Life has been hella crazy lately. I’d like to say we’ve been busy travelling the globe, but that would be semi inaccurate. I mean, we have been travelling the midwest rather thoroughly. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› And one of the great things about living in the Midwest is that we can travel a few hours and be transported to a completely different type of living.

Specifically of interest to me is Southern living. The South is so close to us, but so far away. I mean, we can get to what’s considered ‘the south’ in just a few hours; but, honestly, it’s weird that Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky are even considered to be ‘South.’ ย But it really is another world.

See, my parents moved to Louisville, Kentucky from Cleveland, Ohio, when I was just a few months pregnant with Ari. So they’ve been away for about 5 years now. They love it, we love to visit, but we wish they were closer. FOR SURE.

We’ve been able to visit and sightsee many times in Louisville, but here’s a list of my favorite places to visit.

Queen of Sheba – Ethiopian Restaurant. This may seem random. Actually, it is. But I swear to you this is some of the most authentic cuisine I have ever had. Chad and I are one-hundred percent foodies — through and through. And this place? This place is off-the-grid and amazing. No silverware, questionable seating, but totally authentic.

NuLu. If you’re looking for the up-and-coming/artsy part of town, head straight to NuLu — the East Market District of Louisville. There are so many boutiques and markets to check out, it’s hard not to spend every penny! Ha!

Royals Chicken. Nashville hot chicken is one of my most favorite things to eat, period. So it should come as no surprise that Chad and I found the most awesome Nashville hot chicken (aka – very spicy fried chicken). We’ve been to this place several times on our visits and it seriously doesn’t get any better! We always go for lunch, but if I had gone for dinner I would have gotten a bourbon slushie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nord’s Bakery. I ventured out solo one Sunday morning to find this place. Located near the University of Louisville, this adorable little bakery offers some of the most incredible donuts I’ve ever had. The staff was so friendly and I cannot wait to have more of these donuts in the future! Definitely worth the trip to Kentucky alone!

Big Four Bridge. Originally a railroad bridge, the pedestrian-only bridge opened in 2013 and allows people to easily walk from Kentucky to Indiana over the Ohio River! Parking near the bridge is free and the park is open 24/7! It offers a light show, music, and unbeatable views. But Ari will forever remember the Batman popsicle he had at the end of the bridge — haha!

Sunegros Coffee.ย I stumbled across this coffee shop one morning when I was out exploring on my own. I was beyond impressed with their espresso offerings. I wish I had a bit more time to settle into this place with my laptop, but, alas, time was a commodity. But I’ll be back, that’s for sure!

Louisville Slugger Museum. On one of our first trips to Louisville, we took Ari to the museum. He was too little to appreciate it, but Chad and I loved it. Chad loved the nostalgia of holding some of ‘the greats’ bats, and I loved the nerdiness of making the bats (they walk you through the factory and show you how they’re actually made!).

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. We went out on a limb to find this place, friends. See, we saw all of the bourbon/whisky trail pamphlets that had very corporate ‘tours’ and whatnot. Those places looked fantastic (we checked them out, too), but they were full of people being literally bussed in for these bourbon trail tours. But this place? This place is off the beaten path. We walked a good quarter mile from Louisville Slugger, through a semi-sketch neighborhood, to find this place. But it didn’t disappoint. We tasted their rye whiskey… and it was… okay. I say that as someone who does not in any way like whiskey. But I could appreciate the process and the passion. Whiskey lover or not, it remains one of my favorite places.

I can’t wait to visit Louisville again, soon! And of course we will continue to explore — but is there any place that you would recommend we visit!?


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jessica August 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

Sounds like a fun trip! The food and donuts alone make me want to visit ๐Ÿ˜‰


Kelly August 14, 2017 at 10:48 am

We drove by the Louisville Slugger factory recently and I was dying to stop. Looks like we will have to venture back to KY soon!!


Jordan |Read. Eat. Repeat. August 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

Looks like fun trip! Making note of that donut place for when we eventually take a trip to Louisville like I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Donuts are our go-to for special breakfasts, and taking a trip counts as special ๐Ÿ™‚


Ayanna August 14, 2017 at 12:58 pm

This looks like a great place to visit! Whenever I pick a place to visit, looking at the food options there is always the first thing I do. So with all the great food options in Louisville, I will have to add to my list of places to visit.


Angie August 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

I’m not going to lie, it all looks amazing, but the food looks crazy good. lol Looks like you had a really fun time.


Kameish August 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

I’ve always wondered what I could possibly do if I visited Kentucky. I’ll definitely be using this to check some places out! And those food pics are making me hungry!


Leah | Five for the Road August 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Oh my gosh….the food!! I have ever been but this looks amazing. The food is reason enough to start planning a visit!


Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy August 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Looks like you had a blast!! Those donuts also look so good!


Jessica Wagner August 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm

I love Kentucky! My sister lives in Lexington, and we visit every chance we get! I am a Cleveland native too! We live in Toledo area now, but I love visiting down south! Louisville is on my list of places to visit someday! XO


the sophia diaries August 15, 2017 at 1:04 pm

omg, that looks like such a fun trip! One day I gotta visit kentucky! it seems like there is a lot of good food there ;P


Via August 15, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Are you originally from Cali? You used the word Hella! lol
It looks like you had a beautiful time. I love seeing the traveling posts because it inspires me to go too. Thank you.


Meredith ~ The Papery Craftery August 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

I’ve never been to Louisville, but it looks fun. You had me at doughnuts and bourbon slushies!


Liz August 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

What a fun trip! We recently went to Lexington and drove home through Louisville but didn’t have time to stop! I have attended a wedding reception at Louisville Slugger field, but I totally want to go back to explore and definitely stop at that distillery!


justine August 16, 2017 at 12:35 am

we would be in louisville every weekend!
my husband was stationed at ft knox which is about 45 mins away. i loved louisville — it was a perfect mix of southern and urban living. nords bakery was the beeeeest! if you’re there make sure to find a steel city pop AND to go to the 21c museum hotel…. so cool!


Andrea August 16, 2017 at 12:49 am

Louisville looks like such a great city! We drove through it this summer and wish we could have stopped!

Andrea Bai


Living in Color August 16, 2017 at 1:21 am

Looks like a blast!


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