Coffee & Treats in Valley Station

50% Off at Amazing Glaze Donut Company

Floyds Knob

$8 $4

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Menu with dozens of donuts, such as long johns, donut holes, and fruit-filled bismarks, also includes other pastries and bakery items

42%Off at Adrienne & Co. Bakery and Cafe

Downtown Jeffersonville

$12 $7

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Adrienne Holland and her staff prepare warm baked pastries, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee drinks

55% Off Bike Rentals and Ice Cream

Clarksville

$37.99 $19

Two-hour bicycle rental and delicious signature peanut butter and brownie ice-cream sundaes

50% Off Sweets, Breakfast, or Lunch at Marlyce’s Place

Clarksville

$12 $6

Hearty breakfast platters include sausage and eggs and lunch combos pair soup and sandwiches with a cupcake; cakes and cupcakes available

48% Off Gelato

Prospect

$21.25 $11

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Scoops of handcrafted gelato in 20 flavors, from Salted Caramel to Tiramisù

Half Off at Cobbler's Cafe

Elizabethtown

$10 $5

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Coffee, espresso drinks, and organic teas complemented by western omelets, scones, muffins, and other bakery staples

50% Off at Old School Bakery

Huntingburg

$10 $5

Bakers concoct sweets such as strawberry-chocolate cake balls, fruit tarts, turnovers, and gluten-free apple cake

Up to 53% Off Yogurt and Video Games at Game On Frozen Yogurt

Nicholasville

$17 $8

100% organic, kosher Honey Hills Farm frozen yogurt with more than 120 toppings; Sega and Nintendo video game consoles with vintage games

Up to 44% Off Fruit Smoothies at Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

$5.39 $3

Fresh fruit whirled together to make tasty smoothies with all natural ingredients

Up to 50% Off Sweet Treats and Frozen Yogurt at Naticakes

Lexington

$32.95 $18

The founder bakes cupcakes in more than 30 flavors

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The owners of North End Café don't just purchase local produce: they also grow vegetables and herbs in their own garden in Simpsonville. Since April, 2003, their chefs have championed this focus on local, seasonal ingredients with a healthy approach to cooking. North End Café's menu features traditional meals from around the world, ranging from grass-fed beef burgers and flatiron steaks to grilled fish and scallops to vegetarian lasagnas, stir-fry, and cakes. For sharing, chefs build eclectic small plates such as crab cakes, fried goat-cheese ravioli, and almond-crusted brie. They also prepare a range of vegan and gluten-free dishes, taking care to avoid the pyrotechnics that result when steak and tofu touch.

To accompany these meals, bartenders pour American and international wines, and blend cocktails from fruit and old-fashioned ingredients. At the Highlands location, a brand-new tap system spouts 23 craft beers, including imperial IPAs and peppery black porters. In warmer months, the aromas of cooking and laughter of clientele also fill the Highlands location's new outdoor patio, an expansive wooden deck surrounded by leafy plants and tall, wispy trees.

2116 Bardstown Rd
Louisville,
KY
US

Whipping up handcrafted flavors with sugary virtuosity, Coco’s Chocolate Café provides patrons a tasty-treat abode that won’t melt into a puddle of pudding in the hot sun. Coco’s is a top-notch spot for picking up chocolaty delicacies. Made from the finest ingredients available, specialties such as turtles with Madagascar vanilla bean ($2 each), hazelnut pralines ($2), and butter truffles ($1.50) provide smile-inducing sampling. Beverages like cappuccino ($3.49) and dark hot chocolate ($2.99) offer savory sips, while a small fondue with strawberries, marshmallows, pound cake, or crispy treats gives rogue dippers the chance to indulge ($11.99). Additionally, patrons will be able to kick back and relax in a welcoming atmosphere featuring striking lighting and lustrous wood accents.

1759 Bardstown Rd
Louisville,
KY
US

The aromas of warming butter and sugar have called to mind the Heitzman legacy since 1891, when Jacob Heitzman baked and iced his first cake. It didn't take long for his airy desserts to build a fan base, one that grew each time the bakery added to the menu with new items, such as butter kuchen and strawberry whipped-cream cake.

Today, a full-scale deli joins the original baked goods at the Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli. On the sweet side of the shop, spice cakes burst with raisins, pecans, and fresh jam, protected from poking fingers by a caramel coating. Fresh-made pies, signature butter kuchens, and loaf cakes teem with fruits and nuts, and specialty cakes come in classic variations such as german chocolate and red velvet. The deli satisfies savory teeth with kettle-boiled bagels from Dooley's Bagels, as well as a selection of fresh soups and sandwiches. Salads bring together morsels of chicken, tuna, and fruit cut by hand, and catering trays carry turkey and ham dinners, box lunches, and casseroles to family meetings and business sing-alongs.

9426 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville,
KY
US

When the Perry and Burke families joined forces to open Sweet n Swirly, they shared a vision of promoting a healthier alternative to ice cream. Neither family could have predicted, however, how quickly that vision would catch on.

Today, visitors stream into a trio of cheery, welcoming locations in Kentucky and Indiana, eagerly sidling up to self-serve stations that protrude from walls painted in vibrant pinks and purples. These stations pump out 10 creamy flavors at any given time, including no-sugar-added options and nondairy sorbets.

The ever-changing lineup of flavors runs the gamut from refreshing to decadent. On one side of the spectrum are tart, summery variations such as blueberry, ginger lemonade, and non-dairy sorbet, whereas choices inspired by more traditional desserts include peanut butter and root-beer float. A candy wall proffers toppings such as jellybeans and chocolate sunflower seeds.

805 Blankenbaker Pkwy
Louisville,
KY
US

Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.

7900 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville,
KY
US

The menu at Funmi’s Café swims with the names of West African dishes, tangles of unfamiliar syllables. Kachumbari, asaro, and kelewele may sound intimidating initially, but they conceal a cuisine characterized by warmth and gentle spice. Kachumbari is an African spin on coleslaw, asaro is a goldenrod-hued yam porridge, and kelewele is a snack of fried plantains.

In the kitchen, chefs stir pots of stew and sauce, often eschewing meat and dairy to fill Funmi’s menu with vegan options. Beneath murals of circular huts on a colorful savannah, fair-trade organic coffee imported from Africa pours forth steam like a robot trying to understand the end of Of Mice and Men.

3028 Bardstown Rd
Louisville,
KY
US