How to Plan the Perfect Weekend in German Village

One of the oldest and most unique neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio, German Village is home to some of the most unique boutique shops, great restaurants, hip bars and lush parks in Ohio. Many of the buildings and homes in German Village look just how they did over 150 years ago, in large part due to the historic preservation efforts German Village locals take so much pride in. Here are some great ways to experience and enjoy German Village on your next visit.  

Dine Outside in German Village

Despite space restrictions of many of the historic buildings in German Village, local establishments have successfully taken outside dining to a whole new level. German Village is home to many great bars and restaurants, and quite a few of them cater to diners who want to dine outside. With patio dining tables, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, and dog-friendly patios, German Village patrons can enjoy great food while taking in the sun and people watching. Check out German Village restaurants like Barcelona, Harvest Pizzeria and Lindey’s for your outdoor dining experience.

Treat Yourself at German Village Restaurants

There’s no better way to enjoy your weekend, and your cheat day, than to treat yourself to a little dessert – and German Village has some of the best! Pistacia Vera, a French bakery that has called German Village home for over a decade, creates some of the most decadent and beautiful desserts you will ever find. Their bite-sized pastries are perfect for a quick treat while shopping, to take on a picnic to one of German Village’s many local parks, or to enjoy at their bistro tables with a hot cup of coffee.

Looking for an even more iconic German Village treat? Look no further than Schmidt’s and their famous cream puffs! Schmidt’s, a German Village staple with roots dating back to the 1800s, is one of the longest operating family businesses in the area. While they are best known for their sausages, which are in fact delicious, we recommend you skip straight to dessert and treat yourself to one of their giant cream puffs. These impressive cream puffs weigh a half pound, are award-winning, and come in a variety of flavors including vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, or their special flavor of the month.

Roam, Rest and Read

One of our favorite German Village pastimes is to spend an afternoon at the Book Loft. One of the nation’s largest independent bookstores, this pre-Civil War era building boasts 32 rooms of floor to ceiling books! With “meet the author” events, book festivals, and regular monthly events The Book Loft is a favorite of many German Village residents and visitors. We recommend you allow yourself a lazy afternoon here to roam the expansive rooms, rest in one of their many chairs, and curl up with a great book and do some reading.

Take a Sunday Stroll

There is no better way to enjoy German Village and your Sunday than to take a long stroll on the brick streets of this iconic neighborhood. With Schiller Park and Frank Fetch Park nearby, packing a picnic and taking your dog for a long walk through the meticulously brick-paved streets of German Village is a great way to end your weekend. We recommend you grab a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of chocolate at Winan’s and make your way to Schiller Park.

For more information on local activities around The Arbor Apartments and your guide to German Village contact The Arbor at (614) 371-7115 or email us at