What You Should Actually Do When in Cincinnati

Updated: 3 days ago

The Queen City

I have lived in Cincinnati for the majority of my life, I'm currently in Los Angeles but Cincinnati is still the place I consider home. Whether you have lived in Cincy for years (like me), you are just visiting, or are new to the city - there are so many fun things to do in the city!

We have a precious Hippo named Fiona, who lives at the world-renowned Cincinnati Zoo. Why is Fiona so special?! She is the first Nile hippo to be born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years, she was born 6 weeks early! She was the first of the species to be scanned in the womb using ultrasound. ... Zoo staff named the baby hippo Fiona because her ears made them think of a Shrek heroine, and also because it means "fair"

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We just got a professional soccer team! GO FC!! We love our chili, yes the famous Skyline Chili. God, I miss it so much. My go-to order whenever I'm home is a Chilito with Spaghetti and 2 Chili Cheese Sandwiches extra crackers, and hot sauce. I used to go so often the woman who works the front desk at the Kenwood Location knew my order every time I walked in, talk about service.

We love Greaters Ice Cream & LaRosa's Pizza.

When you meet someone from Cincinnati don't be surprised if they ask you what Highschool you went to. Eastside vs. Westside is a real thing here.

Findlay Market - I can walk here from my parents! It is so fun to go down on a Sunday and shop around. You can purchase produce, spices, meat, and bread from all the local vendors.


1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Places to Go to Eat:

Jeff Ruby's - My family goes here for all the birthdays and big celebrations, my dad has been going here for over 30 years. The bus Jeff Ruby drives around to promote his restaurants.. my dad sold him our bus! Their garlic mashed potatoes and the Freddy Ceasar salad are absolutely to die for... my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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700 Walnut St

Soto - Right next to Boca (another favorite of mine) in downtown Cincinnati, is Soto. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d probably miss it. Walk down the steps, into the basement where Soto is located. It’s beautiful, rustic, romantic, and everything in between. It's an intimate Italian meal to literalllly die for. You’ll need reservations about a month in advance if you want to visit on a weekend. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but I dream about goat cheese and hazelnut honey on grilled bread. For dessert you must order the ricotta doughnuts with pistachio dipping sauce.

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118 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Zips Cafe - I've been coming here since I was a letttle kid. The old school trains on the track that run across the tops of the ceiling, just choo chooing along during your meal. A zips cheeseburger with a bowl of chili, extra crackers of course and a side of fries is my favorite meal on a cool fall Cincinnati day. I try to stop in for a burger every time I'm home in the Nasty.

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1036 Delta Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Gomez Tacos - The best walk-up taco stand in Downtown Cincinnati. There is also a sit-down restaurant in Walnut Hills. Ask for a Turtle, you won't regret it. It is absolute perfection.