A Guide to Columbus OH

A Guide to Columbus OH

I’ve lived in Columbus for three years now and what I thought would just be a stop along the way during my college years has become a home. It’s small but it’s mighty. I have fallen in love with the revolutions and communities here under arches. There is a secret (not that secret) thriving cultural world happening and the city is one of the fastest growing regions in the county. Columbus is super underrated (I kinda want it to stay that way because cheap rent) butttttt if you find yourself in the city for a weekend or just moved here, these are a few of my favorite things!

Cafes

Cafe culture is an essential piece of any good hometown in my opinion. For work, study or eating muffins, check these:

  • The Roosevelt
    • Coffee + social justice = everything good. This social enterprise donates a portion of their profits to 501 c 3 nonprofits and is a great spot for weekday meetings.

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  • Fox in the Snow
    • My favorite for baked goods and coffee and sunshine on Saturday mornings. (no wifi though so don’t try to get work done)

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  • Stauf’s
    • My favorite working cafe, this spot usually has plenty of open tables, plants, wifi and outlets.
  • Pistacia Vera
    • A little french-esque cafe with macaroons and all the beautiful things.
  • Flowers and Bread
    • A little outside of the city center in Clintonville, a slower paced, beautiful cafe perfect with pastries and sunlit tables

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  • Dough Mama
    • Also located in Clintonville, the coffee and cakes are wonderful and there’s plenty of seating + cute merch

 

Places to go

For exploring on the weekends (or weekdays):

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  • Scioto Mile
    • in the summer this is one of my favorite places to go. it has a beautiful view of the Columbus skyline and an extensive bike trail. there’s lots of grassy areas for picnics and this area is conveniently located near COSI children’s science museum, the new Veteran’s memorial center and bicentennial park.

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  • Franklin Park Conservatory
    • Especially or when the weather in Columbus is not so wonderful, the conservatory is my haven for feeling outside without being outside. (also one of my fav spots during the holidays!)
  • The Main Library
    • This is a beautiful building full of books. My favorite. Worth a visit just for the architecture.
  • Grange Insurance Audubon Center
    • Nature in a city, this little oasis is right past the downtown area. There’s rock climbing, paths to walk and green, green, green.
  • The Short North
    • If you aren’t sure what you’re in the mood for you can probably figure it out in the short north. Restaurants, cafes, galleries, local shopping and ice cream available.

 

Food

The important stuff:

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  • Forno
    • My go-to for brunch or din with friends. I recommend the breakfast pizza or the pasta forno!

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  • Brassica
    • The mediterranean version of chipotle. Life changing.
  • Lindey’s
    • This is a fancier spot for brunch or dinner. Kinda pricey but worth it.
  • Hot Chicken Takeover
    • I don’t even know what I love more, the mission of this social enterprise or their chicken. Hot chicken takeover is committed to hiring men and women in need of supportive employment.
  • Condado
    • Tacos, margaritas and queso.
  • Bakersfield
    • My favorite queso in Columbus. You need it.
  • El Arepazo
    • Venezuelan food that makes you realize how much you love Venezuelan food.

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  • Jeni’s
    • Iconic ice cream that’s gone national. Columbus is the home of this splendid brand and it’s worth the long line and the price.

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  • Katalina’s
    • Okay this might sound strange but: pancake balls. It’s important. Try them. Their food is locally sourced and the best

 

Bars

These can range from chill dive to upscale happy hours– enjoy responsibly:

  • Seventh Sons
    • One of my favorite places for a chill happy hour. They bring in food trucks (on Thursdays its periogies) and host community events like the Columbus Flea. Lots of draft beers on tap and seating indoor and out!
  • Oddfellows
    • Trivia night on Tuesdays! + a hip, eclectic vibe.
  • Hoof-Hearted
    • During the summer, the outdoor pool is open for drinking and swimming! They also offer really good little apps and speciality cocktails.

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  • Juniper
    • This is the most picturesque venue in Columbus (imo). It’s a black and white new york vibey place with an incredible view of the columbus skyline. It’s only open to the public Monday-Thursday however– on the weekends it’s a rental space!
  • Local Bar
    • This is the divey-est place on my list. Very homegrown + free popcorn.
  • Tastings
    • Here you can sample hundreds of kinds of wine using a preloaded card + fancy wine tech. There is wine from all over the world and it’s a perfect chiller night out with friends or date thing.

 

Shopping

My other great love besides food:

  • Vamp Official
    • My friend Ellen Shirk opened this brick and mortar store about a year ago and is killin’ it! I want to buy every single thing it’s problematic.
  • On Paper
    • The happiest little stationary/trinket/card shop
  • Tigertree
    • Quirky shop full of perfect gifts that you would never, ever think about. One of my favorite places to just pop in and explore.
  • Little Hawk Shop

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  • Stump Plants
    • Plants, plants, plants! This adorable little shop offers every variety of house plant + creative ways to display them.
  • Valiente Goods

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  • The Book Loft
    • This infamous staple of the Columbus landscape is located in German Village (one of my fav neighborhoods). The Book Loft has over 34 rooms of books and my favorite place to spend a rainy afternoon very very lost.
  • Small Talk
  • Two Dollar Radio
    • My fav book store + coffee hangout spot. They publish their own books with beautiful covers and beautiful stories. You know every single book in there is wonderful because it’s hand curated by the owners.

 

Have a recommendation or would like to be featured? Email me at oliviamuguetteadkins@gmail.com!

 

2018 Ohio Voter Guide

Voting is important but it is hard. We live in a complicated political system that even many scholars do not fully understand. It has been crafted as intentionally ambiguous to protect those who made it from day one. We live in a primarily elitist democracy and the only way to fix this is to participate. However, the concept of “rational ignorance” is that not only is it difficult/time consuming/exhausting to be informed but also most of the time, it’s not worth the return on investment. So I made a voter guide to try to address this. You can pull this out at the polls, use it as a starting point for more research or pass it along to friends with more questions. It’s super brief, there is so, so, so much more on every single one of these issues and candidates but it’s an introduction to a crazy world that can’t fit onto a few one pagers. 

This guide is intended to be nonpartisan, however I can’t say it’s not value oriented. It’s almost impossible to be impartial in life, particularly about something we feel strongly about. There are always going to be issues that I think are more important (that’s not objective, it’s based on my own value system) and I won’t apologize for that.  I have apologized for having opinions for way too long. If you think there’s a bullet point on here that is incorrectly reported please (kindly) let me know! This is based on my own research as well as the League of Women’s Voters guide that is *actually* nonpartisan. For more detailed information, see that guide here!

I made this because of many requests for honest, straightforward, easy to understand information. This is my best shot at that! You can find waaaaay more info on the candidates’ websites or other news sources.

Click here for voter guide!

I did not include any third-party (or write-in) candidates because there are no polls that indicate a third-party candidate will even potentially disrupt any statewide elections in Ohio. There’s more info on third-party candidates available online and if you feel strongly I encourage you to vote with your beliefs– however, I also encourage you to make your vote count. 

Don’t forget there are many smaller, localized elections that are equally important as statewide (possible more so!) in your district, county and hometown. Local newspapers typically provide voter guides based on answers submitted by the candidates themselves. I know it’s time-consuming and kinda boring but all of this will change your life. And the lives of lots of others. For better or for worse. 

So vote. Vote like your life depends on it.

(because it actually does)