IMG_1869Looking for something different to eat? City Market may be what you are looking for—or not. Located on Market Street in downtown Indianapolis, City Market offers several multicultural cuisine choices, including vendors such as Ameer Middle Eastern Cuisine, Tapatia Mexican Grill, as well as Circle City Sweets and Just Cookies for various dessert options. City Market opened in 1886 and its goal was to create an open space to sell fresh products including fish, poultry and baked goods. According to the City Market website,, the market soon became the community’s one-stop shop. Although these stations were closed when I visited, according to City Market’s website they include art, flower and unique gift merchants as well. I explored with friends and paraded around City Market, going up and down the aisles, a little disappointed by the lack of vendors open. From what we had read online, it was greatly exaggerated.  Although the outside and interior of the building looked well constructed, there was a sense of incompleteness. Maybe that feeling came about from lack of business and open vendors. We had thought that a Saturday would be busy, but that wasn’t the case. I’m not sure if we came at the wrong time of the day, or maybe everything was just not set up, but we had a hard time finding anything other than food merchants open. Only a handful of people were around. Overall, I think City Market is overrated for those who aren’t local because of the limited number of open vendors. Maybe attending while there is an event going on, such as the Farmers Market, would improve the experience, and having more merchants willing to stay open longer could help. Having a local City Market is a great idea—especially for those who work or attend school nearby, who can easily walk and who need to get something quick and easy to eat. However, with the limited number of business and open vendors, I was not that impressed.

222 E Market St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204


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