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Independent shops and eateries
One of the key factors that contributes to the distinctive character of Clifton is its wealth of small, locally owned businesses and establishments. The Esquire Theater, for instance, situated on Ludlow Avenue, is a hallmark of Clifton's Gaslight District and plays a range of independent and foreign films for the elevated cinematic tastes of the neighborhood's residents, many of whom are grad students and professors.
The spirit of the Esquire Theatre can be found throughout Clifton: Scattered across the area are numerous boutique shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars that offer the locally minded plenty of options for spending their money within the community.
When it comes to restaurants, there's no shortage of variety, either. Establishments serving ethnic cuisines like Italian, Indian and Thai are easy to come by, as are kitchens that specialize in fusion cooking and foodie-centric offerings. Meanwhile, the bar scene is considerably more relaxed and community-based than the rowdier nightlife of nearby University Heights.
University and its resources easily accessible
Because Clifton is so close to the University of Cincinnati but doesn't feel like a mere extension of the campus, it's a perfect spot for seniors and graduate students who want to be able to access the university quickly and easily and still be able to get some space from the college scene when they need it.
The university lies just on the other side of Clifton's southern border with the Heights. For those who live north of campus, it's an easy walk to class down Clifton Avenue, which will take you along the edge of scenic Burnet Woods.
With the university and the Heights neighborhood nearby, residents of Clifton can stroll the campus or attend a lecture at a moment's notice. You'll also have easy access to the establishments that serve the university's students: A latte at Highland Coffee House, a beer at Mecklenburg Gardens or a healthy meal in the open air at Myra's Dionysus are all a short walk away.
Parks and outdoor recreation
Clifton is one of the greenest areas of the city, as you'll discover once you stop in to check out the great Cincinnati apartment rentals in the neighborhood. However, if you find yourself longing for thicker grass and a greater density of trees, you'll have plenty of options nearby.
In the northwest corner of Clifton, Edgewood Grove Park and Mount Storm Park form a large, interconnected stretch of outdoor quiet where you can take in great views, have a picnic or find a private spot to do yoga. Alternatively, Burnet Woods is located just on the northern edge of the university and features walking trails, a fishing pond and the Trailside Nature Center.