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Near East Side

Live for Historic Charm and Community

This historic area of Olde Towne East (also known as OTE) is home to beautiful and unique buildings and homes, and the neighborhood’s diverse community supports popular local dining and nightlife. Don’t miss one of Columbus’ newest food halls, East Market — with local vendors selling everything from plants to waffles inside, this market and event space adds to the charm and flavor of the neighborhood. Nearby lies Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a stunning must-see facility that also has a creative and fun outdoor spot for kids, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s Children’s Garden.

Just north of Olde Towne East is the King-Lincoln District, a vibrant, urban arts community where you can find well-loved local businesses and the King Arts Complex. Combining African American art and history with cultural and performing arts programs, the Complex is focused on “connecting the community through the arts.” In the area, you’ll also find the carefully restored and historic Lincoln Theater, significant for the African American and jazz history it represents.

Nearby lies Bexley, a tight-knit community with homes spread through shaded streets (which also happen to be home to the Governor’s Residence and the iconic Jeffrey Mansion). You’ll find that Bexley is a hub of local businesses and shops that range from gluten-free baked goods to the historic ‘50s supper club and steakhouse The Top. Don’t miss the historic Drexel Theatre, one of the few remaining neighborhood cinemas in the Columbus area!

Travel Inspiration  

Near East Side: A One-Day Itinerary

Follow our guide to experience the best of Near East Side.

Live to Explore Olde Towne East

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of Olde Towne East with the owners of Gemüt Biergarten.

Live to Explore King-Lincoln

Follow along with Shellee Fisher, owner of Shellee Fisher Photography & Design, as she shares her favorite spots of King-Lincoln.

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