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Your Guide To Eating In Historic German Village

German Village is one of the most popular destinations in Columbus for residents and visitors alike.

The historic neighborhood is full of charm. From the quaint brick streets to the late 1800s architecture, it’s always one of the top spots recommended to visitors who are coming to Columbus.

There are lots of wonderful things to do in the neighborhood. You can take a stroll through Schiller Park, stop at the iconic 32-room book store, The Book Loft, or most importantly, you can eat.

German Village is full of truly delicious eateries covering everything from early morning breakfast to late-night burgers.

Finer Dining

via Chapman’s Eat Market Facebook

Chapman’s Eat Market

About: Chapman’s Eat Market burst onto the scene back in 2020 and it’s been knocking people’s socks off ever since. The menu manages to feel expansive all while staying highly curated, offering some of the most delicious dishes in the city. Reservations at Chapman’s are strongly encouraged and it tends to book up quickly, so if you want to treat yourself, be sure to be proactive.
Location: 739 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Chapman’s Eat Market

Barcelona

About: For over 25 years, Barcelona has been a staple for diners in German Village. The restaurant offers a menu full of Spanish fusion dishes, including some incredible tapas. If the weather is decent, I can’t recommend sitting on the patio enough. It’s one of the best in the city.
Location: 263 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Barcelona Restaurant

Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar

About: You can’t really talk about where to eat in German Village without bringing up the straight-up icon that is Lindey’s. This fine dining spot opened back in 1981 and they offer brunch, lunch, and dinner. Plus, they have one of the best dessert menus in town and some fantastic wine options to pair with your meal. Lindey’s is fine dining at its finest.
Location: 169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar

Sycamore

About: While Sycamore isn’t a traditional fine dining establishment, it’s still incredibly nice. The restaurant manages to feel cozy and elegant all at the same time, both in the ambiance and the menu. The menu is very in tune with the seasons, reflecting the restaurant’s commitment to local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Sycamore is open all day long, adopting a European-style all-day cafe vibe, which fits perfectly in the historic streets of German Village.
Location: 262 E Sycamore St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Sycamore

German Eats

via Valter’s Facebook

Valter’s at the Maennerchor

About: Alright, so yes, technically, Valter’s at the Maennerchor is located in the Brewery District. But it’s a stone’s throw from German Village and it has an authentic German menu, so it makes the list. Whether you’re stopping by for date night or you’re just in the mood for an epic brunch, you’ll leave Valter’s feeling full and satisfied.
Location: 976 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Valter’s at the Maennerchor

Alpine Restaurant & Bar

About: Warm, inviting, and authentic. That was my immediate impression when I visited Alpine for the first time. Everything on the menu is great (especially the schnitzel), but you really can’t visit and not treat yourself to an order of Alpine’s signature Raclette. There’s something so majestic about gooey, melted cheese being poured right in front of you.
Location: 525 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Alpine Restaurant & Bar

Schmidt’s

About: The J. Fred Schmidt Meat Packing House opened in the heart of German Village way back in 1886. Schmidt’s first foray into serving cooked food came in 1914 when they opened a stall at the Ohio State Fair. The restaurant we know and love today opened in 1967 and it’s been a Columbus institution ever since. There’s no bad time of year to enjoy a meal at Schmidt’s, but there is something particularly special about visiting in the winter. It’s cozy, inviting, and nostalgic, even if it’s your first time through the door. Oh, most importantly, don’t leave without ordering an iconic Cream Puff.
Location: 240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Schmidt’s

Casual Dinner

Běndì Wok N’ Bar. Photo by Chelsea Wiley

The Old Mohawk

About: The Old Mohawk is the definition of a neighborhood spot. The restaurant has a menu that genuinely has something for everyone, making it the perfect place for dinner with the family or your BFFs. From meat-based German dishes to vegetarian quesadillas, I’m not joking when I say something for everyone, people!
Location: 819 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: The Old Mohawk

Běndì Wok N’ Bar

About: I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a restaurant to open than I was for Běndì Wok. Not only are the drinks phenomenal, but the menu includes a variety of Asian dishes. From Bánh Mì to Pad Thai, you can basically choose anything on the menu and leave feeling like you made the best choice. That’s especially true if you get Chocolate Mochi for dessert.
Location: 277 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Běndì Wok N’ Bar

Thurman Cafe

About: The Thurman Cafe may be a bit touristy at times, but the wait will be worth it. The burgers at Thurman Cafe are huge anyway, but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can take a stab at the Thurmanator, which includes two 12-ounce patties and a score of additional toppings. They don’t take reservations at Thurman Cafe and it will be crowded, so just be prepared that you might have to wait for a bit.
Location: 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: The Thurman Cafe

Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

Fox in the Snow. Photo by Chelsea Wiley

German Village Coffee Shop

About: German Village Coffee Shop is more of a diner than a coffee shop and it also happens to be one of my favorite breakfast spots in the entire city of Columbus. The food is affordable and delicious, plus walking into this old-school diner sort of feels like stepping back in time.
Location: 193 Thurman Ave #2629, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: German Village Coffee Shop

Fox in the Snow Cafe

About: Fox in the Snow has quickly become one of the most popular cafe’s in German Village. They serve coffee and pastries, which is obviously a fantastic way to start any morning. But the real MVP at Fox in the Snow has to be their breakfast sandwich. It’s absolute magic.
Location: 210 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Fox in the Snow Cafe

Brown Bag Deli

About: If you were wondering if the perfect lunch spot exists, you can rest assured that it does and you’ll find it at Brown Bag Deli. This tiny German Village spot offers sandwiches, salads and sides, and some of the friendliest customer service you’ll find. If you visit during lunch hours and have trouble finding a spot, just grab your food to go and walk down to Schiller Park. There are plenty of picnic benches around where you can enjoy your sandwich in the beauty of nature.
Location: 898 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Brown Bag Deli