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Shopping in Cincinnati: Unique Stores, Historic Shopping Districts, Indoor and Outdoor Malls

Cincinnati is a diverse, interesting city and the shopping scene reflects that.

One of the best places to shop in Cincinnati is also the oldest. Findlay Market is the oldest continuously operated public market in Ohio, in operation since 1855. The colorful market is located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and offers tours in which you learn more about the history of the market and shops.

While in Over-the-Rhine, check out the growing shopping scene in this beautifully restored historic district.

Other historic shopping districts include Bellevue’s Historic Fairfield Avenue, a charming revitalized area, and Hyde Park Square, with several upscale boutiques.

Cincinnati is also home to several shopping malls, both indoors and out, that feature popular retail chains as well as some independent stores. The most popular are Kenwood Towne Centre, Rookwood Commons and Cincinnati Premium Outlets.

Antique lovers will find a large mall just for them: Ohio Valley Antique Mall is the area’s largest with over 450 dealers.

Two notable unique stores also made the list. Jungle Jim’s International Market is a grocery store that is an attraction, in and of itself. Indigenous is a handcrafted gallery filled with the work of over 150 artists, mostly local and regional.

Where you’re shopping for clothing, accessories, home furnishings, specialty items or culinary delights, you’re sure to find it in one of Cincinnati’s many shopping areas.

Cincinnati Premium Outlets
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Cincinnati Premium Outlets is the largest outlet mall in the area with about 100 stores and is located 29 miles north of Cincinnati. The outlet stores include popular, upscale brands and a few that are difficult to find elsewhere. You'll find...  Read More

Hyde Park Square
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Hyde Park is a popular affluent neighborhood just five miles from downtown Cincinnati where you'll often see people walking their dogs or out for a jog. At the heart of it is Hyde Park Square, an island park in the middle of Erie Avenue...  Read More

Ohio Valley Antique Mall
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With over 450 dealers and 65,000 square feet of floor space, Ohio Valley Antique Mall is Cincinnati's largest. You could easily spend hours perusing all the treasures that are found here. You'll find a huge variety here: furniture, accessories,...  Read More

Over-the-Rhine Retail District
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Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was once a place where residents would not recommend to visitors, but that has changed. The restaurant and nightlife scene is now thriving, and the shopping scene is beginning to catch up. Most of the...  Read More

Bellevue's Historic Fairfield Avenue
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Bellevue is a charming city on the southern banks of the Ohio River in northern Kentucky. The historic shopping district is located on a five-block stretch of Fairfield Avenue, the main road through town. You'll find more than 20 locally-owned...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Terri Weeks


Indigenous is a gallery filled with handcrafted works in a wide range of mediums, made by mostly local and regional artists. Over 150 artists are represented in the 2,700 square-foot gallery. Works include glass, metal, pottery, jewelry, fiber...  Read More

Rookwood Commons & Pavilion
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Rookwood Commons & Pavilion is a popular shopping destination located in the suburb of Norwood, a 10-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. Rookwood is home to over 70 stores and restaurants, mostly popular retail chains. One exception to...  Read More

Jungle Jim's International Market
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Jungle Jim's International Market is a Cincinnati original. What started as a roadside fruit stand has grown into two stores, each about 6.5 acres in size, with over 180,000 different products from over 70 different countries. Jungle Jim's...  Read More

Kenwood Towne Centre


Kenwood Towne Centre is a thriving shopping destination in Cincinnati. It is anchored by three major department stores: Macy's, Dillard's and Nordstrom, and also has over 180 specialty shops, including many popular and trendy clothing stores....  Read More

Findlay Market
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Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and is located in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The market is a wonderful place for locals to buy their groceries as well as a must-see historic spot for visitors to...  Read More


Meet Terri Weeks

Terri Weeks, a Cincinnati mother of three, is a former mechanical engineer who became a travel writer quite accidentally. She and a friend started intentionally exploring attractions around...  More About Terri