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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“This is a great place to relax. A short trail and a nice place to kayak or canoe ... or just sit and read ... or sit and do nothing. :) ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Upland has great local beer, as well as delicious and often local food. It's definitely kid-friendly. Their fries are the best in town, and the patio is a great place to enjoy nice weather.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“Staple Bloomington Restaurant - There is bound to be something here you will love.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Food
“Great place to stroll around. Coffee and food vendors. Many vegetable stands. Voted best farmer's market in Indiana. Sometimes some live music or art show. To get there .... turn right outside the front door. Walk about 3 blocks.”
  • 30 locals recommend
University
“The Bloomington campus is one of the most beautiful college campuses in the US. Sample Gates on Indiana and Kirkwood is one of the most photographed traditions for graduation and college visits. Walking paths through Dunn’s Woods lead to the heart of the campus, to Indiana Memorial Union, the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the IU Auditorium and Lilly Library. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cardinal is a local distillery, so it's a fun place to go for interesting drinks. They have a kitchen and outdoor seating, as well as a good spot on the B-Line for people watching.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
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“This restaurant is a little hole in the wall. Located in an old house with outdoor seating available seasonally, this places offers amazing breakfast items all day, as well as a lunch & dinner selection. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Favorite place for desserts. Also has some good vegetarian options but any dessert they have is always fantastic.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“Wow - where to start? Craft coffee, cupcakes and beer all in one place. Great people watching along the B-Line from their covered porch.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“Nick’s is a Bloomington icon with memorabilia covering the walls. The burgers are good. Sink the Biz fries and the special dipping sauce are AMAZING!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Offers local, organic foods. Also has a salad bar, hot bar, deli, and eat in area. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Great place to listen to live music! You’ve got to try a Dirty Bird...it’s a Btown tradition! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Wonderlab is a place of scientific and inquiry-based discovery for kids of all ages. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Whole food sales, wine sales, deli, lunch room with patio, rotisserie chicken and pizza are both good. Just a hope away. Exit drive way turn left.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is the most popular pizza place in town ... probably because most people think like I do — that it’s the best pizza in town! It is usually easier to park and get seated more quickly at the west side location in front of Kohl’s. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“HUGE! TONS of options. Pharmacy on site. Close to other grocery stores with specialty items (International, etc)”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Upland has great local beer, as well as delicious and often local food. It's definitely kid-friendly. Their fries are the best in town, and the patio is a great place to enjoy nice weather.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Staple Bloomington Restaurant - There is bound to be something here you will love.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
“This restaurant is a little hole in the wall. Located in an old house with outdoor seating available seasonally, this places offers amazing breakfast items all day, as well as a lunch & dinner selection. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Favorite place for desserts. Also has some good vegetarian options but any dessert they have is always fantastic.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“This is the most popular pizza place in town ... probably because most people think like I do — that it’s the best pizza in town! It is usually easier to park and get seated more quickly at the west side location in front of Kohl’s. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“My favorite restaurant in town! It is my local Cheers! Great food, outdoor seating and the bartenders are awesome. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“A craft beer fan's dream! Live music on the weekends and tons of TV's to catch all the IU sports. A cozy back room with fireplace for a more intimate vibe. The Firecracker Shrimp Taco is to die for. 21+ ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Local and award-winning steakhouse. If you are looking for an amazing place to eat, this is one you'll leave talking about.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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