In 1900, the Zaharako brothers opened a candy store in Columbus. A few years later, they decided to serve fountain soda and ice cream, too. The shop served sweet treats for almost a century before closing in the 2000s. Thankfully, that was not the end of Zaharakos. A local entrepreneur helped renovate and restore Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor & Museum to its heyday.
A trip to Columbus isn’t complete without a Zaharakos’ scoop of ice cream or the ever-popular lime-flavored ice cream soda, Green River. But, that is not what makes this place truly unique. Every nook and cranny holds an intriguing detail.
A marble lamp flaunts rose, green and gold colors from the Tiffany-style stained-glass shade atop the counter. Beyond the counter, two Mexican onyx soda fountains are still in use today. Those with a good eye will notice some quirky flavors on the syrup dispensers. The backbar also holds many interesting details, such as lit mirrors, stained glass and the iconic Zaharakos logo.
Locals aren’t the only people who find Zaharakos incredible. Most recently, it was included in National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Dream Drives. To capture the grandeur of the historic marvel in words is nearly impossible, so you’ll just have to taste it for yourself. Use #VisitColumbusIN to share your favorite details of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor & Museum.
Top photo by Lee Lewellen