If you are downtown and need to do some upscale shopping or browsing, head over to the Fountain Place mall and Saks. These shopping locations, just steps away from the busy Fountain Square, cater to those wanting name brand merchandise. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, this shopping district is a quick stop during your lunch hour, or a full-day weekend shopping destination.
Fountain Place, located at 505 Vine Street, is a compact, indoor mall with three shops and a restaurant. Tiffany & Co., the classic jewelry and silver company, occupies the southeast corner of the building. With its famous Tiffany blue boxes and accents, this store is smaller than the main New York store, but just as elegant. Brooks Brothers, for the preppy sophisticate, offers men's, women's and children's fine apparel. Filling the majority of this building is a two-story Macy's. This upscale Macy's sells everything from handbags to lingerie, and from housewares to hats. Palomino Restaurant & Bar, on the second floor overlooking Fountain Square, serves simple European style dishes like bruschetta, pizza, and flatbreads. If you want a quick lunch, it offers many soup, salad, sandwich, and pasta combinations. If you just want a snack, it also features "small bites." The bar celebrates "Happy Hour All Day" with drink and appetizer specials. On Sundays, when the Bengals play at home just a few blocks away, this restaurant opens early, at 10:30 am, with three-dollar drafts and Bloody Mary's!
If you need something from Jimmy Choo, Burberry, or Valentino, just across Race Street from Macy's, is Saks Fifth Avenue. Modeled after the main Saks in New York, this store offers apparel, lingerie, and shoes from luxury fashion designers, and has all the style and glamour found in Vogue magazine. Saks also offers a personal shopping service to help with your selections. And there is even a fur salon, if you are so inclined.
Parking is available in the Fountain Square parking garage directly under the square, or in other nearby garages and surface lots. Both Fountain Place and Saks are connected via a second floor skywalk.