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Where to find international foods in Indianapolis, IN

Did you know you don’t have to catch a flight to travel around the world?

Table of dim sum dishes

Benyue Restaurant reopened in its new Castleton spot in early 2023.

Photo by @rdklove

While we love the food scene in the Circle City, we want you to know that it’s okay to get a little bit tired of tenderloin sandwiches + beer.

That’s why we’re rounding up eight places to find international foods in the 317.

Canal Bistro, 6349 Guilford Ave.
This family-owned and operated bistro along the Broad Ripple canal brings the sights, smells, and flavors of the Mediterranean to Indy. Pro tip: The patio is dog friendly, so stop by before or after walking the Monon.

Petra Cafe, 610 Mass Ave.
This is a great stop on Mass Avenue for an array of Middle Eastern plates & pitas in a relaxed and casual setting.

Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe, 935 S. East St.
This cozy restaurant between Fletcher Place and Bates-Hendricks is Indy’s first restaurant to feature a variety of authentic hand-crafted Turkish Mediterranean appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.

Exterior shot of Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe

Delicious Turkish food is within walking distance of Fletcher Place.

Photo by @fletcherplace

Benyue Restaurant, 6020 82nd St.
Formerly known as Lucky Lou, this is the only dim sum spot in Indy. It features handcrafted dumplings and regional Chinese cuisines. Pro tip: It serves dim sum until 2 p.m. daily and reservations are recommended.

The Jollof Buka, 2501 W. Washington St.
This authentic African restaurant and hookah lounge serves a variety of dishes such as Indomie noodles, Gbegiri + Ewedu, whole fish, and Egusi soup.

Antojitos Carmen Restaurant + Taqueria, 1526 W. Washington St.
Many say this is about as authentic as it gets when it comes to Mexican food in Indy. Try the tacos, gorditas, housemade salsas, and horchata.

Kimu Restaurant, 1280 U.S. Hwy 31 N., Greenwood
This laid-back restaurant offers traditional Burmese dishes and other Pan-Asian plates.

Siam Star Asian Express, 890 E. 116th St., Ste. 155, Carmel
This is the place to go for authentic Thai food and boba tea carry-out. Pro tip: Make room for dessert — the pastries are all made fresh by the owners.

We know this is not a complete list. Let us know where your favorite international spots are — and they might be featured in a future newsletter.

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