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What To Do In Northside

Posted by Twin Towers on August 21, 2018

By Stephanie Neftzer, Marketing Specialist at Twin Towers Senior Living Community 

What to do in Northside author Stephanie NeftzerNorthside has been called an Urban Village, and that’s truly the best description of this unique neighborhood. Pedestrian friendly, the community offers many locally owned shops and restaurants and was named one of the next hot neighborhoods by Cincy Magazine because it’s both ‘hip and livable.’ 

Twin Towers is happy to have the lively Northside neighborhood just south of us on Hamilton Avenue. 

The Local Flavor of Northside 

Dining 

Bonomoni Bakery 

Walk in here, and you’ll notice the aromas are enough to knock your socks off!  Bonomoni is a bakery that has been a part of Northside since 1976.  Their motto is to “Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life!”  They have everything from donuts to cakes to breads to pastries.  Word of advice…try the Klunkers - you won’t be disappointed! 

What To Do In Northside Higher GravityHigher Gravity                                     

This destination will lift your spirits.  Higher Gravity serves over 500 different craft beers that you can drink in the bar or take to-go.  There are plenty of board games, books, free snacks, a water dispenser, and high chairs to accommodate all. Although they don’t serve food, they do allow you to bring it in with you. 

Melt 

If you’re in the mood for wholesome, satisfying food without all of the grease, this is the place to go.  Melt offers taste bud satisfying soups, salads, sandwiches, flat breads and even have their own version of the “Cincinnati 3-way” that was featured on the Food Network. 

What To Do In Northside Ruth's Parkside CafeRuth’s Parkside Café                   

Some would describe Ruth’s as their favorite neighborhood restaurant.  It is a charming, airy, art-lined eatery with an eclectic New American menu and a modest patio.  This is a great place if you’re a vegetarian or vegan as there are many meatless options on the menu. 

Sidewinder Coffee 

It’s not just about enjoying a great cup of coffee at Sidewinder, they are proud to share the farm-to-cup journey of the beans that produce their delicious blends. Sidewinder Coffee offers true Italian espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and many other creative concoctions with names like Funky Monkey and Turtle Mocha. 

What To Do In Northside The Littlefield The Littlefield                                           

If you’re looking to light up your taste buds, this is the place to go.  The Littlefield offers an art-lined restaurant serving delectable starters, bourbon, craft cocktails, and beer.  It’s also a great place to go for Sunday brunch. 

Shopping 

Northside Farmers Market 

This Farmers Market can be found outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall on Wednesday from 4-7pm at Jacob Hoffner Park.  Not only do the vendors sell reasonably priced produce, but you can also purchase meat, eggs, bread, flowers, or even get a quick massage!  Sometimes you’ll see a local musician performing live, which makes the experience even more enjoyable. 

Thunder-Sky Gallery 

Thunder-Sky Gallery is a place that has kept the art of Raymond Thunder-Sky alive. Raymond was well known for travelling around the city wearing a clown collar, hardhat, and carrying around a tool box filled with art supplies.  He would travel to different construction sites and create vivid drawings from them.  Thunder-Sky gallery preserves Raymond’s legacy but you can find other unconventional artists work there as well.      

Things To Do 

Festivals and Celebrations 

From a much loved July 4th parade and Northside Rock 'n' Roll Carnival to participation in the World's Longest Yard Sale and an Up For Grabs Day where neighbors bring unwanted, usable items to let someone else take home whatever they want or need, Northside is a small community with big things going on. 

What To Do In Northside Toy Lab Happen’s Toy Lab 

This little toy lab is one of a kind!  Happen’s Toy Lab is a non-profit that believes shared creativity experiences can bring family together.  Community members donate old or broken toys to Happen’s Toy Lab, and they get used to bring new toy creations to life!  It’s a great place to take your kids or your grand kids for a fun bonding experience by getting creative with each other. 

 Yoga Ah! 

What a wonderful quaint yoga studio right in the heart of Northside.  Yoga Ah! offers classes 7 days per week and it’s great for beginners, intermediate, or the advanced.  They even offer prenatal yoga classes.  When you first walk in you’ll notice the beautiful orchids in bloom around the studio and notice a light scent of incense.  If you decide to try it out, be prepared to feel relaxed and at peace after your class.

If you enjoyed this blog, check out Stephanie’s blog about College Hill.

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