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Indianapolis Trip Guide

From iconic sports venues to stress-busting hotels, Indy provides a perfect urban escape.


Comfort food at Recess.
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Where to eat

Cafe Patachou A charming cafe tempts breakfast-lovers with croissant French toast and omelets stuffed with local ingredients. Five locations around Indy. See reviews and ratings. (317) 925-2823;

Meridian Restaurant and Bar Located in a charming lodge-style house, Meridian serves an interesting mix of dishes, including a smoked corn soup and wild boar Bolognese. See reviews and ratings. (317) 466-1111;

Dunaway’s Palazzo Ossigeno The 1930 Art Deco building is on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find sea scallops, pastas, great calamari and a goat cheese salad served with roasted beets and sherry vinaigrette. See reviews and ratings. (317) 638-7663;

Harry and Izzy’s The hip sister of St. Elmo Steak House serves perfect steaks. See reviews and ratings. (317) 635-9594; 

The Libertine Liquor Bar Prohibition-era cocktails stand out, along with gourmet small plates. Try the signature deviled eggs flavor trio or the bacon flight served with homemade sauces. See reviews and ratings. (317) 631-3333;

Rathskeller The menu at this grand old place is authentically German. A seasonal outdoor biergarten adds to the enjoyment. See reviews and ratings. (317) 636-0396; 

R bistro We loved our panini of applewood-smoked bacon, watercress, avocado and tomato chutney at this eclectic restaurant that has an ever-changing menu. On Mass Ave. See reviews and ratings. (317) 423-0312;

Recess Located in South Broad Ripple, you’ll find Indiana-inspired comfort food. See reviews and ratings. (317) 925-7529;

St. Elmo Steak House Open since 1902, this clubby downtown spot offers exceptional service, fiery shrimp cocktail and the biggest wine list in Indiana. See reviews and ratings. (317) 635-0636;

Where to stay

Conrad Indianapolis Talk about serious pampering: The Conrad has marble bathrooms with generous soaking tubs. From $199. See reviews and ratings. (317) 713-5000; 

Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown New in 2010, the super-convenient Courtyard offers plush bedding and big windows framing White River State Park. From $219. See reviews and ratings. (317) 822-9029;

Omni Severin Hotel A beautiful renovation stuns at this 1913 hotel downtown. From $129. See reviews and ratings. (317) 634-6664;

For information: Visit Indy (800) 323-4639;


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