Once you’ve watched a baseball game at the Louisville Slugger Field and bet on the horse races at the legendary Churchill Downs, you may want to ditch the tourist books and experience Louisville like a local. Grab your friends, slap on some sunscreen and head down to one of Louisville’s many hidden gems to find the best in food, drink, shopping and more.
For the best breakfast in town, visit the Wild Eggs eatery and try their signature omelettes, their Hen House collection, or Bonnie’s Bennies for a hearty and delicious breakfasts. Guests can also enjoy something on the sweeter side by ordering one of Frank’s famous cakes, crepes, waffles or French toast. Wild Eggs is open during breakfast and brunch hours, so be sure to show up early to eat your fill.
Louisville residents have been enjoying the delicious taste of Jack Fry’s for lunch and dinner since the 1930s, and it continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Treat yourself out to an elegant lunch or enjoy live jazz with a delicious entree handcrafted by chef McClain Brown, such as seared Scottish salmon with an almond and pistachio crust or grilled Colorado lamb with potato au gratin.
The Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe is renowned throughout the Louisville area for its award-winning treats, all created lovingly from scratch. The selection of decadent cakes and desserts changes from day to day, but you can always call ahead to request a slice of your favorite flavor.
The Oxmoor Center and the Mall St. Matthews are Louisville’s two premier shopping centers. Shoppers can visit either mall to find dozens of brand names and specialty retailers all gathered in a single convenient location, including stores such as Ann Taylor, JCPenney, and Brookstone.
Antique dealers and hobbyists can visit the Derby City Antique Mall to find jewelry, collectibles, furniture and more. Joe Ley Antiques also sells unique knick-knacks and curios gathered from all around the world. Shoppers can find the vintage, the retro, the lost and the exotic when they browse through the troves of treasures that can be found at Louisville’s top two antique stores.
For even more unique goods and gifts, Louisville locals visit the shops of Frankfort Avenue. Independently owned boutiques, charming bookstores and crafts merchants line the streets, while more than 30 restaurants offer shoppers a place to rest and grab a bite to eat. On the last Friday of every month, visit The Avenue for the FAT Friday Trolley hop, featuring live music, food samples and special sales.
Feeling spent after a day of shopping, dining and sightseeing? You can wind down with an afternoon at Joseph’s Salon and Spa. Expert stylists can help you to cultivate the perfect cut and color combination, or you can relax while you enjoy a mani-pedi. Joseph’s also offers facials, full-body massages and popular body treatments such as salt glows and beauty wraps. Guests can save money on services by booking one of the facility’s package deals.
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