Hyde Park Square
Hyde Park Square is home to a plethora of unique local shops and restaurants. Each storefront comes with its own story and history of how it came to be.
What is so unique about Hyde Park Square is the location of the neighborhood. With other surrounding neighborhoods like Oakley, Mt. Lookout and Mariemont, there are plenty of things to do and places to go. If you need to go downtown for business or just to explore, it is only a short 10-minute drive to the heart of downtown Cincinnati. When exploring the city on the weekends, Hyde Park offers its own nightlife with more of a personalized touch than some of the other nightlifes in the area. While staying mostly quiet, Hyde Park has a few bars with a lot of history as well as a new brewery. If a busier Friday night is what you are looking for, an Uber downtown to The Banks will be an easy trip. Plus, you get to come back to the quiet and comfortability of Hyde Park at the end of the night.
For people visiting Hyde Park Square for an evening with friends or a new spot for date night, there are many destinations that you can include on your night out. You can start out the night with happy hour drinks at North High Brewery, then visit a few of the art galleries or boutique shops on The Square before ending your night with a bottle of wine and dinner at E+O Kitchen or Alfio’s Buon Cibo. One of the most popular businesses in Hyde Park, Awakenings, traditionally has live music on weekend nights for people to come in and relax with a glass of wine or coffee. With all of the options available, Hyde Park Square can become a go-to neighborhood to explore.
Going to Hyde Park Square to grab a bite to eat opens up many opportunities for dining at locally owned businesses ranging from Argentinian food to stone fire pizza to great bar and pub food. One of the newest businesses to enter the square, North High Brewery, is a chain brewery/restaurant based out of Columbus. This is a great place to grab a beer, wine, or mixed drink and enjoy some pizza while you’re there. If you are looking for a must-have in the Square, everyone needs to try the Kale and Brussel Sprout salad from E+O Kitchen. It has won many awards from around the city and is always a crowd favorite. Aside from full menu restaurants, there are many great offerings for small snack and dessert options. From old-style candy shops like Patty’s Old Fashioned Popcorn to one of the original Graeter’s Ice Cream shops, a trip around the square has you covered for all your cravings.
Looking to grab a drink somewhere new? Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or enjoy getting out on a Friday night for drinks with friends, there are many great locations around the square that are becoming more and more popular. The always classic Awakenings coffee in the morning is one of the best ways to start your day right. From the fresh smell of the coffee grounds to their fresh pastries and more, many locals choose to start their morning there. Another great place to grab a coffee is Peace, Love, & Little Donuts. This local chain is a fun shop to grab some coffee and donuts, one of the best combinations out there. Peace, Love, and Little Donuts is unique with their always fresh and made-to-order donuts. Plus, all their donuts are miniature which makes them great for sharing a box with the office, your kids, or grabbing a bite-sized snack with your coffee.
When looking for places to grab a drink after work or on the weekends, Hyde Park is becoming a great destination to come with a date or friends. For more of a personal and inviting experience, the Square offers some great alternatives than some of the bigger neighborhoods’ nightlife scenes. For more cultivating options for grabbing drinks, E+O Kitchen, Alfios Bien Cibo, and Dear Restaurant all offer full bar drink menus, local craft beer, as well as a large selection of wine. A night at any one of these restaurants will have you wanting to plan another date night or night out with friends.
With such a diverse mixture of retail shops in the Square, a shopping day in Hyde Park can make for an all day adventure. From high-end boutique fashions stores, galleries, imported tea shops, florists, and even fly fishing and outfitters, the variety of shopping experiences that you could get in a day should keep you wanting to come back and explore more. While you shop, be sure to talk to the business owners to hear more about what got them to where they are today. Each business has a special story and all the business owners would be glad to meet you!