How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Columbus, Ohio

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


Columbus is Ohio’s thriving capital and the 15th largest city in the country. Known for its diehard sports fans, growing art scene, and eclectic festivals, it’s easy to fall in love with this diverse Midwestern city. If you find yourself stopping through for the day, here are a few black-owned spots to check out.


Start your day at Upper Cup Coffee, where Eritrea-born owner Micael Habte serves up the best coffee beans from around the world and roasts them in-house. Upper Cup also has a small menu of food options including various sandwiches.  

Photo via uppercupcoffee.com

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If you are looking for a heartier breakfast, head 15 minutes outside of Columbus to Super Chef’s ,where you will find decadent breakfast offerings from red velvet pancakes to shrimp and red pepper roasted grits.

Photo via mysuperchefs.com


LaGlory’s Café is the spot for a southern food inspired lunch. Their goal is “to serve hungry customers in a manner that will convince them to return time and time again.” From fish sandwiches and smothered pork chops to classic soulfood sides such as mac and cheese and collard greens, the menu is sure to please every craving.

Replenish Spa provides spa services in the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbus. Enjoy an afternoon facial or body treatment individualized to target your specific needs. They also offer energy sessions, yoga, reflexology and more.

Photo via replenishwith.us

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Dinner at The Pit means an inviting atmosphere, quality meats, delicious sides, and masterly crafted entrees. Four friends, Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa, D’Andre Martin, and Mike Johnson established the Pit BBQ grille in the summer of 2016 and have been bringing the local community together around their classic dishes ever since. You can also catch their food truck roaming through the streets of downtown Columbus for a meal on the go.

Photo via thepitcolumbus.com

Open until 1am on the weekends, Buns and Brews is a great spot to grab a hotdog and a beer to finish the night. Chef Will has perfected the art of the gourmet hot dog with a menu representing some of your favorite places, like the Carolina with pulled chicken, Carolina Gold Sauce and coleslaw.

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