Explore the Village

Broad Ripple is a fusion of old and new, commercial and creative — a vibrant center of restaurants, shops, and nighttime hotspots.

What the Locals Know

  • By day, the Village is awash with shoppers and diners while the Monon Trail is crowded with joggers, bikers, skaters and strollers.
  • By night, the area comes alive with a younger crowd joining the masses in lively dance and sports bars along the main drag.
  • On land or in the water, you can experience the great outdoors in Broad Ripple Village.
  • The best sweets in Indy from cakes and pastries, to ice cream and popcorn are made in the Village!
  • Events sponsored by the BRVA are a great way to get to know the Village better.
  • Foodies thrive here. Broad Ripple offers a variety of ethnic cuisine, and vegetarian/vegan and farm-to-table restaurants.
  • Fashion, vinyl, unique gifts… shopping is too much fun in the Village.
  • The best festivals and events take place in our ‘hood.
  • From cutting edge styles to an old-school shave and a haircut, you can get your hair “done” at high end salons or tried-and-true barbershops.
  • Winter or summer, everyone goes to the Broad Ripple Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. It’s the best in town.

Arts & Culture

Art lovers will appreciate the Village’s selection of galleries and shops featuring works by local and nationally known artisans, plus shops galore with vintage furniture, clothing and collectibles.

  • You’ll find the perfect piece of hand-crafted art for your home at the Broad Ripple Art Fair in May.
  • The Indianapolis Art Center is “the place to make art, see art and talk about art.”
  • The BRVA Art Walk provides a perfect opportunity to discover all that the Village offers for art lovers.

Diverse Dining

Asian, American, Cajun, French, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican and nearly every other international cuisine awaits you in Broad Ripple Village. The area is peppered with quaint restaurants, cozy pubs and ethnic eateries.

  • Research your next Village dining experience on Yelp.
  • Looking for outdoor dining? Check out Yelp and this article by Indy Star.
  • Want to bring your pooch along? Broad Ripple restaurants love four-legged customers as well. Read more

The Great Outdoors

The Village offers it all for outdoor enthusiasts. A network of greenways and waterways criss-cross and outline the Broad Ripple neighborhood providing runners, walkers, bikers and people of all ages many opportunities to take part in physical activity or simply enjoy nature.

  • The Canal Esplanade adds to the adventure of a Sunday afternoon strolling through the Village’s central core while soaking in all the sights.
  • Two of the Central Indiana’s most widely utilized greenways are here: the Monon Trail and the historic Central Canal Towpath.
  • Adventurous types can rent kayaks (or bring their own) and explore the White River. Public access to the White River is available at the Indianapolis Art Center’s Efroymson Riverfront Garden and Canoe Launch or at Broad Ripple Park boat ramp.
  • The 62-acre Broad Ripple Park, once the site of an amusement park, offers a playground, picnic shelters, public swimming pool, and wooded-preserve and trails for exploring and hiking. Indy Parks also offers community programs and scheduled activities for all ages. And we can’t forget the first and best bark park in Indy.

Village Living

Located six miles north of downtown Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Village is popular with young professionals, growing families and empty nesters alike. With its proximity to some of Indianapolis’ most established and affluent neighborhoods, this is prime real estate.

Over the past decade, cozy “Broad Ripple bungalows” have soared in price and desirability. At least 40% of total housing is comprised of rental units and the average household income is near $65,000. The highly walkable neighborhood comprised of around 17,000 residents embraces a reputation for being socially, economically and ethnically diverse.

Broad Ripple is established in its roots and traditions, and yet re-development and new development serve to broaden its array of properties, residents and businesses. The BRVA supports adding density to the Village which will in turn increase foot traffic day and night, and also attract more restaurants and retail.

 

  • Review a list of recently added and upcoming residential developments.
  • If you’d like to check out some Broad Ripple homes in person, don’t miss BRVA’s annual Historic Home Tour.
  • Thinking of moving to the area? You can find rentals here and available homes for puchase on realtor.com.

Commercial Opportunities

Broad Ripple is is home to many long-established businesses from restaurants and retail shops to pubs and professional service firms. The Village’s main thoroughfares average about 34,000 cars a day, while plenty of bike and foot traffic is seen via the Monon Trail. 

Our role in working with businesses in the Village includes:

  • Promoting a unified business district
  • Attracting new businesses
  • Advocating for infrastructure improvements including street upgrades and increased parking
Looking for commercial property to lease or buy?

Flourishing redevelopment means the portfolio of available office and retail lease space is ever-changing.

  • Start your search online.
  • Find a real estate broker in our BRVA Member Directory.

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