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How to Spend 24 Hours in Mishawaka

Day trips should be simple but often become complex. How do you hit the highlights in such a short period of time. It’s important to have a game plan. Here's a guide to spending one day in Mishawaka. 

Macadoo's for Breakfast

Breakfast isn’t to be missed, especially when you head to Macadoo’s Family Restaurant. Locals in 2018 voted it The Bend’s best breakfast spot. Some say it offers the best biscuits and gravy in the area. If you can’t get in, head down Lincoln Way and try Curve Café.

Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Garden

Mishawaka is a city known for its parks. Shiojiri Niwa is a hidden gem, especially in the spring when it's coming into bloom.

Where to Shop Around Mishawaka

If you’re in the mood to shop, Indiana Rug Co. Studio and Gift Shop is a must-visit with its Mishawaka themed gifts, t-shirts, home décor, women’s clothing and more.

You could also head toward the retail corridor on Grape Road and Main Street. It includes University Park Mall and several national brands, making it a regional shopping destination.

Lunch at Chicory Café

Either you’ll still be near Chicory Café or it’s worth heading back downtown from the mall. The New Orleans-inspired coffee house and restaurant is so popular in downtown South Bend that it opened another location in Mishawaka. Whatever you order, save room for beignets.

Explore Downtown Mishawaka Parks

Shiojiri Niwa was a sneak peek at Mishawaka’s calling card — parks. Several of them line the St. Joseph River and you’ll be nearby when lunch at Chicory Café is finished.

Head the Central Park (photos below) with the family for the splash pad and bountiful playground equipment on warm days. Beutter Park is home to sweeping water displays, plus the new Ball Band Biergarten, which hosts live music on summer nights. Nearby, at Ironworks Plaza, is the site of the Mishawaka Farmers Market. It’s open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between May and September. 

If you’re not quite done wandering through green spaces, historic Battell Park and Kamm Island are worth a visit too.

Dinner at Jesús Latin Grill and Tequila Bar

Jesús Latin Grill and Tequila Bar is known for its bold offerings inspired by Latin American influences. Whatever you choose to order —from the queso fondido to the can pork chop — will take your taste buds for a wild yet delicious ride.  One suggestion: If you’re inclined, go with the Jesús Classico margarita.

Stroll the Riverwalk

All those riverside parks we mentioned earlier are connected by the Mishawaka Riverwalk, a favorite path for local walkers and runners. Maybe make time to catch sunset. But we’re not done yet.

Dessert at Caracas Bistro 

Take your pick of local ice cream shops in and around Mishawaka. If you're looking for something Instagram-worthy (and ridiculously delicious), head to Caracas Bistro for an over-the-top shake.