Assorted pastries, including blueberry tarts, cinnamon sugar cobblestone muffins, sour cream coffee cake and croissant morning buns from Fox in the Snow Cafe. Credit: Ghezal Barghouty | Arts & Life Editor

A coffee shop that’s near and dear to my heart, Fox in the Snow was the obvious choice for best coffee, and I’m relieved that Ohio State thought so, too. I’m proud to say that I’ve tried nearly every coffee shop in Columbus, but something separates this one from the rest. It might be the whole no-wifi deal, and it also might be the New Orleans Iced Coffee –– but either way, it’s unparalleled.

Not only does the homey, industrial decor in both locations –– Italian Village and German Village –– create a hip atmosphere that’s especially perfect for Instagram, but the pastries are to die for. I’m not exaggerating. Fox in the Snow has a huge variety of pastries to choose from, all made in-house and even better warm if you get there at the perfect time.

I could go on and on about this coffee shop, but I thought it’d be more effective to ask some Fox in the Snow frequenters to share their own thoughts:

The strawberry danish costs $4 at Fox in the Snow. Credit: Ghezal Barghouty | Arts & Life Editor

Dave Radosevic, Fox in the Snow barista since 2014

“I enjoy really just being around the good people and serving great pastries and coffee everyday. Just having a good community vibe.”

Sinead Corley, frequenter of Fox in the Snow

“The coffee’s fantastic, everybody’s super nice. I don’t know, I just like the energy –– there’s good energy all the time. The pastries are fantastic, too. [My favorite is] the strawberry [danish] for sure. I moved here in April last year and this is one of the first places someone told me to come, so I came here and then I would come every Sunday.”

Emily Bango, graduate student in social work

“I really like the whole vibe of the place, all the plants and the different treats and the egg sandwiches are really, really good. The egg sandwich is my favorite. There’s always a lot of people, so it’s a nice atmosphere. I always come here with the intention of coming with other people, so I think a lot of people can fit here because everyone’s just sitting together and talking and not just sitting individually at computers.”

Kiley Nolan, fourth-year in speech and hearing sciences

I always come with other people who really love it here, so I’ve kind of grown to love coming here just to hang out and eat and not do homework –– it’s a good escape from doing homework. And there’s always little families here, so it’s fun to watch the family atmosphere and the kids running around.”

Jax Miranda, third-year in marketing

“If this is going to make it more popular I’m not going to answer. I’m from New York City, I grew up in Manhattan and it’s probably the closest I can get to coffee in New York –– I’ve steered a few of my friends here and I showed my family when they came.”