A Visitor’s Guide To Louisville

Oct 26, 2018

a visitor's guide to Louisville


Morning friends and happy Friday!

Today is a busy one but I am so excited for this weekend! My in laws are coming in town tomorrow to see Zain and my father in law is helping Trevor hang the rest of our light fixtures. We have three left to go and almost every single one in this house will be switched out. I shared them all in this post and will update you guys along the way next week! Besides getting in some family time I also have a baby shower for a friend from college which is so exciting and Grace and Jordan’s wedding Saturday night! 

I feel like it’s been a while since we have been to a wedding and I am beyond excited to get dressed up and enjoy a night out with Trevor. Still not totally sure what I’m wearing but I shared some options over on Instagram so you can weigh in if you like!

Even though we haven’t been back in Louisville long I get a lot of messages asking for things to do or places I recommend from people coming in town. I thought It would helpful to round up some of my favorites here and include all your recommendations too! 



Places To Eat:

Bar Vetti – maybe our favorite date night spot! The ambiance, food and cocktails are all amazing. 

Toasty’s Tavern – Our favorite burger in the city, great atmosphere and delicious drinks.

Emmy Squared Pizza – Delicious Detroit style pizza and the restaurant is connected to the Nulu Marketplace which has open air dining and you can grab a beer at West 6th Brewing

La Bodeguita de Mima – A really fun Cuban spot that has great drinks and the best atmosphere! Great outdoor seating options and patio too.

Jack Fry’s – A Louisville staple! So cozy and intimate and always an outstanding meal. You don’t need to be ‘dressed up’ but this is on the fancier side.

Oriental House – I have actually never eaten inside this place and it is not anything pretty but it is some of the most delicious Chinese food. If you are looking for takeout or a super casual meal!

Simply Thai – My favorite Thai place in the city and I recommend takeout for a night in!

Oishii Suhsi – Our favorite sushi spot and also our first date so we may be biased 😉

The Eagle – Great patio, cool atmosphere and delicious fried chicken. 

610 Magnolia – On the fancier side but an amazing meal. They offer a 4 or 6 course option and every dish we had was phenomenal.

Nancy’s Bagels – The best bagels in the city. 

The Village Anchor – Casual and cozy but definitely further out of town in Anchorage. 

Ostra – We have not been but are dying to go.

Porcini’s – Classic and great wine. 

Blue Dog Bakery – My favorite lunch spot! Good food, great atmosphere, an amazing bakery and outdoor seating. 

Seviche – Great date night spot or dinner with bigger groups.

Mayan Cafe – Farm to table Mayan food that’s delectable plus they have a food truck at Gravely in case you want to try a more casual setting.

Feast BBQ – Great BBQ & bourbon slushies!

Le Moo – Great brunch and dinner. Amazing steaks and a Sunday drag brunch that is amazing!

Havana Rumba – Great Cuban food and drinks.

211 Clover Lane – Italian food done right. 


Places To Grab Coffee: 

Please & Thank You – the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

Heine Bros – A favorite since childhood!

Fante’s Coffee – Just tried this place when we moved back and loved it. Great spot to work and amazing coffee. 

Quills Coffee – Great atmosphere and another good place to work. 


Places To Grab A  Drink:

Silver Dollar – They also have food and an amazing patio!

Monnik Beer Co – One of our favorite places to grab a drink and casual dinner. You must order the kale & brussel sprout salad and the burger never disappoints. 

The Champagnery – On the fancier side as you can imagine but fun.

Garage Bar – A fun unique spot with a great outdoor space that has ping pong tables, turf seats and great drinks.

Gravely Brewing Co – One of our favorite breweries. They have an outdoor patio that has a great view of the city!

Gralehaus – Also serve great food (brunch is our favorite) and their garden is beautiful.

Hell or High Water – Underground speakeasy that is super unique and fun. Really great cocktails!

Alex&nder at Copper and Kings – This was just voted best cocktail in the city and has amazing city views!



CoreLife Eatery – The best salads and bowls! The Greek and Thai Noodle are my faves. 

Naive – Acai bowl and other magical things. The interior is gorgeous and so if the food.


Places to See: 

Speed Art Museum – Louisville atcually has a great art scene and the Speed always has cool exhibits!.

Slugger Museum – A tourist spot for sure but also really fun for kids!.

Nulu District – Probably our most frequented area. There are restaurants, shops, coffee spots and the greatest boutiques.

The Highlands – Another great area similar to Nulu.

Cherokee Park – The prettiest park with tons of walking trails, kid’s areas, dog park’s and beautiful views. 

Churchill Downs – Another tourist destination if you care about the Kentucky Derby or horses.


Places To Stay: 

21C – Had friends get married and stayed here. Love the vibe, art and food!

The Omni – This hotel is new to Louisville and I have not been but people have been raving about how pretty it is and the food is supposed to be great. 

The Bellwether – A new addition in a great neighborhood! Everything is sent to you for check in so it’s more like a great Air BNB with some amenities and the decor is gorgeous. 


Sweet Treats: 

Phlens – Our favorite donuts! There is usually a line on the weekend so get there early. 

Homemade Pie Kitchen – A local legend that makes every sweet you could imagine.

Louisville Cream – a new ice cream spot that is supposed to be amazing.

Graeter’s – Another local legend, get the blackberry chocolate chip. 

Sweet Surrender – A reader submission I will have to try out.



If I missed anything feel free to add on in the comments and I hope you guys love it as much as me! 


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