Spending a Day in NuLu
NuLu (or the East Market Street District) is a booming strip right outside of Downtown Louisville that's still growing with restaurants, art galleries, and small shops selling local goods and art. I love spending the afternoon in NuLu because it's so relaxing and creatively restorative (seriously).
So I have a guide for how to spend the afternoon in NuLu complete with brunch, coffee, and all the best shopping. I hope you enjoy!!
First Stop: Brunch at Wild Eggs
You all know I love Wild Eggs, but the tucked away Market St. location is open and spacious with a different feel than all the others. There's a big open breakfast bar adjacent to a window that gives serious Parisian cafe vibes.
Second Stop: Shopping
NuLu has some seriously charming boutiques that sell everything from trendy plants and floral arrangements to ultramodern locally crafted furniture and my favorite, a vast assortment of Dolly Parton magnets.
Mahonia is definitely one of my top 10 favorite places in the city. It's beautifully designed and makes me want to just lie down and take a nap on one of their big beautiful rugs. Mahonia sells air plants, succulents, house plants, the COOLEST pots and terrariums, crystals, an assortment of gifts and cards, a stunning selection of flowers that you can arrange or have arranged for you, and much more. I think it's one of the more reasonably priced plant studios (what a weird concept?) that I've ever been to. I always leave having bought at least one plant or knickknack.
If you're in the market for some beautiful home goods, wedding/shower gifts, books, or jewelry go to Scout. Scout is a massive boutique with a variety of handmade goods. I was totally taken aback the first time I walked in the door, it is so beautiful. There's a whole section of just picnic baskets!! This store has the sweetest children's section with stuffed animals and toys that will melt your heart. I will say some of the home goods are on the pricier side, but they are all works of art well worth the price. Check out those botanical prints! There's something for everyone here, it's worth checking out just to admire all the unique pieces.
Remember how I mentioned those Dolly Parton magnets? Revelry is the spot for those. The NuLu location even has the sweetest golden retriever that roams the store nuzzling your legs for a pat or two. For those of you who morn the loss of Why Louisville, Revelry gets better every month of filling that void in my heart. Here we have handmade jewelry, art, candles, coffee mugs, cactus ring holders, Louisville themed coasters and magnets and posters. Everything your heart could want, really.
Revelry also has a small art installation in the back that changes every few months. Right now it's 365 Days of Prince by the artist Rebekah Major. This gallery is INCREDIBLE if you love Prince and people named Rebekah (two qualities I highly identify with) but it's also just a unique space unlike anywhere else in the city. There's also another room in the back for local artists to sell prints and posters they've created, and every piece of art is SO cool and innovative. This is definitely the store to go to if you're trying to support local artists and makers.
Third Stop: Coffee
After you've exhausted yourself shopping, end your day out with delicious coffee from Please and Thank You. I would argue that Please and Thank You really put NuLu on the map. I remember going there in high school and NOTHING was around besides the Mayan Cafe and the Before I Die wall.
P&TY is a coffee shop/bakery/record store made for rainy days. In the summertime the Rosemary Lemonade will literally knock your socks off and keep you cool. In the winter, I recommend the ganache latte for a decadent treat or the cafe miele. P&TY also has absolutely THE BEST chocolate chip cookie I've ever had (sorry mom).
If chocolate chip cookies aren't your thing (weirdo), stop by Macaron Bar for an assortment of beautiful French macarons. I guarantee you'll feel just like Marie Antoinette.
I hope you go explore NuLu soon, I know you'll love it!