The best places to go shopping in Columbus, Ohio, showcase the city with the third-highest concentration of fashion designers in the United States. Only New York City and Los Angeles rank higher. Additionally, Columbus is home to a wealth of well-known and long-established fashion brands. L Brands, Express, DSW and Abercrombie & Fitch all have headquarters in Columbus.

    You won’t only find the most popular brands in Columbus storefronts. The city’s easily walkable and navigable neighbourhoods are also home to boutique shops that have gained local and regional followings of their own. Ready to shop ’til you drop? Here are the best shopping spots in Columbus.

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    Short North Arts District

    Explore a neighbourhood overflowing with local retailers

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    The Short North Arts District boasts a wide array of small businesses. This is the neighbourhood to go to if you love a unique find, locally-run and operated storefronts, and mingling with shoppers who live and work nearby. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

    Find new and upcoming styles, vintage items you won’t find anywhere else, beautiful jewellery, fresh flowers, one-of-a-kind toys and more. Fashion and furniture, antiques and art – it’s all for sale in the Short North Arts District. When you’re done shopping, stick around and explore everything else the district has to offer, which includes dining and nightlife.

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    German Village

    Peruse this laid-back neighbourhood and its historic shops

    • Shoppers
    • History
    • Food

    Columbus’s German Village neighbourhood is filled with historic homes and structures built in the 1800s, green space, German and American restaurants and, of course, plenty of shops. One of the most popular shopping spots by far is the Book Loft, a 32-room storefront that’s been around for decades. As you probably guessed, it's stacked to the brim with books of all kinds. Another favourite shop is Helen Winnemore’s, for American-style crafts.

    After you’ve explored all the shopping this unique neighbourhood offers, try a German Village tour to uncover the area’s history, or head to the adjacent brewery district to try some local beers.

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    Easton Town Center

    Find local and international brands at this sprawling outdoor shopping complex

    • Shoppers

    Head to Easton Town Center if you like to mix your local finds with your favourite brands. There’s a reason, after all, why more than 30 million people visit this outdoor shopping mall every year. You’ll find top department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom, favourite clothing retailers like Victoria’s Secret and 7 For All Mankind, as well as upscale retailers such as Burberry. There’s a good chance that, whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.

    In addition to all the shopping, Easton Town Center also offers a wide array of dining, entertainment venues and regular events.

    Location: Center Street, Columbus, Ohio 43219, USA

    Phone: +1 614-337-2200

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    Polaris Fashion Place

    Head indoors for shopping mall staples and more

    • Shoppers

    Polaris Fashion Place is a huge indoor shopping mall that welcomes 2 million locals and travellers every year, offering well-known brands and local retailers, as well as frequent events and a plethora of dining options. Find favourite retailers such as Lululemon, American Eagle Outfitters, Apple, Banana Republic, and Loft. 

    There are 7 expansive anchor stores, including H&M, JCPenney, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Von Maur, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Filed & Stream. An outdoor promenade offers additional retailers. Polaris Fashion Place is an excellent place to shop when the weather is less than ideal in Columbus.

    Location: 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 614-846-1500

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    North Market

    Sample the local wares at this historic marketplace

    • Shoppers

    North Market has been in business as a public market for nearly 150 years. The historic and altogether charming space is the place to go to find some of Ohio’s best local and independent producers, makers and merchants. You can find interesting and local ingredients if you're planning a homemade meal during your trip.

    Visit one of the vendors offering ready-to-eat (or drink) items for a scrumptious lunch. You’ll also easily find unique gifts and souvenirs that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Columbus, and it’s all thanks to the 30 small businesses serving up their best goods.

    Location: 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 614-463-9664

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    Pursuit

    Celebrate your biggest moments with a brand that puts people first

    • Shoppers

    Pursuit says what it does all in its name – it delivers high-quality suits to ambitious individuals who need to look as good as they perform, whether that’s at work or a celebratory event. You'll find modern suits and formal styles (mostly for men, but with a few selections for women as well), but with a touch of old-school customer service.

    The buying experience is heavily personalised – an excellent place if you truly enjoy a shopping experience that leaves you feeling like you've just befriended the clerk who assisted you.

    Location: 937 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 614-321-7848

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    The Candle Lab

    A visit to The Candle Lab is more than shopping – it’s an experience

    • Shoppers

    The Candle Lab is one of Columbus’s most frequently recommended shopping stops for visitors. With several locations around Columbus, as well as a few in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, the brand has grown into a regional favourite.

    You enjoy the experience of creating and pouring your own custom candle, with more than 120 fragrance combinations available. While your candle cools (a little over 1 hour), you can walk about the neighbourhood for eats, drinks and entertainment. 

    Location: 1255 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 614-915-0777

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    Vernacular

    Pay a visit to this Columbus brand that’s expanded across the region

    • Shoppers

    Vernacular got its start in 2013, as a brand offering women’s clothing and lifestyle products. The brand describes itself as “East Coast classic with a West Coast vibe,” and that can certainly be felt within Vernacular’s airy and welcoming storefronts and through its range of breezy yet still upscale product lines.

    Now, products offered include not only women’s apparel, but also accessories, home decor, baby and child gifts, stationery and more. After Vernacular’s initial concept became popular, the brand spread its reach, opening 2 additional locations across Columbus, 1 in Cleveland and even 2 in the seemingly faraway states of Texas and Georgia.

    Location: 1392 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 614-485-9039

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    Homage

    Pay homage to your favourite things, towns, people and teams

    • Shoppers

    Homage pays, well, homage, to all your favourite people and things, with clothing that celebrates icons from sports, music and pop culture. Homage’s home base is in Columbus, but the brand has since spread its wings and developed storefronts all across Ohio.

    So, what exactly can you find when you step into the storefront? How about attire with the retro logos of all your favourite sports teams, including NBA, MLB, college teams, soccer, hockey and even WWE? Find pop culture-affiliated shirts, tanks, and hats that show off your love for your favourite movie, musician or even food. 

    Location: 4032 Easton Station Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 614-532-5037

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    Tigertree

    Find a wide array of apparel and home goods at this Columbus staple

    • Shoppers

    Tigertree is a Columbus shopping favourite that's been around since 2007. After several relocations, it finally made its home in the spot you see now – a 3,000-sq-ft, 2-storey shop within the historic Winder’s Automotive Building (which just so happens to be the first indoor car dealership in the USA).

    Their product line includes apparel for both women and men, books, cards, home decor, stationery, apothecary items, jewellery, accessories and more. Kid’s clothing is located in Tigertree’s sister store down the street, appropriately christened Cub Shrub.

    Location: 787 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 614-299-2660

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    Holly Riddle | Contributing Writer

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