Lafayette is the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Central Indiana. It is located 2 hours Southeast of Chicago and 1 hour Northwest of Indianapolis. The Greater Lafayette metropolitan area consists of the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. The combined population is 97,000. Neighboring West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, a large, prestigious public university.
The area is divided by the Wabash river. To the east of the river is Lafayette and to the west is West Lafayette. Lafayette is broken down into several neighborhoods. Starting at the river and heading East is Downtown. Here you will find numerous shops and restaurants as well as most of the museums and theaters. North of downtown is the Historical Centennial Neighborhood. South of downtown is the Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood. Most of the shopping and hotels are either Downtown or along one of the main arteries. State Rd 26 runs East and West bisecting both cities. State Rd 52 curves around the East side of town and crosses the river into the Northern side of West Lafayette. On State Rd 52 near the Southeast side of town you will find the Tippecanoe Mall. Interstate 65 marks the Eastern edge of Lafayette. From South to North there are 4 exits for Lafayette, St Rd 38, St Rd 26, St Rd 25, and St Rd 43 (for West Lafayette).
The John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge connects downtown Lafayette with West Lafayette. Starting at the river and heading west into West Lafayette is the Levee area and Wabash Landing. This area is fairly new with several shops, a multiplex theater, park, and outdoor ice skating rink. Continue west up the hill on State Rd. 26 to the Chauncey Hill and Village area. There you will find most of the college bars and several restaurants. Continue west on Hwy. 26 to pass through the main campus of Purdue University. To the North and East of Purdue is the main residential area of West Lafayette.
Bus , There are 15 bus routes around the cities. Tickets are $1, 10 tokens for $7.50 (you can ask for one free transfer ticket), $28 for a calendar month pass, free for students and staff at Purdue. There is a free trolley bus going from downtown Lafayette to West Lafayette/Purdue and back every 15 minutes. Some bus lines do not run on weekends, in the summer, or anytime when classes are not in session; check schedules for details. Lafayette and the surroundings areas are suburban and relatively spread out; a private automobile is recommended.
Farmers market , 5th Street on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, and Thursday evenings from May to late October. Saturday markets feature a much larger set of vendors than the weekday markets.
Von's Records, Comics, Gifts, Books , 319-325 W. State St. West Lafayette, (765)-743-1915, 4 semi-separate stores but all next to each other and the place to find odd gifts, used books, comics, music, etc.
JL Records, 380 Brown St., West Lafayette, Independent music store in the best sense of that tradition. Lots of hard to find vinyl and cds.
LA Village Food Mart, 208 South St., in the Village, Groceries and Indian specialties.
Downtown Records, 210 N. 6th St., Lafayette, Indie music store & concert space. Closed
KitchenArt , Win Hentschel Blvd just past West Lafayette WalMart. Lots of really cool kitchen and gourmet cooking goodies. One of a kind.
Discount Den, Chancey Hill Mall, the Village.
Tippecanoe Mall, take bus #4A from Lafayette.
Uptown Merchants Association , a group of shops and restaurants located in historic downtown Lafayette along Main Street.
JoS. A. Bank, 500 Sagamore Pkwy W (University Square in W Lafayette on US 52), ☎ +1 765 497-9089, . 10-9 M-Sa 12-6 Sun. Upscale men's clothing retail.
Arni's, 2200 Elmwood Ave., ☎ (765) 447-1108, . This pizza place has been around Lafayette for over 40 years, it is expanding throughout the state now, but it all started here.
Kokoro, 526 Main St., ☎ (765) 742-8180. The quirky owner, Tony runs this restaurant like his own little country (notice the ban on all hats as you enter), but you can't argue with his unique Asian dishes. Best sushi in town and all hand made by Tony.
South Street Smokehouse, 3305 South St., ☎ (765) 446-0559, . Amazing homestyle slow cooked meals. Very reasonably priced, definitely worth a stop for casual lunch or dinner.
Frozen Custard, Next to Columbian Park. This Custard restaurant started in the 1930's and still serves the same hand dipped custard.
Spageddie's Italian Kitchen, 3990 E. State Rd. 26. Right off the highway makes this restaurant perfect for road weary travelers that are looking for a nice chain experience in Italian food.
The Other Pub, 3000 S 9th St., ☎ (765) 474-9527, . A fun and welcoming atmosphere makes you feel like it's a second home. Great indoor smoking and smoke-free facility.
Triple XXX,  Indiana's first drive-in restaurant. Known for biscuits and gravy and a famous "Dwayne Purvis" hamburger with peanut butter. Great rootbeer too.
Silver Dipper, River Market (corner of River Rd and State St). Hand-dipped ice cream and ice cream treats. Locally owned with a loyal customer base.
Nine Irish Brothers,  119 Howard Ave., 765-746-4782. A little slice of Ireland right here in West Lafayette. Family-owned traditional Irish pub founded over 30 years ago. Warm atmosphere, live music, unique draft selection, great appetizers (try the Irish Pizza), and of course your traditional Irish entrees. Second location is in Lafayette, adjacent to Tippecanoe Mall (3520 State Rd. 38 E).
Green Sprout,  765-269-7393. Authentic Korean/Japanese cuisine in Chauncey Village (southeast of WL Library). The sushi salad is amazing. Daily specials offered. Menu: $2-10. Also offers authentic Korean baked goods. Dine in, takeout, and delivery.
Hookah!, Chauncey Hill Mall,765-743-3636 Best Mediterranean food on campus. You can enjoy a fine hookah smoke, though non smoking section is available. People tend to dance to the exotic music that is typically played after 11PM. Must be 18 years or older to enter on weekend. All ages welcome before 10PM. Good atmosphere. Full bar with International drinks as well as American favorites.
Khana Khazana, 108 Northwestern Ave.,765-743-1223. Good Indian food, buffet for lunch and dinner, take out available. Pricey.
Bombay Indian Restaurant, 111 South River Rd.,765-746-2345. Buffet available but is a bit more pricey (~$9-10). Definitely worth a visit.
Kibu Cafe, 101 South River Rd. Suite D. 765-743-3190. Delicious and authentic Korean + Japanese food, larger restaurant than Joo Joo. Offers various popular menu from Korea and Japan including their signature hand-made noodle made fresh daily. Also available a business meeting room for reservation.
Captain Gyro's, 132 Northwestern Ave,765-743-7170. Great gyros at a decent price.
Cafe Vienna Expresso Bar and Bakery,208 South Street,765-743-4446. Good sweet treats and coffee, and an eclectic mix of sandwiches named after jazz and blues artists.
Basil Thai, Chauncey Hill Mall, 765-743-3330. Smallish menu, but good Thai food and spicy curries. Great mango salad. Also sells bubble tea.
Panera Bread, 328 East State Street, West Lafayette. Serves coffee, bagels, sandwiches. Also has free wireless internet.
Joo Joo Korean Restaurant, Chauncey Hill Mall, 765-743-5566. Authentic Korean food, small restaurant. They have a larger restaurant on Hwy 52 (go west past the Wal-Mart) which also has billiards.
Boiler Market,320 W State St. Salads, sandwiches and some of the best pizza in town. "Pitcher and pie" specials.
Parthenon, Chauncey Hill Mall, 765-743-6778. Authentic Greek food in a spacious dining area.
Olive House, 200 South St, 765-743-5649. A small Mediterranean restaurant featuring an authentic menu.
Black Sparrow, 223 Main St. Located right down town across from the Red Seven restaurant. Smaller lunch / dinner menu with unique items. The closest Lafayette comes to a "hippie" bar. Bands often play on Friday / Saturday nights and sometimes there is a cover charge.
Champ's, 610 S Earl Ave.
Chances Are Showclub, 3521 St Rd 26 E, . Slightly more upscale strip club.
Checkerboard Tavern, 1521 Kossuth St.
Chumley's, 122 N 3rd. On the courthouse square. Lots of different beers on tap make it a very popular late night alternative to the campus bars. Monday and Thursday nights are schooner nights with especially good drink specials. Lots of TVs showing all major sporting events. Smoking is permitted.
Clubhouse Bar and Grill, 827 N 6th. Sports oriented, some live music.
Cox's Pub 2401 Schuyler Avenue, [http://www.coxspub.com]. Featuring Karaoke 7 nights a week, Live weekend entertainment out on the Patio (weather permitting), great food served daily, big screen TV + 6 other TVs, pool, darts, pinball and a dance floor.
Danzer's Show Club, 3481 McCarty Ln. Strip club.
DT Kirby's, 605 Main St. Delicious (greasy) food that will stop your heart, great liquor selection, friendly dive bar atmosphere (as long as you're a Bears fan.)
K. Dees Coffee and Roasting Company, 1016 Main Street on Historic Main Street in downtown Lafayette Indiana 765.742.4121  Killer Beans Coffee now has a brick and mortar home. Super premium slow roasted coffee. This is truly a place for the coffee snob and serious chocolate connoisseur, with live music on Thurdays and an art gallery with contemporary edgy works.
Kooler Keg, 1035 N. 6th Street
Knickerbocker Saloon, 113 N 5th St., (765) 423-2234, . Founded in 1835, billed as Indiana's oldest bar. Note that the bar itself is the oldest in Indiana, but it was moved to this location. Tons of live music, sometimes jazz or other local bands. Cover is charged when bands are playing.
Lafayette Brewing Company, 622 Main St., Tel: (765) 742-2591, . One of two Lafayette breweries (do not ask for a bud light here, only beer made on site served). Brew pub with very good selection of beers. Also has good food and a second floor stage with live music and open mic nights.
People's Brewing Company, 2006 N. 9th St. [www.peoplesbrew.com] The second of Lafayette's own brewing companies. Their beers can be found on tap at some local bars. There is a small on-site bar that serves only the People's brews.
BLU135/ Hookah!, 135 S, Chauncey Ave. West Lafayette (in the Chauncey Hill Mall), ☎ 765-743-3636, . Ultra Lounge with big city feel, Bottle service, Specialty martinis. Unique top shelf drinks. Largest dance floor on campus with state of the art sound and lighting. Live DJs Th.Fr.Sat open till 4AM Latin night on Thursdays, House Eurotechno and world on Fridays and Saturdays. Tapas appetizers served till 4AM on weekends $$.
Brother's Bar & Grill, 306 W. State Street. Brother's always has specials and hence makes it a fairly cheap alternative to Harry's or Yacht Club. Much more relaxed atmosphere compared to other bars on campus.
Harry's Chocolate Shop, 329 W State St, . Harry's is a campus classic and has been around since the times of prohibition. It used to be a soda fountain but don't expect any chocolate to be served in this drinking mainstay. The vast majority of Purdue's campus will probably say Harry's is their favorite bar since it has a little of something for everyone. Strong drinks.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 360 Brown Street.
Jakes Roadhouse, 135 S Chauncy. Garage style place, serves food in daytime hours. Gives out free hot dogs on Friday and Saturday nights after 11PM. Known as the GDI bar.
Neon Cactus,  360 Brown St. Dance club and piano bar. On Thursday nights it is mostly frequented by college students as there is a $5 cover and $0.50 32-oz beers/$1.75 32-oz well drinks.
Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub, 402 Brown St (Just N of the River Rd & State intersection), ☎ +1 765 746-4782, . 11AM-1AM daily. An impressively authentic Irish pub, with above average food—plenty of Irish cuisine such as shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, fish and chips, Connemara chicken, and--of course--corned beef and cabbage. It would be a great little Irish pub just for the atmosphere, but the big attractions are the bar and the entertainment. Nine Brothers has great draught beer, and a full bar with an impressive selection of Irish whiskeys, which are surpirsingly affordable. On weekends, the menu and booze are complemented by live Irish music; otherwise you can stop in to watch European sports (football, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling) on the telly, as well as the obligatory Purdue, Cubs, Bears, and Colts games.
Where Else? Bar, 304 State St. Dance floor in the back, students tend to gather here at the end of their bar crawl. Featured in Sports Illustrated as #7 College Tailgate Location in the Nation. Featured on Big Ten Network for being the home of "BREAKFAST CLUB".
Super 8 West Lafayette, 2030 North Gate Drive, Tel: (765) 567-7100. Located on the Interstate 65, seven miles away from Purdue University, Wolf Park and a little away from the Columbian Park. Secure Online Reservations.
Econo Lodge West Lafayette Hotel, 200 Brown Street, Tel: (765) 743-9661, Fax: (765) 743-8253. The closest hotel to the campus of Purdue University - located on the Northeast corner of State Street (Hwy 26) River Road (Hwy 231), near the banks of the Wabash River.
Union Club Hotel, 101 North Grant Street, Tel: (765) 494-8913, Fax: (765) 494-8924, . Right on Purdue's campus, inside of the Purdue Union building. Good restaurants downstairs in the Union itself, and it is within walking distance to downtown West Lafayette and Lafayette. Has secured online reservations. If you are looking to stay here during a major Purdue home game or campus event, make sure you make your reservations early because it does fill quickly.
All the public libraries have wired Internet computers available for use by anyone for limited time periods. Airimba  have commercial wireless access at four apartment sites at very affordable rates especially for short stays. Other locations offering internet access include:
Vienna Espresso Bar & Bakery. Offers open wireless internet access.
Cafe Royale. Offers open wireless internet access.
Union Building, (at Purdue). Requires a free temporary account.
Buffalo Wild Wings, (at Levee Plaza). Offers open wireless internet access.
Panera Bread. Offers wired and splash wireless internet access.
Barnes and Noble, (at Tippecanoe Mall). (note: there is only two power outlets in the whole building for your laptop. They are directly adjacent to the handicap access ramp. If you attempt to move a table there to use the outlets, they will ask you to leave.)
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