Archive for November 15, 2011

Indianapolis Downtown: Cold is the New Hot

November 15, 2011 2 comments
Peppered Beef at Shapiro's Delicatessen

The classic Peppered Beef sandwich at Shapiro's Delicatessen. staff photo.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Struggling to embrace the cooler months ahead? Well, don’t let cabin fever keep you from enjoying all the indoor and outdoor activities Downtown has to offer! Despite the cold weather, Downtown’s a hot commodity.

Here are a few reasons we think you should celebrate sweater weather Downtown…

Soup’s On!

Old Man Winter’s one redeeming quality is giving us an excuse to eat soup all the time! What better place to drink your lunch than Circle City Soups? Try seasonal favorites like Brussels sprouts bisque, curried carrot and Bayou black bean.  Warm up to the kosher comfort foods of Shapiro’s Delicatessen and classics like Matzo Ball soup or Peppered Beef (see photo above).  After a visit to the Indiana State Museum, visit the L.S. Ayres Tea Room located inside the museum for their legendary chicken velvet soup.

A butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker

Awake from hibernation to forage at the Indianapolis Winter Farmer’s Market on Saturdays starting Nov. 12 in their new nest – the west wing of Indianapolis City Market.  Yes. “Fresh” and “local” are still doable in Hoosier winter months.  Think hydroponic lettuces, cellared apples and lean bison meat. While at the Market, be sure to grab breakfast/brunch/lunch at one of City Market’s numerous vendors. What better reason to bundle up and spend your Saturday morning Downtown?

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Ever wonder what it’s like to walk down Candyland Lane? Close your eyes and imagine… strolling along Mass Ave. An avenue illuminated by a path of trees filled with blue-and-white LED twinkle lights await.  Cap off your walk with a hot chocolate from The Best Chocolate in Town or The South Bend Chocolate Company – with options like Mexican, dark and white chocolate, they make loving plain old cocoa…plain. For a little extra warmth, spice it up a notch with a spiked hot chocolate from MacNiven’s Restaurant & Bar.

Don’t sweat it

News alert! Bikes and trails don’t stop working because it’s cold out!  Bundle up with winter biking gear from Bicycle Garage Indy and hit the Indianapolis Cultural Trail for 7.5 miles of easy access to Downtown’s attractions and Cultural Districts. Grab a thermos, pack a hot picnic and head to one of Downtown’s great outdoor spaces including Central Canal, Georgia Street, Monument Circle and the American Legion Mall. If outdoor exercise isn’t your cup of tea, Downtown offers several fitness facilities including two YMCAs and over ten fitness facilities. Mix it up with yoga at Invoke Studio or ice skating at Indiana/World Skating Academy. For more Downtown fitness resources, visit:

Suit up for Downtown’s sports

Yearning for hot sports action? Hoot and holler to your heart’s content for the Indianapolis Colts! Enjoy the total game experience with Colts tailgating before each match at various Downtown locations. Ready for an Ice-packed season? Puck around with the Indiana Ice all season long!

Where art thou?

A change in the weather brings a funky mix of art and party to the surface. IDADA First Fridays get cozier with the Borshoff Annual Gallery Show and Awards at Harrison Center of the Arts Nov. 4. The Indianapolis Museum of Art presents Universe Is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku starting Nov. 11.  Executed primarily in ink on paper, Yūsaku’s works use the cumulative effect of many brushstrokes to create powerful and expressive works. The exhibit features 77 works inspired by his belief that the universe is unstable and constantly changing.

I’ve always wanted to visit: _______________

Fill in the blank. We all have those places Downtown that for one reason or another we’ve put off visiting for too long! Make like a tourist and rediscover your own backyard. Take the classic tourist route and discover Downtown’s great museums and historic landmarks with Circle City Tours, eat your way through the city with Taste Indy Food Tours, or be your own guide with the Walk Indianapolis self-guided architectural tour.

Visit for more information including Downtown parking and maps, as well as a complete calendar of Downtown Indianapolis events.