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The Perfect Day in Short North Arts District

Plan a day in one of Columbus’s most unique areas. Getting out of short-stay apartments in Short North is easy with so much to experience in the district.


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Columbus offers lots for tourists to explore, from museums to restaurants to historic sites. Arts also abound, nowhere more so than in the Short North Arts District. 

If you picked a short-stay apartment in Short North, you’re in luck because you’re right in the middle of the city’s culture capital. Your short-term housing is surrounded by galleries, shops, cafés and more; so many opportunities exist that travelers of all interests can find ways to both entertain and educate themselves just about as soon as they step foot outside their serviced apartment.

What’s a day in the life of the Short North Arts District like? Here’s a handy how-to for planning your perfect day out and about in Short North.

Every good day starts with breakfast, right? In Short North, breakfast and weekend brunch can be found on just about any corner. Northstar Café takes the cake. From breakfast basics to craftier culinary dishes, Northstar uses only locally sourced, artisan ingredients. A stop here is sure to get your day off to a good start.

Once you’re full, get ready to fill your closet! The district is home to dozens of boutique and thrift shops, all scattered within walking distance of the main drag of High Street. At Clover on High, you can find a stylish new outfit and accessorize it at Happy Go Lucky Her for the ladies or Manhood + Home for the gents. If you’re a window shopper, the Hippie Hut and Flower Child both offer a range of quirky vintage items for your perusal.

After you’ve dressed for success, see just how the area earned its arts cred. More than a dozen art galleries ring High Street, offering everything from fine-art paintings to handcrafted glass gifts, with a special emphasis on local artists.

If all that culture has you working up an appetite, there are ample, and diverse, opportunities for a lunch break. Grab Thai at Nida’s, pizza at Pies & Pints or diner grub at Philco. If you want to explore lots of options, stroll through North Market, featuring dozens of independent merchants and farmers, and a popular gathering spot for Short Northers.

Spend your afternoon pampering yourself. Grab a haircut or new style at one of the many salons in the district, or go the extra mile for a spa service like a massage. Continue the relaxation with a tour and tasting at the Brothers Drake Meadery or Middle West Spirits.  

Dinner options abound, from up-scale to casual. A leisurely stroll down High Street may be the best bet for narrowing down your choices. Night owls can keep the party going at any of the dozens of bars and clubs — or a nightcap at your short-stay apartment in Short North might be the best way to finish off a day of exploration.

Short-stay apartments in Short North are right in the heart of it all. Spend your downtime exploring one of Columbus’s best neighborhoods!