Frequently ranked as one of America’s best downtowns, Indianapolis promises a wealth of shops, restaurants and activities without the big city chaos. Attractions such as the Indianapolis Zoo, the...
At no point are visitors to Indianapolis stuck for options when it comes to dining out. For the ultimate in diversity, pay a visit to Broad Ripple Village and browse the huge selection of restaurants on offer. Belgian, Japanese, Mexican and Mediterranean establishments are among the cream of the crop in this district. If the taste buds are calling for a slice of Italy, Downtown is the neighbourhood to be in. In Circle Centre Mall and the surrounding area, a pizza or pasta shop of some description is on just about every corner. Don’t miss out on a slice of Sonny’s Pizza, located on West New York Street. Food truck fans will find their nirvana in Indianapolis. Comfort food is king in these mobile food outlets, with snacks like grilled sandwiches, tacos, macaroni cheese and chili fries on the menu. Look out for the famous Scratch Truck and Mac Genie for some of the tastiest street food the city has to offer. Those visiting Indianapolis for a motorsport event are in for a treat (aside from the great racing, of course). The famous pork tenderloin sandwich is not only a prized creation of the city of Indianapolis but also a bestseller at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Refrain from eating peanuts at the track though - legend says it’s bad luck.
When it comes to shopping in Indianapolis, visitors are spoilt for choice. Young travellers seeking a wide variety of modern shops in a small area should look no further than Broad Ripple Village, a cultural district whose motto, “We’re open if you are”, says it all. The neighbourhood’s thriving bar scene means there’s plenty of fun to be had once all shopping possibilities have been exhausted. Creative types will find paradise in Fountain Square, a neighbourhood dominated by antique shops, galleries, studios and trendy restaurants. Pick up a vintage bargain, kick back with a drink and watch some great live music, or experience art heaven in the many galleries and studios dotted around the district. Fountain Square is situated roughly 10 minutes’ drive southeast of downtown. For designer label clothing and accessories, head to the Fashion Mall at Keystone, but prepare for some hefty price tags. This is high-end fashion at its finest, with Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Pandora and Caché among the numerous stores on offer. The half-hour drive north from downtown, while well worth it for the serious shopper, might be a waste of time for those on a tight budget. Those driving south from Indianapolis should stop at the Bargersville Flea Market, about half an hour out of the city. With a proud history nearing half a decade, this famous market is home to Indiana’s best collection of antiques and collectibles. Visitors can expect to find everything from art to memorabilia and even fresh local produce on offer.