the bonbonerie

sometimes you just need an afternoon out of town experiencing something a tad different. cincinnati offers some fun new restaurants, new shopping and unique exhibits. it's distinctly more northern than louisville and this lends itself to a more urban and progressive vibe. with the design school at uc, you also have a few more art resources that are fun to explore. here are my picks for an afternoon away!


the bonbonerie / / 2030 madison road / iced tea / vegetarian spring sandwich - vegetable cream cheese, red and yellow peppers, tomato, field greens, sprouts and avacado served on homemade dill bread with a side of fresh fruit / the desserts are the real draw at this quaint cafe / choose something from the beautiful case of treats

taste of belgium

taste of belgium / / 1133 vine street / capuccino / belgian frites / plain waffle / this hip and trendy spot is the real deal on belgain waffles / the frites are amazing and an awesome gulity pleasure

mt. adams bar and grill

mt. adams bar and grill / / 938 hatch street / iced tea / veggie burger platter with cole slaw and fries / the patio here is totally the reason to go / on a nice spring afternoon, lunch here is such a treat

aglamesis bros. ice cream

aglamesis bros. / / 3046 madison road / this old fashioned ice cream parlor is super cute and fun, especially with kids / be seated for service and enjoy delicious ice cream / grab some divine chocolates to go afterwards

graeters ice cream

graeter’s / / 2704 erie avenue / yes, graeter’s is a chain, but if your kids are like mine, they love a good bribe / my bribe is that if you behave during lunch and shopping, you win a trip to the “original graeter’s” (given its’ old skool exterior) / this location has a bakery and a slue of beautiful candy perfect for gifts or holiday treats / DO NOT miss the double chocolate chip (i like mine on a sugar cone)

a tavola

a tavola / / 1220 vine street / cabernet / asparagus salad - bibb lettuce, raddichio, wood roasted asapagus, pine nuts, lemon vinaigrette / artichoke pizza - artichokes, basil pesto, house tomato sauce, goat cheese, mozzarella / this is a super fun, hip place to be / the pizza is woodfired and delicious!

bakersfield tacos tequila whisky

bakersfield otr / / 1213 vine street / bakersfield margarita - el jimador blanco, triple sec, agave nectar, fresh lemon and lime / chips and guac / rajas taco - poblanos, fresno, bell peppers, ejotes chihuahua, queso fresco, cilantro / huitlacoche taco - corn truffles, roasted poblano, corn, onion, cotija cheese, cilantro / this hip taco bar in over the rhine is laid back, cool, and delicious!

tellers of hyde park

teller’s of hyde park / / chardonnay / the goat cheese salad - hazelnut encrusted goat cheese, dried blueberries, spinach, arugula, apple, honey mustard dressing / florentine pizza - spinach, pesto, tomato, feta, garlic chips, mozzarella, provelone / my husband and i like to split items, so we can try a couple of things / this fun spot has a cool interior, it was once a bank, and the food is super tasty

deweys pizza

dewey’s pizza / / 3014 madison road / malbec / house salad - field greens, dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, toasted pine nuts, balsamic vinaigrette / ½ green lantern - red sauce, mozzarella, minced garlic, mushrooms, goat cheese, artichokes, pesto / ½ edgar allen poe - olive oil, mozzarella, mushrooms, roasted garlic, kalmata olives, goat cheese, fresh tomatoes and parsley after the bake / this pizza joint is so much fun / oakley is a really cool part of town and this place is always bustling / the pizza is awesome and you can watch the cooks toss the pizza dough through the glass window

via vite

via vite / / 520 vine street / chianti / insalate - baby arugula, shaved parmigiano reggiano, toasted pine nuts and cintronette / spinach and ricotta ravioli with with vermont butter and shavings of black truffle / this is a fun and hip downtown treasure! / weather you sit on the patio or in the chic interior, you cannot go wrong




mica / / 1201 vine street / this boutique carries a really lovely array of unique finds and artisan wares / you will also find a ton of local made goods in this well edited collection


sloane / / 1216 vine street / chic, urban fashions for her / look for bb dakota, charlene k jewelry, and otis & maclain

restoration hardware

restoration hardware / / 7875 montgomery road #3103 / love, love restoration hardware / i recently purchased a ton of furniture and it was great to order it through the cincinnati showroom / they were super helpful and gave me swatches and advice / i am loving the pieces that have been delivered and am excited for my full order to come in

saks fifth avenue

saks fifth avenue / / 101 west fifth street / this is the closest luxury retailer / sometimes when you buy a high end item, you prefer to see it in person rather than guessing online / you’ll find all of your favorite labels, such as louis vuitton and gucci here

tiffany & co

tiffany & co / / 505 vine street / tiffany is such a fantastic classic jewelry source! / you can always find the perfect wedding or christening gift here / if you’re really lucky your special someone will treat you to a spree here!

delamere and hopkins

delamere and hopkins / / 2708 erie avenue / the best in outdoor gear / look for patagonia, barbour, la chameau, filson, victorinox swiss army, fly fishing gear and hunting gear

alligator purse

alligator purse / / 2701 erie avenue / chic fashions for her / look for milly, rag and bone, dvf, trina turk, repetto and more

tulips on erie

tulips on erie / / 3446 edwards road / this charming gift shop has cute decor and more / look for juliska, mariposa, and more



the butterfly show at khron conservatory

the butterfly show / / krohn conservatory / 1501 eden park drive / this show is an excellent experience in the khron conservatory, an already impressive resource / 16,000 butterflies and a hummingbird garden are featured / late april to the end of june annually

rosenthal center for contemporary art

rosenthal center for contemporary art / / 44 east 6th street / in louisville, we are blessed with a pretty great arts scene, but cincinnati has alot to offer as well / really interesting exhibits come through the contemporary arts center / we saw the keith haring exhibit and it was fabulous / currently, the patti smith exhibit looks fascinating / the children’s area is really fun too!

cincinnati art museum

cincinnati art museum / / 953 eden park drive / this is a wonderful museum in a beautiful setting / the permanent collection is lovely / the exhibits that come through are wonderful / we have see toulouse lautrec and a few others that we loved / degas, renoir and poetic pastels, beginning in october, should be great and the american gothic exhibit, in 2014, looks great as well

eden park

eden park / / 950 eden park drive / eden park is a fantastic oasis in cincinnati / you can walk on one of many paths, play or launch model boats in the mirror lake

Cheers! - lh

Tags / cincinnati  / mt adams  / hyde park  / oakley  / eden park  / krohn conservatory  / butterfly show  / contemporary art center  / cincinnati art museum  / tulips on erie  / alligator purse  / delamere and hopkins  / tiffany and co  / sloane  / mica  / via vite  / deweys pizza  / bonbonerie  / mt. adams bar and grill  / a tavolo  / bakersfield otr  / tellers of hyde park  / graeters aglamesis bros 

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