Best Shopping

From all the shops and stores in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best offerings. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Columbus shopping on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Best Shopping list for Columbus. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


A Muse Gallery

A bit off the beaten path, both geographically and in artistic spirit. Located a few miles from downtown in Grandview Heights, this independent gallery offers many styles of painting, as well as a varying assortment of sculpture. Recent works include mixed media sculptures and large pieces made of wood and steel.

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Tucked away in the Center of Science and Industry is the best place to buy gadgets, gifts, and toys for just about anyone. Staffers demonstrate products, games and science kits, while books run the gamut from physics to Mother Goose poetry. Kids flock to items such as astronaut space food, lifelike dinosaurs and futuristic toy robots.

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German Village

Truly a readers' and collectors' dream, this huge, thirty-two-room shop (one of the largest independent bookstores in the country) has a well-organized collection of books from every genre. The peaceful courtyard is a great place to relax and decide on purchases and is also where bargain books are found for as little as a buck. Located in the heart of German Village, just a few miles from downtown.

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Eclectic patchwork bed linens, pillows, and handbacks from Patchouli, baby togs from Zutano and Icky Products, comfy clothing from FLAX for women, and sweet gifts for littles from Mud Pie and Manhattan Toy. There is also a fine selection fine selection of decorator items, limited edition prints, trinkets, handcrafted furniture, candles and potpourri.

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Choose from a wide variety of freshly made delicious chocolates, including gourmet truffles, from one of the country's largest family-owned candy-making companies. A family tradition since 1916, this place is perfect for gift ideas. Anthony-Thomas candies can be made to order and use only the finest ingredients.

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If you are looking for books on contemporary art and artists, you've reached your destination. A vast collection is available to browse and buy, including exhibit catalogs from the shows that have been displayed in the museum. There are also plenty of gift items such as jewelry, housewares, and toys for just about any age. For the tech-minded, this is an official Apple Authorized Campus Store, meaning those coveted i-Pods and i-Phones are just a swipe of a credit card away.

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Upper Arlington

Billing itself as "Ohio's largest shopping destination" it could very well be with over 150 retailers from American Eagle to Zpets. In between you'll find six anchors stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Von Maur, Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, and The Great Indoors as well as the Columbus Zoo soft play area, eight food hall eateries, three full service restaurants, and Rave's 18 screen stadium seat movie theater.

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German Village

You won't find any horses at "The Red Stable" in the heart of German Village. What is within this charming, if not offbeat, location, is the handiwork of five local women artisans who specialize in creating custom jewelry in addition to an array of pottery, photography, paintings and other forms of mixed media. For those bitten by the beading bug, plenty of those colorful baubles are available to string yourself, with help from the expert staff.

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Window shop or go on in and empty your wallet, the unique village setting of Easton Town Center with its large public spaces, plazas, and abundant free parking, is not your average mall. Home to an extensive and varied assortment of retailers, restaurants, entertainment venues, a 30-screen movie theater and oodles of special events from cooking classes to holiday carriage rides, this is a place where it is best to plan to spend the day enjoying a little of everything.

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North Market

Thirty or more merchants set up stands and sell everything from pasta and sauces, produce, flowers, Indian groceries, gift baskets, cookware and coffee. At Gatterdam Eggs, patrons choose their own and pay on the honor system, a tradition since 1916. Try fresh seafood from The Fish Guys or a sandwich from Barry's Deli and enjoy your meal on nearby picnic tables. Grab something sweet from Mozart's Bakery for dessert.

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