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What to do and where to go in Bloomington

<p>Nick's English Hut is located at 423 E. Kirkwood Ave., down the street from the Sample Gates.</p>

Nick's English Hut is located at 423 E. Kirkwood Ave., down the street from the Sample Gates.

Bloomington has a number of options when it comes to where to stay and where to eat when visiting your student. Luckily, many of the most popular choices are on or close to campus, making life easier for everybody.

Treat yourselves to Bloomington's vast selection of food, ranging from American eats to international fare, while also staying at some of the city's nicest lodging destinations. We asked the IU Visitor Information Center and the Bloomington Visitors Center for recommendations about what visiting parents should check out during their time in Bloomington.

Where to stay

Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel

According to the IU Visitor Information Center, the Biddle Hotel provides an excellent place to stay on campus for parents. The Biddle Hotel is located inside the Indiana Memorial Union.


If you're not interested in staying on campus, the IU Visitor Information Center recommended several hotels located downtown. The Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Springhill Suites by Marriott and the Hyatt Place are all options to choose from.

Where to eat


Farm is a go-to choice for brunch. It couples an upscale rustic atmosphere with quality food, and is located near campus on Kirkwood Ave. It can get busy during parents weekend, so reservations are highly recommended. 

Village Deli

Another classic breakfast destination on Kirkwood is the Village Deli. They aren't open late (only until 6 p.m.), but they do serve lunch. Some of the popular breakfast selections feature ginormous pancakes, farm fresh eggs, breakfast burritos, homemade granola and more.


One of Bloomington's most well-known locations is Nick's English Hut. It's become a Bloomington tradition for many to stop by the storied restaurant on Kirkwood, which has been around since 1927. Their menu features everything from burgers to sandwiches and subs, as well as pizza and strombolis.

Siam House

If you're more interested in international fare, Siam House is one of Bloomington's best options. Located on Fourth Street, Siam House mixes Thai cuisine with a great wine selection and friendly service. 

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