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Best things to do in South Bend

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Restaurant
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“If you're looking for a great breakfast before you head out of town, this is the place to visit.”
7 locals recommend
Night Club
“Vegetables Buddies is a restaurant/bar but also one of my favorite places to see live music! Tuesday they have a live open jam, Wednesdays Latin Dancing with instructors and then music the rest of the week. Jazz, blues, reggae... there's usually something to check out here! It's a great place if you're in South Bend to stop by and check out! ”
4 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Local breakfast hangout. Convenient downtown South Bend location. Not a chain. ”
5 locals recommend
Café
“This pay-it-forward coffee shop is truly unique. Largely volunteer run and serving the near northwest neighborhood, this is one of the hidden gems of South Bend. They brew locally-roasted coffee and serve locally-made baked goods. Yum! Check their hours before you go! ”
5 locals recommend
Sports Club
“What a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with the family. "Take me out to the ballgame!"”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lasalle Kitchen is located on the 3rd floor of the LaSalle Grill, a High end fine dining establishment that is a veteran of the city of South Bend. We have included a $5 token of awesomeness that goes toward your bill total. (Indiana restricts the allowance of this to go towards alcohol)”
9 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“On ND campus great center with multiple venues. Excellent cinema with fantastic mix of films.”
3 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Pork belly tacos are phenomenal. Also, the waiter always has great recommendations for their best dishes. ”
5 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“If you’re looking for excellent small plate dishes and a high-end experience, Render is the place to visit. They also feature some of the best artwork in town from a local artist. ”
6 locals recommend
University
“A beautiful replica of our lady of the Lourdes. A spiritual and reflective place that's a must see.”
4 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Grab a biscotti with coffee in the morning, or cookies for an afternoon snack. Also great pizzas and sandwiches!”
10 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This is a unique year round art exhibit you can walk through on the river in South Bend. Starting at Sunset interactive light displays are turned on along the river walk. Best places to view are Seitz Park, Colfax Bridge, Island Park, and Pier Park. 24 hour access is available to Island Park except during private events. Parking: Downtown parking is free during evenings after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends. The best available parking to access the River Lights is along Niles Ave., Colfax Ave., Century Center and Seitz Park.”
2 locals recommend
Café
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“Located near downtown South Bend this cafe is also connected to the the Hammer & Quill bar. We have left a free coffee coupon for your stay.”
8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“South Bend Civic Theatre (SBCT) was founded in 1957 by two University of Notre Dame graduates who believed community theatre should be an important part of this area's culture, and who also believed that living in our community were aspiring actors and actresses who needed to show and form their talents. The theatre seats about 200 guest and they have about 15 shows per year that run from 1-3 weeks each.”
2 locals recommend
Bar
“Small plates with emphasis on wine and Mediterranean palate. Menu changes with season. Bartenders are great.”
6 locals recommend
Stadium
1 local recommends