The Best of Cincinnati: Shops

By Torie Robinette, September 22, 2017

Cincinnati shops range from eclectic boutiques to fresh markets to big box stores. After shopping at some of our favorites, you’ll wish you’d brought bigger suitcases to lug more treasures home.

Findlay Market

The concept: Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market is part of the lifeblood of Cincinnati. Surrounded by colorful shops and 19th-century architecture in the Over-the-Rhine enclave, Findlay has been humming with locals and visitors since 1852.

Why it’s a must: Pick up fresh flowers, produce, fish and meat, homemade desserts, and other delicious local and global bites while also getting a taste of the city’s vibrant culture. Rich in community tradition, the alfresco market is open year-round, welcoming patrons to enjoy street performances, shopping and special events.

What people are saying: “Findlay feels like the center of all of the action in Cincy. I always stop here when visiting to pick up favorite items to take back to my family.” —Ben Wade, frequent Cincinnati visitor

Hyde Park Square

The concept: The crown jewel of the historic and affluent Hyde Park neighborhood on Cincinnati’s east side, Hyde Park Square is a charming segment of independent retailers, local boutiques, art galleries and eateries. It’s a magnet for shoppers in search of gifts for friends and family, or special finds for themselves.

Why it’s a must: With abundant greenery, shady trees and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks, picturesque Hyde Park Square feels like a small town—granted, an upscale one—dropped into the middle of a bustling city. It’s a great place to soak up Cincy vibes at a slower pace.

What people are saying: “As someone who grew up in Cincinnati, it’s been fun to see Hyde Park Square grow. It has tons of local shops with a lot of hometown spirit, so it’s a great area to peruse with my family when I’m back in town.” —Anna Blake Hartwick, Cincinnati native

Over-the-Rhine Retail District

The concept: Just north of downtown Cincy, the historic Over-the-Rhine retail district is a haven of independent shops. Offerings include chic boutiques, funky outfitters and eclectic home shops, where knickknacks and local art line the shelves. With a layout that’s compact and walkable, this district is a cinch to stroll and browse.

Why it’s a must: You’re sure to score purchases that are one-of-a-kind. Locals rave about The Little Mahatma, a purveyor of global trinkets; Elm & Iron, a hub for vintage furnishings and reworked stunners; and MiCA 12/v, a treasure trove of handcrafted gifts.

What people are saying: “[I love] The Little Mahatma on Vine Street. The eclectic selection of jewelry, all the wonderful smells and the unique gifts make it special.” —Molly A. Wellmann, co-owner and head bartender, Wellmann’s Brands

Honorable Mention: Kenwood Towne Centre

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