When you head to Grandview, you’re visiting a spot in Columbus known for local shopping — this spans local restaurants to coffee shops to furniture stores. The neighborhood has grown since our city’s early days, so we wanted to check out what’s currently brewing here. If you haven’t explored in a while, it might be time to rediscover why so many people — maybe even you — love to call it home.
Need to know
You’re not the only one with your eyes set on Grandview. In 2020, the area’s population grew by 23%. Wondering why? While we can’t say for sure, Grandview is known for popular eateries + drinkeries like Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Grandview Café, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Other well known places in the area include the classic Grandview Theater and Drafthouse, or the Grandview Heights Schools.
The early days
While Grandview continues to become a popular neighborhood, did you know it’s one of the first Columbus suburbs? It all started in 1906 when Grandview Heights was incorporated as a village where the community elected Samuel C. Jones as its first mayor. By 1910, Census data shows the village had a population of 489 residents.
Grandview began to take shape with the village launching its first school in 1911 + holding its first graduation in 1916. The decades to come include the first-ever all girls basketball team (1921), the Grandview Public Library (1924), and the Grandview Pool (1930).
Only have a few minutes to spare here? We recommend snagging a giant cookie from Lion Cub’s Cookies which updates its menu weekly with past cookies like key lime pie + s’mores.
Local is all the rage in Grandview — the community is full of small businesses that stand out.
- Reimagine your living space with wall decor, vintage furniture, and sofas from Grandview Mercantile.
- Find affordable jewelry at Red Giraffe Designs that was designed + created by its owner, Kate Stevens.
- THREAD Grandview offers a curated collection of women’s clothes + hosts events like Fall Fridays where new arrivals hit the shelves.
With roughly 45 acres of green space in Grandview, there are many ways to get outside.
- Wyman Woods Park, 1520 Goodale Blvd.
- McKinley Park, 1661 Goodale Blvd.
- Grandview Heights Memorial Park, 1135 W. 2nd Ave.
- Virginia Avenue Park, 1227 Parkway Dr.
Eat + drink
Whether you’re after an early morning brunch or an evening dinner, keep it local in Grandview.
- Create your own egg sandwich or snag a donut at DK Diner for a quick + delicious breakfast.
- Grab lunch or brunch at Alchemy Kitchen which offers smoothies, avocado toast, power bowls, and sandwiches.
- Need a caffeine break? Boston Stoker Coffee Co. has two locations — 771 Neil Ave. + 1101 W. 1st St.
- Dine on up-scale American classics like meatloaf + truffle gravy from Third & Hollywood.
Not only does Grandview have a locally owned movie theater, that theater also serves beer. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Catch current + classic flicks at Grandview Theater & Drafthouse while sipping back a local craft brew.
- Check out four local distilleries — Echo Spirits Distilling Co., Endeavor Spirits, Watershed Distillery + High Bank Distillery Co. — on the Columbus Distillery Trail.
- Bring anywhere from two to 10 friends for themed escape rooms at Escape It Grandview.
Arts + culture
Explore art galleries, attend local festivals + discover murals.
- Open Door Art Studio & Gallery works with artists who have developmental disabilities to showcase their creations + supports local developmental disability services.
- Browse local stores, pick-up goods from 120+ pop-up vendors, and enjoy live music at Grandview Hop, a monthly street festival from June through September.
- Stop by 1488 Grandview Ave. to find this mural near the former Sweet Carrot.
If you’re traveling by car, where can you leave it? In Grandview, we recommend downloading the Columbus Parking app for quick + easy payment for street parking. There are also a couple public parking lot + garage options:
- The parking lot behind Stauf’s + Jeni’s is free on weekdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., or by the hour on weekends using ParkMobile — not the city’s parking app.
- The Grandview Yard offers 5,500 parking spaces in its lot + garage, which can be paid for using the ParkMobile app.
Where to live
If you’re sold + looking to buy a home in the area, here are some housing options currently on the market:
- 1363 Westwood Ave. | 1 BD, 1 BA | $358,900 | Find a home that is conveniently located near the Grandview Heights Schools + offers a detached garage.
- 1362 Elmwood Ave. | 3 BD, 2 BA | $469,900 | This two-story home is 1,300+ sqft with a fireplace and a three-season room.
- 882 Burr Ave. | 3 BD, 3 BA | $799,900 | Cozy up inside this three-story townhouse in Grandview Yard with 2,100+ sqft of living space.
Where to work
Don’t live here, but want to spend as much time as possible in Grandview? Check out some current job openings in the area.
- Senior manager - consulting, EY | Join the local technology scene with this mid-senior level position.
- Case manager, The Judge Group | This hybrid position offers the chance to blend the legal world with the medical world.
- Floor manager, Massage Envy | Help manage clients, massage specialists, and schedules.