It’s never too early to think about a summer holiday. Maybe you’re headed to the beach or off in search of cool mountain breezes. Or perhaps your destination is a more distant or exotic place. Is a trip to America on your calendar? If so, you’re more than likely headed to New York City, Los Angeles, or Miami. But don’t limit your travels to those big cities. Consider a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, where you will feel right at home.
In fact, Cincinnati is a big city with a small town feel. We’re located in the middle of the United States and easily accessible from most major air hubs. We have a beautiful riverfront with fantastic parks, amazing art and architecture, professional sports of all sorts, unparalleled dining experiences, and the friendliest people in the Midwest.
But what if you’re traveling with someone who is a little uncomfortable leaving the Continent? Rest assured, you’ll be amazed at how much of Cincinnati will remind you of home. You’ll sense a European influence, much of it brought by German, French, and Irish immigrants who settled in Cincinnati in the 19th century. And you’ll find restaurants with menu items that often reflect those early roots.
To get you started with your planning, we’ve put together a few suggestions of what not to miss when you visit Cincinnati:
- Visit Findlay Market. Cincinnati’s public market was recently named by Newsweek as one of the top ten public markets in the world. You’ll discover a market experience very much like those in Europe, but with an American twist.
- Eat at French Crust Bistro & Cafe. From the artwork on the walls to the croissants in the pastry case, French Crust has everything you’ll find in a Parisian cafe.
- Dine at one of Taste of Belgium‘s four Cincinnati restaurants. You can enjoy crepes, frites, baguettes, and (of course) true Liege-style Belgian waffles. The selection of Belgian beers is the largest in the region, too!
Pick up some Italian-style charcuterie from Panino. Butcher Nino Loreta cures and ages his meats the same way they do in the “Old Country.” The pastrami, coppa, soppressata, and salumi are top-notch and great for sandwiches and snacks. But don’t miss an opportunity to share a bottle of wine over a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs either. Delizioso!
Take a self-guided walking tour along the Brewing Heritage Trail. Learn how the Germans put Cincinnati on the map in the 19th century. Top off your tour with a stein of local beer and a Bavarian pretzel at an Over-the-Rhine beer hall or brewery.
And for the best way to experience the food, culture, and history of Cincinnati all in one afternoon, reserve a space with Cincinnati Food Tours. We love sharing our little piece of the world with travelers from near and far.