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10 Photos That Prove My Mall Is Better Than Yours

Clay Terrace Mall in Carmel IndianaWhen Clay Terrace opened in Carmel, Indiana, I was thrilled to have quality shopping right down the street. I had my concerns, of course. Shopping outdoors and a lack of department store anchors were my main issues. But, I’ve decided I actually love it for exactly those reasons — and more! Clay Terrace is gorgeous, and I feel like I’m in a movie every time I walk up and down the brick sidewalks to shop.

Now that it has been here a few years, I can safely say Clay Terrace is the best mall around, even with so many other shopping choices in Indianapolis. But don’t take my word for it — here are 10 photos to prove it!

Clay Terrace is conveniently located off the Meridian/Keystone split, with easy access from 146th street. Carmel may be pretty far north, but we’ll make it easy to get here!
Clay Terrace locationForget winding around a square mall searching for the entrance you need. Stores in Clay Terrace are located on either side of Clay Terrace Boulevard, so it’s a straight shot to whatever you need.
Clay Terrace brick roads

Roundabouts. Seriously. They make driving through the mall fast and easy. There is only one stoplight on Clay Terrace Boulevard, with the rest of the intersections managed by roundabouts.
Clay Terrace Roundabouts

I was worried about parking at Clay Terrace, but there are several large lots in multiple areas behind the mall stores plus off-street parking in front. Even during the holiday season, I can find parking near the stores I plan to shop.
Clay Terrace parking

If you need a break or have to wait for someone, there are lovely park benches throughout the mall. Not only are the rest areas prettier than other malls, but there seem to be so many more to choose from.
Clay Terrace park benches

Clay Terrace is home to several restaurants far better than your typical mall food court options. Jimmy Johns, Mitchell’s Fish Market, and Ted’s Montana Grill are popular choices.
Clay Terrace Jimmy Johns

They’ve thought of everything. I don’t think I’ve seen hand santizer stations quite like this before. You’ll find one every block or so at the mall directory stations.
Clay Terrace maps

Seriously, they left nothing out. Sudden sprinkles trying to ruin your outdoor shopping day? Stop by one of several umbrella stands to stay dry.
Clay Terrace umbrellas

You guys, there’s a community theatre. I’ve definitely seen malls with movie theaters before, but a community playhouse is a new one for me. How awesome is that?
Clay Terrace community theatre

And, of course, no mall would be complete without a playground for the kids to stretch their legs during a long day of shopping. A slide, teeter-totter, and rock wall put this one far above the rest.
Clay Terrace playground