Overview of Cincinnati
Great spot for shoppers
Cincinnati is an excellent city for shopping, and each neighborhood offers its distinctive flavor of retail outlets. Hyde Park has one of the highest contingents of spots to shop, with more than 175 boutiques, specialty stores and other locally owned businesses.
The center of the shopping experience in Hyde Park is Findlay Market. In operation since 1852, this open-air marketplace features a wealth of both indoor and outdoor vendors who specialize in fresh produce, meats, cheeses and ethnic specialties. The Cincinnati staple also hosts a popular farmers market for those looking for local veggies and other goods.
You'll also find numerous shopping opportunities in and around the area of Hyde Park Square. Hank, a yarn boutique, specializes in products for avid knitters, while Oakley Cycles is the go-to spot in the area for those looking to buy a new bicycle, get repairs or pick up biking gear.
Arts and culture
When Forbes named Hyde Park one of America's best neighborhoods, the magazine noted that the area was home to a large contingent of educated residents. As such, there's plenty to do in Hyde Park that will appeal to renters with sophisticated tastes.
The Twentieth Century Theater holds performances of plays and musicals within its Art Deco-influenced space. It's also a great venue to catch a musical performance, and you can take advantage of the full bar. In fact, the theater is also a popular Cincinnati wedding venue.
Meanwhile, Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop combines two of the things that creative types love most: artisan coffee and contemporary visual art. If you're already fully caffeinated, you can check out the paintings and sculptures at the Malton Gallery or the Miller Gallery's realist and mixed media pieces.
Relax in the outdoors
The art houses aren't the only places to go for beauty in Hyde Park. Those who rent apartments in this neighborhood will find that scenic and picturesque landscapes are easy to come by.
Madison Park lies on the corner of Erie Avenue and Madison Road, two of the main streets in Hyde Park. Walking southwest down Madison Road, you'll soon come to Owls Nest Park and Annwood Park, which are quieter and tucked away from the neighborhood's busier sections.
Residents with an affinity for golf can take advantage of the nine-hole course at the Cincinnati Country Club. And if you walk a bit farther down Madison, it's easy to get to parks that overlook the Ohio River, such as Leblond Park and Ferry Street Park.
Restaurants and nightlife
After a day of shopping at Findlay's and checking out the art galleries, complemented by a stroll and a picnic lunch in one of the parks, you'll be able to find plenty of options for sophisticated food, beverages and nightlife in Hyde Park.
Great Asian food is easy to find, with Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine and Dancing Wasabi, a sushi restaurant, in comfortable walking distance. Habits Cafe is a great spot for beer and classic American fare, while Dewey's Pizza serves up a range of specialty pies. Excellent cocktail and beer bars are scattered throughout Hyde Park, as are great brunch spots for late risers on Sunday morning.
With so much to see and do in Hyde Park, those seeking out two-bedroom apartments for rent in Cincinnati should be sure not to miss what the neighborhood has to offer.