Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

From: $55   


Indianapolis, IN


Fridays & Saturdays - 3:00 PM

This Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour will explore the progression of Indianapolis cuisine over the years as well as the neighborhood.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Bon Appetit Magazine
  • Experience food and drink tastings at 3-4 restaurants which may include German, high-end American, pub-style specialties and delicious desserts
  • Discover this city's rich history, architecture and of course - the wonderful cuisine!

More detailed description >

On this Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour, you will explore the commercial corridor bordering two of the most historic neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Lockerbie and Chatham Arch.

Mass Ave is a well-known commercial boulevard that was designed as one of four diagonal streets leading into the heart of Downtown Indianapolis. A lot about Indianapolis has changed since Mass Ave was born in 1821. Today, this neighborhood lies at the center of the city's art and cultural district.

This historic district is home to an ever expanding food scene, encompassing nearly two dozen locally owned restaurants. The restaurants throughout the area are a combination of long standing local favorites dating back to the 1800's, to new hotspots embracing the culinary traditions of the "Circle City."

This Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour will explore the progression of Indianapolis' cuisine over the past 150 years; from the traditions brought over by the city's original immigrants, to locally sourced progressive cuisine, all within a beautifully restored neighborhood.

Tastings on this tour may include (and are subject to change):

  • Vegan-friendly free trade cuisine
  • High-end Midwestern inspired dishes
  • Traditional German cuisine and drink
  • An Indianapolis indigenous sandwich
  • A sampling of local beers at a downtown brewery
  • Hand-crafted desserts that utilize local produce

Key Info >

Essential Information:

  • Approximately 1.5 miles of walking with 3-4 restaurant stops
  • Tastings included in the price
  • Notify Cloud 9 Living of food allergies or restrictions upon booking

*Please note, the number of restaurant stops is subject to change.

3.5 hours

Maximum Participants:
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 people per tour.

This experience is only for those on the tour.

Weather Dependent:
This experience is not weather dependent as you will not be outdoors for the entire tour. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour.

What to Wear:
Please dress appropriately for expected weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking throughout the tour.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.

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View FAQ's >

  1. How much food is served on the tour?
    There are 3-4 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people this is enough food to substitute a meal.
  2. What types of food are served on the tour?
    The types of food at the restaurants include German, high-end American, Pub style specialties and delicious desserts. Food tasting locations may change without notice.
  3. What if I have dietary restrictions?
    Please let Cloud 9 Living know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as the provider knows well enough in advance, accommodations can be made.
  4. How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
    You are on your feet for approximately half of the tour, walking at a moderate pace. You will be seated at most restaurants for 15-20 minutes each. However, this is a walking tour so remember to wear comfortable shoes.
  5. What about taking children on the tour?
    Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 3.5 hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
  6. If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
    If you are bringing children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase tickets for them. All other participants will be required to have a ticket. However, please do let us know at the time of booking if you will be attending with an infant or young child.
  7. Are there any beverages served on the tour?
    Each restaurant will serve water with each meal. There may be coffee or tea with dessert, and alcohol may be included at 1 or 2 stops for those 21 years and older. Any other beverage that guests wish to have will be a la carte.
  8. Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
    The tour does cover some uneven terrain and the restaurants visited can change from time to time. If you or another guest needs wheelchair access, please book your tour at least 3 weeks in advance and let us know at the time of booking so that accommodations can be made.
  9. Do we just walk around and sample food?
    Absolutely not! Aside from sampling delicious food, you will also experience life as we traverse the streets of the Mass Ave area in Indianapolis. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history, culture, architecture and entertainment that Mass Ave has to offer.
  10. What happens if it rains or snows?
    The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour, but you should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
  11. Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
    Yes, although it is not mandatory, guide gratuities are certainly appreciated.
  12. Where does the tour finish?
    The tour finishes within the same vicinity as where it starts. Additionally, each participant will receive specific direction details at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.

Customer Reviews:

  • Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

  • October 20, 2016

  • 5

  • Indianapolis

"We did Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour with Jeff. He was very friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The food was awesome!"

  • Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

  • July 06, 2016

  • 5

  • Indianapolis

"Dani Miller was great!"

  • Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

  • October 20, 2015

  • 5

  • Indianapolis

"Food was great. Tour guide was exceptional!!! We will take our friends on this tour. "