German Village is a neighborhood in Columbus that preserves its history and promotes its world-class charm through authentic restaurants, recreation, and residences. A highway bridge over Interstate 70 and less than 10 minutes is the only separation between you and the wealth of downtown Columbus.
Flavorful & Local
The two most famous restaurants in German Village are Schmidt's Sausage Haus, a staple for 120 years, and Katzinger’s Delicatessen, a routine stop for previous American presidents. While Schmidt’s is known for their Jumbo Cream Puffs and signature Bahama Mamas, Katzinger’s will satisfy your hunger with their Black Angus corned beef sandwiches. Did you know their meat is locally sourced from Sy Ginsburg’s United Meat in Detroit, Michigan?
After lunch or dinner, you can grab a French pastry at Pistacia Vera or sip a drink from Crest Gastropub or a non-alcoholic beverage from Winans Chocolates + Coffees.
Shop Your Heart Out
German Village is home to The Book Loft, a thirty-two-room bookstore that stretches the length of a city block. Featuring a courtyard garden and multiple cats to play with, The Book Loft is a place to find your next favorite read. Other unique shops include Golden Hobby Shop, which sells quilts, afghans, even bird houses made by local senior citizens, and Three Buds Flower Market X Red Giraffe Designs, a double dose of fresh cut flowers and handmade-in-Ohio jewelry.
The art culture is alive and well in German Village, which boasts three art galleries: stained glass creator, Franklin Art Glass Studio, contemporary art space, German Village Art League, and home to 100 Ohio artisans from cuckoo clock makers to nutcracker builders, The Red Stable.
Living in German Village
If you are passionate about architectural history, visit the German Village Society Meeting Haus for a map. Take a walk down Beck, Mohawk and Deshler streets to admire the infamous brick homes. Or if you’d rather have an expert guide you, register for a German Village Tour, which is owned and operated by actual residents.
German Villagers are proud to be one with nature. In beloved Schiller Park, Shakespeare in the Park happens every weekend during summer; all performances are held in an amphitheater with picnic areas and trails nearby, too. Nearby, the Scioto Audubon Center is a 120-acre sanctuary for birds and wildlife native to Ohio. There are natural ponds for the explorer in your family and the United States’ largest outdoor climbing wall for the adventurer.
If you are in search of a home with character that is close to restaurants and retail alike, consider German Village. You’ll be glad you did.