Mindy's Guidebook

Mindy

Mindy's Guidebook

Neighborhood Spots
Places very close by.
Across the street! LBGTQ-friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant. Breaded tenderloin and fish & chips. Ask for the gay cake if you’re feeling indulgent :) They offer take-out too.
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English Ivy's
944 North Alabama Street
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Across the street! LBGTQ-friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant. Breaded tenderloin and fish & chips. Ask for the gay cake if you’re feeling indulgent :) They offer take-out too.
Locally owned. Good for a quick lunch or coffee. Solid weekend brunch. 10-min walk.
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Henry's Coffee Bistro
627 East Street
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Locally owned. Good for a quick lunch or coffee. Solid weekend brunch. 10-min walk.
Yoga and pilates. Virtual and in-person classes available.
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Invoke Studio
970 Fort Wayne Avenue
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Yoga and pilates. Virtual and in-person classes available.
Local business. Next day photo prints and a variety of camera gear and accessories.
Roberts Camera
220 East Saint Clair Street
Local business. Next day photo prints and a variety of camera gear and accessories.
Sightseeing
Beautiful spot in downtown. Bike rentals, paddle boats and gondola rides. You have the option of several museums, Victory Field (baseball) and the Indianapolis Zoo (just over the river). Or catch an evening concert at the White River Amphitheater. Great spot to ride bikes but I suggest walking along the canal as it can get crowded. Very easy bike ride from my place. The Cultural Trail bike path will get you there.
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White River State Park
801 W Washington St
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Beautiful spot in downtown. Bike rentals, paddle boats and gondola rides. You have the option of several museums, Victory Field (baseball) and the Indianapolis Zoo (just over the river). Or catch an evening concert at the White River Amphitheater. Great spot to ride bikes but I suggest walking along the canal as it can get crowded. Very easy bike ride from my place. The Cultural Trail bike path will get you there.
Beautiful park on the south side of the city. Beautiful conservatory (great place to warm up on a chilly day) with sunken gardens. Conservatory charges a small fee for entry but they have awesome tropical plants. There’s often a festival or concert happening there on weekends at the amphitheater. There is parking on-site.
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Garfield Park
2345 Pagoda Drive
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Beautiful park on the south side of the city. Beautiful conservatory (great place to warm up on a chilly day) with sunken gardens. Conservatory charges a small fee for entry but they have awesome tropical plants. There’s often a festival or concert happening there on weekends at the amphitheater. There is parking on-site.
If you have an interest in military things, they have an extensive museum in the basement, complete with a helicopter. For me, I like the memorial room upstairs. It’s beautiful and peaceful. I believe it’s donation only. They completed a full exterior renovation in 2019.
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Indiana World War Memorial
55 East Michigan Street
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If you have an interest in military things, they have an extensive museum in the basement, complete with a helicopter. For me, I like the memorial room upstairs. It’s beautiful and peaceful. I believe it’s donation only. They completed a full exterior renovation in 2019.
Beautifully restored church that’s now a venue/office. Often an art show the First Friday of each month. Check indianalandmarks.org for events.
Indiana Landmarks
1201 Central Ave
Beautifully restored church that’s now a venue/office. Often an art show the First Friday of each month. Check indianalandmarks.org for events.
Lovely blend of historic and modern architecture. Be aware that there are often vagabonds in the area so I recommend daylight visits.
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Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library
40 East Saint Clair Street
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Lovely blend of historic and modern architecture. Be aware that there are often vagabonds in the area so I recommend daylight visits.
Not downtown but not far if you have a car.
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Newfields
4000 Michigan Rd
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Not downtown but not far if you have a car.
Restaurants
Interesting places to eat around the city.
New in 2021...a variety of food and retail in an old Coca-Cola plant.
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The Garage Food Hall
906 Carrollton Avenue
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New in 2021...a variety of food and retail in an old Coca-Cola plant.
Gorgeous interior and great variety of vendors. Perfect lunch spot.
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Indianapolis City Market
222 East Market Street
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Gorgeous interior and great variety of vendors. Perfect lunch spot.
Amazing fried chicken and biscuits.
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The Eagle
310 East Massachusetts Ave
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Amazing fried chicken and biscuits.
If you’re in White River State Park, highly recommend this cafe. Great patio right on the water. Good food, gelato and homemade sodas. They do have beer and wine, too!
Fresco Italian Cafe on the Canal
310 West Michigan Street
If you’re in White River State Park, highly recommend this cafe. Great patio right on the water. Good food, gelato and homemade sodas. They do have beer and wine, too!
Good for delivery or takeout. Some people prefer Siam Square but I’ve always enjoyed the food from here. I usually order “medium” spice as their mild is too mild :)
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Thaitanium
741 Massachusetts Ave
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Good for delivery or takeout. Some people prefer Siam Square but I’ve always enjoyed the food from here. I usually order “medium” spice as their mild is too mild :)
Authentic thai food. Not too close but good option for delivery.
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Siam Square
936 Virginia Avenue
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Authentic thai food. Not too close but good option for delivery.
Solid option for fast delivery. I love their chicken cordon blue pizza!
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Greek’s Pizzeria 16th Street
1601 Columbia Ave
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Solid option for fast delivery. I love their chicken cordon blue pizza!
Not close by but solid delivery option. Queso! And enchiladas ensuizas.
Mr Tequila's
935 S East St
Not close by but solid delivery option. Queso! And enchiladas ensuizas.
My favorite guilty pleasure for take-out if you need a fast food option. Little cheeseburger, little fries and you *might* have room for a shake.
Five Guys
48 East Washington Street
My favorite guilty pleasure for take-out if you need a fast food option. Little cheeseburger, little fries and you *might* have room for a shake.
Neighborhoods
Several block stretch of dining, bars and boutique shopping. Fave dining: MacNiven’s, Bakersfield, The Eagle, Ralston’s. Forty-five Degrees has half-price sushi on Sundays. Godfather pizza is great for a slice and there’s a speakeasy in the back ($$$ but unique). Shops: Homespun, World Gifts, Silver in the City, Artisans Entertainment: Rathskeller Biergarden
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Massachusetts Avenue
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Several block stretch of dining, bars and boutique shopping. Fave dining: MacNiven’s, Bakersfield, The Eagle, Ralston’s. Forty-five Degrees has half-price sushi on Sundays. Godfather pizza is great for a slice and there’s a speakeasy in the back ($$$ but unique). Shops: Homespun, World Gifts, Silver in the City, Artisans Entertainment: Rathskeller Biergarden
Lots of outdoor dining and vintage shops. Duckpin bowling and several music venues.
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Fountain Square
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Lots of outdoor dining and vintage shops. Duckpin bowling and several music venues.
Cafe/Bakery
For caffeine and baked good-fixes.
Online ordering, croissants and sourdough!
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Amelia's
653 Virginia Ave
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Online ordering, croissants and sourdough!
Gorgeous historic building and comfy seats!
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Coat Check Coffee
401 E Michigan St
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Gorgeous historic building and comfy seats!
10-min walk. Baked goods and coffee.
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Leviathan Bakehouse
1101 North College Avenue
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10-min walk. Baked goods and coffee.
Groceries
My go-to grocery store. Bakery, deli, hot food bar and salad bar. They also have a little cafe. Parking lot with 2-hr parking.
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Needler's Fresh Market
320 North New Jersey Street
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My go-to grocery store. Bakery, deli, hot food bar and salad bar. They also have a little cafe. Parking lot with 2-hr parking.
An alternative to Needler’s. Great lunch option with a wide variety of hot food. They have an indoor and outdoor dining area.
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Whole Foods Market
320 E Market St
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An alternative to Needler’s. Great lunch option with a wide variety of hot food. They have an indoor and outdoor dining area.
Shopping
Local spots for gifts/souvenirs.
They’re now located in Garageindy.com. Cute shop, unique cards.
Pumkinfish
429 Massachusetts Ave
They’re now located in Garageindy.com. Cute shop, unique cards.
Local artisan goods and Indy-themed gifts.
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Homespun: Modern Handmade
869 Massachusetts Avenue
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Local artisan goods and Indy-themed gifts.
More unique gifts, cards and books
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Silver In the City
434 Massachusetts Avenue
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More unique gifts, cards and books
Jewelry, gifts and local fare.
Artisans
429 Massachusetts Avenue
Jewelry, gifts and local fare.
Global Gifts
446 Massachusetts Avenue
Local hardware store for those miscellaneous needs :)
Fusek's True Value Hardware
350 E New York St
Local hardware store for those miscellaneous needs :)