A few weeks ago Jordan, Phoenix, and I spent a long weekend in Cincinnati. Cincinnati holds a special place in our hearts. When we were dating, Jordan and I visited Cincinnati several times a year and still manage to go back every couple of years. Usually, Mount Adams is the Cincinnati neighborhood we explore but this time we stayed in Over-The-Rhine.
This part of town is experiencing a major revitalization (you can visually see where you it still needs work) and is now home to lots of fun little shops and restaurants.
We met our friends (and their snuggling baby) at Taste of Belgium for lunch. Phoenix devoured his waffle while we waited for our meal. Jordan claims their chicken and waffles is the best he's eaten. My omelette was so-so, BUT I purchased a few pastries to-go and they were all delicious. I highly recommend grabbing an iced latte and a scone (or two) if you're in the area.
Phoenix is pretty easy at restaurants, as he's entertained nibbling bites of food from our plates and looking around. I know this will change once he is a toddler and wants to run around!
After lunch we walked up and down Vine street, which is the main thoroughfare. My favorite store was Idlewild Woman. Isn't their showroom dreamy? This is the type of clothing store where you save up and purchase one amazing showstopper to add to your wardrobe.
Also on Vine is the furniture store, Elm & Iron. They actually have two locations. I recommend spending more time in the loft as the actual building itself is beautiful. Jordan and I are on the hunt for a chair to add to our living space, so we always stop in furniture stores. Gentrification is a complicated issue, but I am happy when I see business' moving in and restoring old buildings that were left to decay.
We didn't take any pictures, but another shop to visit is MICA 12/v. They sell everything from baby clothes to art. I took advantage of their 4th of July sale and left with a new vegan leather backpack from Matt + Nat! It's so pretty! My Herschel backpack is slowly becoming my diaper bag, so I needed a new one for my computer.
I knew Over-The-Rhine changed a lot, but I didn't expect it to be quite as full! If you are visiting Cincinnati I can't recommend this area enough.