Now a central hub for downtowners, the market offers a variety of quick eats, fresh produce and artisanal items from local Indiana vendors. The market houses more than 25 vendors and is the site of both a summer and winter farmers market on Saturday mornings.
Here’s a brief highlight reel of my favorites:
Three Days in Paris: Watch fresh crepes being made on the griddle and indulge in either a savory or sweet one. I recommend a classic banana and Nutella crepe when your sweet tooth hits, but I’ve heard the savory egg crepes are a wonderful twist on the breakfast sandwich.
Natural Born Juicers: Fuel your latest juice cleanse, bulk up on your fruit and veggie servings, or merely enjoy a refreshing smoothie. Creations can be customized for all diets, and a variety of supplements, such as flax seed oil and aloe vera, can be added. For the adventurous: Add a shot of ginger lemon cayenne.
Fermenti Artisan: Artisan meats and cheeses are on display, as are their homemade fermented products, such as sauerkrauts, condiments, kefir sodas and kombucha drinks. Deli sandwiches highlighting the various tasty wares are available, and even me, a wary sauerkraut eater, enjoys the apple ginger kraut.
Papa Roux: Spot the graffiti-covered walls of this stand, and you’ll see one of the most popular food vendors. Locals were all abuzz when this eastside establishment opened up shop downtown. Po-boys and thick stews are packed to the gills with authentic Cajun and Creole flavors. The pulled pork po-boy is by far one of the most popular lunch items.
Chocolate for the Spirit: Anyone with an inkling of interest in chocolate should stop at this stand. Chocolate bark, truffles, toffee, caramels and specialty chocolate bars are featured. I recently tried the Forever Bar, which is made from the world’s rarest chocolate, pure Nacional.
My discovery of this chocolate bar is simultaneously the best (for my taste buds) and worst (for my waistline) of the year! For more information on pure Nacional chocolate, check out this article from the NY Times.
Tomlinson Tap Room: Once you have satiated your stomach and collected your wares, head upstairs for a cold draft beer. Sixteen local Indiana craft beers are always on tap, with many options made right here in Indianapolis.
Bonus: The open concept of the bar area is perfect for people-watching or planning out your next eating route through the first level.
City Market Hours*:
Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
*The hours for specific vendors may vary.
Tomlinson Tap Room Hours:
Monday-Friday: 2-9 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-9 p.m.