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Hidden Gems: Downtown Columbus Restaurants

Sure, we all have our favorite restaurant or two that we frequent, but now is the perfect time to shake things up and try something new!

We are rounding up some of Downtown Columbus’ locally owned hidden gems for you to discover this season. Try some of these eateries that are off the beaten path.

Little Palace

Talk about a true hidden gem! Load up on pub-style plates amidst mid-century décor and a relaxed vibe. Little Palace is outfitted with a full bar and located just steps away from more Downtown favorites like Hadley’s, 16 Bit Bar + Arcade and Mikey’s Late Night Slice, making it the perfect place to hit after work for happy hour.

Must-Try: Fried Cheese Curds, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Sausage + Mushroom Pizza, Great Buddha cocktail

Visit Little Palace at 240 S 4th Street. Learn more here.

Cravings Café

All your breakfast dreams come true at Cravings Café. Serving up coffees, bakery items, sandwiches and more, Cravings Café is a one-stop-shop to curb all of those mid-workday blues. Order a cold brew from the counter to sip on while you wait and take your meal picnic-style to-go and enjoy on the Scioto Mile just a few blocks away.

Must-Try: Cravings Club Sandwich, The Classic Breakfast Roll

Cravings Café is located at 114 N Front Street. *Presently only open for carryout, learn more here.

Goodale Station

If you’re in search of fabulous cocktails and upscale bites, look no further than Goodale Station. Located on top of the Canopy Hotel, Goodale Station serves up an exclusive list of handcrafted cocktails and an impressive variety of small plates with breathtaking views of Downtown’s Arena District. The high-end vibe paired with five-star service and delectable plates make it a great place for entertaining clients or post-work drinks with friends.

Must-Try: Fancy Nancy cocktail, Burrata, Yellow Fish Tuna Tartare

You can visit Goodale Station at 77 E Nationwide Boulevard. *Reservations highly encouraged, learn more here.

Market 65

Lunchtime has never been more delicious! Nestled in the shops on the corner of State Street and Third Street, Market 65 is chopping up made-to-order salads and wraps. Their staff combines your favorite ingredients in sizable portions right before your eyes. Order a-la-carte or from their extensive menu and grab a patio seat to people watch across from the Ohio Statehouse.

Must-Try: The Orchard Wrap, The Mesa Salad

Market 65 is located at 65 E State Street. Learn more here.

Bonjour Café

We aren’t joking when we tell you this next place will have you saying, “holy crepe”. Bonjour Café landed in Downtown late last year, and the Columbus crepe game has never been the same. This Parisian-style haunt specializes in sweet and savory crepes perfect for your next breakfast meeting or even a grab-and-go lunch. Bonus – all their menu items can be made vegan.

Must-Try: Pi-Tchagi Coco latte (tastes like dark chocolate & almond). The DIY guacamole-style Avocado Toast served on sourdough with tomato and feta. Breakfast Crepe and Classic Club.

Bonjour Café is located at 230 S. High Street. Learn more here.

Go mining for these hidden gems this season and thank you in advance for supporting small businesses. We know you’ll leave these places with full hearts (and stomachs).

This is a guest post by Meg Berno

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