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 the best for locally owned, fresh food. Fourth street is an amazing place for international food lovers and the downtown area has so many places to choose from. It's making me hungry just thinking about it!
Reviewed by pink_ponds
on May 16, 2012
4th street rocks! Ethnic foods from Asian cuisine to Middle Eastern and more!
Reviewed by Dana1234
on May 16, 2012
Bloomington is incredibly edible! Whether you are a true carnivore or a vegan, there is a one-of-a-kind eatery right around the corner.
Reviewed by rachaeliu
on May 16, 2012
I love Bloomington for so many reasons...IU, downtown, it's small town appeal w/ big city amenities, and definitely all the restaurant options! Too many great, local places to count. Whether you're a college student on a budget or a foodie looking for something more upscale (or anything in between), Bloomington has you covered!
Reviewed by tbetz
on May 16, 2012
Great place to live and raise a family!
Reviewed by btown-tracey
on May 16, 2012
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