Indy Favorites

After many requests, I’ve finally compiled a list of all my Indy favorites- with everything from brunch to donuts to cocktails. Whether you’re visiting Indy for the weekend, or if you’re a local looking for some new spots to check out, I’ve got ya covered! Enjoy! xo

What To Eat:

Brunch

Patachou- Favorite breakfast / lunch spot. I go at least once a week! There's locations all over the city. I love their avocado toast, cuban breakfast, and blueberry coffee.

Milktooth [Fletcher Place]- Super hipster brunch spot in Fletcher Place. Their menu is very unique and has something new whenever I go. It’s usually packed on the weekend but worth the wait! (also very Instagrammable)

Garden Table [Downtown]- The prettiest little spot on Mass Ave that’s perfect for a Saturday morning brunch with friends. I LOVE their Garden Toast (their spin on the classic Avocado Toast) and their Acai Bowl. Be sure to try out their juice flight (favorite is Neon Nectar) and long list of yummy lattes.

General American Donuts [Fletcher Place]- The coolest little hole in the wall donut shop in Fletcher Place. It has the most unsuspecting store front but has a fun industrial vibe on the inside. You can’t go wrong with a classic glazed donut, but my all time fave is their Creme Brulee donut!

Donut Refinery [Carmel]- Donut Refinery is a new donut spot in Carmel with the yummiest made-to-order donuts. You select your frosting and toppings on a cute little clipboard and and they’ll make them right on the spot. I highly recommend vanilla frosting + Oreos combo and strawberry frosting + Fruity Pebbles combo. They’re warm and gooey and my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

Lemon Bar [Zionsville]- Cute little shabby chic bakery & cafe in downtown Zionsville. Love their basket of fries with roasted garlic aioli!

Lunch + Dinner:

Napolese [Downtown/Broad Ripple/Keystone]- Favorite pizza in Indy- love their margarita pizza and Meridian-Kessler pizza. Usually Cort and I will split a pizza + a salad and order some wine. It makes for an affordable, yet still nice date night!

Bakersfield [Downtown]- Favorite Mexican place in the city! Their margs are 100% unrivaled and their tacos and chips and salsa are out of this world. If I’m going to dinner downtown, there’s a good chance I’ll end up here and I never ever regret it.

Union Fifty [Downtown]- Industrial/chic upscale restaurant in downtown Indy with an innovative take on an American menu. Perfect for a nice date night but also great to grab a cocktail / beer and appetizer during happy hour. I love their hand-cut truffle fries with a garlic truffle aioli. If you’re going on a Saturday night, try to get a reservation as their wait can be outrageous! They also have occasional live music which makes for a fun time.

Livery [Downtown]- Absolutely love this spot on College. Livery is super close to everything but just off the beaten path and in the summer time their rooftop patio cannot be beat. The ambiance inside and outside is on point and their menu has a super unique Latin American spin!

Delicia [Broad Ripple]- One of the most underrated Indy restaurants if you ask me. Delicia is perfect for a date night dinner and drinks. If you go you HAVE to get the Tamal Corncakes… I’m drooling just thinking about them.

Bru Burger [Downtown/Carmel/Noblesville+]- A good crowd pleaser with a large menu and awesome burgers. Love their Bourbon burger + chopped salad.

Connor's Kitchen [Downtown]- Newer to Indy, Connor’s kitchen has a killer cocktail list and a unique menu. Think upscale comfort food. I love their Gooey Butter Cake for dessert and their Prickly Pear Marg. Try to sit outside in the summer and be sure to hit them up for brunch as well (live music included).

Hedge Row [Downtown]- A more upscale farm to table restaurant on Mass Ave. Hedge Row is a perfect date night stop and has a beautiful atmosphere.

The Eagle [Downtown]- Comfort food at it’s finest. Their fried chicken is unmatched in the Indy area. You can’t go wrong with the chicken sandwich and ALL of the their appetizers are drool-worthy. We’re talking fries with aioli, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, and corn bread. Their atmosphere is great and in the summer their patio is the perfect mass ave hangout spot.

The Tap [Downtown]- A more upscale sports bar with a solid menu. Their tap fries and pretzels are AMAZING and they have a ton of craft beers on tap. As far as meals, I love their Southwest Salad, Beer Cheese Burger, and 6 Cheese Pizza- and I’ve heard the Firecracker Shrimp Tacos are amazing as well (even though I don’t like shrimp) ;).

Dessert

Gallery Pastry Shop [Broad Ripple]- A little hidden gem or a pastry shop tucked off the road in Broad Ripple. Gallery Pastry Shop is a perfect place for a coffee date and has amazing desserts. I love their macaroons!

Graeters Ice Cream [Meridian-Kessler, Carmel, Noblesville]- Ohmygosh best ice cream in all of Indy. I’m ashamed to admit how often I frequent this place. My favorites are Cotton Candy (don’t knock it til ya try it), Peanut Butter Chip, Salted Caramel Chip, and Banana. SO GOOD.

Cake Bake [Broad Ripple]- Super girly dessert spot- perfect for a mother / daughter date or bridesmaid brunch.  Love their lemon bars and chai tea latte!


What To Drink:

Coffee

Indie Coffee Roasters [Carmel]- Best coffee spot in Carmel, IMO. I love going here to get work done because it has a bright, clean environment and upbeat vibe. Staff is super friendly too.

Della Leva Coffee [Fishers]- A hidden gem in Fishers that you won’t find unless you’re looking for it. Gorgeous coffee shop with a Parisian vibe. Also very Instagrammable- I’ve taken my fair share of photos here ;)

The Well [Fishers]- Cute little coffee shop a with mission to make a difference in both local and global communities.

Provider [Downtown]- One of Indy’s newest and trendiest coffee spots. Provider has a wonderful atmosphere to sit and get work done or meet with a friend. Their lattes are out of this world and they even serve signature cocktails throughout the day and stay open well into the night.

Cocktails

Hotel Tango Distillery [Downtown]- Super unique spot in Fletcher Place near Fountain Square. They have an impressive list of craft cocktails, offer free popcorn, and are even pet friendly. That makes up ultimate chill hang out spot if you ask me.

Ball and Biscuit [Downtown]- One of my favorite places to grab drinks in the summer. Ball and Biscuit is located in the middle of the action on Mass Ave and has a super moody feel at night with an AMAZING patio space right off the sidewalk.

3UP Rooftop Bar [Carmel]- A swanky new bar in downtown Carmel with an awesome rooftop patio. I’m excited to spend more time here once the warm weather returns!


Where To Stay:

Conrad Hotel [Downtown]- Gorgeous hotel in Downtown Indy within walking distance or a quick Uber ride to all of my downtown favorites. I’ve stayed in their Pop Suite which is insanely decorated and complete with a cozy fireplace. Also be sure to check out the Evan Todd salon & spa for a massage or mani!

Ironworks [Keystone]- If you’re looking to stay on the North Side, Ironworks is the clear choice in my book. The inside has a super rustic and cozy feel unlike your traditional hotel and they boast an amazing selection of restaurants located right there inside their space. Walk downstairs in the morning to have breakfast at Rize, schedule a massage for afterwards, and then fill up on Sushi for lunch, all within feet of each other!


Other Faves:

Drybar [Keystone]- Get yourself a beautiful blowout that will leave you feeling like a KWEEN!

Lesley Jane [Keystone / Zionsville]- One of my favorite boutiques in Indy. They have affordable, on-trend pieces and I always leave with something amazing.

8 Fifteen [Broad Ripple]- 8Fifteen is located in Broad Ripple and they have an amazing, curated selection designer pieces that no other stores in Indy offer.

Reveal by Polish [Broad Ripple]- Reveal is a new home decor and gift shop in Broad Ripple and their space is gorgeous. Perfect place to pick up a decorative piece for your home or some art by local creatives.

Fashion Mall [Keystone]- Best mall in Indy to hit up. They’ve go Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Madewell, Lesley Jane, Free People, Sephora, and lots more.

Silver in the City [Downtown / Carmel ]- Fun little souvenir / gift shop located in Downtown Indy and Downtown Carmel. Perfect place to grab a quirky gift or unique piece of art- they’ve got everything from jewelry to Indy gear.