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Oberlin is a city in Ohio's Lorain County. The population was 8,195 at the 2000 census. It is known mainly for Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Get in

Oberlin is located on Route 58 (North/South) between Amherst and Wellington as well as on Route 511 (East/West). Within the city limits, R58 is known as Main Street and R511 is known as Lorain St. Route 20 (where it is also known as Kipton East Road) runs south of town and connects to R58.

Oberlin is approximately 35 miles west-southwest of Cleveland, Ohio.

Get around

Due to its small size (approximately 3sq. mi), it is easiest to walk or bike around Oberlin. Navigation is fairly simple as the streets run mostly east/west or north/south in a standard grid system. There are two major east/west streets (Lorain/511 and College St) which are divided by Main/58 into East/West Lorain and East/West College. North/south streets are divided by College St (ex: Pleasant St. is divided into North/South Pleasant by College St.

Downtown Oberlin is located at the corner of Main and College. The central square, Tappan Sqaure, is located across College St. from downtown and is a square block with corners at Main/College Sts., Main/Lorain Sts., N Professor/Lorain Sts., and Professor/College Sts. The Oberlin College campus is located just west of Tappan Square (the Student Union building, Wilder Hall, is located at 127 W. Lorain St).


  • Oberlin College.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright House.
  • The Oberlin Heritage Center, [1].




There are several restaurants in Oberlin offering a variety of cuisine and price ranges.

For the high end there is Weia Teia (9 South Main St), which offers Asian and American ingredients fused with Asian, French, and Italian techniques. Just outside of town on the west end is Presti's of Oberlin (580 W Lorain St), an Italian restaurant.

For medium-priced food there is the excellent Black River Cafe (15 S Main St, Americana with an emphasis on organic foods), Tooo Chinoise (Asian), the Mandarin (82 S Main St, Chinese and Japanese), and the Feve (30 S Main St, bar and restaurant), the Java Zone (5 W College St), and the excellent Lorenzo's Pizza (52 S Main St, Oberlin).

The low end is Downtown Pizza, Agave Burrito Bar and Tequileria, and several fast food chains.


There are two bars for non-college students in Oberlin: The Feve (30 S Main St, Oberlin) and the Oberlin Inn bar (officially known as Brewster's) at the corner of Main and College. The Feve is the more popular local hang out.


There are several locally owned and operated B&B's.

  • Oberlin Inn, (corner of Main and College). The only hotel in town.

Get out

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