A Day in Gahanna
By TourismOhio

A Day in Gahanna

A sign on the road into Gahanna informs drivers that Money Magazine voted the city one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2007.

However, You don’t have to live in Gahanna to enjoy the city. Although its location next to the airport and eight miles from downtown Columbus makes it easy to just pass by, it is worth making a stop to enjoy this historical town that lies along Big Walnut Creek.

Below is my neighborhood guide to Gahanna.


The Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast is owned and maintained by the Gahanna Historical Society and lies at the southern end of High, Gahanna’s main street. The B&B occupies a restored Victorian-style home and has four bedrooms, a parlor and beautifully maintained gardens.

106 S. High St.,

Gahanna, OH 43230

Tel: 614-476-1976  


Gahanna has a range of excellent restaurants to choose from but, for me, two places stand out. Lola & Giuseppe’s Trattoria is an authentic, homely Italian restaurant ran by a charming couple who handle the cooking and baking themselves. They make a habit of stopping by diners’ tables to chat at the end of a meal.

100 Granville St.,

Gahanna, OH 43230

Tel: 614-473-9931

El Arepazo Tapas and Wine is a recent arrival to the area. This Latin restaurant is an expansion of the massively popular Arepazo Latin Grill in downtown Columbus. The Gahanna outpost has a couple of advantages over the original: it’s open for dinner and has a full bar.

Arepazo’s best dishes are the arepas, empanadas and patacon (above) and their famously spicy and addictive cilantro sauce comes with everything on the menu.

93 N. High St.,

Gahanna, OH 43230

Tel: 614-471-7296

Coffee and Dessert:

With a color scheme and interior design reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir, Koko Tea Salon practically begs its visitors to indulge. Treats offered include what I think are some of the best cupcakes in the area — with flavors that range from red velvet to wild berry lavender — as well as push-up cake pops, cookies and brownies. Koko also creates their own original tea blends and sweet, fruity bubble teas.

116 Mill St.,

Gahanna, OH 43230 Tel: 614-389-3459

Across the street from Koko, in the Creekside plaza, Crazy Goat Coffee offers a cozy environment, comfortable armchairs, skilled baristas, free WiFI, a fireplace and Intelligetnsia coffee.

505 Creekside Pl.,

Gahanna, OH 43230

Tel: 614-285-4628

Get Outdoors:

The 59-acre Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve lies just over a mile east of Gahanna. Visitors can follow the several hiking trails through both mature and young forest habitats and past seasonal wetlands.

What’s your favorites small town in Ohio? LovelandGeneva-on-the-Lake? Milford?

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