Where is the best shopping in Louisville?

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Larry Olmsted

Largely unspoiled by chains except in suburban malls, shopping in Louisville is very much boutique and one-of-a-kind driven. The two big shopping areas include mile-long Bardstown Road, with a Bohemian aesthetic and plenty of vintage clothing, used record and bookstores, galleries stocked with handmade goods and jewelry boutiques. The alternative, Market Street, is more gallery and designer driven, and both offer nice walks with plenty of dining along the way (and even a wine shop, or two). If you like antiquing, Louisville is home to some of the country’s largest and most unique antique stores. Two must-see antique shops include Joe Ley Antiques, this in an 1890 schoolhouse, with two acres filled with treasures from carousel animals, to rare toys to interesting advertising. We also like the newer Derby City Antique Mall with over 100 vendors.

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