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Top 10 Things to Do in German Village

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German Village is one of the oldest and most treasured historic neighborhoods in Columbus. Many of the buildings and streets in German Village look exactly the same way they did 150 years ago thanks to a meticulous historic preservation effort that began a half century ago.

Today, German Village is not only home to some of the most sought after historic residences, it also boasts a mix of boutique shops, destination restaurants, hip bars and amazing public parks. In no particular order, here are ten things you need to cross off your to-do list in order to have the full German Village experience:

1. Grab a Cream Puff from Schmidt’s


Photo via Schmidt’s.

Schmidt’s can trace its German Village roots back to 1886, making it one of the longest operating family businesses in the area. The restaurant may be best known for their delicious sausages, but do yourself a favor and skip straight to dessert — their cream puffs are equally iconic and twice as tasty. For more info, visit www.schmidthaus.com.

2. Sip some Stauf’s

Photo by Walker Evans.

Photo by Walker Evans.

Sure, the original Stauf’s is in Grandview Heights, and while its German Village counterpart is a bit smaller, it’s still an equally cozy space for gathering with friends or conducting business out of the office. And one of the best parts is that you can take your coffee next door to the Book Loft. For more info, visit www.staufs.com.

3. Get Lost in the Book Loft

Photo by Walker Evans.

Photo by Walker Evans.

While brick-and-mortar bookstores may have dwindled in numbers in recent years, The Book Loft is still going strong after nearly 40 years in business. It’s easy to get lost within their winding 32 rooms of books, so don’t forget to consult the map and give yourself ample time to explore. For more info, visit www.bookloft.com.

4. Lounge in Frank Fetch Park

Photo by Walker Evans.

Photo by Walker Evans.

While Schiller Park is larger and has more amenities, Frank Fetch is a quainter and quieter respite from the bustle of urban life. Measuring only one-fifth of an acre in size, Frank Fetch is perfect for an intimate picnic or small gathering among the summer flowers. For more info, visit www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/.

5. Cook at The Kitchen


Photo via The Kitchen.

Compared to some of the other neighborhood business stapes, The Kitchen is a newer establishment in German Village, having opened in 2013. This participatory dining environment is perfect for folks who like hands-on kitchen experience without being required to do all of the work (or all of the cleanup). For more info, visit www.thekitchencolumbus.com.


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