(Closed) Anyone familiar with Louisville, KY..Help!

posted 9 years ago in Kentucky
Post # 3
5091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Saffron is quite possibly the most delicious restaurant on the planet.  It’s a bit pricey but totally worth it.  Go for the special and get the lamb.  Do NOT miss out on the rose water/pistachio/saffron dessert.

I was in Louisville for a conference five and a half years ago and ended up at Saffron just by chance, and I’m still dreaming about it.  I keep telling DH we’re going to take a trip there soon just for a chance to eat at that restaurant again.

Post # 7
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

 A lot depends on when you will be here, and of course, your interests.


In the spring & fall world famous Churchill Downs (http://www.churchilldowns.com/) is open for horse racing. The museum (http://www.derbymuseum.org/) is open year round.


Our personal favorite is the Frazier History Museum http://www.fraziermuseum.org/ Muhammed Ali Museum http://alicenter.org/                                                       Louisville Slugger museum  http://www.sluggermuseum.com/                                        Arts museum (http://www.speedmuseum.org/                                                          and a planeterium http://louisville.edu/planetarium/about near the art museum.

Check the event schedule at the Louisville Palace for shows/ concerts http://louisvillepalace.com/event-calendar and the same for the Yum! Center http://www.kfcyumcenter.com/default.aspx

Overview http://www.gotolouisville.com/index.aspx

I highly suggest you visit Lynn’s Paradise Cafe while you’re here http://www.lynnsparadisecafe.com/fun.html

This place is about 30-45 minutes from Louisville, but is worth a drive http://www.bernheim.org/

Gambling (other than horse racing) is illegal in Ky but there’s a casino about 30 minutes away that is a lot of fun http://www.horseshoe-indiana.com/casinos/caesars-indiana/casino-misc/things-to-do.html

If you’re more into clubbing http://www.4thstlive.com/ 

Hope this helps you get started and hope you enjoy your visit!


Post # 9
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I definitely second the Lynn’s Paradise Cafe suggestion! Really fun atmosphere and great food too!

If you’re into eclectic, locally owned shops and restaurants, check out the Highlands/Bardstown Road area. It’s great for people watching too.

The city is really trying to revitalize downtown, so there are some new restaurants on Main Street that are yummy. We had our rehearsal dinner at Patrick O’shea’s and it was great! A few blocks down are lots of museums, like a PP said. Also on Main Street is 21C hotel/museum. It’s pretty pricey to stay there, but you have to check it out! It’s a hotel with a free art museum inside, but the art changes all the time and is really funky. Try out the bathrooms — sounds weird but trust me! There’s also a restaurant inside (Proof on Main) that I’ve never been to but have heard is awesome.

Another fun part is Old Louisville, where there are tons of Victorian houses and a big park! If you’re going to be in town soon, it’s very pretty to walk around and see the changing leaves. I wouldn’t walk around there after dark, though.

I live in Louisville — feel free to PM me with any questions! Enjoy your trip 🙂

Post # 10
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hey that’s my city! We have the most amazing parks system here. Visit/walk up and down Bardstown Road (from Douglass Loop to Baxter Avenue). Eat somewhere on Bardstown Road (Zaytun=amazing mediterrean/middle eastern food, Sapporo=a great sushi place with a cool club vibe, Cafe Mimosa=really good Chinese and Vietnamese food, Impellizeri’s or Wick’s=goood pizza, if you can think of any other types of food you like just ask and I’ll give you a recommendation). While you’re on or near Bardstown Road, go to Cherokee Park right down the street, it’s beautiful and huge! Lots of hiking and a pretty creek runs through it. 

I agree with kybride; the Frazier is a really cool museum. I also really like the Louisville Science Center. (It has a cool giant bubble blower where you can put a bubble around yourself, plus a drunk driver simulator, along with other really neat things). 

Waterfront Park downtown is a neat place to hang out. You can rent bikes there and ride around the paths, play on the huge playground there, and eat dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack on the river. The skyline is really pretty at night so I recommend being there in the evening. (Don’t be out too late though, downtown isn’t the nicest place at night). 

Oh yeah and check out Heine Brothers’ Coffee. It’s our local coffee shop with quite a few locations around the area (lots on Bardstown Road!). It’s a really cool place to hang out and they have really good teas. 

Hope this helps! Let me know if you want to do anything particular and I’ll try to help you!

Post # 15
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I personally think Lynn’s is overrated (or at the very least not worth the wait), but I love both Toast and Wild Eggs (mmmm that Chorizo gravy). Jeff Ruby is an excellent steakhouse, but really, Louisville has a ton of amazing places to eat.

And I second the Louisville Science Center! 

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