Scioto Mile Park
See one of the best views in Columbus at this park. Look out over the water and you'll see the city's beautiful skyline.
Scioto Mile Park runs along the water and offers visitors an amazing view and a beautiful place to spend a day. There are plenty of plants and benches, making this park somewhat of an oasis in the urban environment. One of the most distinctive features of the park is a fountain fashioned to look like a school of fish converging and shooting water out of their mouths.
Address:233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 645 7995
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Set up like a marketplace, you’ll have a great time strolling by all the stalls and stores here.
North Market is the greater Columbus area's version of a bustling old-world marketplace. Vendors galore occupy the enormous building's many stalls, each specializing in a different cuisine. There's a sausage shop, a pasta shop, fish mongers, meat mongers, Chinese, Mediterranean, sushi, Mexican, Vietnamese, a wine merchant, a cheese merchant and lots more. See website for complete list.
Address:59 Spruce Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 463 9664
This classy bar has a sophisticated atmosphere with a touch of nostalgia. Try a vintage cocktail.
Serving eccentric, yet professional drinks and cocktails in a hip and casual atmosphere is Mouton. They offer artisan breads, cheese, cured meats, European wines and champagne. But what makes this place special is their classic vintage cocktails and highballs, all made with high-quality ingredients and tinged with hand-pressed citrus.
Address:954 North High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 732 4660
Choose a table on its patio & watch the dancing fountains. For brunch, you can start off with Three Little Pigs sandwich
Lauded as the Best New Restaurant of 2011 by a leading local magazine, Milestone 229 packs a punch with its excellent location and a non-fussy ambiance that makes this a haunt for locals and tourists alike. Located on the Scioto Mile at the Bicentennial Park, this restaurant offers a splendid view of the downtown river as well as the skyline of the city.
Address:229 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 427 0276
Experience a wide variety of energetic, self-produced performances ranging from traditional musicals to rock operas.
Shadowbox Live is a local performance troupe that was started in Columbus over 20 years ago. The quaint venue exhibits unique, self-produced live performances and original shows. Shadowbox Live provides a vibrant outlet for local artists and entertaining shows for its loyal patrons.
Address:503 S Front St #260, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 416 7625
The Book Loft
Once operating as a saloon, a general store and a nickelodeon cinema, this spot is now a maze-like bookshop.
Packed into a humble little building in the center of German Village is the Book Loft, a multilevel maze of books, books, books. The place feels a bit like Yoda's house with its low ceilings and tiny stairways from one level to another. But it's fitting. German Village is a bunch of little bungalows, and this is one slightly overgrown one packed to the gills with bargain-priced volumes.
Address:631 South 3rd Street, Columbus, 43206
phone:+1 614 464 1774
Wolf's Ridge Brewing
Dine on upscale American cuisine while exploring German and Belgian inspired craft brews at Wolf's Ridge Brewery.
Family owned and operated, fueled by a love of food and an even more significant love of beer, Wolf's Ridge Brewing is a passion project of a dedicated clan of craft brew aficionados. Housed right in downtown Columbus, Wolf's Ridge is a great hangout for beer lovers and foodies, locally sourced ingredients lending a distinctly regional feel to the food and beer on the menu. The menu is impressive!
Address:215 North 4th Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 429 3936
Created by a father and son duo, this brewery offers seasonal and specialty brews like the Mogabi Wheat Ale.
The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is located in gorgeous historic building in Columbus built in 1897 and once served as a saloon and fancy gentleman's club. The hand split mahogany bar that still remains, was crafted for the whiskey served from the second floor distillery. Here you will find twelve hand-crafted beers on tap, a full bar, plus a delicious menu to choose from.
Address:161 North High Street, Columbus, 43214
phone:+614 228 0500
Immerse yourself in this interactive science museum showcasing original exhibits and activities for those of all ages.
Columbus, Ohio’s dynamic Center of Science and Industry opened in 1964 where it occupied the Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus. Seeking more space, the museum moved to their current location in 1999. With the move, COSI became one of the largest modern science centers in the United States. The museum offers a range of exhibits, activities, adventurous games, experiments, and films for all ages.
Address:333 West Broad Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+(614) 228 2674
Dine inside or out on the terrace, at this quaint neighborhood spot specializing in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Offering a fusion between Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, Basi Italia provides a diverse menu, put together by the husband and wife team who own and operate the restaurant. With their intent to merge their love of food, friendship, and great company, the couple created a quaint establishment where patrons feel like family.
Address:811 Highland Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+(614) 294 7383
Browse through specialty wines and fun trinkets in this whimsical shop located in the heart of German Village.
Hausfrau Haven provides the perfect merge between a rare and specialty wine store, a prime wine tasting location, and a lovely spot for trinkets and fun gifts for all ages. The location in the heart of German Village offers the perfect place to stroll into.
Address:769 South 3rd Street, Columbus, 43206
phone:+(614) 443 3680
El Camino Inn
Grab a Mexican beer or a signature margarita along with delicious taco-truck-style fare in a 1970s-inspired ambiance.
The owners of El Camino boast a number of great city bars to their credit, and this downtown dive lives up to that reputation. A quintessential Tex-Mex joint, savor delectable Mexican staples and regional beer alternatives. Head to the bar, back-dropped by a gigantic sailfish model, for an impressive Tequila selection.
Address:238 S 4th Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 220 8877
Explore your creative potential and create personal works of art! At Clayspace, the possibilities are endless.
Clayspace is a ceramic studio that offers classes, workshops, and gallery space for anyone with a passion for art and clay. Join a community that is committed to having fun and exploring creative potential - no experience necessary. Join an introductory class, or swing by Clay & Coffee Saturday, where you can create original coffee mugs (with coffee included). From private workshops for date nights and parties, to galleries for exhibits and weddings, Clayspace is definitely a haven for the artsy soul. Hours are by appointment, so be sure to call ahead.
Address:831 South Front Street, Columbus, 43206
phone:+1 614 449 8144
Discover one-of-a-kind pieces fashioned from re-purposed materials by a community of over 65 local artists at this eclectic boutique.
Glean takes the concept of up-cycling and elevates it to an art. The store's collection features everything from hand-made soaps, jewelry, purses, candles, collages, toiletries, miniature terrariums and more. Some quirky items you'll find in store include bicycle gear hip flasks, sculptures made from wine corks, guitar-string bracelets and Altoid tin gardens. Soothe your skin with lotions and potions like the whipped honey and saffron body butter, wild orange lip scrub, bacon and corn grits soap and custom-molded candles. This is an excellent place to pick up unique gifts you won't find elsewhere.
Address:815 North High Street, Columbus, 43214
phone:+1 614 515 2490
Build your own gourmet tacos at this vibrant taqueria with a Día de los Muertos theme; the Los Sanchos and El Posada are favorites.
This urban-chic restaurant features black and white walls with Mexican skull motifs that serve as a backdrop for the patterned wooden tables. The colorful patio with its bright murals and picnic-style seating is a lively summer venue, ideal for sipping frosted margaritas on a warm night. Along with your regular tortillas, the restaurant's signature creations like the Goody-Goody - flour tortilla layered with guacamole and sour cream - imbue each taco with flavor. Popular fillings include the braised beef brisket, pulled pork and Thai chili tofu. Team up your eats with craft beers on tap, Mexican cerveza, or a fruity sangria.
Address:132 South High St, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 456 7444
Used Kids Records
Indie music store and alternative music mecca, this second-story loft is packed with boxes filled with vintage vinyls, CDs and DVDs.
Situated across from the Ohio State University Campus, this shop is a music aficionados dream, especially for punk and rock enthusiasts. For over 20 years, Used Kids Records has been the go-to record store for those lucky few in the know. With a focus on local artists and bands, the boutique stocks an excellent selection of music produced by Ohioan musicians, and hosts in-store performances. The staff are a veritable encyclopedia on virtually any genre, and more than willing to help you hunt for that elusive favorite.
Address:1980 North High Street, Columbus, 43201
phone:+1 614 421 9455
Bake Me Happy
The baked treats at this German-Village shop are so good you'll forget they're gluten-free; try their chocolate pecan tart or Moon Pies.
Bake Me Happy's commitment to making the best baked goods in town shows in the quality locally-sourced ingredients it packs into each cake and cookie. Ohio maple syrup, cream from Snowville dairy and Krema nut butter are just a few of the products that go into making bestsellers like the Peanut Butter Burners, maple cream scones and SnoBalls. The pie pops, Oatmeal Crème Clouds and spongies are favorites here too. The bright, cheerful interiors are the perfect foil for their simple, yet attractive dessert display, and the wafting aroma of fresh pastries simply adds to the inviting atmosphere.
Address:116 East Moler Street, Columbus, 43207
phone:+1 614 477 3642
Stop by for a craft beer and a burger. Though you won't find any frills, you will find pool tables and a juke box.
Named after the saying "three sheets to the wind" (used to refer to someone who is inebriated), Three Sheets is a well-loved neighborhood dive bar serving craft beers and cocktails. Their budget-friendly prices and small but tasty food menu have won it a solid following. Dine on burgers, wings, nachos, and more before heading upstairs to take in an exciting game of pool. The laid-back ambiance makes it a great place to visit any night of the week.
Address:560 South High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 745 2751
Come experience the unique vernacular style in this apparel and accessory boutique designed for the casual and stylish shopper.
“Vernacular” is the language or dialect spoken by ordinary people in a particular region, and this boutique puts that concept into life and action. Focusing on the styles and characteristics of its time and place, Vernacular offers affordable fashion for women, home decor, pet accessories, kitchenware, jewelry, and gifts for the casual style-minded shopper. You won’t find curios and tchotchkes here, however, because every piece for sale is passionately considered, and lives up to its store’s name.
Address:177 East Beck Street, Columbus, 43206
phone:+1 614 228 2316
Hang Over Easy
The Dirty Sanchez - a giant breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, potatoes, chorizo, and gooey cheesy goodness - is a popular favorite.
Whether you're suffering from a massive hangover or are just hankering for a fulfilling breakfast, Hang Over Easy is the place for you. Located on Ohio State University's campus, there is a reason why this diner is so popular - not only is the service friendly and the portions huge, but the food is simply divine. From thick waffles to pancakes of every flavor (red velvet, funfetti and pumpkin are among the few, depending on the season) and juicy, overstuffed breakfast burritos, there is definitely some truth to Hang Over Easy's slogan, "Breakfast Cures All."
Address:1646 Neil Avenue, Columbus, 43201
phone:+1 614 586 0070
Soak up the holiday spirit at this park with a magical display featuring over 320,000 festive LED lights.
The Columbus Commons opened in 2011 and has since hosted over 200 events ranging from concerts featuring The Columbus Symphony to local food truck festivals and many sporting events. The holiday season proves to be one of the most popular and dazzling times of the year in the Columbus Commons, with a beautiful light display that pictures cannot do justice.
Address:160 S High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 416 8080
Columbus Topiary Garden
Stroll through a work of art! Topiary makes the painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte’ come to life
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting ‘A Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte’ in three dimensional shrubberies. Each life-size (if not larger) figure plays the part of a figure in the painting.
Address:480 East Town Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 645 0197
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Scioto Audubon Metro Park
With a rock wall, obstacle course, and a dog run, this park is an ideal place to enjoy a family day.
What used to be an industrial area that had fallen on hart times is now an expansive green space providing a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park offers attractions for everyone, including a rock wall, a dog park, an obstacle course, and plenty of trails to run or bike. Its location just a short distance from downtown Columbus makes it the ideal escape, if only for a few hours.
Address:400 West Whittier Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 224 3303
Church turned music venue, this is hands down, one of the best places in the city to see live music.
The Bluestone is one of the most impressive venue spaces in all of Columbus, bringing country, rock, hip hop and more to a stunning 19th Century church. First built in 1898, the sprawling church contains five different rooms on three levels, ranging from small intimate spaces for private events, or the quirky underground basement room. Live music is almost always on the schedule.
Address:583 East Broad Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 884 4646
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It’s not a trip to Columbus without catching a baseball game! Off-season, the stadium hosts a variety of entertainment.
Huntington Park is a 10,000 seat grand stadium that hosts baseball games in its premises. Home to the Columbus Clippers, a well-known local baseball team, the venue provides state-of-the-art facilities for practice sessions, tournaments as well as live music concerts.
Address:330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 462 5250
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Grandview Mercantile Company
From engagement rings to vintage steel signs, the Grandview Mercantile Company is sure to surprise you.
Grandview Mercantile Company is a popular destination for those with a passion for antiques. Many of these vintage items are rare and unique, perfect for giving your house that extra bit of flair that more common decor doesn't quite have. From chairs to paintings, mosaics to old typewriters, Grandview Mercantile Company has plenty of pieces with character.
Address:1489 Grandview Ave, Columbus, 43212
phone:+1 614 421 7000
Discover handmade products from local designers including original upcycled clothes from Team Chipmunk and more.
A far cry from your usual cookie-cutter shops, Capital Goods is fresh and original. The store features a collection of women's clothing, kids wear, home decor and accessories crafted with an eye to sustainability. Columbus designers are showcased here, with exclusive and handmade designs you won't find elsewhere. Peruse the eclectic selection for upcycled fashion essentials.
Address:65 East State Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 347 512 5267
State & Third
Browse this store's eclectic collection of accessories and artwork from local and national designers.
Becky Brisker is passionate about finding and showcasing the best Ohioan and American designers in her independent store. Handcrafted and imaginative creations are the focus here, and the crafty collection has something for everyone from graphic t-shirts to original jewelry, cute baby wear, and quirky stationery. Browse the collection for one-of-a-kind pieces you won't find elsewhere.
Address:65 East State Street, Shops at Capitol Square, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 636 0130
Make a lifestyle change at this shop.
Zer0z prides itself on its extremely slim wallets that can carry only necessary goods, thus doing away with bulky bags holding superfluous items. They are designed for high functionality wherein users can store only identification, membership, gift, library and credit cards in the chosen order of importance along with cash.
Address:17 East Gay Street, Columbus, 43215
This local startup has carved a niche for itself by crafting sporty clothing with creativity and nostalgic flair.
Homage fuses innovative design with a love for throwback style and modern comfort. Each t-shirt tells a story, celebrating the glory days and achievements of personalities from way-back-when to here-and-now. From Steve Jobs to the Grateful Dead, the eclectic collection gives a shout out to individuals and groups who have shaped music, pop culture, and sports.
Address:783 North High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 706 4254
Tigertree sells clothing, along with a wide range of novelty items.
This popular shop is stocked with fashionable items and accessories for both men and women. Flirty dresses, pants, casual button-downs, belts and handbags are all on display, but the neatest thing may very well be their eclectic collection of funky gifts and novelty items. Warbling Bird Whistles, Secret Message Writing Sets, pillows embroidered with anchors, and glass terrariums.
Address:787 North High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 299 2660
The Candle Lab
Pick from handmade candles in over 100 original scents on sale at here or create your signature scent.
The science of candle-making is a sublime art at The Candle Lab in Columbus. This exquisite store specializes in scented candles and boasts an array of unique aromas. From popular fruity and floral favorites like Gardenia and Vanilla Bean to exotic varieties like Basmati Rice, Wasabi and Whipped Cream, they have some of the most bizarre fragrances covered.
Address:751 North High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 949 1458
Big Fun Columbus
Vintage finds and comic books from decades past draw collectors and kids alike to this toy store.
If you find yourself missing the Care Bears or cartoon action figures from your childhood, Big Fun Columbus has the remedy. This toy store is packed from floor to ceiling with collectible toys, comics, gag gifts, and more. Spend a few minutes looking through shelves and drawers of troll dolls, LEGOs, Star Wars figurines, and comically oversized sunglasses.
Address:672 North High Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 228 8697
Savor Japanese sushi and ramen noodles or opt for Asian-inspired gourmet burgers.
Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, Rishi Sushi is more than its name suggests. In addition to being a sushi bar, it lends its Asian inspiration to the all-American burger. On the menu of quirky-named items are an array of gourmet burgers like Japanese Garden and Bibimbop. Decadent specialty sushi rolls like CheesBushi, Crouching Tiger and Mr. Kim are handcrafted with Japanese precision.
Address:114 North 3rd Street, Columbus, 43215
phone:+1 614 914 5124
Taste an explosion of flavor as you bite into your cube steak sandwich. Tender and juicy, this sandwich is just perfect.
There is a reason why Jack's Diner, open since 1976, is still a solid favorite among locals and visitors alike - they serve great food at equally great prices. With impressive breakfast and lunch menus that consist of favorites like fluffy hotcakes and juicy hamburgers, you really can't go wrong with Jack's. Try the golden fried fish sandwich and be blown away by the crispiness of the fish.
Address:52 E Lynn St, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 224 3665
Indulge in modern Italian cuisine and fine wine in a renovated historic building.
With an impressive, curated menu and intimate seating, Due Amici is a favorite among locals. There is plenty of seating at the bar, making it the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and an exquisite appetizer. The restaurant is located in a renovated historic building and effortlessly merges tradition with authenticity and sleekness with modernity.
Address:67 E Gay St, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 224 9373
Hills Market Downtown
Wander the aisles of this Columbus owned specialty grocer featuring a multitude of fresh, local fruits and vegetables.
The Hills Market is a neighborhood grocer that showcases a variety of locally sourced foods, as well as locally made specialty items. It also offers weekly events like happy hours, wine tastings, sushi nights, brunches, and chances to meet and support other vendors. A must-see hidden gem, the Hills Market Downton is perfect for shoppers on the go, as well as mindful local shoppers.
Address:95 N Grant Ave, Columbus, 43215
phone:+614 702 7900
Fox in the Snow Cafe
Grab a handcrafted cappuccino and enjoy the rustic atmosphere in this quaint bakery and café.
Fox in the Snow Café is located in the heart of Italian Village. The café resides in a renovated mason garage, which really sets the rustic tone for the atmosphere. With hand poured drinks, and fresh baked goods, it’s easy to see why patrons flock to this inviting and warm establishment.
Address:1031 N. Fourth Street, Columbus, 43201
This neighborhood tavern provides the perfect blend of quality food, drinks and environment, all done with a local flair
The Sycamore is set up like a neighborhood favorite with much more local influence. Most of the items on the menu contain one or more elements from local vendors and partners. Their dignified menu complements the craft beer and wine listings, making it an enjoyable place to unwind.
Address:262 E Sycamore Street, Columbus, 43206
phone:+614 754 1460
Oddfellows Liquor Bar
Come for the gorgeous outdoor patio, stay for the quirky signature cocktails and the Mikey’s Late Night Slice food truck
Oddfellows Liquor Bar is a funky bar with a little something to offer everyone. With weekly events ranging from trivia to spelling bees, and signature cocktails with names like Texas Rattlesnake and The Undertaker, it’s clear to see the quirkiness and individuality instilled in this one of a kind bar. The outdoor patio provides the perfect environment to enjoy a night out with friends.
Address:1038 N.High St, Columbus, 43201
phone:+(614) 923 9631