Whether you’re young or young at heart, whether your taste is sophisticated or casual, Downtown Bloomington is the place to shop, dine, and play. In a vibrant atmosphere full of world-class and unique shops, eateries, and entertainment venues, you’ll want to return again and again to discover the treasures of Downtown Bloomington.
ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT
In Downtown Bloomington, we know how to pack a lot of punch into our play! For a weekend get-away, stay at an accommodation within an easy walk from Downtown attractions. If it happens to be the first Friday of the month, spend the evening strolling through some of our art galleries on the Gallery Walk. Finish the evening immersed in a play, enthralled at a ballet, dancing at a nightclub, singing karaoke, listening to live music at an outdoor venue, or enjoying one of our comedy clubs.
Enjoy festivals, parades, and events like Taste of Bloomington, Arts Fair on the Square, Lotus Fest, Middle Coast Film Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, 4th Street Festival of Arts, and Bloomington Beer Festival.
DINE + DRINK
Whatever your appetite or occasion, Downtown Bloomington offers everything from simple pub fare to upscale dining, from traditional American to ethnic cuisine. Like a culinary United Nations, Downtown Bloomington is home to tasty delights that include Thai, Indian, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Korean, Japanese, Irish, French, and Turkish. And, be sure to check our events calendar for perennial food festivals like the Taste of Bloomington, the Bloomington Independent Restaurant Association’s Grub Crawl, the Soul Food Festival, the Week of Chocolate or the Wine & Food Festival.
Gather at one of our breweries, bars, or pubs and savor locally crafted brews or the fine ales on tap. Immerse yourself in the casual, authentic setting as you enjoy your drink. Grab a bite to eat, catch a game on TV, chat with friends, make new friends.
SHOP + RELAX
Downtown Bloomington boasts an abundance of galleries, antique stores, and boutique shops in an environment that fosters creativity and individuality. Whether you’re looking for upscale clothing, interesting home furnishings, or a distinctive handmade piece of jewelry, you’re sure to find that one-of-a-kind gift or self-indulgence Downtown. And, with over 200 specialty shops, there’s a unique find for every budget.
While you’re out and about, pamper yourself with a relaxing session at one of Downtown’s spas, day spas, hair salons and nail salons. Take a leisurely break at an outdoor table or a inside window seat at one of our many fine restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and coffee houses. Treat yourself to savory eats topped off with delicious dessert options. Let nature speak to you as you unwind on a bench in a Downtown park, within the Indiana University campus, or along the B-Line Trail. Find solitude as you curl up with a good book or magazine at the public library, centrally located Downtown. However you like to relax, Downtown offers many refreshing options.