If you’re staying in the Broad Ripple area, you’ll want to take advantage of the famous coffee bar and nightlife. Here, we take you on a tour of the coffee and other interesting establishments in and around Broad Ripple – so you’ll know where to head when you arrive.
1. Brics – Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station
A hidden gem and perhaps the best ice cream in the whole of Indianapolis. This cute and distinctive building houses a broad selection of intriguing ice cream flavors served in generous portions. A little out of the way but well worth the effort of hunting down. The cookies are good too.
2. Ripple Bagel and Deli
A lively place that serves a wide range of delicious bagels. Ripple Bagel and Deli is a small and unassuming eatery, but the food is good and very reasonably priced. The staffs are also friendly and helpful. An ideal option for brunch or lunch – with a laidback and welcoming atmosphere too.
3. Cake Bake Shop
A lovely cake shop with exquisite décor – you’ll love the attention to detail here. But what you’ll enjoy even more is the food. Don’t expect just cakes though, because they serve a lot more than just that, and all of very high quality. Before you leave, make sure you do try a slice of cake – they’re exceptional.
4. Monon Coffee Co
For caffeine fiends in need of a hit, Monon Coffee Co is one of the best places to find a brew. Their signature drinks include the White Zombie and the Choo Choo Brew – and they do a mean white chocolate mocha too! A great place to hang out and chill, get some work done or just meet up with friends. They have a good range of high-quality coffees and skilled baristas to brew them for you. If you want more joy, Try to find some coffee guides before go.
5. Petite Chou
Located to the north of Broad Ripple village, whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, Petite Chou is always a reliable choice. As you may guess from the name, the food they serve here is French, with a good range of classic bistro options. Good service, outdoor seating and also vegan-friendly. The veggie burger is highly recommended.
6. Thai Café
If you are craving something a little more exotic, head to Broad Ripple’s Thai Café. The food is excellent – and if you like it spicy, they can do it for you! The service is good, the staff are friendly, the portions are generous and the food is authentic – what more do you need? Try the Thai iced tea, it’s just like the real thing from Thailand!
7. Indy Hostel
If you’re looking for somewhere friendly to stay in Broad Ripple, the Indy Hostel comes highly recommended. The reception is open from 10am-10pm, and they offer a range of services, including Wi-Fi, guest computer, free luggage storage, local guidance, suggestions about places to visit and bike rental to help you explore the area.
8. Union Jack Pub
If you’re looking for a place to sink a pint of beer or two while enjoying some tasty bar food, Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple should be high on your list. They are renowned for their pan pizza, which is always perfectly crisped and topped with plenty of melted cheese. The atmosphere is lively and pub-style. They also have a good selection of brunch options.
9. Naked Tchopstix
If you need your sushi fix in Broad Ripple, you can do far worse than heading over to this eccentrically-named restaurant. The food here is excellent – this place is especially famous for their sushi rolls, so don’t pass up on the chance to try them. The food is not necessarily genuine authentic Japanese-style sushi, but it’s delicious all the same.
10. Hubbard and Cravens Coffee and Tea
Another coffee and tea lovers’ heaven, this place has a wide selection of beverages and friendly and knowledgeable staff who are more than happy to help you choose. This is a coffee bar for those who are serious about their coffee – get yourself a big French press of the Bali and sit down to share it with a couple of friends! Welcoming atmosphere and good, reliable Wi-Fi.
11. A Taste of Havana
Broad Ripple’s undisputed number one Cuban sandwich joint. If you are looking for a taste of the Caribbean, this is the place to head. There is a good range of authentic Cuban fare as well as some more experimental stuff, all of which is absolutely delicious. The Cuban coffees here are also unmissable and the perfect finish to a good Cuban lunch.
12. Insomnia Cookies
If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for a place for dessert, Insomnia Cookies comes highly recommended. This place is famous in the Broad Ripple area – if you can’t understand why a place that “just” makes cookies is so reputed, then you should definitely make a point of finding out. They make their cookies on site, and they’re tastiest when they’re fresh out of the oven. Insomnia Cookies also delivers until 3 am.
13. Einstein Bros Bagels
Another great choice for bagel fans, this well-known chain serves up a good selection of top-quality gourmet bagels and similar food items. They also carry a good range of coffees and other drink options. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed, making this a good place to sit if you need somewhere quiet to get some work done. A bonus for early risers is that they are open from 5:30 am.
Plenty of choice for all tastes
As you can see, Broad Ripple village has a wide range of coffee bars and eateries for all tastes and budgets. If you just want a coffee or a bite to eat, there are plenty of places to choose from. Those looking for something more elaborate or exotic are also well served.
Broad Ripple also has a host of nightspots for those hoping for a night on the town – and, as Broad Ripple’s motto goes, “we’re open if you are”.