The city of St. Matthews lives up to its reputation of being a great place to live, work and play. The ambiance and vitality of the community combined with ample parks filled with walking paths, sporting events, and outdoor activities make this neighborhood a top choice for Louisvillians.
We found a few notable sites worth visiting next time you’re in the area, including some big-name attractions and some family-owned businesses. What do you like to do when you’re in town? Where do you spend time in St. Matthews? Share your favorites with us @lifestylecommunities.
Seneca Park is massive, spanning more than 530 acres just east of Downtown Louisville. With sports courts & fields, playgrounds, trails (including horseback riding) & an 18-hole golf course, it offers a little something for everyone. One of its most popular features is a 1.2-mile track, along with a pretty extensive mountain bike trail. Perfect excuse to get outside.
John Hale and Vicki Hale opened Lotsa Pasta on March 4, 1982 in a tiny storefront on Bardstown Road. Their original intent was to provide fresh homemade pasta to a city that had none. The crew of two started building a loyal following from the first day they opened the door and many of those customers are still coming in. Following a decade of success, they moved into a larger space in St. Matthews, which is the current location. Still owned by the husband and wife team, the store recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Pastas, breads, cheeses, meats, oils, spices and olives are just some of the many delicacies they carry. Stop in any day of the week to give them a try.
Plehn's Bakery has been a St. Matthews fixture and local favorite since 1924. For over 86 years, patrons from all over Louisville and the surrounding areas have visited daily to get a sampling of their many specialties and treats. From fresh bread and pastries to cakes and desserts, they take great pride in their creations. We highly recommend the baklava - just be sure to order two. It’s tough to share.
Established in 1924, Gerstle's Place is one of Louisville's oldest and most historic neighborhood bars. Gerstle's has long been known as one of the best live music venues in the city, but it’s also a great spot for watching the game, playing pool, or eating with friends. Gerstle’s is open every day of the week until 4am, so you have plenty of time to plan a visit.
We’ll admit including the Louisville Zoo seems like a no-brainer, but that’s because it really is a must-see attraction. Opened in 1969, the zoo currently exhibits more than 1,500 animals on 134 acres of land. Specific habitats include Glacier Run, Australian Outback, the Herp Aquarium, Africa, and the Metazoo Education Center. The Zoo’s award-winning Islands, Gorilla Forest and Glacier Run exhibits, have been nationally recognized for excellence. Looking for something to do over the holidays? The Zoo hosts special events including Santa’s Safari and an annual Halloween party, among others. Check for details and dates online.