The center of the city isn't just a hub of business and government. Attractions abound Downtown.

The center of the city isn't just a hub of business and government. Attractions abound Downtown.

Have fun:

Gay Street Corridor

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Gay Street is lined with attractions for morning, noon and night. Restaurants like Cafe Brioso, Due Amici and Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails boast menus almost as delightful as their patios, while DIY music and art venues Skylab and The Shelf keep the area grounded in bohemia. New additions Sugardaddy's and Plantain Cafe are sweetening and spicing up their respective ends of the block. And Gay Street is ground zero for the exciting new Independents' Day festival.

Catch a show:

Southern Theatre

21 E. Main St., Downtown

614-340-1896

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Downtown has plenty of cool theaters - the Ohio, the Palace, the Capitol - but it's hard to beat the Southern. The restored landmark is classy and cozy, and it plays host to a wide range of fine musical entertainment, from the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to critically acclaimed performers such as Jeff Tweedy, Joanna Newsom and Andrew Bird.

Get smart:

Columbus Metropolitan Library

96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown

614-645-2275

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For work or play, it's hard to think of a better wealth of free media resources than the Downtown branch of this city's impressive library. Their vast collection of books, periodicals, music, movies and more now totals more than 3 million.