Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park in Cincinnati oozes charm and luxury from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city’s wealthy citizens. Initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, but the area has gained a lot of diversity since the early 1900s.
Today, Hyde Park is home to delicious restaurants, incredible boutiques, award-winning wineries and stunning parks—the only challenge is deciding what to see first!
Our guide includes the best ways to spend your day, starting with a visit to The Echo for breakfast and ending with stargazing at the Cincinnati Observatory and a nightcap at Dutch’s. Enjoy!
9 a.m. — Breakfast at The Echo
Before you truly start your Hyde Park adventure, you’ll need to fuel up. The Echo is one of the hottest breakfast spots in Cincinnati and has served the neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier’s goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).
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It isn’t a day in Hyde Park without shopping. Located in the center of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area on Erie Avenue that is full of one-of-a-kind shops. Spend a few hours exploring the streets and stopping into interesting stores. A few of our favorites include Cincy Shirts, Alligator Purse, 45/46, Soho Boutique and Fazel Rug Gallery.
For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur’s Café. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your Hyde Park adventure—or pretty much any other time. They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. Everything on their menu is especially good, but we highly recommend the black bean burger with a side of their homemade pink salsa!
2:30 p.m. — Peruse Some Great Art at the Miller Gallery
Photo courtesy of the Miller Gallery | Featuring Work From Robert Mars, 40” x 60” Mixed Media
Established in 1960, the Miller Gallery is Cincinnati’s oldest operating art gallery, specializing in contemporary art and sculptures. Their renowned exhibits actively promote over 40 artists in the global art market, featuring everything from photography to traditional painting. Take a breather and stop in to peruse some incredible artwork from local artists (and maybe purchase a piece) before heading on to your next destination.
Need a midday pick-me-up? We’ve got just the place! The Coffee Emporium has gained quite the reputation over the years—and with the gorgeous Victorian touches, outdoor patio and tasty bites, we’re not surprised. This stop is a must for out-of-town guests and remains a local favorite. While you can’t go wrong with any of the signature sips, we go wild over the cold brew aged in bourbon barrels.
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When you leave the Coffee Emporium, you’ll notice something across the street. While you might feel like you’ve just been dropped into a Cincinnati-fied version of Alice in Wonderland, don’t worry—it’s just the Mushroom House! This architectural wonder was created after a local architect allowed his students to redesign one of his properties. While you can’t go inside this adorably whimsical home, it’s still definitely worth walking by and snapping a few pictures.
When you’re looking for some seriously good food in Cincinnati, there’s no better place to go than Forno! This incredible, rustic and approachable Italian restaurant offers some of the most delicious dishes around, from Gorgonzola Tortelloni to Spaghettini Arrabbiata. If you’re in the area on a Tuesday, you won’t want to miss their Bolo Tuesday special where $12 will get you some pasta with Bolognese sauce, bread and a few trips to the salad bar.
Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Observatory
In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a person to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. While you’re in the area, a visit to this exquisite historic building is a must. And if you happen to be exploring on a Thursday or Friday—you’ll definitely want to stop in for their weekly public stargazing sessions, just don’t forget to RSVP online before you go!
9:30 p.m. — Late Night Bites at Dutch’s
This intimate local favorite is the perfect place to finish off the night. Not only do they offer the widest selection of refrigerated beer in the region, but you can also order an incredibly delicious charcuterie board made with locally sourced ingredients—all for a great price!
Do you have a suggestion on what we should add to our itinerary? Let us know in the comments!