Collected by Kim Fortson, AFAR Contributor
7860 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
The Hills Market, a locally owned specialty grocer, embraces "local" foods in a big way. Throughout the week they host pop-up eateries in their veranda seating area. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, you'll find Darista Cafe serving delicious...
4215 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43228, USA
On Sullivant Ave, you'll find a diverse selection of Latin foods, including tortas, pupusas, arepas, and ceviche. Unexpectedly, the fare has been fresh, vibrant, rich, and flavorful almost everywhere I've tried! I've been researching the growing...
714 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
When people come to visit, I love taking them to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. While the ice cream is surely amazing, what I like most is telling the story behind Jeni's. To me it embodies the Columbus food scene's commitment to sourcing local and...
96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Columbus Metropolitan Main Library has served the community for over 100 years with the motto, “A fountain of learning: Our treasures are within and open to all.” Today it’s a great place to visit either to read,...
1101, 491 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
I fell in love with Curio the moment I walked through its doors. The atmosphere reminded me of my grandma's house with a fresh and modern touch of cool. The drink menu reflects this new-meets-old-school approach to entertaining with inventive...
541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Pistacia Vera in historic German Village is the best from-scratch patisserie to pickup a gift. Always on the menu, their handcrafted macarons that are light as air and deliciously sweet. The pastries are made with light nut meringue and filled...
1044 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
Bodega is a Short North staple that is a happy hour go-to and weekend brunch hot spot. With its 50 craft brews on draft and over 100 Belgian specialty import beers, it ranks highly among Columbus' beer enthusiasts. They also offer a selection of...
1101 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212, USA
There is an art to making good coffee, and it starts with the best beans. Luck Bros' never lets me down when I'm looking to appreciate a good cappuccino. Plus the wonderful designs baristas make in to the foam always pick me up. Leaves (like the...
1230 Courtland Ave, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
The local libation scene in Columbus has boomed over the past few years, so when visiting Columbus seek out these local beverages for a taste of the area. For a tasting and tour experience, visit Middle West Spirits. The two-year-old...
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The North Market is Columbus' only public market that houses dozens of butchers, bakers, fishmongers, restaurateurs, and merchants. The market has been open since 1995 and hosts over a million visitors a year. On Saturdays from spring through fall...
1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203, USA
The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is ranked among the top horticultural and educational institutions in the country. They are known for showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and a signature collection of work...
400 W Rich St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Dinin’ Hall is an innovative new eating concept that began as a design idea trying to solve practical issues of eating at food trucks and carts. It features a rotating roster of food trucks and carts and provides a cool dining area of industrial...
400 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Scioto Audubon Metro Park is a reclaimed and restored 120-acre oasis for both migrating birds and local residents in the heart of downtown Columbus. The park sits on the bank of the Scioto River and features hiking trails, bird watching, fishing,...
1722 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
Originally opened as a movie theater in 1923, Newport Music Hall is the oldest continually running venue in Columbus (some reports say America) and seats about 2,000 people. This venue has a long tradition of being the place where where rising...
748 Jaeger St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
Located in the heart of historic German Village, the German Village Guest House elevates the traditional idea of a bed and breakfast. Where many old city neighborhoods filled with brick row houses and cobblestone streets have gone for kitsch as...
501 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
In the heart of Columbus' Arena District, Park Street Tavern's simple atmosphere is fresh and welcome among its flashy neighbors. It's the only bar in the neighborhood that features live music almost every night of the week, and on Wednesdays they...
3151 Johnson Rd, Steubenville, OH 43952, USA
Part concert and part pep rally, The Ohio State University Marching Band Skull Session is a long-standing tradition of Ohio State Football. Each, week more than 10,000 fans come to listen to the band’s “cheer groups” perform a song to go along...
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