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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Neighbourhood
“German Village is one of the coolest historic areas of Columbus. Cobblestone streets lined with trees and cozy little historic homes and shops.”
  • 50 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Park
“A great place to go for a run, have a picnic, or just walk around looking at old historic homes. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Bookshop
“The Book Loft is possibly the coolest bookstore I've ever experienced...and I've visited to old bookstores in many different places including France, England, etc. It's basically a labyrinth of 32 different rooms inside an old historic building, each room with its own theme of books and genre of music. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
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“GREAT for elegant dining!! Food is continental and always done well. Has the #1 outdoor dining patio in Columbus”
  • 45 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Featured on Man vs. Food, this dive-bar/burger joint is a local favorite. It's also the home of The Thurminator, a *giant* burger with countless toppings that only the most determined can finish. Please note that Thurman Cafe doesn't accept reservations and can tend to have a 1+ hour wait. It's worth it if you have the time! ”
  • 41 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“Historic German restaurant in the heart of German village. My advice is to get a Bahama mama and a cream puff! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
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“GREAT dining and vibrant bar, can be a bit LOUD, but if you can be seated on the patio is vie's for the #1 spot for outdoor dining as well!! Great sangria too!! Pricey and use the valet parking - both are well worth it!!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great Latte's and croissants. It's a long walk, but a pretty one if the weather is nice.”
  • 23 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Pizza Place
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“I recommend the German Village location, primarily because it's next to a great spirits/cocktail bar called Curio. This place focuses on using local ingredients to make fresh, hand-tossed pizzas. Their appetizers are a little more fine-dining than expected for a pizza place and definitely add to the quality of this spot. I've eaten here a few times and yet to have something I didn't want more of.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great local coffee roaster! Starbucks is also nearby, but I also prefer locally-owned spots. And I may be biased, but the coffee's better too. :) ”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The location of our first date (it was probably a bit excessive but we are a bit excessive)! Amazing little gem tucked away in German Village with a ton of character, charm and warm feelings. Make sure you order the ravioli - you won't forget it. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
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“I really LOVE this place, I hope you try it, you will too. It's close and great food! They have 2 huge barrels filled with garlic & Dill Pickles, how awesome is that!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Less cost alternative to Katzinger's. Order to go and head to Schiller Park, Columbus park system gem, for a picnic”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
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“Come hungry! This mom and pop style diner offers an extensive breakfast menu along with lunch time favorites. They have delicious burgers, fries and of course, coffee. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Jeni's Ice Cream is nationally-known and recognized. Open seasonally on Mohawk Street but shop in Short North is open all year. Grab food at Brown Bag and Jeni's is next door for dessert.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Buzzing, longtime American tavern & former speakeasy serving creative sandwiches & turtle soup. Delicious food and great service! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience