CCAC: Make a Day – or Night – of It!

When you come to a CCAC exhibit, event, or class, we hope to make your experience as wonderful as possible. We’ve compiled a list of some close-by spots that can help you make a day – or night – of your visit.


Whether you need a little pick-me-up before African drumming, or you and a classmate want to grab a bite to eat after a morning session of Pilates, there’s always a perfect spot nearby.

Bohemian Hookah Café
340 Ludlow Ave.
Known for its relaxing atmosphere and superb coffee – and its hookah, of course (Keep in mind that the café doesn’t open until 4 p.m.)
(513) 221-0291
Bruegger’s Bagels
3317 Clifton Ave.
Bagels and much, much more… the perfect breakfast, lunch or “brunch” spot!
(513) 221-2243
Gaslight Gourmet Cookies
272 Ludlow Ave.
This cookie shop offers gourmet pastries and coffee to enjoy while you stroll through the picturesque gaslight district.
(513) 873-7777
Graeter’s Ice Cream
332 Ludlow Ave.
Known for its irresistible ice cream, Graeter’s also serves up some great coffee and morning pastries!
(513) 281-4749

Om Café
329 Ludlow Ave.
Dedicated to organic, direct trade, and locally roasted coffee and espresso, Om Café’s dedication extends into their vegetarian and vegan recipes.
(513) 381-3436
Proud Rooster Restaurant
345 Ludlow Ave.
American cuisine – a breakfast hotspot on Ludlow
(513) 281-4965
Sitwell’s Coffee House
324 Ludlow Ave.
Serving great morning pastries and coffee! Sitwell’s also serves craft beers, appetizers, and entrees… (And, they’re open until 2 a.m., for all you night owls!)
(513) 281-7487
202 W. McMillan St.
You’ll have to hop in your car for this one, but we all know what it’s like to need a coffee fix. Thankfully, the familiarity of Starbucks is right up the hill!
(513) 241-7015



Looking for a place for your family to have lunch before Second Sunday Family Showtime? Here are a few family friendly restaurants that we’re certain will make every stomach happy:

Amol India
354 Ludlow Ave.
Northern Indian cuisine that is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger – and has a daily lunch buffet
(513) 961-3600
Dewey’s Pizza
265 Hosea Ave.
A family favorite offering specialty pizzas, calzones, and more!
(513) 221-0400
Habanero Latin American Fare
358 Ludlow Ave.
Great tacos, burritos, and signature chips and salsa… Plus, every Tuesday tacos are only $2 each!
(513) 961-6800
Skyline Chili
290 Ludlow Ave.
A Cincinnati classic and favorite! (Also open late)
(513) 221-2142



Are you looking for a place to have dinner before attending one of our gallery openings? Here are a few restaurants that always seem to hit the spot:

Ambar India Restaurant
350 Ludlow Ave.
Make sure you’re hungry… Authentic Northern Indian cuisine that will leave you wanting more!
(513) 281-7000
Biagio’s Bistro
308 Ludlow Ave.
This quaint Italian bistro offers many authentic Italian fare as well as deli style sandwiches.
(513) 861-4777
Cactus Pear
3215 Jefferson Ave.
This one may involve a short car ride or a long walk (on a beautiful day, of course), but it’s worth the trip. Tex-Mex to a T!
(513) 961-7400
China Kitchen
323 Ludlow Ave.
Eat-in or carry-out, you can’t go wrong with this Chinese restaurant
(513) 221-5333

944 Ludlow Ave.
Some of the best Indian cuisine in Cincinnati – also, it’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly
(513) 221-8900
Harvest – Bistro & Wine Bar
3410 Telford St.
“Our focus is simple: fresh, seasonal, local and pure ingredients, unparalleled wine selections, and guest service that exceeds expectations.” Brunch, lunch, and dinner available at this hip, local pop-up.
(513) 281-3663
Los Patrillos
312 Ludlow Ave.
Stop in for a specialty burrito and some chips and salsa. Don’t forget the margarita!
(513) 221-0313
Marrakech Moroccan Café
314 Ludlow Ave.
Fresh, authentic Moroccan food, located in the heart of the gaslight district – and only a short walk or drive from CCAC.
(513) 442-2233


Late Night

Wanting to grab a drink and chat after Sunsets at the Center? Here are some Clifton favorites where you can do so:

Arlin’s Bar and Restaurant
307 Ludlow Ave.
Drinks, appetizers and a cozy back patio… what more could you ask for?
(513) 751-6566
Ludlow Wines
339 Ludlow Ave. #1
Local wine shop known for their wine tastings – Ludlow Wines also has a beer club and a wine club!
(513) 751-3727
Live at Ludlow Garage
342 Ludlow Ave.
Owners Scott and Maria Crawford have brought Ludlow Garage back to its music venue roots by creating an intimate performance area and delicious restaurant all in one.
(513) 221-4111


Stay Over

Whether it’s for one night or the weekend, there are some cozy close by B&Bs, inns, and hotels.

The Clifton House Bed & Breakfast
500 Terrace Ave.
This B&B is full of antique character – not to mention, it’s where CCAC visiting artists often stay!
(513) 221-7600
Gaslight Bed & Breakfast
3652 Middleton Ave.
Built in 1909 and tucked away in greenery, this quaint home is full of great personality and hospitality
(513) 861-5522
Hampton Inn & Suites
3024 Vine St.
A comfortable stay for families with an indoor swimming pool and free continental breakfast
(513) 281-2700
Marriott Inn
151 Goodman Dr.
Also a conference center, this Marriott is equipped with complimentary high-speed Internet and a fitness room
(513) 487-3800


And just down the hill in Northside…

To get to Northside, head West on Ludlow Avenue and follow it across the bridge over I-75. Then, you’ll enter the Northside neighborhood. Ludlow becomes Hamilton Avenue, and this is the street with all of the treats! The list goes on, and if you wander, you’ll find plenty, but here are a few Northside hotspots:

Django Western Taco
Tacos, tacos, tacos. You can order a “lone” or additional bowls of fillings and concoct your own! The food isn’t the only thing made from scratch – the owners even built the furniture inside!
(513) 542-3664
Ruth’s Parkside Café
Ruth’s offers amazing food, a full wine and beer menu, and rotating exhibits by local artists.
(513) 542-7884
Melt Eclectic Café
Endless meaty and veggie options. All fresh. All day. Winning Best of Cincinnati four years in a row, this is a place you’ve got to try once (but I promise you’ll be going back for more!). Dine-in and carry-out options.
(513) 681-6358
Happy Chicks Bakery
This independent bakery is best known for their pastries and sweet treats – many of which are vegan and gluten-free! Also offers brunch options!
(513) 386-7990