Broad Ripple is one of the six cultural districts in Indianapolis, and began its life as an artists’ community. Many of the homes are charming smaller bungalows and cottages that were originally owned as weekend getaways or studios. The Broad Ripple Historic Home Tour in early October each year offers inside peeks at some of these older homes in the area, as well as some of the upscale, larger houses in the region.
One of the gems of the neighborhood is the Indianapolis Art Center, featuring classes in a variety of media, as well as a free gallery and a beautiful outdoor garden along the White River. It also hosts the popular Broad Ripple Arts Fair each May that spotlights the talents of local and national artisans.
Some of the more beautiful parts of the Monon Trail run through the neighborhood, with wooded areas around the White River. Broad Ripple Park features areas for picnicking, views of the river, sports fields, and a large fenced dog park.
Local businesses thrive in this region, including healthy living at Good Earth groceries and Ezra’s restaurant, espresso at the Monon Coffee Company, decadent bakery treats from Rene’s or the Cake Bake Shop, and homemade ice cream from BRICs. Grab a taco and bubble tea at La Chinita Poblana, brunch at Three Sisters restaurant, or craft beer and crepes at Brugge Brasserie. When weather permits, enjoy outdoor eating along the canal at Bazbeaux Pizza, or have a posh brunch at Petit Choux.
On the main streets of Broad Ripple are a number of bars that attract Butler University students and other young people, so the area can get rowdy and hectic on weekends. But though it attracts young people, there are many businesses that are mainstays in the area, including Marigold clothing (27 years in Broad Ripple) Artifacts home décor or jewelry (40 years in business) and Broad Ripple Brew Pub (25+ years). The Vogue Theatre - with its iconic neon marquee - opened as a movie theatre in the 1930s, and has now been a live music venue for over 40 years.
Many other businesses have established a permanent home in the area, so maybe once you find your home in Broad Ripple, you’ll too want to set down permanent roots, too. Find out more at http://www.brva.org.