Essential Louisville: A Visitor's Guide on Where to Go and What to Do

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If the most exciting two minutes in sports has brought you to possibility city this spring, there is no better way to experience Louisville than like a local.  Local Louisvillians pride themselves on this city, the tradition, the food, the history and the fact that they are in the know.  Visit our guide of where to go and what to do for the Kentucky Derby
 

Don’t leave Louisville without experiencing the best in everything we have to offer.  And be sure to plan ahead for the Derby traffic that converges like Armageddon on Saturday.  And if the mint juleps are too delicious to just have one, call a Louisville taxi to pick you up from the track. 

If you haven’t bought a Derby hat yet, leave the retail panic at home because Louisville has it covered.  From the Pink Julep Boutique to the Peacock Boutique, a fabulous Derby hat is an essential. 

On your way to the track, try not to spill your mimosa as you test your Kentucky Derby knowledge.  While mingling at Churchill Downs, you’ll be the brain of the group.  Be in the know with the best twitter accounts to follow during the Kentucky Derby and laugh your heart out at the same time. 

In the midst of betting and checking everything off your list to experience the Kentucky Derby at its finest, the foodie havens of Louisville are calling your name.  If your stomach is a growling, impatient monster, there are renowned, delicious restaurants within walking distance of Churchill Downs. 

If you’re looking for fast, but still tasty food, track down Louisville’s best food trucks from Blackbeard Espresso to Grind Burger Kitchen and see what the city buzzes about.  Follow the Twitter handle WhereTheFoodTrucksAt for help in tracking down that enticing smell. 

For breakfast, find the best of Louisville favorites for savory sweets and alluring eggs.  Local options of Wild Eggs restaurant, North End Café and Nord’s Bakery are just a few of the best breakfast options in Louisville. 

For lunch in Louisville, enjoy everything from Asian Firecracker chicken to a bite of a Bison burger to sushi and more. 

For dinner in Louisville, savor the famous Kentucky hot brown, fabulous barbecue, farm to table cuisine and more. 

Looking for dinner and a show? The Kentucky Derby Festival and Chow Wagon on the Waterfront is a great place to hear live music, eat your favorite Festival-esque food, and enjoy the beautiful weather. Today is the last day for the Chow Wagon, so don't miss out on this Waterfront extravaganza.

For the post-Derby state of mind, stop by the best coffee shops in Louisville to experience why locals are addicted to the bean (coffee bean that is). 

When you get home and shake of the post-Kentucky Derby blues, read your children 5 children’s books about the Kentucky Derby or create Derby-themed crafts to share the memories together. 

Enjoy your stay in Louisville- we love it so much that we want to share it with you! If you decide you can’t stay away from River City, experience the best hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city.  

Any questions about Kentucky Derby and this weekends events? We are here to help. Follow us on our social handles at @Louisvillecom as we will be happy to answer questions around the clock this Derby weekend.

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