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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Churchill Downs is a must for travelers visiting Lousiville. Most go to watch the races for Derby, but those who live in the city know that there is a much better way to see this iconic place without so many tourists. Thurby, which is an event only locals know about, is a less crowded and less expensive way to watch the horse race. It is only 10 dollars for admission and the best way to dress is business casual! There is Oaks day as well which is more crowded than Thurby but it is a fun place to go if you are looking to dress up and drink a bit.”
  • 180 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to go when you don't know exactly what you want to do, but you still want to go sightseeing. Amazing views and is a great place to run. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Museum
“See where the famous bats are made. Every kid in Louisville has been here on a field trip at some point. ”
  • 121 locals recommend
Museum
“Great art down town. Check the Calendar, they have nights at the museum that usually feature live performers. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Food Court
“Great place to go for couples who want to travel like locals! This place is great for small concerts, taverns, and amazing places to grab a bite to eat!”
  • 103 locals recommend
History Museum
“Guided by Muhammad Ali's six core principles, the Muhammad Ali Center features an interactive museum, educational programming, and special events to inspire young adults and adults to pursue greatness in their own lives, communities and countries. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“In revitalized NuLu. Super chill bar. Well done cocktails. Outdoor Ping-Pong and fire pit. Priceless.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A great local joint- bbq and burgers-must get the pork tacos and mac and cheese. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“$$ A honky-tonk bourbon bar with upscale eats. Reservations recommended, especially on the weekends.”
  • 85 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Our favorite restaurant in Louisville. Perfect for a date night. Walk around Bardstown Road or Baxter Avenue before or after.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“$ An old church turned craft beer dispensary. Has an outdoor patio and choir loft seating upstairs. Some food. A little pretentious.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Category: Pizza Its just simple and good pizza. Don't think new-age pizza joints, think classic New York Style pizza.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Also, Keep in mind on Bardstown Rd there are lots of Local Shops, thrift stores, and antique shops to visit if you are interested. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
College Basketball Court
“If you’re in town for a basketball game, college graduation, or concert, you’ll most likely end up at the Yum! Center. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Hotel
“Home to some of the best contemporary art in town, and in Museum row. They even have a Kehinde Wiley. And when your tired from all the culture you've absorbed you can get a drink and eat at Proof, the onsite bar+restaurant.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Named one of the 18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America, East Market - known as NuLu to locals - is known for unique art galleries, specialty stores, antique shops and a growing number of local restaurants. Upscale food and trendy bars abound. Park your car and walk up and down Market Street. Free shuttles to and from 4th Street Live on the LouLift busses. Check the LouLift schedule, only runs Mon-Sat until about 7pm.”
  • 71 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“In revitalized NuLu. Super chill bar. Well done cocktails. Outdoor Ping-Pong and fire pit. Priceless.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Gastropub
“A great local joint- bbq and burgers-must get the pork tacos and mac and cheese. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
“$$ A honky-tonk bourbon bar with upscale eats. Reservations recommended, especially on the weekends.”
  • 85 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Our favorite restaurant in Louisville. Perfect for a date night. Walk around Bardstown Road or Baxter Avenue before or after.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Category: Pizza Its just simple and good pizza. Don't think new-age pizza joints, think classic New York Style pizza.”
  • 70 locals recommend
College Basketball Court
“If you’re in town for a basketball game, college graduation, or concert, you’ll most likely end up at the Yum! Center. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bakery
“Come grab a pastry at this local bakery. Just a short walk away or a quick drive. Make sure you go early.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great local barbecue restaurant serving a full array of traditional southern barbecue options. ”
  • 51 locals recommend

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