Did you know that in the last 30 years, the immigrant population has doubled in Louisville? That makes it one of the largest immigrant populations in the nation. The prediction is that by 2040, 20 percent of Louisville’s population will be foreign-born — that’s one in every five Louisvillians! We asked Louisville’s Director of Immigration, Bryan Warren, to explain why Louisville was such a magnet for immigrants. He explained that with our welcoming community, affordable housing, open jobs and good health services, Louisville does a wonderful job with resettlement.

With that being said, Louisville is a great town in which to experience international culture, especially when it comes to food. And a hub for all these cultures is the Buechel neighborhood off Bardstown Road. Pass by the Costco, the Walmart and the old Bashford Manor Mall, then drive past all the fast food restaurants, and you will find gem after gem of locally owned restaurants and grocery stores just blocks from each other, peppered along Bardstown Road. Here are some places to eat, shop and see in Buechel — some with a more international appeal than others. 

PLACES TO EAT

Jasmin Bakery

2205 Steier Lane, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 458-0013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Monday

The smell of freshly baked bread is evident when you pull up in the parking lot. Once inside, there are a couple of shelves of groceries and a counter for ordering. Behind the counter are rows and rows of freshly baked bread, sliced or unsliced, as well as fresh pastries. We sampled the blueberry-cheese, the apple and baklava, and all were amazing. There are four large pictures of their other hot menu offerings that include gyros and cevapi (a sausage sandwich). Adjacent to the counter, there is a large dining room that was busy at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, which lets you know that it is probably packed early morning. Rumor has it that they sell out quickly and that the best time to go is before noon.

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You cannot miss Jasmin Bakery, right on the corner of Bardstown Road and Steier Lane.

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There are rows of freshly baked bread that you can buy whole or sliced.

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Blueberry and cheese pastry next to apple pastry … yum!

Dasha Barbour’s Southern Bistro

2217 Steier Lane, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 882-2081
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday

Located a couple doors down in the same strip center as Jasmin Bakery is another locally owned restaurant, Dasha Barbour’s Southern Bistro. Diners love their fried chicken — juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Also popular are their Southern greens and cornbread, as any good Southern restaurant should have. The appetizer menu reads like a Southern fried delight, with fried green tomatoes, fried shrimp, fried mushrooms and fried pickles.

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Dasha Barbour’s Southern Bistro is two doors down from Jasmin Bakery and serves up great Southern food.

Kathmandu Kitchen

3825 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 276-1527
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Closed Sunday and Tuesday

We mentioned this restaurant earlier this year as one of the new restaurants to try in Louisville. This Nepalese restaurant features handmade momos, South Asian dumplings filled with vegetables or chicken, as well as dishes similar to Indian cuisines, such as biryani and chicken curry. This eatery features a full bar and live music as well.

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“Chicken fries” from Kathmandu Kitchen | Image: Kathmandu Kitchen

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Borsalino Cafe and Deli

3825 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 897-5325
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sitting on the corner of Bardstown Road and Bradford Drive is Borsalino. With a patio and plenty of seating, this Bosnian family-owned restaurant does a booming business. The husband-and-wife team who runs it gives much credit for its success to her mother, who does all the cooking. The fantastic gyros, served piping hot with fresh pita and house-made tzatziki, are a lunch special for about $6. Or belly up to the bar to enjoy a specialty Bosnian beer and drinks as well. It’s definitely a place to eat for lunch or dinner.

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The side patio at Borsalino is hopping at night.

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Inside there is a small grocery with imported European alcohol, counter service and a bar.

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The gyro lunch special is only $6, and it’s a fantastic, fresh sandwich.

Corner Deli

3912 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 491-1250
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Sunday

Corner Deli is actually a Bosnian restaurant with a daily changing menu and specials. Diners love their coffee, cevapi sandwich and goulash. Their hours are not consistent right now, and they are only open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but in this small space, everything is made in-house, and they have a small selection of European imported groceries for sale as well.

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Located on the corner of a strip center, the Corner Deli has homemade Bosnian food.

Derby City Cafe

3919 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 459-5151
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tucked in the back of the Derby City Antique Mall on the bottom floor is the Derby City Cafe (not to be confused with the Derby Cafe at the Derby Museum). Open for lunch only and brunch on Sunday, it has a great traditional menu that includes all Kentucky favorites such as benedictine, homemade bean soup and a derby club sandwich; they are also known for their broccoli-strawberry salad. Their meals are served on antique dinnerware in keeping with the mall’s theme.

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The Derby City Cafe is tucked in the back of the Derby City Antique Mall and is open for lunch during the week and brunch on Sunday.

Mashallah Restaurant (located inside Mor’s International Grocery)

3927 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 491-3152
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Located inside of Mor’s International Grocery is a small counter-service restaurant run by the owners, a Senegalese husband-and-wife team. The wife makes homemade African specialties every day, and the husband runs the “front of the house.” Prior to opening this restaurant, the duo cooked African specialties for the local African cab drivers, offering them a convenient and nostalgic taste of home. Look for favorites such as lamb with mixed vegetables and rice, and fish and red rice. Note to diners: Mashallah does not typically serve lunch until after 12:30. Portions are large and prices are low, with a small plate at $6.99 and a large plate at $10.

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A daily special is huge at Mashallah Restaurant inside Mor’s International Grocery. Image: Yelp

INTERNATIONAL GROCERY STORES

Buechel is home to quite a few international grocery stores that offer much more than food. They also carry clothing, jewelry, items of worship, fresh produce and other culture-specific finds. Even if you are completely unfamiliar with anything here, just going in to browse is a fascinating experience.

Asian Food Mart (also known as Dixie Oriental Food & Gifts Market)

3900 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 473-1922
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Monday

This market has a high concentration of Korean and Japanese food and items, but also stocks Chinese and other basic Asian items. They have a large selection of frozen specialty fish, along with a mammoth selection of different rices (the bags are as big as children!). There are also freshly made salads and seafood items with a decent selection of produce. Shoppers love the quality and quantity of Asian beauty items that can also be shopped here.

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This Asian Food Mart, also known as the Dixie Oriental Food & Gifts Market, looks small but has a large amount of inventory inside.

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Huge bags of rice line the entrance.

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Fresh salads and entrées are prepared daily.

L&B Sisters Grocery

4109 Bardstown Road, Ste. 103, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 714-3879
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There is so much more than food at this market, which specializes in traditional Nepalese and Indian food. There are two rooms full of clothing, shoes, jewelry and makeup, as well as plenty of dried goods and candies. Fresh produce is limited but high in quality.

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These peppers are so pretty (and so hot) at L&B Sisters Grocery.

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Tons of clothing for children and women

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You’ll find lots of bangle bracelets and other ceremonial jewelry here too.

Mor’s International Grocery

3927 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 491-3152
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This grocery, which also houses the aforementioned Mashallah Restaurant, specializes in African food and wares. There are plenty of dried legumes and fufu (a staple African starch made of cooked dough) as well as all the right cookware to whip up these yummies. There are pots so large there, they measure 18 inches across and 7 inches deep — you would need to put them on two burners to cook!

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At Mor’s, there are massive pots for sale at great prices, like this one that is 18 inches wide and 7 inches deep.

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Plantain and oat fufu flour

Namaste Grocery

3825 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (513) 510-9904
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This grocery store sits between Borsalino Cafe and Kathmandu Kitchen and caters to the Nepalese and Indian cultures. This market is smaller than L&B Sisters Grocery down the road but has a higher concentration of ceremonial items.

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Located right between Kathmandu Kitchen and Borsalino Cafe is Namaste Grocery.

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Beautiful religious and ceremonial items

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Gorgeous bells and chalices

THINGS TO DO

When you are done eating and shopping, head over to either of these longtime Buechel establishments.

Derby City Antique Mall

3919 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 459-5151
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is one of Kentucky’s oldest antique malls, and you could spend anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours here if you wanted — and conveniently, it’s open seven days a week. There is so much to see here, and you can take a break in between your shopping to grab lunch at the Derby City Cafe (mentioned above). We love the “Diamonds in the Rough Room” for finding great treasures to rehab.

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Housed in an old school, the Derby City Antique Mall is three full floors of treasures.

RELATED: Feeling Nostalgic? Check Out These Great Signs of Louisville’s Past

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Great finds await for those looking to breathe new life into older furniture.

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Beautiful antique bed with a curved headboard

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Tons of silver

Robben’s Roost

5906 Six Mile Lane, Louisville, KY 40218 • (502) 491-8170
Hours: Friday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Closed Monday through Thursday

Every Louisville native probably has been here or has heard of the famous Robben’s Roost, a venerated roller skating rink that opened in 1971. It’s still here today, looking fresh out of a time capsule. Open only on the weekends, this would be a great chance to lace up your skates and relive your childhood.

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Robben’s Roost has been rolling since 1971.

Enjoy your time in Buechel. It’s a short drive but packed full of tastes and experiences!

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