Cincinnati Neighborhood Guide: Oakley & Mt. Lookout


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Cincinnati is hosting this year’s MLB All-Star Game and the city is definitely buzzing with excitement! The event is expected to bring over 100,000 people to the Queen City for five days of festivities, so we’ve teamed up with our Thread gals to put together guides to each of our respective neighborhoods. We are spread out over every major neighborhood in greater Cincinnati and are excited to share our favorite spots with you!

Alice lives in Oakley and Karen lives nearby in Mt. Lookout, so our guide will cover both neighborhoods. Here are our recommendations for where to eat, drink and play, whether you live in Cincinnati or are visiting from out of town!



One of our favorite things about living in Cincinnati is the impressive number of really great restaurants. Even better, you can actually get a table without needing to make reservations months in advance!

For breakfast or brunch, you definitely have to check out Annabel’s and Sleepy Bee.

Red Feather is a nice option for a sit-down dinner and Ichiban has great sushi for an even better price (50% off if you dine in – we recommend sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs work!). Saigon Cafe is one of our favorite places to grab a bowl of pho.

Summer is made for popsicles and ice cream, so make sure to stop by Street Pops to grab a popsicle (the raspberry lemonade and thai basil lime flavors are amazing) and Aglamesis Brothers for a scoop of ice cream or a box of their signature chocolates. You also have to stop by Buona Terra to get a cup of gelato or a mac-wich (an ice cream sandwich made from a macaron and gelato).



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There are a number of fun, casual bars in Oakley and Mt. Lookout that are perfect for grabbing a drink or two with friends without the pressure of dressing up or spending a ton of money. We recommend checking out Oak Tavern, RP McMurphy’s, and Mt. Lookout Tavern.

Looking for your morning fix of coffee or afternoon pick me up? Deeper Roots Coffee in Oakley and Lookout Joe in Mt. Lookout are our top picks.


at the end of the day

Get your sweat on at Define: Body & Mind during their energizing body, mind and revolution classes. Fuel up after class with a delicious and healthy plant-based treat next door at Rooted Juicery and Kitchen. Pure Barre is another fun work out right down the street.

Brazee Street Studios is an artist community that houses over 25 studios, galleries and glass art making classes for all ages.

Those are our top picks for Oakley and Mt. Lookout – let us know if you stop by any of these places! If you’re heading to the Hyde Park area, make sure to read Liz’s guide over on her blog, 26 and Counting. You can also view all of the Thread neighborhood guides here. Happy exploring!

xo, k&a


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