Allow 1-2 days.
Although South Bend is primarily known for housing the prestigious University of Notre Dame and the oldest zoo in Indiana, it also encompasses a number of eateries that will have you coming back for second helpings.
Hand-Picked, Fresh and Ready to Serve
All six senses will be indulged in the variety of colors and odors from the fresh fruits, vegetables, pastries, flowers and artistic creations upon walking into the South Bend Farmers Market . Regarded as one of the largest and most diverse indoor markets in the Midwest, vendors both far and wide come to the market each week to distribute their own creations to interested customers.
Located along the St. Joseph River, the Market offers farm-grown vegetables and fruits, a variety of cheeses, meats, artisan baked goods, maple syrup, homemade candies, floral bouquets and handcrafted jewelry.
Not only can purchasers buy items to bring home, but can also enjoy a meal at the Farmer’s Market café after a long day of shopping. Prepared daily, the café’s outstanding meals are made using seasonal produce and fresh market meats and cheeses.
Wine and Dine
Dinner at LaSalle Grill , a modern-American restaurant favorite, will get your taste buds buzzing with their classic and ethnic preparations. Serving dinner only, the restaurant offers reasonably priced entrees in an upscale atmosphere. Adjoined to the dining room is the LaSalle barroom that specializes in pre- and post-dinner cocktails, Martinis and Manhattans being their most popular fortes.
Accompanying the restaurant is LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern, South Bend's first gastropub. Unwind and dine at the locally made butcher block tables, or sit comfortably at the bar. LKT features its own unique menu, changed monthly, with drink offerings including more than 30 craft beers and over 100 scotches, whiskeys and ryes.
What's Dinner Without Dessert?
The South Bend Chocolate Company has an assortment of tasty treats to fulfill any sweet tooth. The Chocolate Company also offers a variety of other treats: popcorn crunches, cakes, coffees and ice cream creations. The Chocolate Company offers you two great locations: one in the heart of downtown; the other at their manufacturing facility. Here, you can tour the factory and enjoy shopping their outlet store.