Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Indianapolis's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Castleton Square Mall or Keystone Crossing. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.
Olde Shadeland Antique Mall
This popular mall is set among the string of shops that make up "Antique Alley." The antiques center is the oldest and largest in Indianapolis. Ninety-nine dealers display clocks, radios, instruments, china and rugs. Dedicated shoppers are certain to find something desirable for a great deal. (317-546-2402)
Circle Centre Mall
When this fascinating mall opened in 1995, it brought new life to the city's downtown area, and now, more than a hundred shops make it a great place to spend an afternoon. Gap, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, and Godiva Chocolatier are just a few of the specialty shops available. And if excellent shopping isn't enough, Circle Centre Mall also contains an entertainment center, a United Artists movie theater, and two bars. (317-681-8000)
Fashion Mall at Keystone
Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom serve as the two major department stores at this upscale shopping center. Other retailers that pull in eager shoppers include J. Crew, Banana Republic, Coach, Tiffany & Co., and Tommy Bahama. If you or your feet need a break, have a seat and relax in TGI Friday's or PF Chang's, two of the mall's popular restaurants. A Midwest shopping destination. (317-574-4000)
Castleton Square Mall
A pleasant variety of shops is housed in this large shopping center, which counts among its larger tenants Sears, Macy's, JCPenney and Von Maur department stores. A large restaurant on the top floor offers tables with views overlooking the hustle and bustle of the mall below. The complex also boasts a movie theater that presents a wide array of out-of-the-ordinary films. (317-849-9993)
Broad Ripple Village
Although Broad Ripple Village is not an enclosed mall, its shops, boutiques, restaurants, and bars are enough to keep folks busy shopping all day long. The district in which the shops are located dates back to the early 1900s and features a rich history. While you'll find bookstores, clothing stores, and art galleries incorporated into the mix, the neighborhood also offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, beautiful homes, schools, and an art center. The entire vibrant area is definitely a must-see for any new visitor. (317-251-2782)
This popular historic market has been offering fresh produce, imported foods, baked goods and meats since 1886. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the market's lively atmosphere, and today, people come to listen to talented local musicians as well. Take in the atmosphere while trying out one of the ethnic eateries, or shop for a unique gift to take back to someone special. (317-634-9266)
Fountain Square District
Conveniently located near Monument Circle, this neighborhood offers visitors a wealth of options to fill down time, from specialty boutique shops to outstanding restaurants, art galleries and a theater. The area also has great antique shops, a 50s style diner, and old-fashioned duckpin bowling, a form of bowling that uses smaller pins and balls. Special events such as live music performances and wine tastings happen regularly.
Greenwood Park Mall
Located in south Indianapolis near the Indianapolis Airport and Conseco Field House yet still convenient to downtown, this expansive mall includes all your favorite anchor stores — Von Maur, Sears, Kohl's, Macy's and JCPenney. Smaller chain stores and specialty shops also call this mall home as do a theater and food court with a resident Starbucks. (317-881-6758)
Mass Ave Arts District
Located on Massachusetts Avenue, this area is affectionately referred to as "Mass Ave." It's a funky neighborhood with a smattering of art galleries, theaters, independent restaurants, shops and nightspots.
Self-defined as an outdoor lifestyle center, Clay Terrace offers more than 70 retailers and restaurants in an atmosphere that hearkens back to slower times, complete with antique lights and quaint storefronts. Notable name brands in residence include American Eagle Outfitters, Pier 1 Imports, Yankee Candle, Vera Bradley and Starbucks. (317-566-0011)