Bloomington, Indiana


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

61 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
13 Votes - "Best For Food"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
5 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
2 Votes - "Friendliest"


Located in the lush rolling hills of south central Indiana, Bloomington is a progressive college town with a special charm that makes everyone feel right at home. From the peaceful forests to the vibrant downtown, Bloomington is filled with contradictions that somehow blend together to form an exceptional community. And with over 100 locally-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants, Bloomington is a culinary delight. The abundance of fresh produce, meats, and herbs from local providers, combined with the talent of local chefs offers a wide variety of options. The diversity in cuisine types is a perfect example of how influential the university has been on the overall community. In one block alone you can find Thai, Italian, Tibetan and Ethiopian restaurants. There really is a wide variety of food types to suit all tastes, and no matter what time of day or night, you can find good food--and plenty of it--in Bloomington.

You will also find two award-winning wineries and two unbelievable breweries. Each winery provides a beautiful setting to sample unique wines, including some made from local grapes. The breweries also produce unique flavors, in beer and in cuisine (each facility houses a restaurant). You can also find select local beers and wines at area restaurants, so drink local and enjoy the flavors of Bloomington!

For a small town it has a lot going on. Nestled within the city is Indiana University which has beautiful buildings and well kept landscaped grounds. Just outside the university gates is Kirkwood that is lined with restaurants and leads up to the historic town square. The great thing is the city embraces cyclists and walkers so it is easy to get around and there are a lot of places you can get to by foot. 4th street offers so many ethnic restaurants from turkish to burmese. I met my finance here and even though we have moved away to Indianapolis we come back often for visits to the Saturday Farmers Market and to dine out for special occasions. It will always be our first home and hopefully we will be able to move back because it is just that great of a town.
Reviewed by bmbowers
on May 3, 2012
Its the best place to live during the fall and spring.... best town ever......
Reviewed by nairashu
on May 2, 2012
Bloomington could be the best in pretty much any category for this competition. The people are friendly with their well known "Hoosier Hospitality." We have the most beautiful campus in the world, especially during the fall. Nightlife always has something different going on, and there is fun for everyone of all ages. We are a proud city within the great Hoosier state, representing different political backgrounds and ideologies. We are also home to a great war memorial and city square to honor veterans. Lastly, Bloomington features several restaurants with cuisines from African to Tibetan. The food is nationally renowned (Mother Bear's Pizza is 3rd in the nation) and loved by any who come to try it. If you are looking for a city with flair in almost every fashion, you'll be glad you gave Bloomington a look.
Reviewed by tarungangwani
on May 2, 2012
It is the most beautiful town i have ever it fall ,summer or winter its beautiful no matter which ever season it is. It is the town where i completed by 2 years of master's and have enjoyed the food and people the most.
Reviewed by SonaliKarwa
on May 2, 2012
Bloomington, Indiana, is blessed with a cornucopia of dining and food options.We love have loved our food experiences in Bloomington!
Reviewed by iurentals
on May 2, 2012
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