Columbus Road Trip

My sister Kate and I took a road trip to Columbus last fall, to visit my son, August, who is a sophomore at The Ohio State University. We explored new neighborhoods and revisited old favorites.

Here are some must sees:

Small Talk is one of my favorite boutiques in Columbus. They carry ethically made apparel and accessories and home decor and goods. May I add some of the best candles! The owners are so nice and I stop by for visit whenever I'm in town.

Small Talk Handmade Apparel and Home
photo credit Small Talk
The Crest Gastropub is in Clintonville and has a great selection of beers on draft and might I say a pretty good Moscow Mule. It's great for dinner or just drinks and apps.

The Crest Gastropub

Katalina's is a great breakfast/lunch spot. It's the home of the Original Pancake Ball™. It's a great spot to eat outside because of all the picnic tables and you can draw all over them.

Katalina's Pancake Balls

Kai's Crab Boil is in a strip mall and is southeast of the airport, about a 20 minute drive from campus. Oh my, go hungry and you will leave stuffed. You get to pick you spice level and your seafood. We weren't there when it was crawfish season so we went for the shrimp and it did not
disappoint, so so good!

Kai's Crab Boil

North Market is located near downtown Columbus. So many choices, Hot Chicken Takeover is a favorite. Black Radish Creamery has amazing cheeses and jams, and yes I brought some home.

North Market

North Market

North Market

Jeni's has to be one of the best ice scream shops I have ever been to. We visited the scoop shop in the Short North. Usually there is a line out the door, but we got there just before the line formed. So many different flavors, this is a must visit! And I just found out they have a shop in Chicago!

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

We also found The Book Loft in German Village, it is one of the largest independent bookstores. There are 32 rooms of bargain books. We spent quite a bit of time here.

My favorite coffee shop is Fox in the Snow Cafe. I usually go to the location in the Italian Village, the coffee is amazing and they have this buttermilk biscuit with homemade jam, salt and honey, delicious!

Wholly Craft is another favorite, great for finding crafty vendors wares. I've bought several t-shirts, candles and prints here. The Mug and Brush is a gem. We actually found this barbershop when we were moving my son in his freshmen year and he needed a haircut. The also have jam sessions in the shop, I have not been to one, but you can check out Mug and Brush Sessions here. One of my favorites is the Doc Robinson session.

Please note that I have no affiliation with any of the stores or restaurants I mentioned, I just love them all and visit each and every one when I head to Columbus. I can't wait to head back this spring and find more places to explore.

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