Collected by Donna Patterson
4930 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
At first glance it can be easy to assume the only place to get coffee in Indianapolis is Starbucks. Look a little harder and you'll find several excellent independent coffee shops. The standout among them is Hubbard and Cravens. HC sources and...
114 E 49th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
Napolese is an artisanal pizzeria in the heart of one of Indianapolis' most historic neighborhoods. Owned by Martha Hoover, the woman behind the beloved breakfast spot Cafe Patachou (next door), Napolese serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas with...
115 E 49th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
Barking Dog Cafe is the only place in Indy to get an authentic lobster roll. Styled like a east coast, oceanside cafe, Barking Dog offers a changing seasonal menu in its small, quaint spot in historic Meridian Kessler. In addition to its love for...
1011 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
This Belgian-style pub is one of the most unheralded and underrated places to drink and dine in the country. The beers are brilliant. Brugge make the best Abbey Trippel I've ever tried (though I will admit, I have yet to visit Belgium and drink a...
1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
Locally Grown Gardens is a chef-owned produce stand. Chef Ron bakes the best pies I have ever had. His apple, blueberry, peach, and sugar cream pies, depending on what's fresh and in-season, are all mouthwateringly delicious. The crust is thick,...
Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis, IN, USA
There is no better way to tour Indianapolis than by bike on Indy’s Cultural Trail. The eight mile bike and pedestrian path traverses five downtown cultural districts: Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, The Canal & White River State Park,...
410 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
BRU is relatively new in town and is a popular stop for gourmet burgers and a huge, well-curated beer list. If roasted jalapeños, peppercorn-bourbon glaze, and red onion jam sound like great burger toppings, then go no further than BRU Burger Bar...
434 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
At Home in the City is an eclectic home and gift store on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis. The shop is filled with quirky trinkets, gorgeous home accents, and other unique finds. The best part about the store is the large selection of products...
225 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Cafe Patachou has been an Indianapolis institution for more than 20 years, and for good reason. For my money, the thick cut sourdough cinnamon toast is absolute perfection. If you ask my husband, he'll tell you there is nothing better than the...
222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
There's nothing better than being out on a hot summer day and running into the Nicey truck (or the Nicey bike). These mobile popsicle sellers excel at making tasty, unique ice pops, and you can find them at the Wednesday downtown market, the...
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Indy Reads Books is an independent used bookstore with an important cause: adult literacy. It's also one of the liveliest bookstores in town, thanks to its eclectic mix of books, calendar of arts and author events, and, most importantly, its...
647 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company is exactly what an independent, neighborhood coffee shop should be: comfy, artsy, and delicious. Located along Virginia Avenue in the Fletcher Place neighborhood, Calvin Fletcher's is a great place to grab a quick...