Known as the most Instagrammed restaurant in the world, Sugar Factory has made its sweet debut in Downtown Indianapolis. With locations across major cities in the United States and abroad, Sugar Factory is well known for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops and over-the-top atmosphere and desserts. Appealing to the eyes and taste buds, it’s a place that will bring out your inner child with its giant candies and colorful food.
NOTE: This article was written ahead of the opening of The Sugar Factory in Indianapolis. Aishah and her family shared their experience visiting the Chicago location. It was later updated when the Indy restaurant opened. Indy with Kids was invited to the media night. Katy Mann contributed to this article and has paid to visit the Sugar Factory, just like some of you, and her kids love it!
Sugar Factory in Indianapolis
The long-awaited Sugar Factory is now open in Downtown Indy at 49 W. Maryland St, the former Palomino restaurant space in Circle Centre Mall. This restaurant, bar, and retail store is a colorful, candy-coated dream!
The Indianapolis location offers indoor seating as well as outdoor patio seating along Illinois street. Like other famous Sugar Factory locations, the Indianapolis restaurant location offers unique Instagrammable backgrounds with neon wall art, a candy heart art installation, a large flower wall, and a video wall. This restaurant concept is a truly unique addition to downtown Indianapolis and it appeals to all ages from toddlers to parents to grandparents.
Where do I Park for Sugar Factory?
Parking is available for $3 for three hours in the Circle Center Mall parking lots. The most convenient parking for Sugar Factory was on Illinois.
Where is Sugar Factory?
Sugar Factory is located at 49 W. Maryland, Indianapolis. It is on the outside of Circle Center Mall, but there is no access from inside the Mall. Sugar Factory is on the corner of Illinois and Maryland Streets, catty-corner from Steak N’ Shake and across the street from the Regal Cinemas Movie Theater.
Sugar Factory Restaurant & Shop
As you approach the location from the outside you are greeted at the host stand, reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table. The Pretty in Pink Cafe is to your left and it’s a gorgeous room with pink accented furniture, a gorgeous flower wall, and an entry with hanging cherry blossom flower branches. The candy store features walls of hundreds of candies to choose from, various sizes of the famous yellow rubber ducky, and desserts to go such as ice cream, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and donuts. Everything is over the top and glitzy, and you’ll see the references to famous celebrities who have visited various locations.
The restaurant atmosphere and environment are fun and inviting, a lot like a dance club, but family-friendly. Popular music on the speakers, beautiful glittering chandeliers, comfy booth seating, and lots of eye-appealing treats are being served.
The Sweet & Savory Menu
No doubt Sugar Factory’s menu is fabulous and over the top just like its candy store and restaurant atmosphere. The menu includes brunch, lunch, dinner, shakes, GIANT drinks, and of course lots of delicious desserts. The portions are a generous size, and full of trendy flavors.
Breakfast & Brunch at Sugar Factory
The Breakfast and Brunch menu serves up one-of-a-kind items such as a high stack of rainbow pancakes, it includes a side plate of whipped butter, whipped topping, colorful gummy bears, chocolate chips, and strawberries, everything to make your breakfast extra colorful. The restaurant also makes fresh donuts daily, one of its most unique donuts is the rainbow donut; made of colorful rainbow layers topped with marshmallow glaze and sprinkled with candy and edible glitter, a donut that will truly sparkle your morning.
Lunch & Dinner at Sugar Factory
The Lunch and Dinner menu feature colorful delectable items as well, such as fried mac n cheese ball in a delicious sauce, Rainbow sliders, monster mac n cheeseburger, fried chicken, and waffles. The menu includes an array of soups and salads, sandwiches, various monster burgers, grilled meats, seafood, entrees, and pasta. The menu also caters to those who are Vegan or Vegetarian and gluten-free. Every colorful platter on the menu is brought out with a signature yellow sugar factory rubber ducky that you can keep.
Sugar Factory Drinks & Desserts
There are numerous milkshakes to choose from, the old-fashioned milkshakes are your typical hand-spun milkshake in various flavors, but then there are the Insane Milkshakes. these milkshakes truly live up to their name, they are large and adorned with all sorts of candy, cookies, cake, or cheesecake and over the top.
During our trip to Sugar Factory, our family ordered a large 64-ounce smoking goblet drink. These drinks are such a unique item to order that I recommend anyone visiting the restaurant try one. There are several flavors, and the hardest part will be deciding what flavor suits everyone. We ordered the Passion Fruit goblet that was topped with unicorn candy and candy bracelets, and my boys and their grandparents absolutely loved it. When the drink comes out the waiter also adds dry ice to add that extra smoking flare to the drink. The goblets can be ordered with or without alcohol, making it a drink all ages can enjoy. Plus, they are so big, you’ll have to share them with two or three other people!
Of course, the Sugar Factory isn’t complete without its sugary desserts, the world’s largest sundae the “King Kong” is served at every location and consists of 24 scoops of ice cream, all sorts of sprinkles and toppings, bananas, ice cream cones, unicorn candies, candy bracelets, and large Chinese candles. It’s an item that is a showstopper and will make any table want to order it for their next celebration. Another famous item that celebrities endorse are the “couture pops”, essentially a lollipop with a blinged-out stem. There are various flavors of these lollipops to choose from and they taste delicious. The menu also has cute cupcakes, smaller sundaes, various cheesecakes, fried Oreo cookies, and different flavors of gelato.
Sugar Factory is truly a unique restaurant concept that will bring lots of attention to Downtown Indianapolis.