For those of us who aren’t native to Columbus, finding the local hotspot can be a bit of a challenge. However, let me be perfectly clear, Fox in the Snow is not a hard café to find. Literally, everyone from my friends, co-workers, neighbors, and online strangers, would go insane for this place. Whenever I asked someone to recommend their favorite coffee shop, 9 times out of 10 Fox in the Snow was the answer. After the 100th person (that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you get what I mean), I decided to look up this infamous café to see what all the hype is about. Not to my surprise, it is your typical hipster, coffee is a meal, “I Instagram all of my meals so put down the puff pastry Joanne!” coffee shop. Nothing against that demographic of humans but it just didn’t see like my kind of scene.
Just to give you a better understanding of what the café claims to be, here’s a direct quote from the websites about page: “Fox in the Snow Café is a bakery, coffee shop serving up rustic style baked goods and hand-poured drinks out of a renovated mason garage in Columbus’s Italian Village.” AKA, we make pastries that are IG ready and can guarantee you 1000 new followers per second if you post pictures of our food. Needless to say, I was not jumping the hay to visit but I wouldn’t knock the opportunity if given.
Sometime (maybe months even) later a girlfriend and I were looking for a nice little spot to meet so we can catch up on all of life’s happenings. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and I was ready for mimosas with extra osa*. As we’re creating a list of potential places to eat she asks the million dollar question: “Have you ever been to Fox in the Snow?” Not going to lie, I scoffed a little…in my mind of course but I eventually said no and forced myself not to hate/pre-judge the place before I even tried it out.
First Impressions: This place is super trendy but fam, it was PACKED. I though it wouldn’t be extremely busy because it was a regular schemgular Sunday. Silly me for assuming people would be at church or at the very least recovering from their night of debauchery. But to keep this review from dragging on, let’s get in to the pros and cons shall we?
Bad news first…
Parking was slightly difficult. We both parked on the street a few blocks away from the café in a nearing neighborhood. Tip: definitely read the signs in the neighborhoods if you decide to park there – some of the streets are by permit only. Now, don’t be turned off by the lack of tables available when you walk in. We almost “red bottom MJ moonwalked” out of there because didn’t think there would be a place to sit but people moved in and out quickly; and immediately after ordering we found a spot. There’s not a ton of room inside to move around so don’t expect to spread out. Once you find a spot, do not get up until you are ready to leave! I REPEAT, DO NOT GET UP! Otherwise, sorry bud.
On to the good ish…
The food and drinks were phenomenal. Just so you know, there isn’t a large food selection because this is, after all, a bakery, but what they did offer was tasty AF. I went with the notorious egg sandwich, cinnamon roll, and a mocha to drink. The star of the show: CINNAMON ROLL. It was sweet and rich and totally worth it. I loved the egg sandwich I got too. They souffléd the egg making it big and fluffy. Served on thick French bread, some sort of aioli, and the hefty pile of arugula provided a nice flavor and really made the sandwich special.
The atmosphere here is extremely trendy and the bakery items made in-house are phenomenal, so I can see why it’s a hotspot in Columbus. Fox in the Snow is every blogger’s/artist’s/photogrpaher’s esthetic dream. There is an abundance of natural lighting aided in the appeal of the décor. Words to describe this café: cute, quaint, cozy, & delicious. So much happiness, so much goodness.
- That egg sandwich was to die for! So tasty.
- You legit cannot go wrong with any selection of pastries. They were all so delicious.
- No wifi. But with unlimited data do we really need this? If you’re looking to work on projects, I suggest downloading what you need beforehand or use good ‘ol pen and paper.
- I lowkey felt like I was in 300 the movie fight for the city of Sparta trying to find a place to sleep. Seating is limited. So get there early to beat out the crowd
Food rating: 4/5
Service rating: 3/5
Prices: About $5 to $15 a head (price based drink alone or drink with food).
Address: 1031 N. Fourth Street, Columbus, OH 43201
If you live in the Columbus, OH area, or plan to visit, I suggest you check it out. You will not be disappointed.
*Osa = Champagne, for those who may be confused by my made up vernacular.