No Nature and Culture Divide Necessary in Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis
One of six designated cultural districts, Broad Ripple Village is where some of the best of Indianapolis can be found. With a wealth of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants, plus its proximity to White River, it’s popularity is no surprise. Plan a whole day and night to shop, eat, stroll along the Monon Trail and take in a live concert. You can reach this lively destination in about twenty minutes from downtown Indianapolis driving with your Sixt car rental.
Begin your day with a cup of sustainably grown coffee at Hubbards and Cravens before heading out along the main drag of Broad Ripple Avenue. Grab a bite at the Ripple Bagel and Deli before browsing the stacks at the independent Indy CD&Vinyl and the shops along the avenue. Upon reaching Winthrop Avenue get a change of scenery by walking the Monon Trail north. Stop for an ice cream at Brics before continuing up to the Indianapolis Art Center to check the facility and the 12-acre interactive sculpture park. Next cruise down Ferguson Street for a meal at any of the fantastic restaurants like the Broad Ripple Brew Pub. If healthy eating is more your thing then Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe is where you should take a seat. Take a digestive stroll down to E 64th Street and have a look in Broad Ripple Vintage before getting inspired by the wealth of materials waiting to be reused at Indy Upcycle. Grab another coffee or bite to eat before ending your visit with a live show at the historic Vogue concert venue or any of the neighborhood’s trendy nightlife spots.
- Artifacts Gallery has been supporting and showcasing works of American Comtemporary Craft since 1977. Working directly with artists and small scale studios from all over the US, Artfiacts offers unique fine art jewelry, ceramics, art glass, wood pieces and more.
- Warfleigh Barber & Supply Co is a walk-in only traditional barbershop that offers shaves, haircuts and small gift items. Come in for a cut or to stock up on hard to find lines like Doctor Harris products from the UK.
- Eva Maison is a lovely shop opened in 2015 by Josh Posner and driven by his passion for natural products. Besides carrying his family’s Aruba Aloe products the shop specializes in high quality, organic and cruelty free beauty and skin care products for everyone.
- Now inhabiting a Michael Graves designed building the Indianapolis Art Center was originally founded in 1934 as Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression to serve artists. Sitting along the banks of the White River the center offers hundreds of art classes, numerous exhibitions in its six galleries and brings art into underserved communities with its Outreach program. It also hosts the annual Broad Ripple Art Fair.
- Not just a place to eat a great meal Public Greens is a self-described “urban kitchen with a mission”. The farm-market cafeteria dedicates 100% of its profits to support The Patachou Foundation which provides wholesome, high quality food to at-risk and food insecure children of Indianapolis.
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