Summer in Columbus

It’s Summer and You’re in Columbus! Now What?

I moved to Columbus, Ohio in the fall of 2010, and though I’ve only been here for less than 5 years, I call Columbus “Home.”  Columbus in the summer is alive with a vibrant array of activities to do, places to eat and shop, and festivals to attend.  Here is my top list for the best of Columbus!




For the Foodie:

North Market is simply one of my favorite places to walk around and try new things, including some of the best of Columbus.  Don’t miss out on Pistacia Vera, Jeni’s, and Hot Chicken Takeover!


Tensuke Express is a gem if you love Japanese food.


Northstar Cafe is my go-to restaurant.  They have three Columbus locations.  Meeting a friend from out-of-town and need a place to eat?  Northstar!


Katalina’s Corner Cafe is one of my favorite breakfast places.  They are famous for their Nutella-filled Pancake Balls and their Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Bacon.  Oh and don’t forget their tacos!  Mmm so good.



Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is my favorite place to brunch in Columbus.  Everything on the menu is mouthwatering and their beermosas are on point.


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is the most famous place for dessert in Columbus!  They have the most unique flavors of ice cream – my personal favorites are Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts.


Pistacia Vera in German Village has the best macarons.




For the Coffee Lover:


Fox in the Snow Cafe is the trendy new place to get coffee.  The cafe is a renovated garage decorated with lots of green living things.  They have the best egg sandwich and pastries.




One Line Coffee is a beautiful cafe in the Short North.  The owner is truly passionate about coffee.


For the Nature Lover:


Goodale Park is a grassy, relaxing park near downtown.

The Olentangy River Trail is the most popular running and biking trail in Columbus.

Columbus Park of Roses is a beautiful park with over 12,000 roses.  The roses are typically in full bloom from mid-June through mid-September.

The Franklin Park Conservatory boasts breath-taking botanical gardens, glasshouses, plant collections, and art collections.

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For the Festival Lover:


Red White and Boom – July 3, 2015

Columbus Arts Festival – June 12-14, 2015

Columbus Pride Festival – June 19-21, 2015

Jazz and Rib Fest – July 17-19, 2015

The Ohio State Fair – July 29- August 9, 2015

Columbus Food Truck Fest – August 14-16, 2015


For the Explorer:


Easton Town Center is a beautiful outdoor mall, perfect for both casual window shoppers and serious spenders.


Short North Gallery Hop is a celebration of the downtown Short North shops the first Saturday of every month from 4pm-10pm, although the festivities often run much later!


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a nationally acclaimed zoo and a great way to spend a summer day!

COSI is a fun, hands-on science museum for children and adults alike!