The holidays are one of the best times to take a walk around Downtown Indianapolis. There is so much to enjoy, here is a quick guide to how you can spend the day!
Start in the Wholesale District
You can start your trip by parking in or around Circle Center Mall. Take a quick trip to Carson’s to see what holiday deals they have and then pop on over to TJ Maxx. They have amazing deals on just about everything. You can always find something there.
Once you’re done, take anything you’ve bought and drop it off to the trunk of your car. Don’t put it in the backseat, you’re asking for your car to get broken into. It’s not a dangerous area, but I’m from the Eastside of Indy, and well, I expect my car to get broken into. So, play it safe and put it in your trunk. And be conscious if people are around.
Food, Drink or Snack Break!
From there, you can take a break to enjoy a drink. There are Starbucks locations all around. One of the prettiest locations is on Monument Circle, but it does get busy. The Circle is amazing this time of year and you can take a picture with friends and family with the gorgeous 240 foot tree behind you.
You can also pop into the South Bend Chocolate Company on the Circle as well. They have a variety of hot beverages, sweets, desserts and ice cream. In the mood for lunch? You can get a soup or sandwich right there at Au Bon Pain, Soupremacy or at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Head to Mass Ave.
From here, you’re going to head north to Mass Ave. If you don’t know where it is, just plug my first location idea (below) into your smart phone. Mass Ave. is where you can find some of the city’s best local places for personal gifts.
Once you get there, the Mass Ave Toys can be the first stop. It is a great place to find the perfect gift for the kids (both adult and children) in your life.
After you get done with the toy store, cross the street and head into Silver in the City. This place has the perfect gifts that you didn’t even know you needed to buy. From jewelry and clothing to hysterical ideas, they have it all.
For other unique or Indianapolis themed gifts, check out Homespun, which is just down the street. It has such a variety of great items, including local home goods and art that you can’t find anywhere else.
If you are looking for a gift for the pets in your life, towards the north end of Mass Ave. is City Dogs. They have a variety of food, snacks, treats and clothing for both cats and dogs. You’ll love their selection of adorable cookies and treats.
Food and Drink Ideas
If you parked towards Circle Center Mall, you have a ways a way to walk back. Why not stop and grab some dinner on your way back up from a long day of shopping?
Mass Ave. has a variety of great dining options. Bakersfield has great tacos and margaritas, MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar has great Scottish cuisine, Salt on Mass provides upscale dining options, or grab pizza at the iconic Bazbeaux Pizza. If you’re a fan of beer, stop in The Tap for a variety of beer and great food.
Mass Ave. has a TON of great shops, more than just what I included. Check out the Mass Ave. directory for all options. Happy shopping!