I’ve lived all over at different times in life, but I always come home to The Ville. We have this blend of Southern hospitality & big city opportunity that make it juuuust right for me. It’s crazy hard to narrow down my Louisville loves to a Top 7, but here are my favorite things right now in no particular order…I feel bad ranking them. LOL
1 Nord's Bakery
Living in Germantown means being entirely too close to Nord's. The weekend morning crowd is half people who got up, got ready & look presentable as they stop in to grab something to start their day...& half people like me who look like they're taking a walk of shame. We're still in our pajamas, plus shoes, & are headed right back home after picking up the best donuts in town.
They know us. It's cool.
I always leave with at least a jelly donut with white icing & a cookie. They have the best cookies & the seasonal designs are always so fun. But the Kentucky cookie is my fave!
2 Louisville Palace Theater
I saw my first real concert at the Palace many moons ago, Cold Play...& it was all yellow. Ever since it's been one of my favorite venues for any kind of show. I especially love the Summer Movie Series. For just $8 you can sit beneath the nighttime sky & catch a classic film surrounded by all those gorgeous velvet drapes & statues. It's iconic.
3 Kashmir Indian Restaurant
I adore Indian food. While there are several good spots to get your curry on in The Ville, my pick is Kashmir on Bardstown Rd. every time. Right across from Mid-City Mall, this gem has indoor & outdoor dining space & super friendly service. I get the amazing Chicken Korma (medium) with Garlic Nan. YUM-MY.
4 Cardinal Stadium
I'm from a family of DIE-HARD UofL fans...drama be damned. We are at every football game, & almost every basketball game, decked out in the red & black, rocking the C-A-R-D-S chant!
I especially love football with my Cards...yes, even this season as rough as it's been, & the Erhler's Ice Cream or Hot Chocolate I get during games!
5 Speed Art Museum
I used to walk through the Speed between classes every now & then when I was an undergraduate student at UofL. It was enchanting then, but the new renovation & the addition of Speed Cinema has elevated it to a truly top shelf art experience.
For just $9 (Non-Members) & $7 (Members) you can see incredible documentaries & independent films, and for just $18 you can visit the full museum anytime. There are occasionally small additional fees for special exhibits, which are totally worth it. Also, the general galleries are FREE to visit on Sundays!
The Speed event game is on point! Check out After Hours at the Speed on the 3rd Friday of every month! Drinks, live music, food, open galleries & special interactive activities until 10PM!
I ended up becoming a member for just $75 & I've received way more than my money's worth for sure!
6 Mile Wide Beer Co.
Louisville has TONS of awesome craft breweries popping up left & right. My personal favorite right now is Mile Wide. Their team is crazy generous to the community hosting non-profit events in their space, the location is convenient & has ample parking, & the beer is outstanding. I'm especially fond of the Blueberry Sour.
Check out their Facebook page for fun events like yoga in the tap room, watch parties, food truck appearances, & more!
7 Gilda's Club Louisville
Founded in memory of SNL Comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda's Club is an international cancer support community that provides FREE social & emotional support resources for all members!
Why is a cancer support place on my Top 7 of Louisville List? Because I had cancer...& they kept me smiling on my journey.
Now I volunteer at Gilda's Club Louisville (soon to be Gilda's Club Kentuckiana) & want everyone to know about them! We all will know someone touched by cancer at some point in our lives, either as a patient or as a family member or friend. So, I'm putting this on my list so more people will know where to recommend they go when they need support!