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The Best of Columbus

The Best of Columbus

Columbus has something for everyone: a historic neighborhood with beautiful revitalized homes, a vibrant cultural arts district, and an extremely walkable downtown neighborhood. While there are a bunch of great neighborhoods in Columbus, we’ll explain why the combination of nightlife, restaurants, luxury apartments, and convenience makes Downtown, the German Village, and Short North the best of Columbus. 

Short North

What to Do

Whether you are just visiting or live in Short North year round, you must stop by some of the art galleries in the neighborhood. The collection of galleries lining High St. give the neighborhood a lot of personality and culture and have served as the backbone of the growth Short North has experienced in recent years. Head to one of the constantly changing exhibitions by both local and national artists at the Sherrie Gallerie or pop in to the Pizzuti Collection for an amazing collection of contemporary art and their beautiful sculpture garden.

via columbusunderground.com

Where to Eat

Breakfast

Continuing the trend of delicious breakfasts in Columbus, we head to Katalina’s Cafe in the Short North Arts District. The cozy, Mexican inspired restaurant created one of the most popular dishes in the area, Pancake Balls. Made with flour from the local Fowler’s Mill, these pancake balls are filled with Nutella, dulce de leche, or pumpkin-apple butter. Other popular menu items include the “Hens in a Basket” and their award winning breakfast tacos.

Lunch

Northstar Cafe is the place to go for lunch in Short North. They pride themselves on serving locally grown, fresh and organic foods to protect the environment as well as serve the most wholesome food to its clientele.  The Sweet Basil Burrito with either chicken or tofu is a great sandwich/wrap option but we highly recommend the Buddha Bowl, chicken or tofu served atop a bowl of long grain organic brown rice with peanut sauce and a bright vegetable medley.

Northstar Cafe: Buddha Bowl

Dinner

The Hubbard Grille is situated in the heart of Short North in what was once the Winders Motor Sales Company building, an automotive show room. The chef driven menu changes seasonally but typically serves modern American cuisine to its visitors. Choose from shareable menu items like the Short Ribs and Shrimp or from main course options like the Ohio All Natural Fried Chicken and the Gorgonzola Ravioli.

Hubbard Grill: Short Ribs and Shrimp

Happy Hour

Bodega has consistently been one of the premier destinations for Happy Hour in Columbus. With food specials every day of the week like $1 Grilled Cheese Mondays, $2 Taco Tuesdays, and $2 Gourmet PB&J’s on Wednesdays, that alone is reason enough to come to Bodega. On top of that, enjoy half off of over 50 draft beers and $3 well drinks from 4-8 every Monday-Friday.

Where to Stay

Need a place to stay while shopping for your new apartment in Columbus? Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph is a brand new luxurious hotel in the heart of the Short North District with artwork form the Pizzuti Collection throughout the building and one of the top restaurants in the area in the lobby, the Guild House. Bonus: They’re pet friendly! 

Where to Live

While there are plenty of different apartment communities in the area, The Prescott by Borror Properties is our pick for the best apartment community in Short North. Located just one block off of Short North’s main street, High St, everything you need is right at your fingertips. Choose between studio, 1 bedroom, and penthouse apartments with tons of usable space, boutique finishes, and outdoor living areas.

The Prescott: Studio Kitchen

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Downtown

What to Do

If you could only choose one thing to do when visiting Columbus, you must pay a visit to the Scioto Mile, a riverfront park system featuring interactive fountains, a cultural arts center, and paths for bikers and runners. Take in beautiful views of the Columbus skyline and the Scioto River during an after dinner stroll or afternoon picnic in the park. After taking in the Scioto Mile, head east down State or Town St. to Topiary Park, a park with landscaped plants trimmed to recreate Georges Seurat’s famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte”.

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Where to Eat

Breakfast

The only fault we could find with SuperChefs Breakfast and More is they’re not open 7 days a week for us to experience their creative and tasty meals. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 8-3, Superchefs serves classic breakfast sandwiches, a variety of omelets, and specialty pancake platters, but we recommend one of the waffle dishes. Order the “Elvis”, diced candied bacon sprinkled inside waffles smothered in peanut butter, banana, chocolate, and caramel syrup.

Superchefs: The Elvis

Lunch

Market 65 is a fan favorite because of their commitment to using the freshest produce, meats, and cheeses from local farms and farmers. All menu items can be made into either a salad or wrap which pair nicely with their homemade soup of the day. Create your own salad or sandwich or order one of their signature classics like the Tuscan Orzo or the Green Machine.

Dinner

Tapas and small, shareable plates have become a very popular trend in the culinary world and Sidebar Columbus has mastered this trend with a delicious blend of Mediterranean and South American flavors. Red Snapper Ceviche and the Chicken Skewers topped with a chimichurri sauce are just an example of some of their flavor-packed small plates. Sidebar is not limited to just small plates though, their Brie Pizza with red wine poached pears and candied walnuts is a show stopper.

Happy Hour

deNovo Bistro and Bar is a great place to grab dinner but it also has an award winning Happy Hour, which runs from 3-6 every Monday-Friday. Try out some of their small plate specials like the Spicy Ahi Tuna Cups or the Braished Short Rib Sliders. Drink specials include $5 Daily Bartenders Cocktail, half off all beers, and $5 wines by the glass. Stick around after Happy Hour to listen to live Jazz and Blues music from local and national artists.

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Where to Stay

The Hilton Columbus Downtown is conveniently located downtown near Short North, the Arena District, and the North Market making it one of the more popular hotels in Columbus. This pet-friendly hotel has all the amenities you could imagine with a fitness center, pool, and business center. The hotel also has an enclosed sky-bridge connecting it to the Columbus Convention Center.

Where to Live

The Julian is the premier destination when looking for apartments in downtown Columbus. This historic 7 story building has been rehabilitated into modern, urban 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and penthouse lofts. Units are designed with granite counter tops, stylish backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors! Get a parking spot at the Julian and you’ll never have to drive again, as one of the biggest perks of living at the Julian is how walkable it is to nearby attractions like the Scioto Mile and Arena District.

The Julian: 2 Bedroom Model Kitchen

German Village

What to Do

A trip to the German Village would be incomplete without a visit to Schiller Park. Nestled in the center of the historic German Village, the park has activities for all age groups. There is a recreation center, tennis courts, softball diamonds, floral arrangements, and plenty of open space to just sprawl out and enjoy the surrounding nature. During the summer months, grab a blanket and picnic basket to catch one the theatrical performances at the amphitheater!

Where to Eat

Breakfast

Looking for rustic, urban food in Columbus? There is only one place where that can be attained, Skillet. Although closed on Monday and Tuesday, Skillet is a hot spot the rest of the week serving fresh, classic breakfast plates with an urban edge. The menu is ingredient driven and is constantly changing with the local farmers freshest ingredients, but one of the staples is the Chorizo Gravy and Biscuits.

Lunch

It would be a shame if we talked about the best restaurants in the German Village and didn’t mention Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus. Schmidt’s has been a landmark since opening decades ago and has continued to serve real, German food to all of it’s diners. Try one of the signature sausage platters like the German Knockwurst or Bahama Mama “The Original” which are both served over hot kraut with German applesauce and a split bun. For the best value, grab a plate and head to the Buffet to dive into traditional German meals!

via Schmidt’s Sausage Haus Facebook

Dinner

G. Michael’s Bistro and Bar is located in the heart of the German Village and has been serving comfort food with a low-country flair for years. Enjoy a unique dining experience with small plates and entrees from a menu that changes seasonally with locally sourced products. Examples of some of their meals include small plates like the Poached Lobster Arancini or entrees like the Broiled Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Tofu. With their expansive wine list, you’re bound to find a wine to pair with any meal you choose.

Happy Hour

Club 185 is a true neighborhood bar that has been keeping folks happy since 1954 with a lively atmosphere and great drink prices. Happy hour at Club 185 is Monday-Friday from 4-7 PM. Drink specials include $2 well drinks and domestic bottles, $5 select wine, and 1/2 off all draft beer but we recommend ordering one of their signature martinis for $6. It’s no wonder Club 185 has remained a staple over the years.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of hotels to choose from in the German Village but we recommend staying at the German Village Guesthouse. This converted German Village house has 3 spacious, modern guest rooms and 2 luxury suites in a nearby building to choose from and puts you at the center of all the action in the neighborhood. John Pribble, the innkeeper, provides impeccable service and makes you feel like you’re in the comfort of your own home on every visit. Be sure to check out the history of the German Village, available on DVD in every room!

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Where to Live

There are a number of apartments in historic homes scattered throughout the German Village, but if you’re looking to live in an apartment community, Brewer’s Yard Apartments is the best bet. These pet-friendly apartments are located right on the outskirts of the German Village neighborhood, just a short walk from all the local attractions. Choose between 1 and 2 bedroom units with 9 foot ceilings, private patios and balconies, and Whirlpool appliances. Community amenities include a courtyard swimming pool, movie theatre, fitness center, and yoga studio plus many more!

About The Author

Connor

With a little over a year under his belt in the multifamily industry in both Marketing and Leasing, Connor has already noticed the highs and lows of apartment hunting. After living in DC, Florida, the Carolinas, and a 3 month back-packing trip through Europe, he’s experienced all sorts of living experiences, both good and bad. When he’s not churning out tons of content, Connor can be found at the beach (seriously, he goes every week), watching/playing sports, or trying out the newest restaurants in DC.

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