Lafayette Square – Indianapolis, IN

Lafayette Square endures as a prominent and growing neighborhood located about 10 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. While maintaining its small Midwestern community feel, this neighborhood keeps residents connected with the lively social and economic scene of the greater Indianapolis area. Rows of townhouses and community houses appeal to suburbanites who want to enjoy a peaceful, close-knit community, while ample business opportunities in the area and a stable economy serve the many growing families and lifelong residents who call Lafayette Square their home. From the wide assortment of shopping centers in the area to excellent school systems and well-cultivated green space, Lafayette Square ensures a well-rounded, fulfilling life for families and singles alike.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The area immediately east of the Lafayette Square neighborhood has garnered a strong reputation for its wide selection of authentic international restaurants, and locals call the Lafayette Square neighborhood "the place where the world goes to eat." Residents can travel the world through gastronomic traditions spanning Asia, Africa, and Central America, as well as classic Americana fare. The Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant on West 38th Street captures the atmosphere and culinary flavor of traditional Southeast cuisine, while giving customers a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere ideal for those special evenings. This restaurant makes no compromises for American tastes, allowing visitors to truly experience the foods found on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Locals recommend the several specialty pho dishes packed with rice noodles and accompanied with fresh jalapeños and bean sprouts. When looking for a taste closer to home but still upholding the exotic variety of international cuisine, head to the Havana Cafe on Moller Road. This quaint and unpretentious restaurant brings the spicy fare straight from the streets of Havana and Miami right to the North High School neighborhood. Visitors can discover excellent ropa vieja, oxtails, and abundant side dishes of rice and beans. Although the cuisine surrounding Lafayette Square encompasses the world, residents can also spend their weekends in classic Americana sports bars and grills. Head to downtown Indianapolis for lively crowds and high-octane music venues. Drawing on the popularity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 500 International Sports Bar is the ideal place for locals to catch up on sports and have a few drinks with friends.

History & Culture

Marian County traces its roots back to 1822, when the Treaty of St. Mary's established the New Purchase boundaries in the area. By 1825, Indianapolis became the state capital. Lafayette Square followed massive development and population booms that defined the northwest areas of the city, where wealthy suburbanites expanded outward from the congested city center. An array of shopping malls and the creation of the Eagle Creek Reservoir in the late 1960s encouraged modern housing and suburban developments. Lafayette Square does not have any of its own museums, though the neighborhood is only 5 miles west of the highly acclaimed Indianapolis Museum of Art. Racing enthusiasts can travel 4 miles to the south to find the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. This vicinity to Indianapolis also allows residents to easily see the Indianapolis 500 or the Brickyard 400, some of the largest annual racing events in the nation.


With plenty of restaurants, shopping centers and other amenities located within walking distance, many Lafayette Square residents can get around without a car. However, locals love their cars and use them for just about anything, especially when commuting to downtown Indianapolis or visiting other parts of the city. Pancake-flat streets and courteous suburban drivers help cultivate a biking culture, and, for those shorter trips, many residents prefer to get around by bike. Be careful, however, as a lack of bike lanes means that bicyclists need to pay attention to traffic. Car owners can take advantage of the northbound I-465 to connect with I-65, which provides access to the downtown area and outlying suburbs. A trip to downtown Indianapolis by car should take around 15 to 20 minutes with moderate traffic. Although many homes and apartment complexes in the area have expansive parking lots, car owners can often find curbside parking for free. Since Lafayette Square is located about 10 miles from the city center, residents shouldn't expect to hail a cab on a whim. Ensure a quick and convenient ride by calling ahead for a pickup or organizing a ride with Uber or other ride sharing services. The IndyGo transit system stands as a comfortable, affordable way to get around the city, and residents can catch Route 10 or Route 15 along North High School Road or Route 38 along West 38th Street.


Lafayette Square carries a moderately low cost of living when compared to Indianapolis averages, and residents can expect to pay about 12 percent less than state averages for common necessities. Newcomers to the area should keep in mind that the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment runs about $475 a month. Traveling to the city center via IndyGo costs $1.75 for a one-way ticket, while car owners pay about 11 percent less than national averages on gas. A pint of beer at nearby pubs costs around $3.


Lafayette Square is characterized by the vicinity of several convenient shopping centers, where traveling eastwards along West 38th Street introduces residents to both expansive shopping malls and outdoors strip malls. Located on the corner of West 38th Street and North High School Road, the West 38th Street Plaza Shopping Center exposes locals to a handful of diverse shops. Head further east to find Lafayette Square, which includes anchors such as the Burlington Coat Factory, Shoppers World, and a cinema. Shoppers should head to downtown Indianapolis to find the best high-value shops and boutiques in the city, though Lafayette Square does have a few gems. The Garden of Eden flower shop on Lafayette Square showcases a prominent display of both exotic and common flowers and household plants. With love bouquets, birthday flowers and much more, this shop allows residents to stock their homes with beautiful indoor and outdoor flowers. After filling the home with beautiful and aromatic flowers, locals can easily improve the decor of their home by stopping at Floors To Your Home on Lafayette Road. From carpet to laminate, this discount floor retailer combines affordable prices with a massive selection, and a helpful and intelligent staff ensures easy interior design development and installation. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts can learn about engineered hardwood flooring with instructions and the tools necessary for a comprehensive installation. Lafayette Square residents never have to travel very far to stock their kitchens with an assortment of brand-name groceries as well as organic delicacies. The Meijer chain supermarket provides the largest selection of standard groceries and other goods, such as electronics and clothing. The One Stop Market off North High School Road provides some basics and last-minute groceries, while the Georgetown Market on Georgetown Road connects visitors to a massive supply of organic fruits and vegetables as well as sustainable meats. For more healthy foods straight from the countryside, residents can travel 6 miles to North Michigan Road for the Crooked Creek Farmers Market.


While Lafayette Square does not have any of its own city or county parks, abundant green spaces between housing developments and aesthetic tree-lined streets provide an aura of natural splendor. An abundance of parks in the vicinity cater to visitors of all ages, and the Eagle Creek Park serves outdoors enthusiasts of all walks of life. Located 5 miles northwest of North High School, this massive Indianapolis city park covers more than 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of land, making it one of the largest city parks in the United States. Visit the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure within the park for some high-action zip lining fun, or join the Indianapolis Rowing Center for first-class rowing lessons. In addition to boundless athletic possibilities, this park also offers ample bird watching, a marina for launching a kayak or canoe and much more. The only minor drawback is that entrance to this park costs a fee. Dog owners also can give their beloved pets a large, expansive space to run around without a leash at the Canine Companion Zone near 56th Street in Eagle Creek Park. Dogs must wear a rabies tag when running around at this park, and owners need to purchase a "Pooch Pass" from the Eagle Creek Park Office. Make sure to keep watch for annual rowing events and other day camps at this park, but every August locals can push their bodies to the limit by attempting the annual Eagle Creek marathon, half marathon or quarter marathon.
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