Insider's Guide to Indianapolis

Insider's Guide to Indianapolis

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Think Circle City is little more than the Indy 500? You’d be wrong. In the past few years, Indianapolis has experienced a significant renaissance, particularly downtown.

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    Locally brewed craft beer, and they donate a portion of their profits to animal and wildlife organizations.
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    This small lunch and dinner eatery features organic, local, and seasonal food, with tasty options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. As long as you bring along your own napkin, your meal will be zero waste. And, you can stop by the nearby Upland Tasting Room to sample local craft beers before or after your meal to make an evening of it.
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    If you love Italian food, visit this cozy, small gem tucked away in an erstwhile house. Their food is top notch, but the ambiance is even better - you can sit in the dark, romantic interior, or outside under patio lights in the warmer months.
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    Their ice cream is delicious (try the blackberry!) and they have a spacious outdoor area - it's just a really lovely, locally owned space. Ride your bike there on the Monon Trail.
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    BRU Burger has delicious gourmet burgers with interesting varieties. If you don't want a traditional burger, you can get chicken breast, ground turkey, vegetarian, or a fish fillet. It's nearby the Mass Ave cultural district, which has plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars.
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    This is the famous statue right in the heart of the city. Built in 1902, it stands only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.
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    As you walk in, you’ll smell crepes, pizza, and huaraches. Make your way to Three Carrots for their pulled seitan sandwich then pick up the Ginger Bomb juice over at Twenty Two. Afterward, walk on up the stairs to the Tomlinson Tap Room for $3 draft specials, including local favorites like Sun King.
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    This eight-mile path provides a banquet of peripatetic possibilities as curious travelers can rent a bike and check out the 10 different art installations.
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    Just off Senate Avenue you’ll find a brick-and-mortar homage to Kurt Vonnegut, who spent his formative years in Indianapolis. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by first editions of his novels as they look over some of his personal effects, including his typewriter, his red rooster lamp, and a slew of rejection letters (take note, aspiring authors).
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    Although this monumental building on Meridian Street is hard to miss, many people don’t realize its true beauty is on the inside. This building oozes beauty, but the shrine room is one of the most breathtaking spaces in Indianapolis. The upper balcony on the exterior of the monument is also a great place to watch the sunset downtown.
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    Its neon sign is a local icon and the interior décor is straight out of the 1960s. You’ll find cheap drinks, cozy tables, and a menu fit for the Midwest. If the potato salad is available, don’t leave without getting an order or two. Don’t let the dimly lit interior scare you away, but bring your cards at home for this cash-only establishment.
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    The bright red building is charming and the inside is cozy and warm. You can’t go wrong at Foundry – the bottomless coffee is perfect for long meetings or work sessions and the lunch basket is always a favorite.
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