CBUS Circulator: Experiencing Columbus by Bus

by Jake Fernberg, Photography by Jake Fernberg

The CBUS Circulator runs from the Short North to the German Village, and it’s absolutely free. The CBUS is a great way to get a taste of Columbus; so many local favorites are located on the route. Here are some highlights from an afternoon spent riding the CBUS. A quick disclaimer: this is far from a definitive list of places worth visiting on or near the CBUS line; I encourage you to hop on the bus and have your own afternoon full of sampling what our city offers.

Fox in the Snow: a buzzing, open space that we’ve covered before, Fox in the Snow is a café replete with house-made pastry and espresso-based drinks. They offer some more savory options as well, including an egg sandwich and oatmeal.  

The Market Italian Village: A specialty grocery on the northern edge of the Short North, the Italian Market has beer and wine on display, along with dry goods, cheese and charcuterie. If that does not entice, the market also features a full coffee bar with assorted pastry. There is also a restaurant component to the market: they offer weekend brunch and lunch and dinner menus during the week as well. 

Laughlin’s: A bakery just off High Street, Laughlin’s is full of specialty breads (think banana bread along with more seasonal varieties. The bakery sells bread by the loaf, a full slate of pastry, and coffee. Laughlin’s also bakes made-to-order cakes.

Jeni’s Short North: The resurgent ice cream shop that needs no introduction is mere blocks from a CBUS stop. This particular scoop shop has Columbus classics like salted caramel and brown butter almond brittle, as well as new flavors.

One Line Coffee: One of the Short North’s many coffee shops, One Line’s interior is very modern and a bit sparse, but they offer a multitude of different blends of coffee. One line as a café is very muted and ambient, and that makes it a great place to sit and write or read. Or just enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

Brassica: New to Columbus, Brassica specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant offers a choice of pita sandwiches or lentil salads, served with a wide variety of vegetables and a choice of seasoned chicken, savory brisket, or fresh falafel.

Little Eater: One of many great local businesses that have a home in the North Market, Little Eater creates a daily menu of fresh, lighter fare, including vegetable medleys and quiches. Little Eater’s great for colorful, local, healthful offerings.

Pistacia Vera: The German Village coffeehouse is a bit off the path of the CBUS, but is certainly worth the cobblestone-filled walk. We've written about the café's decision to embolden community by cutting wireless Internet, but for now let's focus on the food and drink there. Their shelves are filled with all sorts of pastry (including great macarons), and the café is also beautifully well lit with ample seating that's great for reading, writing, or just enjoying your coffee.

Katzinger’s: A Columbus institution for decades, Katzinger’s offers the full slate of traditional delicatessen fare. Hopping off the bus and stopping by the deli for a classic Reuben sandwich, a more modern sandwich, or traditional Jewish delicacies and like knishes and kugel is a convenient way to enjoy a great meal.

The CBUS operates seven days a week, barring certain holidays. The bus runs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more about the bus at http://www.cota.com/CBUS.