This post is written by Michael Andrew Chorey, Social Media Manager for the Columbus Explorer Club. You can follow Michael on Twitter @mchorey.
I dare you to venture out of your comfort zone and explore your city and its neighborhoods. The next time you are looking for something to do in the downtown area, be adventurous and check out Olde Towne East. Olde Towne East, affectionately known as “The OTE,” is a historic and diverse Columbus neighborhood that dates back to the time of street cars in Columbus. Like all historic neighborhoods, Olde Towne East has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but it is seeing a revival thanks to creative business ownership.
There are more than fifty architectural styles alone in Olde Towne East, as well as phenomenal bakeries L’appât Patisserie & Café opened by a bio-chemist, and The Angry Baker serving up a mean French toast sandwich (good for any meal) and other café goodies.
In the mood for something to drink? Try handcrafted coffee at Upper Cup Coffee Co. Need something stronger? No worries, The Olde Towne Tavern has 20 different domestic and craft beers on tap to be paired with their famous beef sliders or buffalo bleu sandwich (my favorite). Or, head down the street to the newly opened Corner Stone Craft & Wine Store, where you will find a small bar made for tastings. You can even create your own custom four- or six-packs of beer.
Olde Towne East is also a destination for art and music, including art galleries like The Roscoe Room. On a short scavenger hunt you can find many examples of street art all over Olde Towne East, and when the weather warms, you can enjoy music in the community garden.
Olde Towne East has so much to offer, but one of the main reasons I love going is because of the people. They truly have built a community where everyone grows and thrives because they help each other. After talking to residents, business owners and local artists, it’s clear that they are all proud to be part of a community that represents the neighborhood’s long history of diversity, creativity and cooperation. This makes Olde Towne East one of the best neighborhoods in Columbus.