Open year-round, Cincinnati’s vibrant Findlay Market is the place to go for local meat, produce, cheese, baked goods, honey, handmade soap and ethnic food.
Dating back to 1855, the historic Market House is the centerpiece, where you’ll find a wide range of goodies including the best sausage in the city and decadent chocolate chip cookies. Vendors make every effort to source locally; for example, many sell Amish poultry from neighboring counties. (They also trade with each other: If Taste of Belgium needs fruit for a tart, they get it from one of the local farmers selling on-site.) There’s more than just food here. Among the various artisans, Anam Cara Designs makes jewelry and imports fair-trade creations like wonderful recycled rice-paper wallets. Shoppers can also find honey, soap and pasta sauces in the same aisle.
Outside the Market House, the browsing opportunities continue with a seasonal open-air bazaar and several district shops selling deli fare, ethnic food, wine, tea and pastries. From April through November, a large farmers market on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons lets local farmers barter their produce, cottage goods and flowers.
Allow at least two hours to shop, and bring an appetite.