German Village and the Brewery District

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. View our full-sized map


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  • Schmidt’s Sausage Haus: German eatery in a historic livery stable with live music
  • Pistacia Vera: quaint cafe with delicate French patisserie
  • Barcelona: sleek space with a patio and Spanish paella and tapas
  • G. Michaels: wood and brick trimmed building with low-country pork and seafood
  • Crest Gastropub: outstanding food and drinks
  • 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

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 Winans or Stauf’s. Other things to do include the following:

  • Shakespeare in the Park: an amphitheater that hosts performances on summer weekends in Schiller Park which also offers trails, picnic areas, sports fields and a fishing pond
  • 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. Hear the stories behind every door on a walking tour
  • German Village Tours is the only tour company based in German Village, and the only one owned and operated by residents of this charming, historic community. A standard tour is 60-to-90-minutes or they can create an adventure just for you
  • Shopping at the 32-room  which has been a favorite location to wander for generations and  which carries modern American crafts and Vernacular mixes breezy women's wear with home goods. 

Brewery 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:

  • Arepazo Tapas and Wine: South American-inspired with brick walls and wooden tables
  • 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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