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!

Bloomington is a culinary smorgasboard! You can find any type of cuisine, from fine dining to pizza joints, American bistros to Tibetan cafes. But it's not just the diversity, it's the quality! The food is amazing, plentiful and goes great with the local wines and beers.
Reviewed by juliewarren79
on June 1, 2012
Lived all across the country and Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR are my two favorite towns. Despite the difference in size, they have a lot in common -- progressive cities, push-it-to-the-limit-outdoor-adventures, killer music scenes, one-of-a-kind restaurants, local breweries & wineries, incredible art and great people. I am lucky to wake up every day in Bloomington to work, play and make it my home. Hoosiers rule!
Reviewed by Mike McAfee
on June 1, 2012
Best small town in America, hands down. Because of Indiana University's location in town, there is always something interesting and new to do and get involved in!!!! Not only is Bloomington and IU beautiful and fun--- it has a great night life, friendly people, variety of shopping and also a close proximity to Indianapolis.
Reviewed by akarch
on June 1, 2012
Bloomington, Indiana is the home of BuffaLouie's - voted by The USA Today as one of the TOP TEN Wing Joints in the nation! Dec, 16, 2011!
Reviewed by EZED0501
on May 31, 2012
Hands down the "best food in a small town" town!
Reviewed by smcady
on May 16, 2012
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