Experience Valpo

A list of local eateries and entertainment in the Valpo area.


Central Park Plaza Market: DT
Tues. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. through Oct. 15

Valparaiso Popcorn Fest: DT
September 10th 

Fall Harvest Festival: DT
October 14 & 15th 4-6 p.m.

Holly Days: DT
December 2, 5-7 p.m.


Broadway Cafe: $, NC
Near campus

Jimmy’s Café: $, DT
Cash only, student favorite

Family Express: $, NC
Square Donuts and JavaWave Coffee

Le Peep: $$
North part of Valpo

Silver Spoon: $$, DT
Classic Brunch fare

Suzie's Cafe: $
Home Cooking at its best.


Sunrise Health Foods, NC
Organic food and other items

Lifestyles: DT
Toys, decorations, cook ware and other fun items

She’s Crafty: DT
Handmade items and crafting material

The Green Goat: DT
Refurbished furniture and decorations

Bethesda: NC
Local Thrift store

Old World Market: DT
Fresh Bread & cheese and exotic food items 

Galactic Greg’s: NC
Comic books 


Tony’s Place: $, DT
Cash only, local favorite

Greeks Pizzeria: $,DT 
Garlic Knots

Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria: $$
Weekday Lunch Buffet

Ben's Soft Pretzels: $, DT


Blackbird Café: $, DT
Quiet, cozy, local favorite

Uptown Café: $, NC
Close by, gelato and local art

Fluid Coffee Bar: $, DT
Featuring Intelligentsia Coffee


Ogden Gardens
Great for pictures

Fun activities

Rogers Lakewood Park
Hayrides, paddle boats, Tubing in Winter

Forest Park

Discovery Cottage

Deep River Waterpark
Ice skating in winter

Creekside Golf
9 holes and driving range

Zao Island
Miniature golf & lazer tag

Indiana Dunes
Swim, hike and explore nature

Central Park Plaza: DT
Splash Pad and many events

County Line Orchard
Apple picking, hayride and apple donuts


Chicago Street Theater

Memorial Opera House, DT

Porter County Museum, DT

Front Porch Music, DT


Designer Desserts: $, DT
Large cupcakes and fun colors

YoMazing: $
Frozen Yogurt

Evolution: $$
Artisan Confections

Kernals & Kones: $ DT
Burst Flavor Ice cream

Pat’s Ice Cream Parlor: $, DT
Giant Cones

Valpo Velvet: $$ DT
Locally made ice cream

South Bend Chocolate Factory: $$ DT

Wildflour: $, DT
Gourmet Sweets

Little Chocolates: $, DT


The Valley: $$$, DT
Farm to Fork Restaurant with changing menu

Meditrina: $$, DT
Mediterranean farm

Parea: $$$, DT
Steak House

Roots Organic Café: $, DT

China House: $ (for lunch), DT
$5 lunch specials

Don Quiotes: $$$, DT

Pikk’s Tavern: $$, DT
Try the Fries and Dipping Sauces

Bon Femme: $$$, DT
French Fusion

Stack’s Bar & Grill: $$, DT
Library Themed

La Cabana: $, NC
Delicious Mexican right next to campus

El Amigo: $
Late night must visit

El Salto: $$
North side of Valpo

Kelsey’s Steakhouse: $$$
Visit the Cow & take the steak challenge

Industrial Revolution: $$, NC
Eat & learn about American History

The Dish: $$$
Classic American Fare

BurgerHaus: $$
Get the fried pickles

Pestos: $$
Italian Cuisine

Schoop’s: $
Old-fashioned burger joint

Valpo Vienna's: $, DT

Yatz: $$, NC, Cajun Cuisine

Good to Go by Lucrezia, $, DT

Barada Kabob: $, NC, Delivers

Casa del Mar: $$, DT

The Market: $$$, NC
Midwest Cooking

Tommy B's Steakhouse: $$$, DT



$: easy on a college budget

$$: good as a treat

$$$: special occasion or when your parents come to town

DT: downtown

NC: near campus

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