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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lake
“A mall for all ages, indoors and outdoors, filled with shops built in the European fashion plus large gaming and entertainment inside the center mall. Bring your walking shoes - this place has it all - and the dining is superb - so very many places to choose from!”
  • 101 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is a great experience with great art for everyone.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Garden
“A huge park with a lovely conservatory featuring a unique collection of Chihuly glass artwork created especially for this location. A new state of the art interactive children's play area puts a normal playground to shame (but the park has one of those, too!). Lots of special events and activities!”
  • 85 locals recommend
Market
“Dozens of local shops with a variety of foods from organic vegan to homestyle kitchen-cooked, ramen and sushi to Nepalese dumplings and pho, grab-and-go favorites like soft pretzels and doughnuts, and lots more. Head upstairs for the Columbus favorite Hot Chicken Takeover! There's something at North Market for everyone.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Vibrant arts district with casual and fine dining, upscale bars, boutique shops, and featured local artists”
  • 103 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A great family-friendly interactive science museum with exhibits for all ages, plus after-hours events for adults only!”
  • 93 locals recommend
Zoo
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“The Columbus Zoo is consistently ranked one of the top zoos in the country! Fun for everyone (not just kids!).”
  • 54 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great for indoor shopping, food, entertainment. Typically less busy than Easton.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“My favorite park in Columbus. Walk the loop around the park (1 mile). Visit the pond and fountain, play tennis, or take the kids to the playground. Also right next to short north arts district so grab a bite to eat after!”
  • 49 locals recommend
College Football Field
“Are you visiting Columbus to attend a football game? Whether you are routing for the Buckeyes or the opposing team, the Ohio Stadium is an experience to behold. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The laid-back German Village is known for charming brick houses built by 19th-century immigrants along Beck, Mohawk, and Deshler streets. Shops selling books, traditional fudge, and handmade jewelry mingle with art galleries, German pubs, American bistros, and artisan coffee shops. In summer, the Actors’ Theatre Columbus stages outdoor Shakespeare and other plays in Schiller Park with its fountains and flower beds.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Bookshop
“"The selection of books is absolutely incredible. If you are thorough I would block out a couple of hours to make it through every section. The interior is kind of like a maze, and they have maps available at the front desk so that you don't get lost. Besides books they have some other miscellaneous things for sale which might be interesting. Highly recommend for any book nerd or for anybody looking for gifts for friends and family."”
  • 46 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great space with outdoor seating, food truck, large indoor spaces and great beer”
  • 35 locals recommend
University
“Campus is beautiful for a long walk, and there are always tons of sports, artistic, and cultural events that are open to the public! ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“"A long-time favorite of hip locals and out-of-towners alike, Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar is a German Village staple, marrying chic urban style with a relaxed come-as-you-are attitude. You’ll instantly feel at home."”
  • 47 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“The Thurman Cafe or Thurman's is a cafe and bar found in the German Village district of Columbus, Ohio. It was opened in 1942 by Nick Suclescy and has remained a family owned establishment ever since. Thurman Cafe is considered to have one of the best hamburgers in the country. Thurman's is often associated with its famous burger known as the Thurmanator. It consists of a bun, lettuce, tomato, mayo, American cheese, provolone cheese, ham, sauteed onions, mushrooms, a 12-ounce burger, bacon, cheddar cheese, hot peppers, and another 12 ounce burger. The burger also comes with house made kettle chips and a pickle spear. The burger was featured on the Travel Channel's TV show Man v. Food (season 1) where the host, Adam Richman, ate a Thurman burger and was then introduced to the Thurmanator. Richman explains the Thurmanator originated as the preferred fuel for competitors in the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition.”
  • 46 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Great space with outdoor seating, food truck, large indoor spaces and great beer”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"A long-time favorite of hip locals and out-of-towners alike, Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar is a German Village staple, marrying chic urban style with a relaxed come-as-you-are attitude. You’ll instantly feel at home."”
  • 47 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“The Thurman Cafe or Thurman's is a cafe and bar found in the German Village district of Columbus, Ohio. It was opened in 1942 by Nick Suclescy and has remained a family owned establishment ever since. Thurman Cafe is considered to have one of the best hamburgers in the country. Thurman's is often associated with its famous burger known as the Thurmanator. It consists of a bun, lettuce, tomato, mayo, American cheese, provolone cheese, ham, sauteed onions, mushrooms, a 12-ounce burger, bacon, cheddar cheese, hot peppers, and another 12 ounce burger. The burger also comes with house made kettle chips and a pickle spear. The burger was featured on the Travel Channel's TV show Man v. Food (season 1) where the host, Adam Richman, ate a Thurman burger and was then introduced to the Thurmanator. Richman explains the Thurmanator originated as the preferred fuel for competitors in the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“An upscale casual vibe in here but you will be able to find something on the menu for everyone. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I can't recommend this place enough. Marcella's is an Italian restaurant and EVERYTHING on the menu is incredible.”
  • 31 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant is a fifth generation historic landmark in the heart of German Village, Ohio. Noted for their German sausage recipes from the packing house day along with the award winning jumbo cream puffs, cream pies and of course German chocolate cake. German entertainment five nights a week makes Schmidt's a great place to take family and out of town guests. Lines can be long but you can tour the Schmidt's fudge Haus along with quaint shops while you wait for a table. Schmidt's is also known for their classic catering along with the Schmidt food trucks roaming the neighborhoods of Columbus. You can also find Schmidt's sausages at most all the fairs and festivals in and about Ohio. Columbus' own, Schmidt's.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Café
“Excellent farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot walking distance from the Airbnb. Hours are M-S 8A-3PM. Come hungry this place is delicious!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Taco Place
“This is another Tex-Mex spot that has unique tacos and drinks. It's almost identical to Barrio Tacos in Cleveland if you've ever been there. Little more of a bar scene compared to Local Cantina, but the food is just as good. It's a great place to go with a group.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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