Fountain Square Cultural District


The Fountain Square Cultural District is a vibrant area just southeast of downtown Indianapolis. Known as a hotspot for food, shopping, art and music, the district has a flavor all its own.

Beginning as sparsely populated farmland in the 1830s, during the following decades, this neighborhood’s character was fashioned by the Germans, Italians and Irish that lived and worked there.

Despite economic troubles in the 20th century, Fountain Square was named a Historic District in 1984, and began to revive commercially in the 1990s. Today, the wealth of ethnic restaurants, eclectic shops, and performing and visual arts reflects the strength of a cultural past and the anticipation of a bright future.

Hungry? There’s something for every craving at one of the Greek, Mediterranean, Mexican, Italian, American, Asian, or British restaurants. If shopping is the plan, visitors will enjoy browsing through shops of antiques, instruments, flowers, crafts, art and books. In the evening, be entertained with dancing, duckpin bowling and live music.

Numerous artists live and work in Fountain Square, and they contribute to a wonderful visual culture. In addition to galleries, studios and performance spaces, the streets themselves feature several fountains and examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture.

Fountain Square District is a must-see for those in the Indy area, and is, in its own words, “anything but square.”

Fountain Square Cultural District
Virginia Ave. at Shelby & Prospect Sts.
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Photo of Fountain Square courtesy of Chris Light.

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