Roundup: Rainy-day hideaways

Nicholas Dekker
Fox in the Snow

The weather this summer has proven especially unpredictable, meaning a single day can go from brilliant sunshine to a complete monsoon within a matter of hours. With that in mind, we thought you should be prepared with destinations to hide away in while it's raining. Seek out these cafes and coffee shops when you need to dodge the drops.

Upper Cup Coffee

121 Mill St., Gahanna

Upper Cup recently branched out from its original Parsons Avenue haven (another great spot to hole up) to open a new location in Gahanna's Creekside district. The menu covers everything from drip coffee to espresso to iced lattes, which you can pair with simple sandwiches and sweet snacks.

Heirloom Cafe

1871 N. High St. (inside the Wexner Center), Campus

Located on the lower floor of the Wexner Center for the Arts, Heirloom Cafe is open Monday through Friday during the summer. The farm-to-table menu features creative bites like breakfast stir-fries and vegan burritos, as well as tomatillo green chili bowls and giant salads. It's supplemented by a full espresso bar, plus beer and wine, and is an ideal spot for avoiding the rain for a couple hours. Bonus: You can use it as a starting point to explore the galleries.

Hemingway's Coffee Nook

175 S. Third St., Downtown

If you're caught in a storm close to the Columbus Commons, you can duck inside Hemingway's Coffee Nook inside the 175 on the Park building. The very definition of a hidden gem, the coffee shop is tucked down a hallway among the offices. The shop features a complete menu of coffee drinks, hand-pulled espresso, plus sweet and savory snacks. The location also includes a small covered patio facing the park.

Schokko Art Cafe

480 E. Broad St. (inside the Columbus Museum of Art), Discovery District

Like Heirloom Cafe inside the Wexner Center, the Schokko Art Cafe offers a dining spot with ready-made entertainment nearby if you're waiting out a longer downpour. Use it as a starting point for visiting the Columbus Museum of Art's latest exhibitions. The culinary offerings range from soups and shareable items to salads, sandwiches, sweets and even a kids' menu.

Fox in the Snow

1031 N. Fourth St., Italian Village

The darling of the Columbus dining scene continues to be a favored spot to camp out with coffee, a good book or a great friend. Snag a cappuccino or pour-over coffee, and pair it with anything from the gorgeous display of baked goods, which includes cinnamon rolls, brownies, donuts and fruit scones.