The beauty of this Downtown neighborhood is its proximity to the Short North, Arena District and Campus - without the sometimes-high rental rates. Plus, it isn't too bad on the eyes. Take a stroll down Neil Avenue to take in the heart of Victorian Village, and you'll see some of the highlights below along the way.

The beauty of this Downtown neighborhood is its proximity to the Short North, Arena District and Campus - without the sometimes-high rental rates. Plus, it isn't too bad on the eyes. Take a stroll down Neil Avenue to take in the heart of Victorian Village, and you'll see some of the highlights below along the way.

Have fun:

Goodale Park

Intersection of Dennison & Buttles avenues

friendsofgoodalepark.org

You might already have plans to be there for this month's ComFest craziness, but be sure to check out the biggest park close to Downtown on a normal day, too. The pretty pond, blanketed with lily pads in the summer, is a favorite. An impromptu off-leash dog party is almost always happening on the north side, and runners will feel at home with the others circling the park after work.

Eat up:

Basi Italia

811 Highland St., Victorian Village

614-294-7383

basi-italia.com

This Italian eatery might be tucked deep into the neighborhood, but it's not to be overlooked. Go off the beaten path and get into the Victorian Village spirit by walking to this tiny restaurant, which in turn will transport you even further thanks to Chef John Dornback's Italian- and Mediterranean-influenced menu.

Drink up:

Harrison's on Third

335 W. Third Ave., Victorian Village

614-294-2510

harrisonsonthird.com

Grab a draft at this neighborhood bar. But don't think "neighborhood" means "dive bar." Here, you'll find a recently redesigned interior with comfy bar seats, booths and an outdoor patio. Sports are there if you want them, but not in your face if you don't. There's an eclectic food and drinks menu, plus some decent happy hour specials - check out $5 one-topping personal pizzas on Fridays.