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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Distillery
“If you’re a bourbon lover this is a must see as they make some of the best bourbons the world has to offer”
  • 30 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Kentucky has one of the most historic capitols in the country. Absolutely stunning!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Candy Store
“Not only can you get a tour of Rebecca Ruth's infamous candy factory, but you can also enjoy a fresh homemade lunch at Risa's diner located beside the gift shop. She delivers up delicious curries along with fresh soups, salads, and sandwiches.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lounge
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“This place has a full menu of food and drinks. The old historic building makes for a special eating experience. In season, you can even dine on the deck with the best view of the river in town. There is even live music some evenings. Contributing to Frankfort's art scene, be sure to check out their great mural on side of building.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great for families to learn about nature and hiking trails. Buffalo, and deer”
  • 8 locals recommend
Wine Shop
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“Great selection of bourbon and knowledgeable staff. Free wine tastings some nights”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
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“Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe offers specialty coffee drinks along with craft beers, wine and a variety of items on their food menu. It's a quirky little joint that is connected to the book store and Ky artisan shop from the interior. They frequently offer live music either for special events or streetside. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great little spot to take home gifts from local artisans! Short walk from the home!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Serafini's is an upscale restaurant located in the heart of downtown Frankfort. It serves traditional Kentucky cuisine with a flair. They display traditional Kentucky folk art throughout their restaurant. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Gibby's restaurant is located just below the rental unit. It serves a variety of items to satisfy for lunch and dinner. It is a family friendly atmosphere that offers something for everyone. They are closed on Sundays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Buddy's is and has the true feel of a local pizza joint. Named after a dog, Buddy's is a great place to hang out with friends or family over a pie or local microbrew! They have a small bar and tv for game nights! Trivia and live music are occasionally here throughout the week and weekends. Located just beside the Old Capitol Lawn and is a great option for picking up a bite during the FREE summer concert series events!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Diner
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“Rick is a real Cajun chef and the food is awesome! While a little on the pricey side (since his place was show-cased on TV show "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives"), it is good eating. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Right off of Highway 127, this park is a must see. Such serene nature experiences it will refresh your soul and lift your spirits! There’s tons of trails and great views! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Visit our Old Capitol on Broadway Street. Tours are given, but tickets must be purchased at the Ky History Museum, also located on Broadway Street. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delicious bakery goods and lunch-time sandwiches and salads...great coffee too!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
“Stop in and pick your flavor at Hoggy's ice cream parlor. Open seven days a week!”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe offers specialty coffee drinks along with craft beers, wine and a variety of items on their food menu. It's a quirky little joint that is connected to the book store and Ky artisan shop from the interior. They frequently offer live music either for special events or streetside. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Gibby's restaurant is located just below the rental unit. It serves a variety of items to satisfy for lunch and dinner. It is a family friendly atmosphere that offers something for everyone. They are closed on Sundays.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Serafini's is an upscale restaurant located in the heart of downtown Frankfort. It serves traditional Kentucky cuisine with a flair. They display traditional Kentucky folk art throughout their restaurant. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Buddy's is and has the true feel of a local pizza joint. Named after a dog, Buddy's is a great place to hang out with friends or family over a pie or local microbrew! They have a small bar and tv for game nights! Trivia and live music are occasionally here throughout the week and weekends. Located just beside the Old Capitol Lawn and is a great option for picking up a bite during the FREE summer concert series events!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Diner
“Rick is a real Cajun chef and the food is awesome! While a little on the pricey side (since his place was show-cased on TV show "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives"), it is good eating. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A yummy locally owned Mexican restaurant that serves up authentic Mexican dishes along with offering outside seating during good weather. They frequently have live music in the summer months.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great little spot to pick your favorite thai dish! Located on the west side of town. Closed from 3-5pm to prepare for dinner. Closes at 9pm.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend

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