German Village Coffee Shop

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGerman Village Coffee Shop (aka Das Kaffe Haus for the German blooded folks like myself) is definitely a local favorite. This little diner started out in 1981. If you want cheap, delicious food & you’re not in a hurry, go hit GVCS. The pancakes are bigger than your head & the famous Western Omelette is to-die-for. This tiny little place is a true “dive” coffee shop: as I prefer. In fact, the place is so small that you watch the employees create your meal right in front of you. Literally.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSooo what about the coffee? Unlimited. Free. Refills. Served in a cozy cup on the cutest place mats that change frequently. My boyfriend & I have become regulars here & during our last visit we were belly laughing over a self-invented game with these mats. All 50 US states are listed with their state flower & bird. Can you guess which state has the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher as their state bird? Didn’t think so.

Killer breakfast, strong coffee, & quaint little details make German Village Coffee Shop seem like your grandmothers kitchen. Go! Go! Go!

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Boston Stoker

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetSimply put — one of Columbus’s hidden treasures. This exceptional coffee shop was hiding right across the street from my freshman dorm for four years before I was able to recognize it. How? The setting! The atmosphere is a bit unusual because it shares a space with a credit union. Strange, I know. But don’t worry, this doesn’t detract from the flavorful drink selection & always smiling baristas. It’s difficult to imagine sipping a macchiato while borrowing money from a lender, so this “space-sharing” concept is still a mystery to me.

FullSizeRenderBUT THE POUROVERS. Wonderful, delicious coffee. I love that they rotate their roast selection, providing many different options each visit. The Honduras Jose Isidro is one of my personal favorites! Did I mention locally roasted coffee? Yes, craft coffee can be expensive, but it seems to ease the pain when you are supporting your community with every cup. Boston Stoker has spoiled me. Check it out!

Upper Cup Coffee Co.

image1Old Towne East is an often forgotten, historical neighborhood on the East Side of Columbus. You can find Upper Cup tucked in between buildings on Parson’s Ave. Seriously, go find it.

Brick wall interior, dread lock baristas, and The Fray on repeat. Oh, and board games galore. I highly recommend the Nicaragua pour-over, and my fellow checkers competitor would recommend the Ethiopian.

$2.00 for a hand poured coffee? Now that’s a steal in Columbus. And if you’re looking for something with more substance, try the food too!