Food in Columbus
Columbus’ incredible food scene features top-ranked chefs, a rich farm-to-table movement, one-of-a-kind restaurants and creative takes on classic dishes. From fast-casual to fine-dining, you won’t have a problem finding something to suit every taste in the city that Food & Wine named one of the 32 Places to Go (and Eat) in 2019.
The hustle and bustle of North Market, located in the heart of downtown Columbus, is a must-see for visitors. A colorful blend of butchers, grocers, bakers, restaurateurs and more, the North Market is Central Ohio’s oldest public market. You’re sure to feel the diversity, locality and vibrancy of Columbus.
You won’t experience a distillery-restaurant scene like the one in Columbus anywhere else. Here, distillers experiment with bold new flavors and processes in both liquor distilling and food preparation. Built around celebrating watershed moments, Watershed Distillery has grown from its portfolio of vodka and gin to include bourbon, apple brandy, and specialty spirits like Nocino black walnut liqueur. Brothers Drake is the city’s star meadery, producing spirits from raw Ohio honey and other flavor varieties while patrons enjoy a live music line-up.
Columbus has experienced a boom in both its coffee and beer scenes, and it’s easy to navigate through the delicious brews of the city on the Columbus Coffee Trail and the Columbus Ale Trail. To participate, pick up a passport for either trail at an Experience Columbus Visitor Center or participating location, collect stamps at each establishment, and redeem your book for a souvenir of your expedition.
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