Best Places to Shop in Lexington – A Local’s Guide!

August 2, 2020

Shopping in Lexington runs the gamut from large shopping centers to locally owned boutiques. When I travel, I like to shop at places I can’t at home and generally shop til I drop at local stores. Read on for some of the best places to shop in Lexington.

Shopping in Downtown Lexington

Staying at a hotel in downtown Lexington? Or do you have some extra time before an event at Rupp Arena? You’ll find places to shop in downtown Lexington.

The Black Market

Racks and shelves of clothing at The Black Market clothing store in Lexington, KY.

The Black Market is an adorable boutique that features vintage inspired clothing, jewelry, and gifts. Located near downtown and the University of Kentucky, it’s a great place to pick up something to wear for a night out or a gift to take home.

The Black Market – 516 E High St, Lexington, KY

The Square

The Square is located in the center of downtown Lexington and features museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping. Located in a beautiful historic building, it’s worth a few minutes just to stroll around. Shopping includes Urban Outfitters and locally owned Alumni Hall where you can pick up UK fan gear.

The Square – 401 W Main St, Lexington, KY

Bella Rose

Bella Rose’s motto is “Big City Style, Small Town Charm” and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. This little boutique offers women of all ages the perfect outfit for weddings, derby, other special events, or fashionable everyday wear. One of the best clothing stores in Lexington, Bella Notte has been in business since 1980 because they offer on-trend styles and one of the most unique shops in Lexington.

Bella Rose – 126 W Maxwell St, Lexington, KY

Steel Mill & Co.

Turquoise and orange mural that says "support local, good things for good people, buy local." Mural is located in the Chevy Chase shopping center in Lexington and is one of the best places to shop.

Steel Mill & Co. is a clothing store in Lexington selling a wide variety of affordable and casual fashions. Located in the popular Chevy Chase neighborhood, Steel Mill & Co. is a must for anyone looking for the latest in trendy designs.

Steel Mill & Co – 882 E High St, Lexington, KY

Peplum

Rack of clothing in reds, blues, and whites. Shop local in Lexington, KY.

One of the cutest places to shop in Lexington, Peplum was started by a mother-daughter team to offer shoppers a comfortable and affordable place to shop. Their shop is beautifully curated and has a great selection of women’s fashion.

Peplum – 824 Euclid Avenue #103

Adele Lexington

Shelves with pillows and other home decorative items at a local store in Lexington, Ky. One of the best places to shop in Lexington.

Pronounced a-de-lay, this shop in the Chevy Chase neighborhood near downtown, sells lovely home decor, gifts, and jewelry. Adele is the perfect place to pick up a bridal or baby shower gift (or something for yourself!)

Adele Lexington – 805 Chevy Chase Place, Lexington, KY

Worlds Apart

This unique place to shop in Lexington has been a fixture in Lexington for years. You’ll find a wide variety of clothing, accessories, gifts, and home decor.

Be sure to visit the Our Story section on their website to learn the interesting way this business started!

Worlds Apart – 850 E High St, Lexington, KY

Best Shops to Find Unique Gifts

Queen Bee Gifts

One of my personal favorites for shopping in Lexington is Queen Bee Gifts. They have a great selection of Lexington and Kentucky themed gifts as well as home decor and jewelry and accessories. Queen Bee Gifts is the perfect place to shop for wedding and baby gifts. I never leave empty-handed!

Queen Bee Gifts – 3735 Palomar Centre Dr, Lexington, KY

Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories

If all things monogrammed is your jam, then Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories is a must for shopping in Lexington. Featuring monogrammed goods, local artwork, clothing, home decor, jewelry, and gifts for every occasion, Peggy’s is one of the best places to shop in Lexington.

Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories, 112 Clay Ave, Lexington, KY

PS – While in the area, make sure to grab lunch or a delicious baked good at one of my favorite bakeries in Lexington!

The Front Porch

Located in the Tates Creek Shopping Center, The Front Porch is brimming with unique and fun items. Shoppers will find the latest trendy gifts as well as colorful home decor and children’s items.

The Front Porch, 4238 Saron Dr, Lexington, KY

Lucia’s World Emporium

One of the best places to shop small in Lexington is at Lucia’s World Emporium. Lucia’s is a fair trade marketplace selling ethically made and eco-friendly gifts. Not only will you find beautiful jewelry, accessories, decor, and artwork here, you can feel good about your purchase!

Lucia’s World Emporium – 328 N Ashland Ave, Lexington, KY

Best Places to Shop Vintage in Lexington

Street Scene

Street Scene is a quirky vintage shop in Lexington. Shoppers will find a wide array of vintage decor and clothing from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. You’ll also find cool local artwork, stationery, and other gifts.

Local Tip – Pop into Lexington Coffee & Tea next door to grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and shop from their amazing selection of coffees and teas.

Street Scene – 2575 Regency Rd, Lexington, KY

The Domestic

The new kid in town for vintage shopping in Lexington is The Domestic. Shopping their curated collection of vintage furniture, decor and collectibles is a blast. Oh, be sure to check out the large room of quality vintage clothing too!

Local Tip – This area of Lexington is booming with cool shops and restaurants! Grab some macarons at La Petite Delicat and visit Decorator’s Warehouse for great home decor.

The Domestic – 945 National Avenue, Lexington, KY

Scout Antique & Modern

Offering a gorgeous collection of vintage and modern furniture, a visit to Scout is a great way to shop local. They carry a great selection of mid-century furniture and accessories as well as other carefully selected pieces.

Local Tip – You’ll find a huge furniture consignment shop next door, Room Service, as well as other antique and home furnishing shops in the same block!

Scout Antique & Modern – 935 Liberty Road

Best Places to Buy Kentucky Gifts

Prepare to fall in love with Lexington! So much so that you’ll want to bring home lots of local and Kentucky themed goodies and gifts. Here are some of my favorites places to buy Kentucky gifts.

Kentucky for Kentucky

This is the place to get cool and quirky Kentucky gifts. Their motto is Kentucky Kicks Ass and their selection of t-shirts, socks, art, and other Kentucky items reflects that attitude. My personal favorite from their collection is my Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place. You’ll find tons of products with Y’ALL emblazoned on them as well an ever-changing selection of tees.

Kentucky for Kentucky – 720 Bryan Ave, Lexington, KY

Shop Local Kentucky

Another apparel company regularly cranking out new Kentucky gear, is Shop Local Kentucky. Located downtown, this is a great stop if you are staying in one of the downtown hotels in Lexington. You’ll also find a ton of cool and vintage inspired University of Kentucky tees and sweatshirts.

Shop Local Kentucky – 212 Woodland Ave, Lexington, KY

Kentucky Branded

Rack of Kentucky themed mugs, a Maker's Mark bourbon barrel and a Go Wildcats flag at the Kentucky Branded store in Lexington, Ky. Where to shop in Lexington.

Their two locations are conveniently located in two of the largest shopping areas in Lexington. Kentucky Branded has a huge selection of Kentucky gifts as well as UK and bourbon themed gifts.

Kentucky Branded – 3801 Road & 2300 Sir Barton Way, Lexington

The Keeneland Shop

One of the best things to do in Lexington is a visit to Keeneland. While you’re there, stop in their beautiful gift shop to pick up a Lexington souvenir or an equestrian-themed item.

The Keeneland Shop – 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

At Joseph-Beth Booksellers, you’ll find one of the best bookstores in the country, as well as an awesome selection of Kentucky made gifts. They carry everything from Kentucky Proud food products to bourbon themed gifts, and an extensive collection of books about Lexington and Kentucky.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers – 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY

Where to Buy Bourbon in Lexington

Justins’ House of Bourbon

Justin’s has two locations in Kentucky, one in Lexington and the other in Louisville. Two fellas by the name of Justin started collecting bourbon and use their shops to share their love of Kentucky’s favorite spirit. While they specialize in bourbon, you’ll also find a wide variety of other spirts as well as an extensive selection of vintage bourbons.

Justins’ House of Bourbon – 601 W Main St, Lexington, KY

Bourbon Creek Lexington

Located inside Kentucky’s largest indoor mall you’ll find the local gem, Bourbon Creek Lexington. In addition to being a great place to buy bourbon in Lexington, this local shop sells decorative home items made from reclaimed lumber, barn wood, and bourbon barrels.

Bourbon Creek Lexington, Fayette Mall – 3401 Nicholasville, Rd, Lexington

Liquor Barn

Liquor Barn has locations throughout Kentucky, including several shops in Lexington. These mega stores sell extensive selections of all wine, beer, and alcohol, including bourbons.

Candy Stores in Lexington

Ruth Hunt Candies

Ruth Hunt Candies has been making and selling candies in Kentucky since 1921. The original recipes are still in use and includes favorites such as pulled cream candy (my family’s favorite) to bourbon balls.

Ruth Hunt Candies – 213 Walton Ave, Lexington, KY

Old Kentucky Chocolates

Red and white boxes of Old Kentucky Bourbon Cherries from Old Kentucky Chocolates in Lexington, KY.

This local candy shop makes some of my favorite candies. I can’t get enough of their Derby Mints, smooth as silk minty chocolates. You’ll also find a wide variety of confections using Kentucky’s favorite spirit, bourbon, and seasonal items such as chocolate covered strawberries and grapes.

They also feature a great selection of Kentucky, UK, and horse themed gifts making this a great place to put together a gift basket. With three locations in Lexington, you’ll never be far from getting some of the best candy in Lexington!

Old Kentucky Chocolates – 3385 Tates Creek Road, 1890 Star Shoot Pkwy, 450 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY

Sharp’s Candies

Sharp's Candies in Lexington, KY is painted like a gingerbread house with a large candy cane shaped and painted sign in front. One of the best places to shop in Lexington.

With their gingerbread cottage candy building, you won’t be able to resist stopping in Sharp’s. Their specialties are their soft center candies and you’ll find over 100 different types of candies to choose from.

Sharp’s Candies – 2021 Regency Rd, Lexington, KY

Where to Shop in Lexington

Lexington also features several large shopping centers including Fayette Mall, The Summit at Fritz Farm, and Hamburg Pavilion. All of these shopping areas include national chain stores as well as local shops.

Whether you shop the big box stores or focus your time shopping local in Lexington, you’ll find something for everyone!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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More about Candy Wafford

Candy Wafford is a US-based travel blogger and while she travels frequently for her job, she is happiest when traveling for pleasure. Preferably strolling along a cobblestoned street with an ice cream cone in her hand.

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