When visiting any city, I prefer to hit local favorites instead of touristy spots. Often times I turn to Twitter or my favorite blogs for travel suggestions. Throughout travel month, I’ve rounded up bloggers and creatives from different cities to share their favorite restaurants and often over looked gems so you can travel like a local in their city.
I am thrilled to welcome Amy Northard to Twin Stripe to share the Midwestern city of Indianapolis, IN. When Amy is not checking out the latest brunch spot or meeting up with fellow entrepreneurs, she is busy running her successful business, Amy Northard, CPA – The Accountant for Creatives. Keep reading her guide to finding the best local spots in Indy.
Coffee shop – My favorite coffee shop would have to be the Thirsty Scholar. The drinks are great and the decor is so Instagram-worthy! I usually get a mocha when I meet clients here.
Brunch Spot – The best brunch in town is definitely at Milktooth. While they have typical brunch food like bacon and pastries, they have the most unique dishes like dutch baby pancakes with lemon curd and berries. Their decor is really eclectic and, if you visit, make sure to check out the restroom!
Dinner – My favorite dinner spot is Brugge Brasserie. They brew their own beer and I’d say their frites (french fries) are the best thing on their menu, along with the huge variety of dipping sauces you can get.
Place to Grab a Cocktail – I love going to The Libertine Liquor Bar for a fun cocktail with my friends. When you step inside, it feels like an old, prohibition-era bar and the cocktails match the feel. The bartenders make everything with fresh ingredients right in front of you, which is so fun to watch.
Place to Shop – My favorite place to shop is Mass Ave. There are so many fun little shops to visit, but my favorite is probably Boomerang Boutique. It’s got a mix of vintage and new clothing, accessories, and decor. You can usually find the owner at the checkout counter. She’s so fun to chat with and has even created her own line of t-shirts that are sold all over the state.
What is your favorite way to spend a day in Indy?
My favorite way to spend a day in Indy starts out by waking up early and going to the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. There are so many beautiful flowers, fresh produce and small business owners selling their products. I love taking it all in and shopping local. After that, I’d pack a picnic and head to Holliday Park with my husband and pup. They have a fun hiking trail, a gorgeous garden and some really neat ruins right in the middle of the park. I would probably end the day at one of Indy’s many craft breweries with my friends. My favorite is currently St. Joseph Brewery which is housed inside an old Catholic church.
What would you consider Indy’s hidden gem?
I would say one of Indy’s hidden gems is The Cake Bake Shop. It’s tucked away on a narrow street in Broad Ripple (north side Indy neighborhood) and is so beautifully decorated, you don’t even feel like you’re in Indy anymore. The pastries are made of the finest ingredients and you can really taste a difference. I love meeting here once a month with my fellow entrepreneur friends in their private dining room to talk about what’s going on in our businesses while eating the best chocolate chip cookie.
Why do you love your city?
I love Indianapolis because there’s always something fun to do. There are also a lot of great suburbs surrounding the city which makes it fun to explore new shops and restaurants with friends. While I’m not huge into sports, it’s pretty fun to get swept into the excitement of the local teams and supporting them.
Have you ever traveled to Indianapolis? If you haven’t been there, I bet you’ll want to add it to your list to check out all of Amy’s awesome recommendations. You can find Amy on her website, Twitter and Facebook.
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