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9 spots to enjoy the sunshine in Lexington

We really wanna go outside.

Women doing a stork pose during a yoga class outdoors.

Find your zen, then grab some brunch. | Photo courtesy of @thegrovelex

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Summer is on the horizon, and we’re ready for the warmth and care-free energy that the season brings. That’s why we’re rounding up our favorite spots around town to soak up the sun.

For the biophiles

Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Rd.
Take the scenic route through Lexington’s horse farms to enjoy beer cheese and southern fare.

Kentucky Native Cafe, 417 E. Maxwell St.
Grab a glass of rosé, seasonal plates, and take a stroll through Michler’s florist.

The Grove, 109 S. Upper St.
You’ll forget you’re in the heart of town when you head to this business collective, where you can grab a cup of joe from Nate’s Coffee while surrounded by lush greenery.

Picnic tables with umbrellas sit on top of sand overlooking the Kentucky River.

You don’t need to go to the beach to get these kinda of views. | Photo courtesy of @proudmarybbq

For the water lovers

Proud Mary BBQ, 9079 Old Richmond Rd.
Head down south to the outskirts of town to enjoy fresh BBQ and a scenic overlook of the Kentucky River.

Palmer’s Fresh Grill, 161 Lexington Green Cir.
No need to go far for those zen patio days — just to Lexington Green for seafood, a tiki bar, and views of its pond.

Goodfellas, 1228 Manchester St.
Snag a slice of New York-style pizza, sip on some local bourbons, and enjoy the view of Town Branch Creek.

Waterfront Grill + Gathering, 220 Athens Boonesboro Rd., Winchester
Enjoy a signature sandwich cooked on a salt block, while overlooking the Kentucky River.

The outside of the Old Fayette County Court House featuring picnic tables and patio umbrellas.

Don’t forget to grab a cocktail from the Thirsty Fox after lunch at Zim’s Cafe. | Photo by LEXtoday

For the city dwellers

Zim’s Cafe, 215 W. Main St.
Another Ouita Michel-owned spot, this downtown restaurant creates local-inspired classic southern dishes.

Corto Lima, 101 W. Short St.
Bask in the city glow across from the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse plaza with seasonal, Latin-inspired small plates, including smoked jackfruit empanadas.

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