Louisville is a city of contrasts, with its cast-iron facades and skyscrapers quickly giving way to Victorian homes, shotgun houses, and dive bars. But no matter where you go, you'll find something delicious to eat or drink. From the best pizza to really good vegetarian options, each of Louisville's unique neighborhoods has its own style of food and drink. We've ranked the best neighborhoods in Louisville based on the nights we spent enjoying the city's best offerings.
Germantown's little sister, Schnitzelburg, is quickly becoming a destination for truly good food any night of the week. Finn's Southern Kitchen, Lydia's House and Monnik Beer Co. are just a few of the new restaurants that have opened in the area. Of course, you can still find classic favorites like Dairy Kastle, Nord's Bakery, Zanzabar and The New Vintage. Old Town Louisville is a diverse neighborhood with residents ranging from college students to families that have inherited their homes for generations.
In recent years, it has attracted more and more dining options. Burger Boy Diner and Mag Bar are joined by the 80s themed Slice restaurant, the ingenious and delicious specialty pizzas from Pizza Donisi, and the Old Louisville Brewery. Toonerville Deli, Seafood Lady, 610 Magnolia, and Granville Inn are also great places to check out. Don't forget about the University of Louisville! Cardinal Towne is home to Comfy Cow's ice cream and other delicious options. Further south, you'll find incredible tacos at Coconut Beach Tacos & Beer and authentic Mexican cuisine at Santa Fe Grill and El Molcajete. Crossing the bridge into Indiana is worth it for all the food and drink options that rival any neighborhood in Louisville proper.
Big Four Burgers, The Red Yeti Brewing Company, Flat 12 Bierwerks, and Match Cigar Bar are just a few of the places you can find in Jeffersonville and New Albany. Toast offers great brunch options with eggs in any way you like them. And don't miss out on Big Four Burgers for a delicious burger, milkshake and garnish of cracklings. Germantown is perhaps the best neighborhood in the city for beer lovers. Nachbar and Four Pegs are must-haves for beer enthusiasts, while The Pearl and Germantown Craft House add more quality options to the list.
Kaiju is great for live music and Check's Cafe offers home-cooked meals. Eiderdown offers classic German cuisine while The Post serves up New York-style pizza and Hammerheads has smoked brisket. Neighborhood Services by renowned chef Nick Badovinus is located next to the lobby. This warm and welcoming space offers “honest food” in the American tradition for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With indoor and outdoor restaurants that can be accessed from the hotel or the street, Neighborhood Services attracts guests of all tastes. It's much easier to go neighborhood by neighborhood and explore all the delicious places Louisville has to offer.
Whether you're looking for classic favorites or something new to try, you won't be disappointed! From Schnitzelburg to Old Town Louisville to Germantown to Cardinal Towne to Jeffersonville/New Albany - there are plenty of amazing places to explore in this vibrant city.