How to spend 12 hours in Lexington, KY

... and enjoy every second.


Here are a few options on how to spend one day in the Horse Capital of the World. | Photo by LEXtoday

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Whether you’re hosting out-of-towners or visiting, we rounded up good eats + things to do around town to create this ~12-hour guide to Lexington.

☕️ Good morning, sunshine.

9 a.m.

  • Wake up with Bluegrass Baking Co. — a quaint bakery in the Southland neighborhood that has been reviewed by Food and Wine for having the best bread in Kentucky. Think fruity scones, tarts, and savory pastries.
  • Or, head to Keeneland to walk its historic grounds and order a hearty breakfast from its Track Kitchen.

🏙 Activities for everyone

11 a.m.

  • Shopping at the Summit at Fritz Farm offers something for everyone. This outdoor shopping plaza has everything from boutique shops to high-end retailers.
  • Take a hike through McConnell Springs or Woodland Park. Both of these city parks are conveniently located close to downtown but still offer respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

🥪 Tuck into lunch

1 p.m.

  • If you’re looking for a filling meal in a quaint spot, check out Stella’s Kentucky Deli. We suggest pairing a cup of its famous burgoo with an Apple and KY Bleu Cheese sandwich.
  • Broomwagon is also a fun spot to sit for a spell. Connected to a bike shop, it serves up delicious sandwiches and artisanal coffees — lots of vegan options are also available here.

👀 Tour the region

3 p.m.

🍸 Its five oclock somewhere

5 p.m.

🦐 Dig into dinner

7 p.m.

  • Carson’s is considered a classic by many locals and has an expansive menu and the brightest holiday decor.
  • If you’re looking for old-fashioned down home southern cooking, give Ramsey’s Diner a try.
  • Cozy up with wood-fired pizza and craft cocktails at Pearl’s.

🎶 Nightlife

9 p.m.

  • The Distillery District is one of the best spots for after-hours fun — boasting a distillery, a brewery, and several spots that offer live music.