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You'll find great restaurants and shopping in Clifton & Crescent Hill along Frankfort Avenue
Take a stroll along Frankfort Avenue, the main thoroughfare through the leafy and charming Crescent Hill and Clifton neighborhoods. You’ll find historic homes and buildings, tree-lined streets, alfresco dining and locally-owned shops galore along this railroad-lined avenue.
Start your day with a pastry, coffee or full brunch at Blue Dog Bakery, touted for its authentic artisan breads. Among the local favorites for lunch or dinner are Porcini (fine Northern Italian cuisine), Bourbons Bistro
(Bourbon-inspired dishes), North End Café (fine diner, traditional menu and special diet selections) and more.
To top off the night, the Avenue has several options. The Hub Louisville is the place to catch the big game on TV and grab some pub food. Or, there’s Silver Dollar. Housed in a restored 1890s firehouse, the restaurant and bar is an official Urban Bourbon Trail stop and is stocked with more than 100 Kentucky Bourbons.
In nearby Irish Hill, you’ll find Le Moo, a steakhouse offering over a dozen cuts of steak, as well as lamb, chicken, seafood and pasta. When you’re ready to dine in style, reserve the “Louis booth,” which is made from 17 vintage Louis Vuitton bags complemented with LV logo painted walls, a period French bronze chandelier and velvet drapes.
The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse is a great place for a stroll. Visiting on the final Friday of the month? Hop on the free trolley during the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop to visit shops, restaurants and galleries in Crescent Hill, Clifton and Butchertown.
Stop by the American Printing House for the Blind for free guided tours. Witness the production of Braille publications, the recording of books and see Helen Keller’s Bible.
Consignment shops galore line Frankfort Avenue, including Margaret’s Consignments and Collectibles and Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire. Looking for something a little unusual? Visit Just Creations. This fair trade marketplace sells artisan handcrafted goods from over 45 countries.
If you’re searching for home items or gifts with Southern charm, head to Urban Farmhouse Market. If you’re on the hunt for designer fashions, find them at Peacock Boutique. And for specialty Bourbon enhanced culinary delights, visit Bourbon Barrel Foods.