Chocolate creation is a well-received art form anywhere it's practiced around the world. In Louisville, Cellar Door is the place where master confectioners conduct their craft. Every item comes from a small batch in order to ensure its freshness as well as to continually keep the innovative chocolatiers on their toes. With each delicious item, owner Erika-Chavez Graziano makes sure that each guest receives something that is unique and one-of-a-kind, both in flavor and appearance. Its location inside the massive Butchertown Market is another attraction itself and while you're here don't forget to check out Bourbon Barrell Foods to pair some bourbon-flavored sorghum, bitters or even sea-salt with your chocolate.
Bardstown Road stretches from the eponymous town all the way north to Louisville. Along the way, there is an enormous amount of shops and one of the best is Derby City Antiques. The massive 30,000-sq. ft. of space offers collectibles, furniture, jewelery and other housewares that will keep you busy for a while. The mall is located in a former 1920's elementary schoolhouse and its in the hamlet of Beuchel, about 20-minutes outside of downtown Louisville.
Evolve is another cool shop on Frankfort Avenue that has devoted its entire selection of items to men. From jackets, wallets, belts and socks to full suits and ties, Evolve is a consignment store that relies on recycling gently used menswear. Oftentimes some great steals can be found on the racks, where designer shirts and jeans are always found at better-than-retail prices. If you join their mailing list, the shop keeps you in the know about what is coming-and-going through the doors.
Scout is located in Louisville's hip NuLu district, and since 2004 it has plied cool little trinkets and things for the home that are hard to find anywhere else. It's more than just home furnishings however, because the shop has other items that make great gifts. Scout also carries some trendy brands that still have a small, non-exposed presence in the U.S. like Goorin Bros., Surya and Hobo Handbags, to name a few. If you find yourself on East Market Street, saunter inside, you won't regret it.
Frankfort Avenue is a thoroughfare that starts in the suburb of St. Matthews and ends at the conjunction with Brownsboro Road near the Ohio River. Along the way, visitors will find many hip restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, bakeries and much, much more. Most of the shops are locally owned and operated; in fact, there is nary a trace of a big-box store. The Avenue also traverses through the historic, charming neighborhoods of Crescent Hill and Clifton, which are treasures in themselves.
Fourth Street Live is one of the main attractions for nightlife and dinner in downtown Louisville. Its a mega-entertainment area that primarily features restaurants and bars all under one roof. The dining options run the gamut, from Brazilian BBQ at Brazeiros to American fare at Gordon Biersch Brewery, there is usually something for everyone. Club options are also varied, from the hip Marquee Bar to Country Western camaraderie at PBR Louisville, all crowds are welcome.
The Louisville International Mall brings many cultures under one roof. Enjoy the traditional cuisine of the global neighborhood. In addition to restaurants, the mall offers a market, clothing stores, office services, a barber shop and salon, and even banquet facilities.
The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all rolled into one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or visit the Walk-In Workshop. Glassworks also hosts birthday parties, and is available to rent for group functions. Event planners even have the option of renting glass-making demonstrations during their function.
Muth's Candies' legacy of traditional candy-making has been passed down since its opening in 1921. Today they produce mouth-watering creations like chocolates, caramels, creams, dipped pretzels, chocolate jellies, turtles, bourbons, and Modjeskas (caramel and marshmallow), in addition to one-of-a-kind Louisville favorites like Kentucky Derby chocolate medallions and chocolate-bourbon horseshoe gift bags. Muth's is a great place to find unique and delicious gifts for any occasion.