It's Coffee Week! All week long, we're blogging about the booming Columbus coffee scene and what it means for visitors. Check out our new video all about coffee here, and once you're ready to visit, start out with this great coffee-centric itinerary here. Join us Thursday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. on Twitter for a chat all about - you guessed it: coffee - by following along, ask questions and give your recommendations using #CbusChat.
Every time I see a visitor walking through the convention center or through the Short North with a cup of coffee they brewed in their room, feel an urge to open their eyes to the great coffee shop that's just around the corner. Not to say that our hotels don't provide good coffee - they do. But in Columbus, there is lots of GREAT coffee.
Hilton Columbus Downtown and Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown: Head to the North Market and find A Touch of Earth. A latte is always a great choice, as they use local, grass-fed Snowville Creamery milk. If the North Market is closed (after 7 p.m.) take a short jaunt north on High Street to One Line Coffee, where you can ask a barista to help you find the perfect bean for your tastebuds.
Renaissance Columbus, Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown and Doubletree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown: Cafe Brioso is less than 5 minutes away at the corner of Gay and High. Let your nose guide you by the smell of freshly roasted coffee. If you're feeling fancy, indulge in a cubano - rich, creamy and assertive with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate - it's better to drink there and taking it to go.
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square: Walk through the scenic Statehouse grounds, cross High Street, and you're at Cup O' Joe Downtown! If the weather is nice, enjoy your coffee on the patio.
Hyatt Regency, Drury Inn and Suites, The Lofts, Red Roof Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Columbus - If you're a convention goer, take a quick walk through the center, all the way to the north end. Jump out onto High Street for less than a block, and get a delicious iced coffee or specialty drink at Cup O' Joe/MoJoe Lounge.
Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capital Square: You're on the eastern edge of downtown, so take a quick walk a bit farther east to Upper Cup Coffee, on the western edge of Olde Towne East. If you have a few minutes, get it to-go, and enjoy it in Topiary Park on your way back.
The Westin Columbus: Take a 1/2 mile walk into German Village and indulge in a great cup of coffee at Pistacia Vera. Pick up a macaron while you're there.