We LOVED our week in the West End & look forward to frequenting many of the places we discovered! To help you get going with your own exploration, we put together our West End Love List!
While this is by no means an all-inclusive list of all the awesomeness past 9th Street, we think it’ll get you started. As you discover more amazing things, post & tag us with #YesLouisville & #KnowYourLou on Facebook or Instagram! We want to keep celebrating the West End with you as we all seek to live life outside the lines!
1 Sweet Peaches
Pam started Sweet Peaches when she took a break from doctoral degree research into issues surrounding urban substance abuse. A former employer had nicknamed her "Sweet Peaches" & she thought it suited the Southern flair she intended to use to infuse every dish on the menu.
From peach tea to seafood gumbo to homemade baked goods, Pam & her family are serving up a variety of amazing dishes that never disappoint. Thursdays is soul food day, so come out for some wings & ribs & all the savory sides!
She also does catering, so give her a call for your next special event!
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday | 9AM-5PM
Located inside the building w/ the "There is Love in Louisville" mural!
2 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, located diagonally across the street from Sweet Peaches, is the result of beautiful collaboration among artists, historians & educators who came together along with the support of generous community sponsors to promote the incredible history & contributions of Kentucky African Americans.
Home to community cultural & celebratory events, & available for private rental as well, the KCAAH is also home to rotating exhibitions educating the community on the achievements & traditions of the African American Community & many rooms also boast permanent galleries celebrating notable figures like Muhammad Ali, sharing African American musical excellence, & educating visitors on the accomplishments of black Kentuckians.
The campus is located on the historic Louisville Street Railway Complex, which was a center for fight for equality in transportation dating back to 1876.
They are open to the public Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM!
3 Louisville Grows
Louisville Grows Healthy House in Portland is home to everything from sustainable living classes & programs for urban forestry to a monthly film series & weekly community yoga!
If you are interested in volunteering to help make Louisville a healthier place for us all to call home, or in making your personal carbon footprint smaller by adopting sustainable living practices like canning foods & home gardening, Louisville Grows is the place for you!
They have planted thousands of trees around our city in the past few years & are helping hundreds of people learn to live in ways that are better for them & the community as a whole through classes & programs offered regularly.
Their space is also home to a rotating community art exhibition, with all items available for purchase on their website!
Health House is open Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM & select evenings & weekend based on programming. See the full Healthy House calendar on the website at the link below!
4 McQuixote Books & Coffee
McQuixote Books & Coffee is our new favorite place to be productive. This chill space off Portland Ave. features delicious beverage options as well as sweet & savory breakfast & lunch munchies! The space is vibrant, comfortable, & they play great music at a nice conversational volume all day. Choose one of three rooms to nestle down amidst staves of books & records...all for sale!
The owner, Mickey, has played to the blending of his name with iconic literary character Don Quixote. It's a fun game to see how many sneaky references you can spot in one sitting.
McQuixote is open Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM & Saturday 9AM-5PM. Mickey gets the day off on Sunday...& it's well-deserved!
5 Chef Space | Community Ventures | Lucretia's Kitchen
Our next fave spot on the West End is a 3-for-1 deal!
Chef Space is the awesome culinary incubator space/program that has helped to launch some of our favorite local brands including Elixir Kombucha, Kentucky Taco Company, VGrits & MORE! Check them out if you have a culinary business idea you're looking to get started. Their space is also host to culinary classes & special events throughout the year. Looking for a space for an event you're planning? Their gorgeous open dining room is available for rent!
Community Ventures is an amazing Kentucky non-profit initiative helping with business & community development as well as education about home ownership. (Check them out at cvky.org!)
And last, but definitely not least, is Lucretia's Kitchen, a member of Chef Space who serves amazing southern comfort food from the Chef Space Kitchen six days per week. Dine in or grab a delicous meal to go...just be prepared for the food coma that will soon ensue either way.
Meal Service Times: Monday & Tuesday, 11AM-3PM | Wednesday-Friday, 11AM-6PM | Soul Food Sundays, Noon-6PM
6 Porkland BBQ | Love City, Inc.
Do you LOVE great southern style BBQ & made-from-scratch sides? So do we!
We also love investing in businesses that invest in the community! At Porkland BBQ you get both!
The most amazing banana pudding (other than my momma's) & the best potato salad in the city is at Porkland. They also do a fabulous, always fresh, fish fry every Friday!
Plus, you can eat knowing that your money went to help fund Love City, Inc. just across the street on 26th. Love City invests in the Portland neighborhood by providing open gym time, after school programs, family programs/events, & MORE! Visit them at www.lovecityinc.org to learn more, to give or to volunteer.
Porkland is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-7PM in the winter & until 8PM in the summer time.
7 Cup of Joy Project
Cup of Joy Project serves a yummy variety of options that rotate regularly. From grilled cheese & soup to chicken & dumplings, there's something sure to comfort your soul while your dollars help fund the community service events hosted there!
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday, 7AM-3:30PM & Saturday, 10AM-2PM
8 Anchal Project
Anchal Project is a non-profit social enterprise helping address the exploitation of women. Based in the West End of Louisville, Anchal empowers women using design thinking to create empowering jobs, products & markets. You can purchase their products online & celebrate being part of an initiative that is changing lives both here in our city & in India!
Their local project, dyeScape "provides training and career opportunities in eco-friendly textile production to exploited women in Louisville." It's an incredible partnership with the Center for Women & Families that has trained 21 women & currently employs 2.
*Image Courtesy of Anchal Project*
9 Western Library
The Western Library opened in 1905 & later became the first library in the United States to serve & be fully operated by African Americans & is now home to the African American Archives. You can schedule a tour of these very special archives by calling (502) 574-1779. For a full listing of events & programs at the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, check out the link below!
Their full hours of operation are:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursay - Noon-8PM
Wednesday - 10AM-8PM
Friday & Saturday - 10AM-5PM