highest-circulating newspaper. Details >

CityBeat Cincinnati
This independent publication specializes in art, culture and music. Oh, and they throw great parties all around the city. Details >

Radio

Listen Up Folks

Q102 (101.9 FM)
With lovable DJs and all of today’s top hits, 0102 can be heard blaring from radios on interstates. Details >

WVXU (91.7 FM)
As our local NPR affiliate, WVXU delivers the day’s headlines and renowned podcasts like This American Life. Enjoy in the car, at your desk, even at home. Details >

B105 (105.1 FM)
Strap on your boots and tune in to the area’s favorite country station. Details >

WLW (700 AM)
Tune in to news and talk radio on everything from the Reds score to the happenings on Capitol Hill. Details >

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