Check out the "must visit" spots throughout Fort Wayne's great neighborhoods

Want to live like a local on your visit? We've curated a selection of some of the top places in different areas of Fort Wayne. From a cozy cup of java, to an active night out, you’ll find whatever you need nearby. 

Fort Wayne Neighborhoods Illustration

North

Coffee Shop: Mocha Lounge on Dupont Road offers a full menu of coffee drinks.

Shopping Spot: Grab the perfect gift at Sugar Love boutique.

Sweet Treat: Just Cream offers epic, Instagram-worthy desserts that taste as great as they look.

Park: Salomon Farm Park features a picturesque barn, gently rolling pastures, and outstanding events.

Debrand tour

Family Friendly: Peek behind the scenes on a factory tour at Debrand Fine Chocolates.

Dining: Casa Grille is the go-to for Italian in Fort Wayne. They also have locations in West, Coliseum, and East areas of the city.

Night Out: Black Canyon is a locally run steakhouse that offers great cocktails, perfect for a date night or special occasion.

 

South

Coffee Shop: The Friendly Fox features a full menu of food and drink, as well as your favorite coffee drinks.

Shopping Spot: Antonuccio’s Italian Market features a specialty grocery and deli offering a delicious taste of Italy.

Sweet Treat: Zesto’s ice cream offers the finest in soft serve.

Park: One of the oldest parks in the city, Foster Park offers walking trails, a golf course and more.

Dining: Sample two of our favorites, Bravas – featuring iconic gourmet burgers and the 07 Pub offering drinks, pizza and more.

The Clyde marquee

Night Out: New on the music scene, The Clyde Theatre showcases the best in national acts.
 

East

Coffee Shop: Firefly Coffeehouse has served deliciousness to the North Anthony neighborhood for more than 20 years.

Shopping Spot: Hunt for rare records at Wooden Nickel, or visit the shops at Georgetown Square.

Sweet Treat: Sweets So Geek brings you to the sugary side of your sci-fi favorites.

Lakeside Park Rose Garden at Night

Park: It’s hard to overstate the beauty of Lakeside Park, especially the Rose Gardens, a favorite wedding spot in the summer.

Family Friendly: Catch a game at Purdue Fort Wayne, and in the summer, splash yourself silly at the Northside Pool

Dining: Old Crown is a coffee house by day, and a culinary experience by night.

Night Out: Try local favorite, the Acme Bar & Grill for any occasion.

West

Coffee Shop: Be sure to try the Liege waffle, a traditional sweet Belgian pastry, at United Coffee.

Jefferson Pointe FountainShopping Spot: Covington Plaza and Jefferson Pointe are shopping destinations full of fabulous finds.

Sweet Treat: Rise ‘n’ Roll serves the best in Amish baked goods – the cinnamon caramel donut is a local addiction. 

Park: Go wild at Fox Island or Eagle Marsh

Family Friendly: Ignite your creativity at Painting Fun Spot at Jefferson Pointe. 

Dining: Umi is home to fine seafood and sushi, along with great drinks and more.

Night Out: HT2 offers fine craft cocktails with alcohol distilled in Indiana.

Coliseum Boulevard

Coffee Shop: Pick your favorite at one of the Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, or Dunkin locations in the area.

Shopping Spot: Shop your favorites at Glenbrook Square mall. 

Sweet Treat: Grab a dozen (or more) of the unique creations at Cookie Cottage.

Park: Johnny  Appleseed  Park  features all the fun of a park, a campground and Johnny Appleseed’s grave site. 

sky zone flip

Family Friendly: Active entertainment options abound with Combat Ops, LazerX, SkyZone, Ultrazone, and more.

Dining: Favorites for fine dining include the classic Cork’N Cleaver and the delicious BakerStreet Steakhouse

Night Out: The Memorial Coliseum hosts Komet Hockey, Mad Ants Basketball, national concerts, and more!

Downtown

Coffee Shop: Conjure and Fortezza both offer a full range of caffeinated choices to keep you moving. 

Shopping Spot: The Find and Creative Women of the World are just a few of the dozens of boutiques downtown.

Sweet Treat: Ice cream fans will love Sweets on Main. You can also find a tasty treat at Pembroke Bakery, located inside the Auer Center. 

Park: The fun starts at Headwaters Park, home to ice skating in the winter and festivals all year long. 

Family Friendly: Spark your imagination at Science Central, with hands on, interactive exhibits for all ages.

Cindy's Diner - Interior - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dining: Cindy’s, an authentic 1950s diner, serves the whole world, 15 at a time. Coney Island is a legendary hot dog joint cranking out their secret recipe for over 100 years. 

Night Out: The Embassy Theatre, built in 1928, is breathtaking in its scale and beauty. Take in a concert by the Philharmonic, or enjoy touring shows from Broadway and beyond.

Historic West Central Neighborhood

Just West of Downtown

Shopping Spot: Boutiques like Fancy & Staple and The Hedge bring you the best from local artisans. 

West Central Micro Creamery - Fort Wayne, INSweet Treat: The range of flavors at West Central Microcreamery includes dairy free and vegan varieties. 

Park: Swinney Park features wide open areas, and the city’s premier tennis courts. 

Family Friendly: Catch the excitement every summer when the Three Rivers Festival Parade makes its way through the beautiful historic homes. 

Dining: Mad Anthony is a classic brewpub, with legendary favorites going back years. The Scooby Snacks are a must try. 

Night Out: Laugh, cry, or dance along to the action at Arena Dinner Theatre.

Historic Wells Street Corridor

Just Northwest of Downtown

Shopping Spot: Browse the stacks at Hyde Brothers Booksellers, a mainstay of local bibliophiles.

Sweet Treat: Enjoy authentic Mexican treats from the Indiana Mexican Bakery or La Michoacana next door

Parkview Tree Canopy Trail above the docks at Promenade ParkPark: The Midwest’s newest attraction, Promenade Park, is the jewel of Riverfront Fort Wayne. Enjoy boat rides, bands, art, music, and more.

Family Friendly: Kids love the interactive and accessible playground at Promenade Park.

Dining: Dine on fresh, local food at Bird and Cleaver.

Night Out: Each summer, enjoy Margarita Mondays at Don Chava’s Mexican Grill, after enjoying an evening on the rivers with Fort Wayne Outfitters.