Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Findlay Market

There was a time in Cincinnati when there were many open air and public markets around the downtown area. Findlay Market, which began its operations in 1852 is the only surviving marketplace of its kind in the downtown area.

Findlay Market was built on land which was donated to the city by former Mayor James Findlay and his wife Jane Findlay. The original cast and wrought iron frame structure was designed by Civil Engineer Alfred West Gilbert. The center tower was built in 1902 and the tower bell was brought from the Pearl Street Market in 1934 after that market closed. Over the years, the market has been renovated and expanded. The market is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Findlay Market has a unique collection of stores and vendors who sell fresh produce, meats, cheese, spices, baked goods, flowers, and crafts. Along with these stores you will also find some great restaurants, which offer up anything from Belgian waffles, gyros, sandwiches, and more. In the summer, you can sit outdoors in the beer garden and listen to some live music or watch performers. There are many festivals to enjoy year round as well such as the Cincinnati Chili Cook-off, Bockfest, or the Reds Opening Day Parade. Findlay Market is one of those places that makes Cincinnati great.

Findlay Market
117 West Elder Street, Over The Rhine

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