Great Shopping and Entertainment in Columbus
By TourismOhio

Great Shopping and Entertainment in Columbus

This past June, I graduated from Ohio University– a blissful day, but bittersweet nonetheless. After pomp and circumstance was played, and the class of 2010 made its way out of the commencement ceremony, my closest college buddies and I were simultaneously dispersed across the state of Ohio.  I returned to my hometown of Cleveland Heights, and several of my friends stayed in Columbus, which serves as a central meeting place for friends who live in southern Ohio. Visiting friends is an excellent excuse for a road-trip, and Columbus has all the qualities for a fun and exciting weekend getaway.

With the shopping and great restaurants, Columbus has been the backdrop for some of my most memorable weekends visits. If you find yourself in the Columbus area, check out the following noteworthy places for shopping, dining – and just having fun!

Easton Town CenterEaston
I love shopping, and I refuse to go to Columbus without stopping here. Easton Town Center is a gorgeous indoor/outdoor mall, and great place to shop at some of the most popular stores in the nation. Easton is also flooded with restaurants. Whether you want to grab a quick bite at Five Guys or Chipotle, or sit down and rest your feet at McCormick& Schmick’s or Mongolian BBQ, you’re guaranteed a good meal. On my many trips to Easton, customer service across the board was excellent. Store associates are friendly and helpful, and the scenic water fountains and greenery will make your walk to such stores as Apple, Forever 21, Macy’s and Tiffany & Co. pleasant. Easton is an excellent place for family, friends and couples alike to enjoy an evening out!

Polaris Mall
I know what you’re thinking, “Is this girl mentioning another mall?” I told you, I LOVE shopping. And if you do too, you won’t be let down. Polaris is just as charming as Easton with stores such as Von Maur, Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s and Charming Charlie’s. Like Easton, there are also plenty of delicious restaurants including Brio Tuscan Grille and California Pizza Kitchen.  

Arena District
With an assortment of bars, nightclubs and restaurants you and your buddies will not be disappointed in the Arena District. Dance the night away at Contact Night Club or enjoy dinner at Max & Erma’s. I love to go here just to see the lights in the evening. The Arena District is especially enjoyable in the spring and summer months when the weather allows you to bounce from place to place easily.


Raising Canes
There are nights when I have actually considered driving to Columbus just to smell the aroma of this place. With several locations throughout the area, Cane’s specialties are its golden fried chicken tenders, French fries, Texas toast and their famous Cane’s sauce! I’m salivating just typing this. Don’t believe me? At about $7 a meal it’s an affordable risk, and worth every cent!

Do you have a favorite Columbus shopping district or restaurant? I’d love to know – it’ll give me a good reason to take a trip!

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