Java Joints: Columbus Coffee Houses

Columbus Coffee Houses

Columbus Coffee Houses

I work downtown Columbus, Ohio and sometimes I need a little jolt during my day. Usually I have a national chain I like to get my coffee from, but I’ve been exploring lately, looking for more of what Columbus has to offer in coffee spots. Yes, there are a lot of Starbucks and Cup of Joe stores, but sometimes it’s more than a cup I’m looking for; I need atmosphere, ambiance, and a real cup, not a paper one. There is nothing better than getting a mug of java juice, scoring a corner and settling in for a while. Here are the best Coffee House’s in downtown Columbus, Ohio for you to explore.

1. Café Brioso: 14 E. Gay st. Columbus, Ohio 43215

Café Brioso

Café Brioso boasts coffee roasted by a “roastmaster” offering a real artisan selection of brews ranging from tea’s to coffee’s selected by the master himself. What is truly great about this Columbus coffee house are it’s uniquely bold choices that set this place apart: I recommend the scone and Chai latte as they go together like peanut butter and jelly. There are a variety of drinks to choose from and the café menu goes well with anything the barista makes. I generally order lunch and set up at one of the old couches in the lounge or at one of the simple tables inside/out. Folk are encouraged to stay a while despite a sometimes sardonic staff, visit website: I also have to recommend that you visit this downtown Columbus Coffee house early as they do serve their dishes fresh and will run out of things towards the end of the day. Open m-f 7a-6p and Saturdays till 6p

2. Rendezvous Café: 14 E. Gay st. Columbus, Ohio 43215

This small café delivers a big punch! I have never been disappointed by anything I have ordered from this place; from hot coffee to frappuccino all of it’s good. The pastries are to die for and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to make anything custom. I often find myself here ordering a goody to take back to the office, sure to make my co-workers jealous. The atmosphere at this Columbus coffee house is modern steel and glass, the space is small, so plan to sit at a bar. I promise, what they lack in space they make up for in taste and quality, so go on and indulge; order the mocha shake with a Danish to go. Call for hours; 614-280-9000

3. Travonna Coffee House: 1195 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43201

The Travonna is the quintessential urban coffee house in Columbus, Ohio. The look, the vibe, and the staff all read; come in and chill. The dark wood floors and rustic lighting add an element of the big city in the small traditional style of Columbus. The walls are covered in some of Columbus’ own artist’s original works and there are nights when local musicians play and the creativity reach’s another level. The only downside to this place is the parking, which is hard to come by. I suggest you park at a meter, because many of the side streets in this neighborhood are permit parking only and the tow companies are serious! Travonna’s is Open Mon-Fri 730a-1a, Sat-Sun 730a-1030p

Please visit one of these independent Columbus coffee houses; I know it’s hard to bypass ten Starbucks just to get to one of these independent brewers, but they are worth the trip. I suggest you visit when you have plenty of time, that way you can peruse the menu and order something unique to the business, who knows you may even find a new favorite drink!