German Village and the Brewery District 

German Village is one of the nationGetting There/Getting Around

Located just south of downtown Columbus, German Village is one of the most atmospheric neighborhoods in the Midwest. Originally built by German settlers in the mid-1800s, the lovingly restored brick houses, shops, streets and sidewalks are full of historic charm and modern swank. Once you get there with a short walk or drive from downtown, the CBUS circulator or CoGo Bike Share, you’ll want to explore the neighborhood on foot. 

Dining on the patio at Barcelona in German VillageRestaurants and Shopping

You will find a few remnants of German culture, like the popular Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, but the dining scene ranges from delicate French patisserie at Pistacia Vera, to Spanish paella and tapas at Barcelona, to low-country pork and seafood at G. Michaels, to laid back and delicious pizza and craft cocktails at Harvest and Curio. A little further afield, The Crest Gastropub on Parsons offers outstanding food and drinks, while Skillet is the hotspot for hyper-local, hyper-delicious and hyper-filling breakfasts and brunches. The Kitchen helps you cook your own dinner in a fun, participatory and stylish environment. The 32-room Book Loft has been a favorite location to wander for generations, Helen Winnemore’s carries modern American crafts and Caterina stocks fine European wares. 

the 32-Room Book Loft in German Village

Things to Do

If architecture is high on your list, pick up a map at the German Village Meeting Haus and stroll Beck, Mohawk and Deshler streets to see some stunning homes. Tiny Frank Fetch Park provides a great spot to stop and sip a coffee from Winan’s or Stauf’s. At the neighborhood’s southern end, expansive Schiller Park offers trails, fountains and an amphitheater that’s host to Shakespeare in the Park performances on summer weekends. Accessible via Whittier Street from German Village and the Scioto Trail from downtown, the Scioto Audubon Center is a 120-acre respite for birds and people alike, with a stellar view of Columbus’ skyline. A nature center, complete with native fauna, natural ponds and the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the U.S. make this a great spot to stretch your legs.

Scioto Audubon Nature CenterBrewery District

Immediately west of German Village, primarily oriented along High and Front Streets, is the Brewery District. Originally built by the same German settlers, this was an industrial hub of the city’s historic beer scene, and is now full of lively entertainment and dining options like the perennially popular, South American-inspired Arepazo Tapas and Wine, Czech filled pastries at Kolache Republic and local beers and pub fare at the Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant. Shadowbox Live!, the country’s largest resident theater company, presents original productions complete with live music nearly every day of the week.  

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