1031 N 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43201
The Victorian Village neighborhood just north of downtown Columbus has enjoyed an immense revival in recent years following the growth of the Short North neighborhood. You see it everywhere: old, industrial buildings and brown fields are being rebuilt to high-end living, cherished for the gritty history to these buildings. Nestled along an ever-busier 4th Street, Fox in the Snow launched as a “rustic” coffee shop and bakery. The line can be out the door and, you better believe it, 9 a.m. is a pretty bad time to fight the crowds here. But if and when you do, you find the delicious coffee and goodies too much to skip.
Waiting in line, you’ll pass by so many goodies you won’t want to miss: enormous scones, oversized cinnamon rolls, cookies and more. Things to try:
- Coffee: The flat coffee comes at $3 a cup and with that it’s not too spiked with that caffeine and a smokey good flavor. Good with sugar, even better black.
- Mocha: Simplicity is key, but balance brings this one out. The mocha is mellow and sweet but not too much so! Silky smooth and a nice balance.
- Latte: The froth at the top of the latte is a bit more thick than your average cup, which is wonderful. Not too much caffeine, and not too much cream. Kind of nice if you like coffee but not sugary drinks.
- Scone: Crunchy with big sugar crystals on top, and featuring enormous fruits for some extra sweetness. One of these is enormous! And so much so that you might want to share it.
The converted garage in Italian Village brought such success to the coffee shop that it ended up opening another location in the historic German Village. But in either of the shops, the charm is the same: it’s the giant baked goods, the wonderful coffee drunks, and the rustic industrial setting with a giant patio.
Be warned, no matter the time of the day, it seems like this shop is always busy, and there’s a line that sometimes goes well outside of the shop itself. The drinks can take some time to make, but it’s all about love and being crafted by hand! I would suggest if you don’t absolutely need to go at a certain time; go during a real off-hour, like mid-afternoon. Compared to a lot of the other coffee shops, except for the ones on Capitol Square, this shop is very crowded which can be stressful. But worth a visit still.
Wonderful, and easily one of the best coffee shops in Central Ohio. Fox in the Snow is worth a special trip and now it’s a must-go experience in Columbus dining.
- Come for the coffee shop drinks and definitely plan to try one of the baked goodies. Best when shared.
- Parking in Italian Village is provided via small lot, but it can be hard to navigate. Have a bigger car? Probably park on the street.
- Cinnamon rolls and scones might be the first things to try.