Walking Food & History Tour

The Highlands Walking Tour: Food, History & Architecture

This walking tour of the historic Original Highlands and Cherokee Triangle neighborhoods tells the story of Louisville and Kentucky through its cuisine. As you walk along some of Louisville’s oldest and most iconic streets, you’ll taste (and drink) delicious local specialties; visit the final resting place of Muhammad Ali and Colonel Sanders; try a dish inspired by the Hot Brown in Muhammed Ali’s former boxing gym; sip bourbon in Louisville’s oldest bar; trace the footsteps of the immigrants who shaped the city; and admire opulent Victorian homes and historic architecture.

What to Expect

We’ll be making several delicious stops, so come hungry! In addition to food, you can expect…

Beer & Bourbon

You’re in Bourbon City, y’all! (21+)

Audio Headset​

To help you hear us from a distance.

Small Group

Our tours max out at 12 people.


1-1.5 Miles. Wear comfy shoes!

Explore the Highlands

The Original Highlands is one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods – and its most quirky. Historic Victorian homes branch off of a thoroughfare that stretches all the way to Bourbon country, lined with vibrant murals, eclectic shops and hip local restaurants & bars.


Meet at 956 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204


Weds – Sunday, 1:30-4:30 PM

Tour Reviews

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Super knowledgeable host, very friendly. Seriously the most food I’ve ever had on a good tour, and I’ve never taken leftovers home before holy cow!!
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Loved all the history that was presented on the tour. Definitely enough food to fill you up. Don’t eat before you go!

FAQ’s About This Tour

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions about the Highlands Food & History tour.

You’ll be eating quite a bit – please arrive hungry! In total, you’ll be eating 5 delicious items. You will be full by the end of the tour, so plan to skip dinner or eat something light.

In addition to the food, you will be tasting both bourbon and beer.

Yes! Even without drinking, you’ll have a great time, eat plenty of delicious food, admire beautiful scenery, and enjoy fascinating stories about Louisville’s history. We also offer a reduced ticket price for guests who won’t be consuming alcohol.

This tour ends about a block away from where it begins, and our tour guide will make sure you know exactly where to go to get back to your car.

Prohibition Craft Spirits is a new distillery located just down the street from our tour. The distillery is about a 15 minute walk down Baxter Avenue. You can book a Prohibition-themed tour of the distillery and visit the speakeasy. Since this is a newer distillery, there are usually available tour slots even for last-minute bookings.

The Highlands neighborhood is lush and green and full of beautiful Victorian homes, in comparison to the more industrial, urban vibe of the neighborhoods explored on the NuLu tour. The Highlands tour also focuses more on architecture than the NuLu tour, and dives deeper into the impact that refugees and immigrants have had on shaping Louisville.

That said, there are a lot of similarities between the two tours. Both tours tell the history of Louisville through its cuisine, focusing on the specific history of each local neighborhood. Both NuLu/Butchertown and the Highlands are historic and quirky, full of diverse locally owned businesses, incredible food, and colorful murals. Both tours feature historic landmarks and beloved local eateries.

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