Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, activities, and events so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

Fine Dining in Downtown Valparaiso

One of the best parts about exploring a city is discovering its unique culinary scene—and the choices just keep growing in Valparaiso’s lively downtown dining district. Whether you want to tuck in to a juicy steak in a more casual setting, or savor an elegant seafood dish in a romantic atmosphere, you’ll find the right place to please your palate in this vibrant city.
Here are a few of downtown Valparaiso’s best restaurants, many of which offer outdoor dining in the summer months:

  • Don Quijote Restaurant: a delicious array of tapas and dishes created by Spanish owners
  • Meditrina Café: classic Mediterranean favorites
  • Valley Kitchen & Bar: a farm-to-table restaurant with an ever-changing menu
  • Main + Lincoln: offering a fresh take on classic dishes
  • Parea: home of steak and seafood
  • The Silver Spoon: serving comfort food with an innovative twist for breakfast and lunch
  • Casa Del Mar: authentic and innovative Mexican cuisine
  • Pikk’s Tavern: serving up steak, ribs, and a kick-back-and-hang atmosphere
  • Blackbird Café: a fun coffeehouse with great baked goods
  • Stacks Bar and Grill: a hip space with artistic and delicious fare
  • Tony’s Place: a longtime favorite for pizza and Italian eats
  • Figure Eight Brewing: a cool microbrewery with beer-infused food

Don’t forget to sample some of the best desserts around. A cupcake from Designer Desserts or ice cream from Valpo Velvet are sure to be the cherry on top of your Valparaiso dining experience.

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