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Indianapolis – Morning, Noon and Night

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Looking for an urban getaway that offers great tastes, great shopping and great entertainment morning, noon and night? Look no further than downtown Indianapolis.

Get an early (or not so early) start for breakfast at the downtown location of Cafe Patachou, 225 W. Washington St. Choose an omelette made with Indiana-grown free range eggs or the signature Bruce’s granola.

After breakfast, head to the Canal Walk where you can get in a 3-mile walk or run while enjoying the waterfront. The Canal Walk connects such downtown locales as the Indianapolis Zoo, the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial. While at the Canal Walk, you can rent a Segway, take a gondola ride or rent bikes.

Once you’re warmed up for the day, head northeast across downtown to the Mass Ave. district. Touted as “45 degrees from ordinary,” Mass Ave offers a great selection of shops, art galleries and restaurants. My favorite shops include Mass Ave. Toys, Global Gifts and At Home in the City. For a very casual lunch, try Yats’ Cajun cuisine or opt for the slightly more refined and definitely delicious MacNivens Restaurant and Bar, where I lean toward the three-cheese grilled cheese with spicy red pepper aioli. Save room for dessert at The Flying Cupcake.

Of course, you can do some more traditional shopping at Circle Center Mall, which is anchored by Carson Prairie Scott and Nordstrom and offers more than 100 options for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Plan for a little time to freshen up before heading out for the evening. Dinner options downtown are numerous. From The Capital Grille at the Conrad Hotel to the world-famous St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, from the cozy Elbow Room Pub to Barcelona Tapas and plenty of options in between, there is a restaurant to suit every palate.

After dinner entertainment can include a show at the Indiana Repertory Theater or a movie at the United Artists theater at Circle Center Mall. Or be part of the show yourself at ComedySportz, which offers interactive improv sketches, or call the songs at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar.

From dawn to dusk, downtown Indianapolis is a great place to be.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.