Top 10 Things to do in Italian Village
Columbus’ historic Italian Village does not disappoint in terms of history, scenery, and unique finds. One of Columbus’ first suburbs, Italian Village has been home to Irish, Italian, and Black immigrant settlers throughout the 19th century, before experiencing major revitalization in the 1970s.
Today, Italian Village is an eclectic mix of old and new. Italianate row houses and the village’s narrow brick streets preserve the area’s history, while businesses like Tasi Cafe and STUMP make Italian Village distinctive from the rest of the Short North. Continue on for more things to do in Italian Village:
1. Bar Crawl at Little Rock and St. James
Get that classic pub feeling at Little Rock Bar and St James. Little Rock Bar features live acoustic music most nights of the week and has 30 microbrews on tap, while St James’ jukebox has all of the legendary hits for the perfect rock and roll singalong.
2. Grab Coffee at Fox in the Snow
Fox in the Snow is popular for both its coffee and food, including sweet treats like cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, filling egg sandwiches, and ham and cheese croissants. Fox in the Snow is also a cool place for a photo op, with its foxy logo featured on the cinderblock wall outside of the building.
For more info: foxinthesnow.com.
3. Sip Some Craft Brew at Hoof Hearted and Seventh Son
For a sleek spot for cold craft brew and IPAs, look no further than Seventh Son and Hoof Hearted. Hoof Hearted has 11 beers on tap, including double and triple IPAs with names like “Everybody Wants Some” and “Can I Ask You a Personal Question?” Seventh Son’s eponymous American strong ale is a popular choice, as is the Humulus Nimbus pale ale.
Aside from beer, Hoof Hearted also tends to draw a crowd for its food, including the Spring Ballz and the Dad Bod Double Cheeseburger. And Seventh Son is a great spot during the warmer months when the garage doors are open for patio access.
4. Check Out Some Architecture
As an area that in the past has struggled with preserving its historic structures, Italian Village has managed to keep some of the unique architectural features of the old while mixing with the new. For the old, check out the row houses near East Russell and Kerr streets, or the beautiful St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church on Hamlet. For the new, check out the urban transformation project at 50-2 Brickel Street or any of the newly completed homes at Jeffrey Park.
5. Take A Bike Ride
Alongside the architecture, Italian Village is known for its narrow, sometimes brick streets. And with added bike lanes on Summit and Fourth streets in recent years, the area is perfect for a casual bike ride.
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