Olde Towne East
A Day In The Life
Columbus is a special place. Just ask a resident where they live and listen to them gush about their neighborhood’s unique character, architecture, and, of course, the food and drink. One exciting area is Olde Towne East, which is located just east of Downtown. Whether you are into the arts, community events, quaint local shops, or gourmet eats, there is a spot for you in Olde Towne.
Take a stroll down the tree-lined streets in Olde Towne and you will marvel at the majestic homes throughout the neighborhood. There’s a lot of history in the area, and a lot of impressive architecture — there are more than a thousand homes in the area (some as old as the 1830s!), and over 50 architectural styles are represented. Many of the grand homes were built by early Columbus industrialists, lawyers, politicians, and other important figures in the city’s history.
One of the best parts of Olde Towne East is the feeling of community among the residents. Look for the community garden and public library, which mark the center of the neighborhood. One feature most of the homes have in common are large front porches, where neighbors share a glass of wine or two in the warmer months.
The intersection of Oak Street and 18th Street has grown into a hot spot for local grub. The popular Olde Towne Tavern is the perfect place to meet for happy hour and elevated bar eats (don’t miss the nachos.) Next door is The Angry Baker, a cozy bakery café with show stopping pastries and breakfast classics — the burritos are a must-try. Of course, no neighborhood is complete without a go-to pizza place, and you’ll find that in Yellow Brick Pizza. Choose between their coal-fired thin crust or a Chicago-style deep dish. Both are perfect canvases for a classic pepperoni and cheese, or one of their unique creations like the spicy Dante’s Inferno.
Olde Towne East is a home to artists and art lovers alike. The unique architectural styles of the homes are fascinating — look for Italianate, Queen Anne, and Victorian styles, among others. Around every corner, you will find a mural showcasing local artists and neighborhood pride. A favorite is the mural in honor of painter George Bellows, one of Olde Towne’s most famous residents. For a more refined arts experience, a short walk takes you to the steps of the Columbus Museum of Art.
The next time you find yourself on the near east side of town, make sure to check out a few of our local favorites.
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