Christmas creativity comes to life at Findlay Market each year with endless festive possibilities to add to your holiday traditions! The Market is a wonderful place to discover delicacies that are sure to delight all the senses and this is the best time to check out what they have to offer for the season! The aromas of the sweet and savory treats that you’ll find are made extra special to fit with the holiday theme and bring you joy with each delicious bite!
And that’s not all! This incredible place has the best artisan made gifts from local artists and craft makers! You’ll come across the most beautiful decorative and functional pieces from a variety of unique vendors. Most of them will even gift wrap your items right there for you, which is an artform in its own! If you need some inspiration on what to gift your loved ones look no further! Findlay Market is the right place for you with their convenient Holiday Gift Guide that walks you through subscriptions, gift cards, and many more items that could be awesome stocking stuffers!
Activities and More
They also have a “Merry Market Tour & Treat” where you can learn about the fascinating history of Findlay Market while tasting holiday treats from Market Merchants. Get your tickets for the “Merry Market Tour & Treat”, happening on Saturdays, until December 17 at 2pm. Along with their stunning Christmas Tree Sale that’s going on until December 18! In addition they will have wreaths and garland at the Elm Street Esplanade. When you purchase a tree you get a free commemorative 2022 Findlay Market ornament! Throughout the Market you’ll hear happy sounds from Christmas Carolers singing all your favorite holiday songs that you can join in on. Have the kids enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as they play games and get artsy at their winter wonderland coloring booth. Grab yourself a hot toddy from the bar to treat yourself while you’re doing your entertaining and shopping.
The food and gift selections are so nice that you’ll want to buy something for everyone there, including yourself! It’s really a spectacular sight to see! All around you is sparkling glitter, bountiful bows, colors of red and green with hints of shimmering silvers and golds that are cheerful and uplifting! Plus there’s tons of fun things for the entire family to get involved in! You’ll be amazed by how much there is to offer along with their outstanding food and beverages!
Hours and Information
Tuesday – Saturday : 9am-6pm
Special Hours: Saturday, December 24: 9am-3pm Sunday, December 25: Closed
You’ve seen our lists of best tacos in Newport and Florence, but when in Covington, the delicious taco options are endless! Whether you’re at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for an event, or just in town staying at one of the Covington hotels, you’ll want to include tacos for at least one meal.
Agave & Rye
Agave & Rye seems like it’s boomed lately, with a total of nine locations, but Covington was the original, the OG, the epicenter of epic-ness.
Start with the incredible dips–from the guacamole to the queso, you can’t just try one. They’re all delicious. And the chips are house-made. Expert tip: If you like a softer/fluffier chip, or just want to try it once, ask your server if you can have the flour tortilla chips. They typically come with the pimento cheese dip, but man, they’re delicious with the queso!
The elote is also incredible, and those margaritas are where it’s at! They use premium tequila and you can definitely taste the difference. During happy hour (MWRF 3 p.m.-6 p.m.) and all day on Taco Tuesday, the OG margaritas are $6… and worth every penny.
Speaking of Taco Tuesday, the specials at Agave & Rye are incredible. In addition to the margarita special, they also feature $3 chips and queso, and taco specials running from $2.50 to $4. And these tacos aren’t just your typical tacos… They’re double-shelled (a crunchy wrapped in a soft–so it holds the crumbles) and the flavor combinations are amazing. My personal favorite is the Bees Knees, but there are still a few on the menu I want to try–Kangaroo, anyone?!
If you’re not into tacos, there are many other options on the menu, including egg rolls, burger and chicken sandwich, sticky cauliflower bites, Brussel sprouts, Irish Nachos, corn fritters, Lo Mein, and more! You won’t regret a meal here. And don’t miss their sister restaurant next door, Papi Jocho’s, serving up Mexican street dogs!
First and foremost, Gutierrez Deli is a small family-owned and operated Hispanic store located in Covington, near Mainstrasse Village on Lee Street.
First open in 2012, Gutierrez Deli quickly became a gathering place for Covington’s growing Latino population. The deli features a huge selection of imported products from Central America and Mexico… and they happen to also sell incredible tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, and more on a carryout basis (there are some sidewalk picnic tables out front).
The tacos are incredible. The ingredients are so fresh and authentic… and can be “Americanized” with cheese added.
On the weekends, the menu at Gutierrez has additional offerings… Sergio (the son of owner Claudio Gutierrez) suggests trying the mole poblano that is his grandmother’s recipe. We can’t wait to try it!
When you don’t want anything fancy, just incredibly good food, head to Gutierrez Deli.
Speaking of Sergio, he branched out from his father’s deli and opened his own restaurant earlier this summer, Olla Cov.
Unlike Gutierrez Deli, which is carryout only, Olla features some indoor dining space, as well as an outdoor patio. Not unlike Gutierrez Deli, the food is incredible.
From Birria tacos, chicken tacos, quesadillas, elote, and nachos, everything we ate was delicious. I must say, I didn’t order any rice, but tried my friend’s and it was some of the best rice I’ve ever had. Definitely going to order it next time!
These nachos, though, stole the show. All three of us were digging in and admiring all the fresh ingredients. I usually don’t like beans or guacamole on my nachos, but with these, you can’t go wrong! Our server told us to try the Guti Fries, which are similar to the nachos, except with a bed of French fries… sounds delicious!
Located on Madison Avenue in Covington, Zapata Cantina opened in the midst of the pandemic in the fall of 2020. They serve a traditional handmade Mexican experience in a modern, industrial space.
The interior is beautiful. And so is the food…
Don’t leave without ordering the queso fundido appetizer. At $12, some may wonder if it’s really worth it. Trust me, it is. The chips accompanying the queso are equally delicious, so start every meal here with this app.
Our waiter told us the lime juice for the traditional margarita is fresh-squeezed in-house daily and wow–you can definitely tell the difference! The margarita was delicious… we couldn’t wait to get to the food!
My coworker ordered the chicken sopes, served on handmade corn disks. The portion was great and everything was so fresh. But man, those handmade corn disks steal the show.
I ordered the del mar (tempura shrimp, spiced candied pecans, cilantro, cabbage, honey chipotle) and al pastor (pork, cilantro, onions, and pineapple) tacos. Wow–each was so different from the other and other tacos I’ve had, making me confident that Covington can support the several taco restaurant options out there.
A neat note about Zapata is that their seafood is flown in fresh daily–our waiter said they don’t even have a freezer! The shrimp on my del mar taco was delicious and the taco itself could’ve served as a dessert with the spiced candied pecans. Definitely an A+!
Located in Mainstrasse Village, Frida 602 features a tequila & mezcal bar and Latin street food. Owned by the same people as Otto’s and The Standard, it’s no surprise that Frida is top-notch.
In addition to the beautiful art throughout, Frida features some cool hangout spots like picnic tables and foosball on the sidewalks.
And speaking of incredible queso, this one gives Zapata a run for their money as my personal favorite in the city. Both are amazing–this one adds corn. I will gladly eat either. 😉
The above tacos are delectable, and you can get chicken tacos for $2 on Tuesdays.
I personally have not had their margarita (yet), but have heard it’s incredible.
And a drumroll for one of the best things to come out of Covid…….. The Frida taco window! Grab them to go or hang out in the village–can’t go wrong with a meal from Frida 602.
Taqueria San Miguel
An unassuming storefront on Madison Avenue, Taqueria San Miguel offers authentic food at great prices.
If you miss Taco Tuesday, be sure to catch Taco Wednesday here–$1.99 tacos and Modelo or Corona for $2.99.
The tacos are delicious–and choices include carne asada, chicken, tongue, chorizo, barbacoa, carnitas, or al pastor. Yum!
They also have a great selection of tortas, huarache, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, soups, and Mexican plates.
El Valle Verde Taqueria
Located in Mainstrasse Village next door to Piper’s, El Valle Verde is a perfect spot to satisfy your taco cravings.
From top to bottom, barbacoa, shrimp, chicken, and fish–all incredibly delicious and fresh!
The location is close to my office, so I’ve dined here multiple times and they always serves up fresh food with quick service.
To me, one of their best assets is their outdoor dining space. It’s just like eating on the front porch at grandma’s house, plus you get to participate in one of my favorite pastimes–people watching! Mainstrasse is a great place for people watching and the front-porch patio at El Valle Verde is a great spot for it!
Django at Covington Yard
If you haven’t made your way to Covington Yard yet, what are you waiting for!? It’s dog-friendly & family-friendly, has plenty of outdoor TVs and a stage for DJs and bands, and also has some excellent people-watching.
Comprised of a former fire hall and group of shipping-container restaurants with a nice view of the Roebling Bridge area, Covington Yard is a popular local hotspot.
They also feature a full bar, serving up some delicious slushy drinks in addition to all the regulars. Slushy drink flavors include froze, bourbon sangria, bourbon slush, or a frozen margarita.
The food at The Yard includes Mr. Bulgogi, Yard Bird, Hangry Omar’s, and Django Western Taco number three, which cranks out delicious tacos. The first Django opened in Northside in 2012 and the second inside Kroger Downtown OTR Food Hall.
Django’s menu includes carnitas, carne asada, fried chicken, shrimp, and Brussel sprout taco options as well as chips, salsa, queso, guacamole, and churros. And it’s all mouth-watering!
As you can see, Covington has a strong taco scene. Eat your favorite before or after the Reds or Bengals game, during your next business meeting, for date night, or for a weekend people-watching session with your besties. You can’t go wrong with this list!
The Cincinnati area has many markets scattered throughout almost every neighborhood and they all offer a variety of different things for everyone to enjoy! Most of them are outdoors and have plenty of things to engage in for the whole family! A lot of them have local food and support small businesses, while highlighting community involvement! There are a ton of opportunities for artist to sell their work and meet with the public at these markets and we know just the ones to check out this summer!
The City Flea
This urban flea market is a crowd pleaser and is in one of the most beautiful parts of Cincinnati! This market is located in the historic Washington Park right in front of the mesmerizing Music Hall. The market is head once a month and they have dozens of vendors from craft makers to community organizations, and startup businesses. They have anything from vintage wears to contemporary art, and much, much more! Make an entire day out of visiting the City Flea! There is so much to do in the park for kids and adults! The water feature is a perfect way to cool off from the heat and the patio bar is an excellent place to grab a drink and relax!
In the art district of Over-the- Rhine you can experience a lively and fun celebration of creativity down Main street on every second Sunday of the month at this stellar market! This market has a wide range of artists and local businesses to support and meet with! The Art Academy of Cincinnati is usually there with their artists, instructing workshops for people to join in on. There are performances, live music, and lots of food trucks to choose from! This market gives off a block party vibe for people of all ages to have a fun time at!
Art on Vine
This market started as a class project and evolved into a popular market that showcases artists, craft makers, and many local businesses that we love! The market is at different locations and always keeps you excited for the next one! Some of the locations include Fountain Square and Rhinegeist Brewery.
CampSite Sculpture Park is one of our favorite places that hosts community driven events and there markets on Saturdays are absolutely lovely! Explore the park while shopping for local art and supporting small businesses! For more information on how to be a vendor visit their website! http://campsitesculpturepark.com/
Outdoor markets are one of the best ways to indulge a love of shopping and nice weather. Northern Kentucky has a great selection of farmer’s markets, outdoor craft and art shows and sidewalk sales. Here’s a roundup of the ones coming up this month.
Covington Farmers Market
This year-round market takes place on Saturdays from 9:00-1:00. Through April, it is held on the patio outside Butler’s Pantry at RiverCenter, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, KY. You can find seasonal produce, eggs, honey, cut flowers, baked goods, spice blends, coffee, tea, wine, soaps and so much more! More information here.
Outdoor Artist Market
Purple Paisley Local Artisan Shop is hosting this market at their Covington store on Saturday April 10 from 10:00-3:00. You can browse original works from talented local artists. Click here for more information.
Sunday Spring Markets in Latonia
Every Sunday, starting this weekend (April 11) and continuing through May 30, the businesses in the Covington neighborhood of Latonia are producing this series of outdoor markets. You’ll find local vendors, artists and makers tempting you with interesting treasures. There is a weekly theme, so be sure to check out the details here.
Ludlow Flea & Craft Fair
This sizable monthly fair is held on Sundays–this month it’s on April 11. In nice weather, it’s set up outdoors at Bircus Brewing Company in Ludlow. There are typically 20-30 artists and makers so you’re certain to find something you can’t live without. Before, during and after your shopping, you can enjoy brunch with Bloody Mary’s or craft beer. Get more info here.
Newport’s Spring Fling
Newport’s historic downtown is celebrating spring on Saturday April 24. Businesses along Monmouth Street will throw open their doors and entice you with sidewalk sales. Visitors can challenge themselves with a fun, free scavenger hunt. The clues are based on the art, architecture and store displays on Monmouth Street from 10th to 4th Streets. Players can win prizes by solving the puzzles and posting selfies. You can get more info and sign up for the scavenger hunt here.
If springtime is beckoning you to come out and play, be sure to visit these fun shopping events!
Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY.