We understand that it may be hard for students to leave campus at times, but Muncie has so much to offer! Likewise, alumni who haven’t been to Muncie for a while may be interested in the finest our city has to offer these days.

We recently asked Ball State’s social media followers where they like to spend time around Muncie. Here are eight of those places that made the top of the list.

The Caffeinery

The Caffeinery

This local coffee shop in Downtown Muncie on Walnut Street offers an environment to work and relax with exceptional coffee. Their coffee is “roasted to order in small batches with artistic precision.” According to our poll, The Caffeinery provides a perfect gathering place for students and the Muncie community. Stop by today, or check out the café’s website.

First Thursdays ArtWalk

Artwork

Join the Muncie community for its First Thursdays ArtWalk, an interactive gallery tour through Downtown Muncie on the first Thursday of each month. Observe and hear from local artists as they showcase their unique creations. You can often find a Ball State organization or two there as well. Learn more about this opportunity to experience Muncie’s art community.

Queer Chocolatier

Queer Chocolatier

Immerse yourself in a variety of “unapologetically indulgent” truffles at the Queer Chocolatier located near campus in The Village on University Avenue. Learn more about chocolate with guided chocolate tasting events or just treat your sweet tooth to one of their truffles, drinking chocolates, or other baked goods. Our survey participants advise: Your taste buds will thank you! Visit Queer Chocolatier. (Photo from Queer Chocolatier website.)

Concannon’s Bakery

Concannon’s Bakery on Walnut Street

Let’s be honest. You haven’t really lived the Muncie life unless you’ve visited the downtown Concannon’s Bakery on Walnut Street or its north location on Baker Lane. With the chance to experience “abundantly irresistible” sweets, baked goods, coffee, and deli offerings,” local foodies report that the possibilities are endless. Get more details at Concannon’s website. 

Minnetrista

Minnetrista’s Farmers Market

Get delicious fresh produce and explore a variety of vendors at Minnetrista’s Farmers Market, Saturday mornings. It’s a farmers market that doesn’t disappear in cold weather, but instead sets up indoors for those chilly months. It’s just a part of Minnetrista’s beautiful 40-acre gathering place, offering exploring, learning, shopping, and play. Plan your trip to Minnetrista today. (Photo from Minnetrista website.)

Dumpling House

Dumpling House

If you are searching for authentic Chinese food, look no further. Dumpling House on South Tillotson Avenue combines an Asian grocery with a restaurant that serves a plethora of traditional Chinese dishes (more than one diner recommends the cabbage chicken). Learn more. 

Muncie Civic Theatre 

Muncie Civic Theatre

For an outing with family or friends or even a fun date night, our poll participants suggest a visit to Muncie Civic Theatre on East Main Street. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest theaters in the country, the theatre stages a variety of mainstage shows and also hosts events such as the Annual Arf Runway for Rescue Fashion Show. Learn more about the Civic’s current season.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Cornerstone Center for the Arts invites the Muncie and Ball State communities to engage with creative and educational programs at its historic setting on East Main Street. Whether you’re taking a workshop, visiting a seasonal attraction, or attending an event (like the Scarevania Haunted House), Cornerstone Center for the Arts offers a rich environment no matter what your interests.  Take a look at their classes and events.

Have a favorite Muncie spot you’d like to share? Tell us about it on Twitter @BallState.