If you’ve never been to Findlay Market in the spring and summer time, you’re missing out. Between the local food, flowers and chocolates, you’ll have the best date with your significant other, friends or family. Here is a guide to get you started on what it’s all about.

First, learn what merchants will be there by checking their site. Here are a few in the romance department.

Dessert & Chocolate:


Beer & Wine:

For the complete list, check here.

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Once you have an idea of where you’re going, you need to figure out parking. Parking is easy!

There are three market parking lots, plus on-street parking. These lots provide more than 700 parking spaces within one block of the market! One lot it located immediately adjoining the market to the north, accessible by Findlay Street. Another lot is west of the market, accessible by Elder Street. The third lot is south of the market, accessible by Race Street.

Parking pay rates are as follows:

Monday – Friday days, 2 a.m. – 6 p.m. –  $0.50/hour, first hour free

Monday – Friday evenings, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. – $1/hour, 2 hours minimum

Saturday and Sunday  $1/hour, 2 hours minimum

Payment is required to park in the market lots 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

(Monday – Friday, maximum 4-hour parking)

Photo credit Darrin Hunter

Groceries & Grilling kicks off May 3

Each week, a Findlay Market merchant or vendor will have a themed recipe that he or she will be demoing two times at a newly installed demo kitchen. Shoppers will be provided with a recipe card and a list of ingredients so they can shop beforehand and grill alongside the merchants on satellite grills that will be provided. Findlay Market will provide some of the essentials – grilling tools, plates, napkins, utensils, foil and some spices. Once people finish grilling, they are encouraged to sit with family and friends to enjoy the meal. If grilling onsite doesn’t work for their schedule, the recipes will be available online so they can purchase ingredients at the market and cook at home.

For more information, check it out here.

Learn more about the history

Findlay Market offers free tours of the marketplace, during which you can learn about the history and learn a bit about the merchants there.

Tours take place the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. They take about 30 minutes, and guests meet at the Market Center located at the center of the main market house across from Taste of Belgium. The tour is open to the first 20 people to sign up.

Click here to check dates and register.

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Findlay Market
1801 Race St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 665-4839

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