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columbus ohio city guide tourism

As you may know, I am leaving Columbus after 8 years of living and loving in this great city. I have mixed feelings about moving away because I’ve always thought this city was rad. Columbus is the largest city in Ohio (according to the 2010 US census) and it’s also the BEST city in Ohio (according to me). Obviously Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, but did you know that the home offices for Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Express, Lane Bryant, The Limited, Justice and Victoria’s Secret are all located in Columbus? But despite all those huge brands, Columbus is a great place for small businesses and entrepreneurs. There’s literally just SO much to do here. Columbus is also the 15th largest city in US, and the 3rd largest in the Midwest. Also, ladies, if ya wanna be topless here, you can! Women don’t have to wear a shirt anywhere men don’t have to wear a shirt. Not that people really take advantage of it, but how many cities can say THAT?

So today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places in Columbus, though keep in mind that this post only scrapes the surface of what Columbus has to offer.

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Harvest’s Almond Pesto Pizza
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El Camino (Source)

Places to Eat in Columbus:

If you’re in the mood for pizza, Harvest Pizzeria in German Village has the best wood-fired pizza in Columbus. Grab a fancy cocktail at Curio next door while you wait for your pizza, and then pick from one of Harvest’s many gourmet flavors. My absolute favorite is the Spicy Yuma, which is topped with chorizo, jalapeno, and corn! Bonus: they always play sick music like Tame Impala.

Explorer’s Club in Merion Village is known for its menu of international flavors. Explorer’s Club is great for brunch and dinner, and they have a rotating monthly menu that focuses on different regions of the world. My favorite item is the Grilled Mac & Cheese sandwich (with bacon-tomato jam), which they serve for brunch and dinner. Make sure you ask for the habanero hot sauce!

El Camino is a cute little retro spot on South 4th Street with an amazing vinyl collection and the best chips and guac in town.  My best friend and I used to go here every Thursday to split some Palomas and about 7 baskets of chips.

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Seventh Son

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Bodega (Source)
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16 Bit

Places to Drink in Columbus:

If you read this blog, you know that I love Seventh Son! Seventh Son is a brewery on 4th St & 4th Ave with a great bar and beer garden. They always have a food truck for snacks and you can bring dogs! It’s a huge space, so even though there are always lots of people there, it never feels too crowded and you can always find a seat.

Bodega is an old favorite of mine. They have the most amazing selection of beer on tap. Seriously, they have a whole wall of taps. I would always go to Bodega when I first turned 21 and it really helped me to develop my craft beer palette. Is that a snobby thing to say? Whatever. The food is also also amazing and their front porch is the perfect place to sit and people watch in the Short North.

16-Bit is a retro-style arcade where all the games are on free play and all the drinks are cheap. I’m not good at arcade games at all, but it’s a really fun atmosphere.

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Homage (Source)

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Discount Fashion Warehouse (Source)

Shopping in Columbus:

Discount Fashion Warehouse is like the greatest place on Earth. All those brands with home offices in Columbus? They have their returns and overstocks sold at Discount Fashion Warehouse. You can get a Victoria’s Secret bra for like $7.

Homage is a Columbus clothing store that sells cool vintage-inspired sports fan gear. Their materials are so soft, you’ll want to rub them on your face and purr. And you don’t have to be an Ohio sports fan to shop at Homage. They have all kinds of teams and city memorabilia. You can also shop online!

I think that we often take Easton Town Center for granted, but it’s seriously an amazing outdoor mall. Easton has every store, like, ever, plus tons of restaurants and bars. They even have an eat-in movie theater if the urge strikes you.

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German Village

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Short North (Source)

Best Places to Wander Around in Columbus

German Village is a historical neighborhood in Columbus that was built by German immigrants in the 1800’s. Since the 1980’s the whole neighborhood as been carefully restored to its former glory. Take a walk among the winding brick streets and enjoy the architecture and lovingly maintained gardens. Next, get lost in The Book Loft, a really cool independent bookstore/labyrinth in a big old house. With book in hand, head over to Pistachia Vera and enjoy a coffee and pastry.

The Short North is home to tons of stores, bars, and restaurants – all locally owned! On the first Saturday of every month, all the galleries in the Short North stay open late for Gallery Hop. It’s really fun alternating between bars, restaurants, and galleries as you make your way down High Street.

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Ohio State football in “The Shoe”

Culture & Sports in Columbus

Ohio State Football Game Day is always fun. Even if you can’t get tickets to the game, visiting the campus during football season is really fun. Can’t make it to Columbus in football season? We also have a professional hockey team (The Blue Jackets), soccer team (The Crew), and a minor league baseball team (The Clippers). All of the stadiums are fantastic and games are so much fun!

There’s a number of monthly themed dance parties held in Columbus. My favorite is Clampdown, an alternative music dance party held at Ravari Room on the second Saturday of every month. Other parties worth mentioning are Ogee (old school hip hop) and Damn Girl (disco!).

You can’t have a city guide about Columbus and not talk about the Columbus Zoo! The Columbus Zoo is consistently voted the #1 zoo in America. It can be a bit expensive going there, but it’s worth it. Plus, they serve alcohol. What could be better than enjoying a beer and checking out some animals?

So what do you think? Have I convinced you that you need to visit Columbus? What’s your favorite thing about your city? Let me know in the comments!


Images original where not otherwise noted, top image edited by Whitney Gibson.

68 Responses

  1. Awesome……………..

  2. That pizza looks amazing and really great post! x

  3. The first time I went to the US I actually stayed with relatives who live in the suburbs of Columbus! I didn't go into the city though, I didn't realise it was so jumpin haha. Next time!

  4. Ok, excuse this uneducated Aussie but when I think of Ohio I think of dessert and nature bahahaha! Grand canyons and national parks not uber chic pizzerias and cafes. Tumble weeds yes! ;o) though I'm probably confusing Ohio with Utah (I actually had to google this bahaha!) y'all have so many states, I can't remember them all!


  5. Useful post! Thanks 🙂

  6. Columbus looks like a really cool place! And a place that I never would have thought of going till now.

  7. The food looks amazing, the whole place does! Too bad I live far away!

    Hayley-Eszti |

  8. Columbus looks like such a lovely place to visit! there is so much to do 🙂 xx

  9. Oh my gosh, need to go to the fashion discount warehouse! Ohio looks fun!

    Je M'appelle Chanel

  10. I will have to visit one day, it does look like an awesome place to call home and 8 years is a long time! I'm sure you'll be visiting!

  11. Just look at that pizza, I wish I had it right now. And I love this city guide of ohio. It seems there's more to do there than I thought. Beautiful photos.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  12. Wow, it must be so strange to leave a city after living in it for almost an entire decade! I'm sure you have a lot of things to sort through and pack. Having lived in Germany for about a year, German Village appeals to me – you had me after "Harvest Pizza" and "Tame Impala" x

    Tee | Rotten One

  13. You make me want visiting Columbus. Don't know if it's possible in the near future but anyway, it just landed on my travel wishlist.

  14. great guide.. i've never been to Ohio.

  15. Wow a real city guide! Hope I can visit this soon!


    Céline from Larry & Co.

  16. Such a great guide and lovely photos! I'll certainly know where to go if I'm ever in Columbus! xo

  17. I've never been to Columbus before, but I'll have to check out your list if I get the chance to go! Everything looks lovely!

  18. It looks a wonderful city to visit. Thanks for sharing! I loved it xxx

  19. oh my gosh the pizza! Good luck with the move! A food truck coming to the bar sound amazing, they should definitely bring that over the pond!!

  20. I think this is one of my favourite posts I've read in a long time, I can learn about where you lived but also where I now want to have a huge vacation hahah aside from the amazing food and beer I want free arcade games, sport and discounted clothes it really sounds amazing xxx

  21. Awesome post, Columbus looks like a great place, nice pictures. Thanks for the guide 🙂

  22. Such cool photos !

  23. Fab post! Very lovely photos too. Happy Monday dear! 🙂

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  24. I've bookmarked for whenever I do get to make it to Columbus!!! Amazing things are ahead for you and I can't wait to see what's in store for you when you move 🙂

    be the plebeian

  25. great Columbus review, hope to see it someday
    thanks for sharing
    happy Sunday

  26. I've never been, but it looks so amazing! xx


  27. This is an amazing post lovely, I had no idea about Columbus and just how beautiful/business friendly it is… so pleased you shared this 🙂


  28. Great place.
    And that pizza gives me some cravings

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  29. Oh my goodness, the Discount Fashion Warehouse looks amazing! How fun. 🙂
    April xx

  30. wow looks like a really great place ! thanks for sharing your tips dear 😀 althought now I'm super hungry 😀

  31. Yummy pizza.
    I don't really know how American football goes 😉

  32. You've definitely convinced me, it looks amazing! I need to add Columbus to my travel wishlist

  33. Wow very cool, great post. I want that pizzaaaaaa 😛
    Enjoy the day, dear.

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  34. I feel like I have to go there at least once and I'm gonna use this guide if I ever do! 😀 x

  35. This makes me want to visit Columbus, I'll definitely have to bookmark this page. Thanks for the tips!

  36. omg i need to visit asap

  37. So good city guide! I'll surely follow you're advices if I'll ever travel to Columbus!

  38. Free arcade games? I'm there. That pizza looks delicious, too.

    Corinne x

  39. It must be quite fun to reminisce about the good points/places of a destination you've spent eight years in! This post has made me want to travel.. and I've only just come back from Belgium haha 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  40. Love the look of Seventh Son with the fairy lights. Totally my kinda place! xx

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  41. That's a really great guide, if I would ever visit Columbus I will definitely follow your advices!

  42. Fantastic post and have a happy weekend.

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  43. The pizza looks delicious! Such a nice round-up of places to see 🙂 Good luck with the move!

    Ash | Liakada

  44. great tips and fab pics. ciao gloria

  45. this looks like a great place indeed. That fashion warehouse…massive!! And the food always looks beautiful! I bet you will miss this place but think of all the new places you will get to find 🙂

    Pam Scalfi♥

  46. Fabulous guide, will save it for when I ever visit Ohio. I went to U of M and Ohio was our nemesis hahaha.

    ~ xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  47. This guide is amazing! I'm bookmarking it right now, thanks girl!

    Kisses from Hungary xo
    Csenge | Csenge's Point

  48. great post! columbus looks like a nice place to visit 🙂

    Love Peace and Shimmer

  49. great city guide!!! would love to see/try all these when I get the chance to visit! 😀

    Animated Confessions

  50. This is great! I'm actually going to Ohio in 2 weeks! I can't wait!
    Melanie @

  51. German Village sounds like it has so much history! I'd love to visit one day! I bet it's bittersweet to leave a place you've been living in for 8 years, but hey, LA awaits!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  52. You´ve convinced me! I have never been there before, but when I do go, I am checking out this post!


  53. What a comprehensive guide! That pizza looks delish!

    xx Yasmin

  54. I am a resident of the Buckeye State and adore Columbus! Your tribute to this great city is lovely and fitting! Well done! T.

  55. I have never bene there, but from your photos I just like it now 😉 xoxo

  56. Wow!! Perfect guide!! That pizza looks so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

  57. lovely post <3 love finding out more about different places sounds so nice!
    Chloe xx

  58. Great post! I've never been but it sounds like a wonderful city!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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