The Queen City and its Café Culture

downtown cincinnatiParis in the 1920s: a magical time. In the cafés of Montparnasse, literary giants like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Archibald MacLeish and Ernest Hemingway socialized, wrote, drank, ate, and built their bohemian community among the crusty breads and lilting accents. Composers shared creamer with poets and designers and intellectuals, and together they built a culture of innovation and creativity.

And while other locales have tried to capture some of that magic — San Francisco in the early ‘90s, Brooklyn in the early oughts — Paris of the ‘20s still holds the title for the most creative and inspiring café culture.

What can cafes in Cincinnati do to create this kind of ambience? That je ne sais quoi? That joie de vivre?

Spots like Simply Grand are situated to help the culture thrive near the Ohio River. Just a few blocks from the riverfront, Simply Grand is ideally positioned for people looking to meet up, read, work, collaborate, write, or just enjoy all that downtown Cincinnati has to offer.

Not all Cincinnati cafes have the benefit of such an ideal location. Step out the front door of Simply Grand, and you are three blocks from the riverfront — right between the Taylor Southgate Bridge and the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Sitting right at the epicenter of Cincinnati’s bustling business community can certainly inspire great work. Having a full, diverse menu of culinary options helps as well. If you are looking for a welcoming location to develop your novel, your entrepreneurial concept, or your latest artistic venture, then consider the tables of Simply Grand.