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Get to Know the 'Ville

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Get to Know the 'Ville

Published Oct 24, 2016
Updated Dec 30, 2016

The last decade has seen a cultural and civic boom in Louisville, which has long been known worldwide for hosting the Kentucky Derby each May. But today the Derby City is known for so much more than just the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” and visitors can browse new galleries, restaurants and performance spaces. Entire neighborhoods have been reimagined and are making their mark as hubs of cultural and culinary innovation. Here’s an overview of four of Louisville’s most popular areas, offering countless opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Perched atop a gradual ridge, the Highlands is a center of activity and one of Louisville’s most bustling neighborhoods. With hundreds of noteworthy shopping and dining spots, even the most seasoned travelers will find something new in the Highlands, which is also home to some of Louisville’s most exciting art galleries and boutiques. Where to Stay: SpringHill Suites Louisville Downtown. Where to Shop: Clay & Cotton; Dot Fox. Where to Dine: Seviche.

In recent years downtown Louisville has grown tremendously, giving birth to major entertainment venues like the KFC Yum! Center and dynamic new neighborhoods like South Fourth Street and NuLu, which lies just a few minutes east of downtown’s center. Explore historic Whiskey Row, or check out the Muhammad Ali Museum and the 120-foot Louisville Slugger on West Main. Where to Stay: The Seelbach Hilton or The Brown Hotel. Where to Shop: Seng Jewelers; CRAFT(s) Gallery. Where to Dine: Dish on Market or Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

East End
Louisville’s East End is a fantastic destination for shopping, dining and family fun. Encompassing the Hurstbourne and St. Matthews areas, as well as Jeffersontown, Middletown, Prospect and Anchorage, the East End is home to major shopping destinations like Oxmoor Mall, Mall St. Matthews, the Summit and more. You’ll also find plenty of original stores at Westport Village, Chenoweth Square and all along Lexington Road. Where to Shop: Taste of Kentucky. Where to Eat: Martini Italian Bistro. Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Northeast.

Situated just east of NuLu and Downtown Louisville, the historic Butchertown neighborhood is known for its charm and eclectic vibe. As one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods, Butchertown was established in the early 1800’s by German and Irish immigrants. Today, the diverse community is experiencing a major rebirth and is a fast-growing segment of recent downtown developments. Where to Shop: The Butchertown Market. Where to Eat: Butchertown Grocery. Where to Stay: Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Downtown.

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