Walking tour of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine

January 14, 2014

in Cincinnati: my hometown

Cincinnati Looking inside the Cincy Haus storefront in Over the Rhine, the buildings from across the street made a perfect  reflection.


Cincinnati Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine.


In the years since I’ve moved away, Cincinnati has undergone a metamorphosis. In particular, the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, just north of downtown and the Ohio River, has undergone a huge renaissance. I love coming back into town to see what changes have happened since I last visited.

On Sunday, I took my parents for a mini tour of Over-the-Rhine. We had a late lunch of tacos and margaritas at one of my favorite places in town, Bakersfield and then took a walk around the Gateway Quarter on Vine Street. You can see a few photos from the afternoon in the post here.

But I think it’s also worth it to take a look at some of the posts I’ve done on previous visits to see other aspects of this neighborhood. For instance, Washington Park has also undergone a huge renovation and looks completely different from when I last lived here.

I love the murals that have been popping up on buildings all over the city, including the Energy and Grace one below. And you can see a small selection of other downtown murals in a previous post.

Findlay Market has long been a favorite spot for me to go to and do shopping on a Saturday. My dear friend Bryn is writing a cookbook about the market and I couldn’t be happier about that.

By the way, the name of this urban neighborhood comes from the German immigrants who originally settled there in the 19th century and crossed over the Miami and Erie canal to get to work. The canal was nicknamed the Rhine and the neighborhood then became Over-the-Rhine. It’s a charming bit of folklore  about a very cool part of town. And now, Over-the-Rhine is said to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the US. It also has the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the US as well. And that is very cool.


Cincinnati One of the many, many cool ArtWorks murals in Over-the-Rhine. This one is called Energy and Grace.


Over-the-Rhine Window shopping at Sloane Boutique.


Over-the-Rhine Even though the shadows have mostly taken over the scene, I still liked this building.

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1 Bryn January 14, 2014 at 15:51

What a great way to spend an afternoon with your parents! I wish more people from outside Cincinnati’s city limits would discover the wonderful Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Interesting to read your take on the transformation, since you experience it incrementally on your visits.

2 Sandra January 14, 2014 at 15:56

Thanks Bryn. You know, I was thinking the same thing when I was there. Except to see the symphony at Music Hall, my parents hadn’t been to Over-the-Rhine for a very long time. And I think most people in the suburbs don’t go at all, which is a shame. Because this part of town is just so wonderful. By the way, I did notice one of the home stores I liked on that part of Vine is now empty. How is the overall health of the neighborhood?

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