Oberlin might seem small, but that doesn’t stop us from having some killer restaurants downtown (good food + student-friendly prices!). Here are some of my & a lot of other Obies' favorite restaurants downtown.
Food: A typical cafe menu with mostly hot & cold beverages and some light (but delicious) snacks: bagels, croissants, cookies, sandwiches.
Vibe: Your typical small-town local cafe in a college town vibe. You’ll see everyone from Oberlin students to townies grabbing their coffee/tea. It’s a great place to meet someone new, write that paper you’re procrastinating on, or just read your morning newspaper. But beware, you might like this place a little too much and burn a mini hole in your pocket (lol)!
My favorite: 1. A classic oat milk latte. 2. Chai latte with pumpkin spice (when the flavor is around). 3. chocolate/spinach + cheese croissants. 4. Everything Bagel with cream cheese/pesto.
Food: Mouth-watering Thai food! My friends from Thailand have told me that the food here is quite authentic. This is my favorite place to eat, like a proper meal on campus.
Vibe: Cozy Thai restaurant vibe with outdoor, indoor, bar seating. Friendly staff and super happening on the weekends with students splattered all around. Fair warning, I think the spice level can be a hit/miss for some people. The general consensus is that you love or hate Thi Ni Thai based on how well you do with spicy food.
My favorite: 1. Classic veggies stir fry (can never go wrong!). 2. Khao Soi. 3. Phat Thai, Phat kee mao.
Vibe: It feels like you just walked into someone’s kitchen with the sweet & rich smell of all the baked goodies filling your senses. It’s a classic place to buy something sweet to celebrate any occasion, be it your friend’s birthday or a particularly trippy meeting.
My favorite: Sea salt & chocolate brownie warmed up!