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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
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
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
Cafe
“Wow - where to start? Craft coffee, cupcakes and beer all in one place. Great people watching along the B-Line from their covered porch.”
  • 23 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
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“What can I say? This place is classy! These picture do not do it justice. We love to get the pâté and carefully crafted cocktails. My friends LOVE their brunch and rave about it every time.”
  • 37 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
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.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cafe
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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. ”
  • 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. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The Bird is a great venue to go see a live show. It's in a historic building so the venue is an interesting shape. Popular cover groups that play there frequently are Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress as well as the Hairbangers Ball. They often have well-known artists as well. ”
  • 11 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!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Route
“The B-Line is an old railroad line which has been converted into a nice walking and biking path through town. ”
  • 11 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
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. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Wonderlab is a place of scientific and inquiry-based discovery for kids of all ages. ”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Favorite place for desserts. Also has some good vegetarian options but any dessert they have is always fantastic.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“What can I say? This place is classy! These picture do not do it justice. We love to get the pâté and carefully crafted cocktails. My friends LOVE their brunch and rave about it every time.”
  • 37 locals recommend
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
Cafe
“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. ”
  • 23 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. ”
  • 16 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
Bar
“Great food, great beer, great atmosphere altho expensive whiskey with two fingers both being pinkies, small outdoor terrace. Everyone loves this place.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Nice stone oven-baked pizzas with a rotating selection of local beer. Often chilly - so bring a layer if needed. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

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