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Best Food & Flea Markets In Louisville, Kentucky

Best Food & Flea Markets In Louisville, Kentucky

Picture of Shyla Watson
Updated: 9 February 2017
Shopping at big malls and shopping centers may be convenient, but often times the experience is impersonal and exhausting, not to mention prices are constantly increasing. Fortunately, Louisville has many markets where residents can purchase clothes, shoes, food, furniture, fun knick-knacks, and even vintage collectibles. Read our list to discover the best food and flea markets in Louisville, KY.

The Flea Off Market

Weekend community gathering

Each weekend, The Flea Off Market brings the people of Louisville together. Nearly 100 local vendors and craftsmen gather together to sell their products, which include jewelry, clothes, produce, and meat. An ordinary member of the community might even pitch a tent to sell antiques, books, records, or just things lying around the house. You can even purchase art or adopt a pet. Where the Flea Off Market is one part market, it’s also part festival. After walking around the many booths, stop by one of the many food trucks for lunch or a light snack. And you don’t have to eat in silence – many weekends showcase live performances from local talent. The market hosts concerts, drive-in movies, and holiday events on specialty nights.

Derby Park Flea Market

Largest Kentucky flea market

The Derby Park Flea Market is proof that shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. With roughly 10,000 visitors each weekend, the market sits on 58-acres of land, ideal for both their outdoor tents and indoor booths. As the largest flea market in the entire state of Kentucky, it’s an ideal location for small or up and coming businesses to get attention and display their product. For shoppers, wear comfortable shoes, as you may be walking the facility for hours, since there’s such an eclectic range of goods and crafts to see! If you’re an out-of-towner or are too exhausted to drive home after a long day of shopping, the Derby Park Flea Market allows RVs and campers to park on their facility. Receive electricity for your vehicle, use the 24-hour restrooms and showers, and play games, watch movies, or enjoy one of the other fun options.

White Elephant Vendor’s Market & Café

Fun shopping experience

Derived from Southeast Asia, the term ‘white elephant’ refers to a possession that is hard to get rid of, afford, or maintain. Yet, this is certainly not the case at the White Elephant Vendor’s Market & Café, where affordable items are constantly flying off of the shelves. You’ll find everything from custom necklaces to retro technology, and this flea market is also a great place to find inexpensive toys and games for kids. Once you’re done shopping, pop in next door to the White Elephant Café. Snack on tasty soup, sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs, or just have a cup of coffee. There’s even hot cocoa and PB & J on the menu if you’re with the whole family.

Fleur de Flea

Vintage urban market

This outdoor hipster market is where Kentucky and Indiana collide. Vendors and shoppers from both states come together to create and enjoy a magical shopping experience. Bring the whole family down to explore! Ride bikes, walk the bridge, pet animals at the petting zoo, eat food from food trucks and drink craft beer, and more. The fun to be had is endless, and the show will go on, rain or shine! Many of the things you’ll see at vendor booths are antiques, edgy, artistic creations, or other trinkets and things that urbanites will love. At Fleur, the flea market isn’t just for shopping – it’s an all-day activity for family fun.

Douglass Loop Farmers Market

Local foods market

Come on down to the Douglass Loop Farmers Market! Pick up seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, and breads, and if you’re interested in making more than just a sandwich, they also sell homemade soaps, wine, plants, and more. Shop around to find the perfect fresh, locally sourced ingredients to make tonight’s dinner. Don’t feel like cooking? Some vendors at the market even sell ready-made food, so pull up a seat at one of the many picnic tables, eat your delicious meal, and enjoy some live entertainment in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

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