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.
And getting around has never been easier. For those driving into Downtown, there is ample and affordable street and garage parking. Besides having flexible city and campus bus routes, Bloomington is also recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver "Bicycle Friendly Community" (we are, after all, home of the Little 500 bicycle race and the setting for the Academy Award-winning "Breaking Away"). And, with our extensive trail system, including the 3.1 mile B-line through the heart of Downtown, walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are able to experience the energy and beauty of Downtown at their own pace.
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Downtown Shopping: Unique Finds for Every Taste and Budget
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.
Downtown Dining: A Smorgasbord of Savory Flavors
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.
Downtown Play: Packing A Lot of Punch
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 dancing at a nightclub, singing karaoke, listening to live music at an outdoor venue, or enjoying one of our comedy clubs.