THE BIGGEST DILEMMA you’ll face when you only have 24 hours (or less, like on a layover) to spend in a city is whether you should rush around to see the top tourist attractions or mosey around one or two neighborhoods like a local. One of the best things about Cincinnati is that its smallish size makes it feasible to actually do both.
Head to Findlay Market in the Over-The-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood, a year-round indoor market showcasing local artisans, a ton of food and a beer garden. Shake awake your senses with a coffee and a thick Belgian waffle from A Taste of Belgium and hop on a quick guided tour of the market to learn about the history of the neighborhood and nibble on goodies from popular vendors (starting at $10 for 30 minutes). Take note of items you want to pick up after the tour for later.