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South Louisville

Louisville’s traditional South End neighborhood has a rich history that continues to be written.

In recent years, South Louisville has experienced a renaissance. Young families have moved into this area of second-and-third-generation residents, and many have come from across the globe. With this mix of old and new, the area has become a multicultural community that’s rich and diverse.

EAT & DRINK

Start your morning before heading to Churchill Downs like many horsemen do with biscuits and gravy or a Pam & Jack’s omelette at Wagner’s. The old-time pharmacy with a soda fountain has been a Louisville institution since 1922. Colonial Gardens, a historic entertainment complex that’s been recently revitalized, is home to local favorite Taco Luchador and brunch spot Biscuit Belly as well as Union 15, which serves up hot pizza and cold drinks in a laid back atmosphere.

Delicious and inexpensive international dining options abound, including Annie’s Café and Vietnam Kitchen (a top pick of many Louisville chefs). Mike Linnig’s has been serving up fried fish, frog legs, shrimp, pan-fried oysters, turtle soup and more since 1925. Nestled in a shady grove along the Ohio River, you can have your seafood served to you indoors or out, all while enjoying the view. If you have a taste for barbecue, you’ll enjoy the rustic Shack in the Back BBQ located in Fairdale. The Derby Café Express at the Kentucky Derby Museum features grab-and-go and made-to-order breakfast and lunch items.

If you’re in town on a Saturday from March through November, stop by the Suburban Social Club Fish Fry for a truly authentic South Louisville tradition since 1927. “Green River” style fish is sold by the pound (cash only) alongside slaw, fries and signature marinated onions.

If you need a caffeine fix, get fueled up at Sunergos, a micro-roastery and coffee shop in the eclectic Beechmont neighborhood that also highlights local artwork.

DISCOVER

The South Points Scenic Area, along the Ohio River, surrounded by thousands of acres of forested knobs and open space, is a prime destination for outdoor recreation and cultural pursuits. To download a map of the South Points Scenic Area, please click here. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest municipal forest in the country and is the site of more than 35 miles of scenic woodland trails for hiking and trail running, and another 11 miles for equestrian use.

For mountain biking or fishing, don’t miss a visit to Waverly Park. South Points is also home to Iroquois Park, one of the gems of the Olmsted parks, which hosts concerts in the Iroquois Amphitheater. It is also the site of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular Halloween event and the Winter Woods Spectacular.

See firsthand how Bourbon and whiskey are made from start to finish at the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery, which is home to the Garden & Gun Club, one of only two in the country.

The area boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Ohio River Valley, with many accessible while hiking along a trail atop its many knobs or biking the Louisville Loop, which stretches from Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing through West Louisville and into downtown. History aficionados can explore a 19th century farm on the Ohio River at the Farnsley-Moremen House. Or, take in the Little Loomhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the biggest repository of original and classic textile patterns in the United States.

Experience live racing and sip a Mint Julep at Churchill Downs, home of the legendary Kentucky Derby, during the spring, September and fall meets. While there, enjoy the new Matt Winn’s Steakhouse. Experience the thrill and traditions of the Kentucky Derby every day at the Kentucky Derby Museum, where a 360-degree high-definition multimedia show, exhibits, a café and gift shop await visitors.


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