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Dotted by the largest collection of shotgun homes, Germantown is one of Louisville's oldest neighborhoods.

Germantown, one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods, was named after the influx of German immigrants who first settled there in the mid 1800s. The area is dotted by the largest collection of shotgun and camelback houses in the city. A popular local saying is that there’s a dive bar on every corner. Recently, the neighborhood has become a mix of old and new, maintaining its history while welcoming hip eateries and bars.


Hammerheads’ selection of house-smoked meats has attracted a following. Look for the stuffed hammerhead shark just above the entrance and you’ll know you’re in the right spot.

Lovers of craft beer can add Monnik Beer Co. to their list. The brewery, taproom and restaurant offers locally sourced pub fare. And stop by The Post for a slice of New York-style pizza.

Check’s Café has been a neighborhood tradition for more than 60 years. It’s the kind of place where cold beer and inexpensive, tasty food go hand in hand. Order up a bowl of Check’s Famous Chili – a tradition since 1944. Another top seller is the fried bologna sandwich served on rye bread.

Let your imagination run wild at JB Cakes where you design your own cupcake. Choose a cupcake, add your favorite frosting and finish with toppings. Looking for something out of the ordinary, but tastes extraordinary? Stop by Nord’s Bakery for one of its famous maple bacon doughnuts or Four Pegs for a chicken and waffle sandwich.


Schnitzelberg, Germantown’s sister neighborhood, is home to the annual World Dainty Championship in July. Since 1971, this imported German game, which calls for a broomstick, the wood dainty (similar in size to sidewalk chalk, sharpened to a point at both ends) and an open street, has drawn people to Hauck’s Handy Store. Players hit the dainty like a baseball and the farthest stick wins. Stop in Hauck’s for a cold soda and ask to see the dainty behind the counter.


At Fat Rabbit, you’ll find clothing for men and women, accessories, electronics, art, books, knickknacks, home goods, antiques and more. It shares space with Astro Black Records, a new and used record store specializing in avant-everything, small press, DIY and cassettes with a focus on vinyl LPs. And enjoy scouring for vintage finds at The Nitty Gritty.

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