• Kelli Bastin

15 Coffee Shops To Try In Indianapolis




I'm a big believer of getting to know your community and supporting local business (when you can) and as part of Kelli Sells Indy, my mission is to help you to get to know the Indianapolis community as well!


If you're local to Indy, the may have noticed the plethora of coffee shops that seem to continually "pop-up" around the city as of late. As someone who likes to work remotely from coffee shops on a regular basis, you can imagine how excited my little caffeine lovin' heart is for all of the options! Sure I'll grab an Sbux occasionally, but my heart is with small business and supporting local so today I'm sharing A. some of my favorite coffee shops around town and B. some that I haven't tried yet but have heard nothing but good things about


I usually stick to the North Side and Downtown of Indy, so you'll find that these shops fall within that range, with exception of a few outliers. These are in no particular order:


First, I'm not ashamed to admit I'll go to a coffee shop purely if it has a good aesthetic (ok, the coffee is important, too!) But, I mean, do you even Instagram?


Downtown(ish)

1. Bovaconti, 1042 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203, 317-222-1855

@bovaconticoffee

If you're looking for something toats instagrammable with a touch of Millenial pink and Parisian flair, Bovaconti is going to make all your wildest coffee shop dreams come true. My fave drink? The "London Fog" with coconut milk. It's an Earl Grey latte with a touch of honey and it tastes like basic girl heaven.


Photo by Kaylee Creighton Photography

Caio Bella! Bovaconta Ship in Fountain Square, Indianapolis. Photo by Kaylee Creighton Photography.


2. Neidhammer, 2104 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46201 , 317-602-5642

@neidhammercoffee

Co-working studios, a hard cidery (is that word?), and the historic Hamilton Theatre. Established 1901. Each table also has an electrical outlet built in for convenience, and i'd like to mention that the staff was amazingly friendly! My fave bev here? A lavender, coconut milk latte and the crepe of the day (I like the savory versions!)


3. Kaffeine, 707 Fulton St B, Indianapolis, IN 46202 ,317 (317) 201-4882

@kaffeinecoffee

Established in 2008, Kaffeine started as a food truck. The Fulton Street location is their debut brick and mortor, boasting fresh ground beans and exotic coffee drinks from around the world: Cuban coffee, Vietnamese coffee and hand blended Chai to include a few. Neighborhood hotspot for locals.


4. Coatcheck Coffee- 401 E. Michigan St. /MASS AVE | Indianapolis, 317-550-5008

@coatcheckcoffee Located just off Mass Ave in the Athenaem, this spot is always busy. Why the name? This used to be the actual coat closet area for this historical building. Truly a unique space to "coffee", they also serve pastries, including freshly baked croissants. Oh la la!



5. Gavel Curated Cafe- 902 Virginia Ave Suite 102, Indianapolis, IN 46203 , 317-681-2086

@gavel.indy

Coffee, cocktails and grilled cheese. Whoever came up with this concept: will you marry me? Come in and coffee, work a bit and then lunch and cocktail. In fact, they had to force me to leave. (Just kidding but it's a scenario in my foreseeable future.)



6. Comissary- 304 E. New York St. Indianapolis IN 46204, 317-730-3121

@comissaryindy


Photo courtesy Comissary website.

Full service barber shop and coffee shop. Say wuh? Open 7 days a week. Get your butter's whipped and your coffee on at the same time.


7. Provider- 1101 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 , 317-555-5008 (yes this is the same number as Coat Check, they are owned by the same company)

@providerindy

This place is so popular owners have had to implement a "no laptop" policy for weekend hours, and a $5 minimum purchase per hour through the week, when working with a laptop. Click here for more info on the policy. Chill vibe, house plants galore and light fare plus cocktails. Be sure to check out their beautifully curated instagram page: on fleek! (is fleek still a thing? because it's applicable here.)


8. Tinker Coffee Co.,1125 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, 317-438-5728

@tinkercoffee

While they don't operate an actual cafe on site- you can stop by and have a cup to taste the roasts. Tinker provides coffee to other businesses locally and I thought it was worth a mention, especially if you like to purchase your own beans for your at-home coffee needs. Click here to register for a coffee cupping class they offer Saturday mornings.


9. Cafe Mansion, 202 Steeples Blvd suite a, Indianapolis, IN 46222, 317-737-2560

@cafemansion

Originally the administration building for Central State Hospital, this campus has been renovated into "Central State" Mansion. . .it's a village! Just west of downtown, the coffee shop is just one of many amenities offered to the inhabitants who now live there.


North

10. Indie Coffee Roasters, 220 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032, (317) 993-3443

@indiecofferoasters

Have you ever heard of roasting coffee in a Whirlypop? ya, me either- but that's how Indie Coffee Roasters was born. And the "Indie" is the little Dauschund mascot you'll see around the shop- the owners pup! Minimalist clean decor and a hot spot for Carmel High School students after school.


11. Hubbard and Cravens- (4 locations)

Carmel City Center- 703 Veterans' Way, Carmel IN 46032

Broadripple- 6229 Carrollton Ave.Indianapolis, IN 46220

49th & Penn- 4930 N. Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46205

Downtown- 11 S. Meridian Street Suite 102 Indianapolis, IN 46204

@hubbardandcravens

Solid coffee selection and damn good breakfast frittata (among other delectables.) One of my favorite places in Carmel for a coffee meeting.


12. Java House- 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd. Suite 160 Carmel, IN 46032, (317) 564 – 7815

@javahouescoffeebar

All cold brew here, but yes, it CAN be served hot. (Click here to see the diff between cold brew and hot steeped brew -besides the obvious- if you're curious). Currently they have a fabulous lineup of holiday-esque bevs, if you're into that! Example:Peanut butter marshmallow hot chocolate.

@javahousecoffeebar



13. The Well- 8890 E 116th St #120, Fishers, IN 46038

@thewellcoffeeshop

Ok, Ladies. If you're single this is the coffeehouse for you. (No I'm not kidding but I'm laughing at myself for even sharing this. . .) I counted 7 cute (well-dressed) guys, before 9 am, (who all presumably like coffee and have jobs). Something must be in the water here (errr, coffee?)

It's a little noisy here when busy, and electrical outlets are at a premium but the coffee is good and they have a wonderful mission: they focus on sustainable solutions to poverty, and turn profits into hope. They also have a gift shop area with sustainable made gifts made by women in third-world countries. (I think I said that right!)


14.Della Leva- 8220 E 106th St Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46256 (812) 219-6757

@dellaleva

Magnolia wallpaper. Parisian bistro flair and snacks. I feel like I don't even need to say anything about the coffee: the decor alone is enough to draw you basics in, but yes, the coffee is fab, too.


South

15. Coffee House Five- 323 Market Plaza, Greenwood, IN 46142 (317) 300-4330

@coffeehous_five

I haven't been to this one yet but I love their coffee for a cause mission: Coffeehouse Five exists for the benefit of our community. Net revenue from the coffeehouse goes entirely to support our five initiatives for building a stronger community:PREPARATION: Free premarital counseling and an early marriage mentoring program

COUNSELING: Free marriage counseling and coaching

RECOVERY: Free addiction recovery programs

TRAINING: Free training of couples to mentor other couples in developing stronger marriages and families

SUPPORT: A portion of proceeds each month are directed to other non-profits who are working to support local families


Please comment below with any of your favorite coffee shops that I may have missed so I can add them to the list the next go-around! Cheers Indianapolis!

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