Columbus for Couples
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
In the middle of Ohio's sleepy, rural country side, along the banks of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, lies the contrasting vibrance of downtown Columbus. A destination perfect for American history buffs, sports enthusiasts, and foodies, just waiting to be discovered.
240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
On the cobblestone streets at the German Village, Schmidt's is home to the locally legendary half-pound cream puffs. The generous scoop of cream is the stuff the legend is made of. Truly a Columbus favorite, Schmidt's has been run by the same...
39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
The Ohio Theater opened in 1928 as a 2,779-seat movie house. During its heyday, performers like Milton Berle, Cab Calloway, and Ginger Rogers crossed its stage. Today it is the home of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the CAPA Summer Movie...
1126 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Kick up to the bar at the Surly Girl Saloon, for draft beer or a Peeptini (pictured here) and a cupcake of the day. Hungry? Try some comfort food such as the Surly Girl pizza or the Frito Pie. The decor is a little cowgirl, a little pirate, a...
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
For an experience with renowned local chefs, take a cooking class at North Market. Reasonably priced and featuring a variety of cuisines, you'll use local ingredients to create a delicious meal. If you're just shopping around for local produce, or...
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...
39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Performances seen at the Ohio Theater, typically the same shows as Broadway, are bound to be spectacular, but the building is a marvel in itself. The historic structure is a big part of the draw, as it has been around for over 80 years but has...
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,...
410 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
Every town has the breakfast joint that the locals don’t want the outsiders to know about—I feel guilty sharing a neighborhood secret, but welcome to the Skillet. Its ingredients are what sets it apart, selecting only the best from what the area...
229 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Known as the “Jewel of the Mile,” at the end of the Scioto Mile you'll find this scenic restaurant that serves the freshest food. Most dishes are prepared using local ingredients including farm-fresh produce and Ohio raised chicken. They offer...
485 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
This hard-to-find urban winery is the perfect place for tasting and touring. While I'd recommend stopping by anytime, if you time it right, you may be able to be part of the crush to assist in the wine making process. The venue is a popular spot...
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...
17 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Zeroz boutique is a great local store featuring minimalistic leather crafts. Men, do you have so many credit cards, and “loyalty” cards that your wallet has become a huge nuisance in your pocket? Women, do you have something small where you can...
1045 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
If you're up for a treasure hunt, the Greater Columbus Antique Mall is a wonderful place to start. Undoubtedly, you'll find a few surprises among the wares in every nook and cranny—some even tossed on a table or floor—filling the upstairs,...
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