This post is written by Ashely Feltz, Sales Information Coordinator for Experience Columbus.

Columbus may be known for its Buckeyes and Blue Jackets, the great foodie scene and arts, but many do not know that Columbus is a shopping destination gem that gives any big city a run for its money.

Take it from me, a thirty-something, self-proclaimed expert shopper with a handle on finding unique and vintage one-of-a-kinds, great deals on the latest fashions, and browsing farmers markets in search of local handmade products, my personal favorite. Whether you have a few hours or a few days in our glorious city, you can discover the unique shopping experience that Columbus has to offer its natives and visitors. Here are a few of my favorite spots:

The Short North Arts District is one of the most vibrant stretches of the city and is a great place to shop for new fashion-forward items as well as vintage goodies. One of my favorite stops in the Short North is Grandview Mercantile, 8,000 square feet of space filled to the brim with antiques from estates across Central Ohio. This is truly a sight and you something you can’t miss.

farmers marketIf you’re looking for the local flare you can’t miss the Downtown markets. Moonlight Market is a newer concept that is completely awesome. If you need something to do in the evening and just happen to be in town on the second Saturday of the month take a stroll down to East Gay Street after 5 p.m. for a little shopping under the stars and peruse through the local artisan vendors. Pearl Alley Farmers Market happens every Tuesday and Friday in the warmer months, and is a quick walk from anywhere downtown. From 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. you can shop around this open air market in search of locally grown produce, handmade merchandise that truly showcases our culturally diverse city.

The North Market is open year round and has been around since 1876 making it Columbus’s oldest public market. This place is AHH-MAZING packed full of local EVERYTHING, and bustling with both a great local and international selection of goods. You can’t miss visiting the North Market!

eastonLast but not least, if you are in town for a few days and are able to venture outside of the downtown area, Columbus is home to two of the best shopping malls in the country, in my expert shopping opinion. Easton Town Center is a quintessential shopping area filled with old fashioned street lamps, brick-lined streets and beautiful fountains just a short drive east of the city. Easton is an outdoor/indoor shopping mecca with more than 200 high-end retail stores and a great mix of delicious restaurants. It's great for families and singles alike.

easton 2Polaris Fashion Place is located just north of I-270 about 20 minutes from downtown Columbus. It's an indoor mall with all the great premium retail shops you can dream of shopping including multiple Columbus based fashion retailers like Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, The Limited, and Express to name a few!

Which brings me to my point: having shopped all around the country and having lived in other large cities across the U.S.A., Columbus, is on the top of my shopping list and it should be on yours, too!