3210 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Expanding Oakley has seen its walkable downtown area extend further to the east, and brought with it some of the more popular dining and drinking establishments among Cincinnati’s younger cohort. The Redtree Art Gallery is on the surface a chance to get to enjoy a little Cincinnati-produced art but to do so in a coffee shop setting with couches, comfortable chairs, barstools and the like. The ease of settling in at this place makes it a perfect spot for a long deep chat or a little contemplating. Any and all of these things is just fine.
The shop has a set of good coffee drinks and, of course, a really nice and laid-back vibe. It sources its beans from Cincinnati-based Yield Coffee Roasters and some local caterers. I was especially impressed with the Cappuccino, the dense, smooth texture of the drink still isn’t overly packed with sugar or cream to make it overwhelming. Instead it’s much more an easy drink whatever the pace you might be looking for that caffeine rush. The shop also offers a few options for teas and I appreciated the Earl grey tea which I recommend on the rocks just because that moderates some of the oil and let its natural fragrance stand out more.
Ambiance matter so much in a coffee shop and it really does feel nice to be surrounded by artwork. Redtree has positioned itself more as an art gallery that happens to serve coffee on the side, and so you find the combination a bit more like spending time in an art museum. The works featured here are mostly from artists around Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.
This is a good shop to spend a little time at and appreciate, and it’s nice to see that come to Oakley after it lost the Blue Manatee. There are enough other reasons to come to this part of town so with a good coffee shop, it really does feel more complete. Redtree is gonna be a favorite place for this part of town.
- There are plenty of baked goodies here if you like them, generally speaking they’re sourced externally.
- A good spot to hang out and spend a little time, the tables have ample space and there are lots of surfaces for settling in.
- There is a good seasonal menu which can be found on the website.