Cincinnati’s Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest surviving city market house (it opened in 1855), and it just happens to be a year-round market. The indoor portion of the hub hosts aisles of local merchants hawking fresh seafood, cheeses, Belgian waffles, pasta, spices, tacos, meats, prepared foods, and gelato, while the perimeter of the market features stand-alone brick-and-mortar storefronts selling everything from Asian sundries to loose leaf teas. On the weekends, farmers sell their produce, flowers, and fresh herbs in the outdoor pavilion space.
Situated in the revitalizing Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Findlay’s embedded in the community and continues to add new programs. This summer they’ll launch DIRT: A Modern Market, a store that will sell the same things the weekend outdoor farmers’ does, but it’ll be setup during the week as well as the weekend. Another program called The Kitchen at The Market will enable chefs and artisans to rent kitchen space at Findlay and experiment with creating foods. Findlay is open six days a week, but a weekend trip to the market, especially in the warmer months, promises bustling families, dogs, and couples strolling with their totes. With year-round activities—including the famous Opening Day Parade in April—Findlay’s one of best places to visit in Cincinnati, every week.
Garin Pirnia, who has a weird, made-up name, is a freelance arts and culture writer and has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Mental Floss, and many other publications. Twitter: @gpirnia.