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Frankfort Ave, Louisville

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Find your fun on “The Avenue”

Frankfort Avenue, or “The Avenue” as the locals call it, is a stretch of road that connects some of Louisville’s most charming and historic neighborhoods including St. Matthews, Clifton and Crescent Hill. The corridor is full of character, with a freight train running parallel alongside the Avenue and dozens of unique and locally owned boutiques, art studios, galleries, restaurants and attractions lining the street.

With more than 30 locally owned restaurants located along a 2.5 mile stretch, Frankfort Avenue is a culinary hub that boasts al fresco dining, many options for international cuisine, and unique flavors of the city.

The shopping on the Avenue features a wide variety of independently owned boutiques and shops offering a variety of items – from vintage and consignment clothing to outdoor gear, imported crafts, antiques, home furnishings, wine, books, coffee and much more.

The neighborhood is also enhanced by libraries, parks, and several unique attractions for families and visitors to explore, like the historic Peterson-Dumesnil House, the Louisville Water Company and the American Printing House for the Blind.

On the last Friday of every month, free trolleys run up and down The Avenue for the FAT Friday Trolley Hop, and merchants often host live music, samplings and special sales. Frankfort Avenue is also home to several annual events, such as the Easter Parade, the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration, and the Old Fashioned 4th of July Art and Music festival.
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  • Quirky stores, Redhog restaurant and bar had the best grilled cheese with grilled onions and best old fashion. Go for happy hour- best deal in town. Good bookstore, international store, lots of...  more »
  • Cute historic neighborhood to take a nice walk but not as many shops as I was hoping for. The best shops along the avenue are Carmichael's Books and 5-0-Lou and there are a couple of nice coffee...  more »

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