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Cincinnati: Weekend Travel Guide

When thinking of the top US cities you want to visit, Cincinnati may not be at the top of your list. However, after visiting for a long visit, I totally think it should be!


My immediate reaction to being in the city was “wait..where is the traffic?” It seemed like everywhere we went, we got a front row parking spot and it took about 5 minutes to get to each destination. Coming from a huge city like Atlanta, that was shocking to me!


Cincinnati is a cool city with so many things to do. While the city is best known for it’s famous chili and the Reds baseball team, you will find that Cincinnati is poppin with amazing restaurants, lots of nightlife, and the nicest people.


Heading to Cincinnati soon? There’s a good chance you are if you find yourself reading this post right now. And if not.. plan a weekend trip! I promise you will be more than glad you visited this underrated US city.


Keep reading for all of my suggestions for things to do, where to eat, and what you must see while in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Where to Eat in Cincinnati

There is no shortage of good food in Cincinnati, that is for sure! Every single meal I ate while there for a long weekend was amazing. Below are some of my favorite restaurants, as well as many that were suggested I didn’t get to experience.

Photo by Sotto

If you are going for a boujee dinner:

  • Losanti – All I can say about this restaurant is that wow…if you see the word “truffle” on the menu, order it. We had the steak, truffle gnocci, and truffle mac and cheese and it was all heavenly. Also, they are known for their espresso martinis!
  • Sotto – Amazing food, wine, and atmosphere
  • Prime – Order the lobster bisque 
  • Pepp and Delores – Known for their pasta

If you are wanting a casual dinner:

  • Bakersfield – the best tacos and margs (get the spicy marg pitcher!)
  • Condatos – also tacos 
  • Kanji – best sushi and half price
  • Louvino – southern inspired small plates
  • Quan Hapa – asian street food and cocktails
  • Nation – burgers
  • The Eagle – beer hall with southern food
  • Gomez – fast casual Mexican food
  • Maplewood – California cuisine

Brunch Recommendations:

  • Taste of Belguim – locations in OTR and the banks (banks you can walk to the stadium after)
  • Louvino – little nicer, tapas style
  • Nation – super cheap mimosas and good food
  • Crown Republic
  • Boomtown Biscuits
  • Sugar and Spice – diner type food but cool atmosphere
  • Hangover Easy
  • Sleepy Bee
  • Mokka – in Newport but super close and can walk across the bridge if you parked in NKY

Nightlife in Cincinnati

Whether you are looking for a chill place to watch a game and grab a beer or looking to hit a club, Cincinnati has it all. Below are many bar recommendations for whatever vibe you are going for.

Photo from GnarlyGnome


  • The Pitch – good pregame place for games (right across the street)
  • Somerset – chill vibe but super cool
  • Queen city radio – close to stadium
  • Cobblestone
  • Rhinehaus
  • Igby’s – went here to NYE and it was a blast!
  • Pins
  • Japps
  • Lytle Rooftop
  • AC Hotel Rooftop
Photo from Cincinnati Design Awards

Club-type Bars:

  • Ghost Baby – super cool underground bar
  • Drinkery
  • Tin Roof
  • Gala
  • Stretch
  • J Social

Things to Do in Cincinnati

Whether you are going on a family trip with kids or taking a girls trip for the weekend, there are plenty of things to do in Cincinnati for all ages! 

Photo from BTM Engineering

Must Do’s in Cincinatti:

  • Bengals football game 
  • Reds baseball game
  • Walk across the Bridge – Fun fact: the John A. Roebling suspension bridge that connects Kentucky and Cincinnati was built as a model for the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC!
  • Newport on the Levee
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • Eat Cincinnati chili 
  • Get a cocktail at Ghost Baby

And depending on the season…

  • Oktoberfest – German style festival that takes place in September
  • Kings Island – amusement park

Well, there you have it. I hope you are now so excited to start planning your visit to Cincinnati, Ohio! Feel free to comment with any suggestions and I’d love to hear how your trip went!

xo, McKenzie

1 Comment

  • Cynthia
    January 16, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    I love this insight into this city! Makes me want to visit this undiscovered gem! Great job revealing it’s hidden treasures! Never, til your blog, would I ever have thought on visiting there! O Hi O 👍Thanks!


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