Scouting East Walnut Hills: the renaissance of Cincinnati’s very first suburb

Originally a 19th century cluster of German Catholics centered around De Sales Catholic Church, today’s East Walnut Hills is now a melting pot neighborhood featuring some of the best shops, dining, and community in Cincinnati.

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via East Walnut Hills

Tucked into Cincinnati’s east side, just moments from Eden Park and downtown, East Walnut Hills hasn’t received the same notoriety over the years as its nearby neighbors like Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park, but that’s been changing rapidly. Businesses early to the revitalization of EWH are now joined by a handful of other trendy new establishments, and, once again, East Walnut Hills is becoming one of the most sought after neighborhoods near the city.

Food & Drink

In just the past couple years, the streets of Madison and Woodburn have come alive with new places to grab dinner and drinks. For a quick lunch or a long conversation with old friends over warm lattes, Cafe DeSales continues to be the go-to place in East Walnut Hills.

via Cafe DeSales
via Cafe DeSales

For some of the best Asian-inspired cuisine in town, walk across the plaza to Suzie Wong’s, another early believer in the East Walnut Hills revitalization. Here you’ll find an intimate spot for date night or a great option for carry-out or delivery.

Across from Suzie Wong’s you’ll find a new Cincinnati favorite, O Pie O. Serving up handcrafted sweet and savory pies along with a full beer and wine menu, O Pie O is bringing people together with modern twists on America’s favorite dessert.

via O Pie O
via O Pie O

If coffee, pie, and pineapple chicken weren’t enough, Kitchen 452 also offers a great casual dining option with its dedication to fresh and healthy ingredients with a rotating seasonal menu.

via Kitchen 452
via Kitchen 452

Want more spots to grab a drink? East Walnut Hills has some new spots that are quickly gaining city-wide acclaim. Stop by the Growler House to get your glass or growler filled from one of their 30 taps featuring local, regional, and national craft beers.

via Growler House
via Growler House

The nightlife isn’t limited to the Growler House, though. Myrtle’s Punch House, brought to you by Cincinnati queen of spirits Molly Wellmann, is the perfect place to gather with friends for some unique cocktails, live music, and everything else you’d want at a friendly neighborhood drinking establishment.

via Myrtle's Punch House
via Myrtle’s Punch House

Shopping & More

Just like East Walnut Hills’ dining and drinking, there are plenty of shopping options for everything from clothing to home decor. Our personal favorite has to be Hi-Bred, one of Cincinnati’s coolest vintage stores. Hi-Bred features some of the hippest vintage clothing, jewelry, house decor, and more.

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via Hi Bred

If art is your passion, you’ll fall in love with the Manifest Gallery, a non-profit art gallery and bookstore with a mission to be a, “Neighborhood Gallery for the World.” Part of a larger artistic philanthropic vision, the Manifest Gallery is a great place to see fresh, unique art while supporting a great cause. (Learn more about their cause here)

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via Manifest Gallery

For people who love board/card games, Arkham House Games might be reason enough to move to EWH. Get your D&D on, play some board games with friends, or just stop in to pick up your favorite games.

via Arkham House Games
via Arkham House Games

Community

Ask any of the businesses above why they picked East Walnut Hills, and they’ll tell you it’s the community. Diverse and dedicated, the folks who call EWH home truly love it. If you’re looking for an example, join in on their next Walk on Woodburn, a great way to visit the local businesses, discover local artists and meet new neighbors.

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via East Walnut Hills

Once overshadowed by other east-side suburbs, Cincinnati’s “first” suburb has reasserted itself as a great place to live, play, and visit.

  • Nancy Chestnut

    The street scenes with white tents are from the annual Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair which is held on Woodburn Ave on the first Saturday in May. 60 local ceramic artists, music, demos, free admission. Clayalliance.org.

  • Nancy Chestnut

    Oh and to give additional credit, the last photo shows Jake Speed performing as he does each year at the Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair.