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Café Guide: Indianapolis, IN

Nicknamed “Nap Town,” Indianapolis has long been branded the “corniest” city of the Midwest, but that perception has changed in recent years as inspired Hoosiers thrive to contribute artisanal goods for an inimitable experience. Ranked by Livability in 2015 as one of the best downtowns in the nation thanks to its booming nightlife, inventive arts scene, increasing retail experience, and of course the rich food choices, the Circle City is fast approaching the forefront of the Midwest as a leader in offering more than just brand name options.

Though there’s still a Starbucks at every corner, Indianapolis takes pride in its authenticity and artisanal treats as the city brews up delicious blends for those who relish in a good cup of coffee. When you’re in the Circle City, check out six of these hot cafés.

Bee Coffee Roasters

Address: 201 S. Capitol Ave #110, Indianapolis, IN

Through the intrepid belief that coffee is culinary, Bee Coffee Roasters is dedicated to their unique style of roasting and inventive craft of brewing. Serving the best coffee in town with a rotating menu, Bee offers Italian style cappuccinos to uniquely flavored lattes, with each cup handcrafted in the utmost care by congenial baristas. As a relaxed small batch roaster that sources great beans, this cafe on Capitol is committed to quality roasting and brewing. While here, try out their Honey Lavender Cappuccino. You won’t regret it!

Milktooth

Address: 534 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN

This progressive diner nestled in the heart of Indy’s historic Fletcher Place offers brunch through a rotating menu of seasonal fare, complemented excellently by the city’s premier multi-roaster coffee program. Located in a former garage, Milktooth is one of a kind with its artful beverages to in-house specialties ranging from Pistachio Cream to The Notorious F.I.G., and espressos crafted by Indy’s first ModBar. Similarly to a bar changing its beers on tap, this innovative hotspot is constantly on the search for the best coffee beans from the best roasters in the country, so you start your day off right.

Barista Phil @ph33l hooks it up with the #latteart. See ya for brunch!

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Hubbard & Cravens

Address: 11 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN

Hailed the best-kept secret in Indy, Hubbard & Cravens serves quality coffee from the finest whole Arabica beans at their four retail locations (including the City Center in Carmel). Serving more than just fresh roasted coffee and quality teas sacheted in the Hoosier state, in all of its 22 years, H&C offers a sophisticated experience through the exotic bean to their consumers. Make the most of summer and order their cold brew iced coffee. It’s a favorite among patrons!

Don't mind if I do. Hot chocolate date with the lovely @gingerspires. ☕️#hubbardandcravens

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Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company

Address: 647 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN

This not-for-profit coffee company pays respects to its historical namesake in giving back to other not-for-profits and community building groups. Serving only fair trade coffee and organic teas, Calvin Fletcher’s cute and cozy Fountain Square staple features friendly baristas, unique drinks, reasonable prices, and a diverse menu. With a cozy atmosphere boasting ample space with plenty of tables and a couch in the back, you might feel like you’re on the cool side of town with this place. If you want to order espresso that will literally wake you up, check out their Calvin Pepper, which is a traditional cappuccino blended with honey and cayenne pepper.

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Café Patachou

Address: 225 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN

While it might seem steep to pay $3 for a regular ol’ cup of joe, Café Patachou’s bottomless, single rich origin coffee is anything but. Strong and flavorful, Patachou’s rich on-tap coffee (with to-go cups) never disappoints with their house blend, complemented by delicious flavored options and natural flavorings. With six locations to serve you, this chic and sophisticated cafe and restaurant serving fresh, healthy meals is also a delightful breakfast and brunch spot. You will seriously love it as much as I do. Along with your coffee (or whipped cream topped hot chocolate), check out their Cuban Breakfast.

Let's eat #brunch on the patio. ☀️

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Tulip Noir

Address: 1224 86th Street W., Indianapolis, IN

This trendy breakfast and lunch café serves warm American fare, accompanied by an extensive selection of locally roasted coffees, teas and organic beverages. Decorated with an atmosphere reminiscent of a chic European café, Tulip Noir provides stellar service with a seasonal menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. If you’re looking for quality coffee, be rest assured that this is a place that delivers with its natural and ethically traded or free trade beans. Delicious and inventive, hop in for a healthy lunch as this place also serves good portions.

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Do you live in Indianapolis or visit often? What are some of your favorite cafés in and around the city? Let us know in the comments below.

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2 Comments on “Café Guide: Indianapolis, IN”

  1. The Swedish Kiwi July 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

    This post made me really hungry! :)

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