Insiders Guide

Where To Go To…

It can take years to learn the secrets of a city—unless you’ve got the decoder handbook. Here it is:


BurgerEat a burger and enjoy a view
City View Tavern, 403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams, (513) 241-VIEW, cityviewtavern.com 


Munch on decadent treats
Taste of Belgium, Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-3280; 1135 Vine St., (513) 381-4607, authenticwaffle.com


Find handcrafted stationery
Poeme of Hyde Park, 3446 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 321-4999, poeme-online.com


Discover cool costume jewelry pieces
Chicken Lays An Egg, 1608 Chase Ave., Northside, (513) 834-9268, chickenlaysanegg.com


Dine on some tasty Italian
A Tavola, 1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 246-0192, atavolapizza.com


Enjoy quality time with the little ones
Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, downtown, (513) 352-6180, cincinnati-oh.gov


Liveability Best Places to RetireFor date night
Teak, 1049-51 St. Gregory St., Mt. Adams, (513) 665-9800, teakthaicuisinecincinnati.com


For a unique history lesson
Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, 315 W. Court St., downtown, (513) 621-5553, cincyfiremuseum.com


To get some cool custom screen printing done
Cryptogram Ink, 4116 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cryptogramink.com


Sip a cocktail
Latitudes, 7454 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Twp., (513) 827-9146, latitudescafe.com


BikingPedal along a scenic path
Little Miami Scenic Trail, Trailheads at various locations including downtown Loveland, Milford, and Maineville, miamivalleytrails.org/miami.htm


Have a leisurely lunch on the patio
dilly café, 6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, (513) 561-5233, dillycafe.com


Host a cool kid’s birthday party
Castle Skateland, 980 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, (513) 683-6666, castleskateland.com


Find unique fine art
Summerfair arts festival in June, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Twp., (513) 531-0050, summerfair.org


Pick up exotic foods from around the globe
Jungle Jim’s International Market Eastgate (opening summer 2012), 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Eastgate, (513) 674-6000, junglejims.com


Eat one of the best burgers in town
Terry’s Turf Club, 4618 Eastern Ave., Linwood, (513) 533-4222


Stargaze
Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Pl., Mt. Lookout, (513) 321-5186, cincinnatiobservatory.org


Host an outdoor wedding
Chateau Pomije, 25043 Jacob Rd., Guilford, Indiana, (812) 623-8004, cpwinery.com


Enjoy a brunch with the family
Market Street Grille, 205 Harrison Ave., Harrison, (513) 202-0200, marketstreetgrille.com


Find beautiful bouquets
Lutz Flowers, 5110 Crookshank Rd., Westwood, (513) 921-0561, lutzflowerhaus.com


Watch the big game
Champions Grille, 3670 Werk Rd., (513) 376-8920, championsgrille.com


Take a hike
Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Rd., North Bend, (513) 521-7275, greatparks.org


Watch some football
The nationally recognized stadium, “The Pit,” at Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., West Price Hill, (513) 921-3744, elderhs.org


Enjoy an Italian meal—and admire an awesome city view
Primavista, 810 Matson Place, Price Hill, (513) 251-6467, pvista.com


Step back in time and take a ride in a horse-drawn canal boat
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, 19083 Clayborn St., Metamora, Indiana, (765) 647-6512, indianamuseum.org


Get your five-way fix at 5 a.m.
Camp Washington Chili, 3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, (513) 541-0061, campwashingtonchili.com


Get discounted salon services
Aveda Frederic’s Institute—Cincinnati, 7664 Voice of America Centre Dr., West Chester, (513) 533-0700, avedafredricsinstitute.com


Get just about anything you could ever need (and lots of things you don’t)
IKEA, 9500 Ikea Way, West Chester, (513) 779-7100, ikea.com


For happy hour
Fox and Hound, 5113 Bowen Dr., Mason, (513) 229-7921, foxandhound.com


Play a round of golf
The Golf Center at King’s Island, 6042 Fairway Dr., Mason, (513) 398-5200, thegolfcenter.com


Get dessert to knock your socks off
Grand Finale, 3 E. Sharon Rd., Glendale, (513) 771-5925, grandfinale.info


Get an adrenaline fix
Ozone Zipline Adventures, 5291 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia, (513) 932-3756, campkern.org


Let the kids ride a pony
Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Rd., Winton Woods, (513) 521-7275, http://www.greatparks.org/learn/parkys-farm


Score some antiques
Downtown Lebanon, Main and Broadway Streets, historicdowntownlebanon.com


Catch some live tennis action
Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, (513) 651-0303, cincytennis.com


Have a beer on the patio
Hofbräuhaus Newport, 200 E. Third St., Newport on the Levee, (859) 491-7200, hofbrauhausnewport.com


Play a game of bocce
Pompilio’s, 600 Washington Ave., Newport, (859) 581-3065; 1920 Declaration Dr., Independence, (859) 359-0087, pompiliosrestaurant.com


Catch a live show
Madison Theatre, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, (859) 491-2444, madisontheateronline.com


Sign up for cooking classes
EQ @ The Party Source, 95 Riviera Dr., Bellevue, (859) 291-4007, thepartysource.com


Learn about Newport’s storied past
Newport Gangster Tour, 18 E. 5th St., Newport, (859) 951-8560, americanlegacytours.com


See some Sprint Cup racing action
Kentucky Speedway, 1 Speedway Dr., Sparta, (888) 652-7223, kentuckyspeedway.com


Let the kids dig for fossils
Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Rd., Covington, (859) 491-4003, bcmuseum.org


Stock up on cigars
Straus Tobacconist, 8146 Mall Rd., Florence, (859) 647-8600, e-straus.com


Devour some family-style fried chicken
Greyhound Tavern, 2500 Dixie Hwy., Ft. Mitchell, (859) 331-3767, greyhoundtavern.com



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