Welcome to Columbus

Here is some information on Columbus area neighborhoods, events, and restaurants to help introduce you to our city.


  • Short North/Victorian Village/Italian Village – Vibrant arts district, close to NCH and close to OSU. Very walkable neighborhoods with plenty of restaurant options and boutique shops.
  • German Village – Historic neighborhood near the hospital, walkable with multiple restaurant options.
  • Grandview Heights – Close proximity to the ‘nightlife scene’ but with great public schools and also easily walkable to a charming downtown.
  • Dublin/Hilliard/Powell/New Albany – Newer homes, great family-friendly options and schools. 
  • Upper Arlington/Clintonville/Worthington/Bexley – Well established neighborhoods with award-winning schools.
  • More Neighborhood Info

Have a couple of hours to explore Columbus?

  1. Drive around the neighborhoods
  2. Walk around the North Market and Short North area
  3. Walk around German Village and Schiller Park
  4. Walk around Ohio State’s campus
  5. Go to Franklin Park Conservatory
  6. Shop at Easton Town Center

Places to eat

  1. Short North:  Multiple restaurant and boutique shopping options along High St.
    1. North Market – Indoor farmers market with a variety of food options – Highly recommended!
    1. North Star Café – A local favorite
    1. Lox Bagel Shop
    1. Katalinas – Located in the Short North and Clintonville
    1. Tasi Café – Breakfast and Lunch
    1. Basi Italia – A hidden gem with a large patio.
    1. The Pearl
    1. Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen
    1. Pauli Gee’s Pizza
    1. Service Bar
    1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – Multiple locations throughout the city, a must try!
    1. Guild House – American – Brunch, Dinner
    1. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Dinner
  2. German Village:
    1. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus
    1. Pistachia Vera
    1. Brown Bag Deli
    1. Skillet – Breakfast
    1. Lindey’s – Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Excellent Patio
    1. Barcelona – Excellent Patio
    1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – Multiple locations throughout the city, a must try!
  3. Grandview Heights:
    1. Stauf’s Coffee
    1. Mazah Mediterranean
    1. La Tavola – Italian
    1. Third and Hollywood
    1. Watershed Distillery
    1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – Multiple locations throughout the city, a must try!

More things to do

  1. Franklin Park Conservatory – Wonderful outdoor kids’ area and beautiful to walk around.
  2. Columbus Zoo
  3. Cosi – Terrific hands-on science and technology museum.
  4. Legoland
  5. Otherworld – Indoor art show focused on innovative uses of light, fun for kids and adults.
  6. Top Golf
  7. Columbus Clippers (minor league baseball) or Columbus Crew (MLS soccer team)
  8. Columbus Metropolitan Library
  9. Columbus Museum of Art

Check out Experience Columbus and Columbus on the Cheap for more ideas on things to do!