Celebrating the fall equinox goes back millennia. The ancients tracked the sun’s path and used their knowledge to schedule plantings and festivals. Nowadays, the equinox — which takes place Sept. 23 this year — ushers in the cozy comforts of fall.
In the spirit of the changing season, Hoodline — using Yelp data and our own methodology — presents this roundup of the top establishments in Indianapolis to get the most out of the first day of autumn.
The fall equinox and freshly roasted coffee go hand-in-hand. So grab a scarf, slip into some wool socks and put on your favorite kaftan before heading to one of these popular Indianapolis coffee shops.
1. Jack's Donuts
Topping the list is Jack's Donuts. Located at 135 W. Market St. in Downtown, the spot to score doughnuts, coffee and tea is the highest-rated coffee spot in Indianapolis, boasting four stars out of 88 reviews on Yelp.
2. Coat Check Coffee
Next up is Downtown's Coat Check Coffee, situated at 401 E. Michigan St. With five stars out of 368 reviews on Yelp, the bakery, which offers coffee, tea and more, has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Plat 99
Downtown's Plat 99, located at 333 S. Delaware St., Alexander Hotel, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the lounge, which offers coffee, tea and more, 4.5 stars out of 178 reviews.
Like it or not, the days are about to get shorter. As daylight begins to fade, stock up on reading material at one of these top Indianapolis bookstores.
1. Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Topping the list is Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Located at 8675 River Crossing Blvd. in Keystone at the Crossing, the bookstore is the highest-rated bookstore in Indianapolis, boasting four stars out of 33 reviews on Yelp.
2. Porter Books & Bread
Next up is Porter Books & Bread, situated at 5719 Lawton Loop E Drive. With 4.5 stars out of 104 reviews on Yelp, the bookstore, which offers sandwiches, coffee, tea and more, has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Irvington Vinyl & Books
Irvington's Irvington Vinyl & Books, located at 9 Johnson Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the bookstore, which offers vinyl records and more, 4.5 stars out of 22 reviews.
What screams fall more than a quality cider? Check out these top spots to quench your thirst.
1. Ash & Elm Cider
Topping the list is Ash & Elm Cider. Located at 2104 E. Washington St. in Near Eastside, the cidery is the highest-rated cidery in Indianapolis, boasting 4.5 stars out of 180 reviews on Yelp.
2. New Day Craft
Next up is Fountain Square's New Day Craft, situated at 1102 Prospect St. With 4.5 stars out of 296 reviews on Yelp, the cidery, venue and event space has proven to be a local favorite.
Broad Ripple's Txuleta, located at 1011 E. Westfield Blvd., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cidery and tapas bar four stars out of 51 reviews.