If you’re one of the lucky new neighbors who just moved into their new Italian Village apartment, you’re in for a treat! We have planned a whole day for you to get to know this beautiful, historic district in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.
Italian Village was one of the first neighborhoods to be established in Columbus. With its blend of historic architecture and contemporary living, along with its close proximity to downtown and the Short North Arts District, this area has fast become one of the most sought-after places to live in Columbus.
The Best Places to Grab Breakfast in Italian Village
Fox in the Snow Cafe: a lovely atmosphere first thing in the morning
Fox in the Snow is the perfect place to stop for a delicious cup of coffee and a mouth-watering pastry. This rustic-style cafe also has a few great breakfast sandwiches and their pecan sticky buns are simply to-die-for!
If you have some work to get done, bring your laptop and headphones and enjoy soaking up the ambiance of this beautiful little cafe.
Tasi Cafe: a healthy breakfast with a community feel
If you want the best mimosa in Columbus, then pay Tasi Cafe a visit. Their huge breakfast and lunch menu will have you planning your next trip back to try the dish you didn’t get to try the first time.
Most of their options are super healthy (we recommend the smoked salmon bagel or the greek hash), but there are a few dishes for those really hungry mornings, such as the buttermilk waffle with sausage gravy and chicken fingers that will satisfy just about any hangover. With a shared table atmosphere, you’re sure to meet a new friend.
Mid-Morning Shopping in the Heart of Italian Village
STUMP: The Coolest Little Plant Shop
STUMP is just the coolest little plant store you have ever visited and they are super knowledgeable about plant care. They love educating their visitors and can point you in the right direction of which kind of plants will fit into your space and lifestyle. You will leave there with inspiration to go home and redecorate your entire home with beautiful, green plants.
Flower Child: A favorite spot for hippies-at-heart
You can literally spend hours perusing the vintage wares (and wears) at Flower Child. Get lost in two whole stories of clothing, furniture, jewelry, records, trinkets, and houseware straight out of the 1960s and ’70s, sold by various dealers.
You will likely walk out with your new favorite vintage item that you never knew you needed. Even if you are not inclined to buy, it’s certainly a wonderful place to spend your morning.
Where to Eat Lunch in Italian Village
Budd Dairy Co. Food Hall: Something for Everyone in Your Group
For a broad range of lunch options, you only need to visit one place. Budd Dairy Co. Food Hall is the first of its size in Columbus, giving ravenous visitors nine (so far) options of food creations and drinks from an international roster of incredible chefs. With big plans to expand, the intent is for the space to become a restaurant incubator and community gathering space.
If you’re in the area to scope out a new apartment (or if you just need a change of scenery with your living situation), Budd’s Dairy is a stone’s throw from our brand new Fourth Crossing Apartments! Click here to book your tour!
Where to Grab Evening Drinks in Italian Village
Seventh Son Brewing: A Chic Outdoor Patio with Amazing Craft Brews
Italian Village has several brewery options for an afternoon pick-me-up. Seventh Son has a fantastic beer and cocktail selection and a gorgeous patio to use when the weather permits hanging outside. They recently introduced Kitty Paw, which is their version of a hard seltzer similar to White Claw. They also have a rotating cast of food trucks for those that need an afternoon snack.
Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen: A Summertime Favorite
Hoof Hearted is a unique brewery with an extensive food menu and access to a sweet outdoor pool in the summertime. Yes, a pool! They even have a whole bean coffee and a nitro cold brew for those who can’t decide between coffee and beer.
Where to Eat Dinner in Italian Village
The Market Italian Village: Mediterranean flavors and craft cocktails
Using ingredients from independent farmers from around Ohio, this urban eatery also features a bottle-shop and a great selection of premium cocktails. It’s delicious Mediterranean menu will give you a taste of the rich history of Italian Village.
Cosecha Cocina: For The Swankiest Taco Tuesday
Cosecha Cocina is a perfect place for dinner if you love contemporary Mexican food and tapas. (Oh, and if you also love chillin’ on the patio under string lights.) Their crafted cocktails are delicious and their margaritas are fresh and always on point.
Woodhouse Vegan: Healthy fare in a cozy spot
Woodhouse Vegan Cafe is a welcome new addition to the neighborhood. It’s great food in a cozy atmosphere, served up by a family of nutrition enthusiasts. In a city of burgers, what’s not to love? Woodhouse Vegan boasts an old-school counter in the front, a restaurant in the back and a patio that we can’t wait to frequent this summer!
Check out our interview with Woodhouse Vegan, where they dish on their new location in Italian Village and talk about how they’re trying to change how we think about going vegan.
Nightlife Just Steps From Your Italian Village Apartment
Little Rock Bar: Local Music and a rooftop patio
Feel on top of the world at Little Rock Bar! Featuring an awesome beer selection and a rooftop patio that is our favorite place to sip on a moscow mule in the spring and summer. They often have live music events featuring some of Columbus’ most talented local bands.
St. James Tavern: Your New Favorite Home Bar
One of our favorite watering holes is the St. James Tavern. It’s a sweet but simple joint with a few pool tables and the best jukebox in Columbus. It’s a perfect place to have just one last beer (yeah, right…) to end the night.
Living the Good Life in Our Italian Village Apartments
We’re convinced that one day in Italian Village will have you wanting to make this neighborhood your home. Lykens Companies is dedicated to revitalizing many historic buildings in Italian Village and around Columbus. After all, we care about the history of this unique neighborhood. Our dream is to keep the past alive while incorporating luxury and space.