Things To Do in New Albany

New Albany Downtown Terri Lynn

We often refer to New Albany as Louisville’s Brooklyn. It’s just one bridge away and is recognized for its creative and top-notch culinary scene. New Albany’s downtown has experienced a revitalization that includes several walkable blocks of restaurants to enjoy an authentic, local dining experience. The city is also home to an eclectic local retail scene. Whether you’re on the hunt for SoIN-themed souvenirs or Kentucky Derby fashions, downtown New Albany’s got you covered. You’ll also find several quirky shops – or what we like to refer to as our very own “Stranger Things” of New Albany.

Fun Facts & History

Aerial view of New Albany, Indiana

  • With a population of nearly 37,000, it serves as the county seat of Floyd County.
  • The city was founded in July of 1813 when three brothers from New York arrived and named the area after Albany, New York. 
  • In 1817, it was officially incorporated as a town and became the county's government seat in 1819, only three years after Indiana was officially recognized as a state.
  • New Albany was Indiana's leading city, both in population and wealth, from 1840 to the early 1870s.
  • Like Jeffersonville, shipbuilding was a big part of the town’s economy. Industries in lumber, ironwork and glass were lucrative in New Albany, with goods shipped all across the country.  
  • Indiana’s first high school, New Albany High School, opened in 1853.  
  • New Albany was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The famous “Town Clock Church,” with its high-reaching steeple on Main Street, would shine a light telling escapees if it was safe to cross the Ohio River. The church is now the Second Baptist Church. 

Now that you know a bit more about the past, read on to learn how you can enjoy New Albany in the present!

Breakfast & Lunch

Leaven Bakery Brunch

Looking for a place to kick off your culinary tour? You can find home-cooked breakfasts and other tasty lunch bites throughout the city.

Leaven Bakery is a true Cinderella story. Two chefs who lost their jobs during COVID baked out of their apartment to make ends meet until they decided to open the bakery. Featuring daily baked specials, an impressive breakfast/lunch menu, weekend brunch specials and a custom-dessert feature for special events, this hot spot is definitely worth a visit. Don’t forget to grab the bestselling Rosemary Focaccia on your way out! 

Honey Creme Donuts

Honey Creme Donut Shop is a long-time mom-and-pop staple offering classic donuts, pastries and cannoli to satisfy your morning sweet tooth. 

Terri Lynn’s Café located in downtown New Albany serves breakfast, lunch and boxed lunches to-go with some of her classics (the pasta salad and strawberry salads are to die for), Terri Lynn’s Cafe is a go-to on New Albany’s breakfast and lunch scene. Terri Lynn’s Café moved to downtown New Albany a few years ago, but owner Terri Lynn has been catering across the Kentuckiana region for years. After the pandemic, she decided to pivot from catering to her lifelong dream of opening a cafe. 

seeds and greens cafe

Seeds and Greens Natural Market & Deli not only serves as downtown’s natural food market but doubles as a fantastic lunchtime cafe with sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies and coffee made-to-order. It sports an impressive sandwich menu! You can also dine where your food grows in the Seeds & Green Garden Café! Enjoy a meal or a glass of wine in the garden surrounded by produce and herbs that will also be incorporated into meals as they harvest.

Lady Trons

Lady Tron’s futuristic diner setting is like going back and forward in time all at once! It serves fresh sandwiches and soups to adventurous foodies who like to get experimental. We highly recommend the Ripley, a pulled chicken sandwich with blueberry molasses sauce topped with sesame slaw.  

8th Street Pizza is a fast-casual hybrid restaurant and social cafe with a conscience. Instead of proceeds going to an owner, this pay-it-forward pizzeria supports some of New Albany’s underserved community members.

In the Mood for Food

Given New Albany’s size, the food scene boasts an incredible variety of cultural flair, family hot spots and elevated date nights for anyone seeking a delicious meal and ambiance.

La Catrina

With Chef Roza Segoviano and her husband, Juan, La Catrina Mexican Kitchen is a family-owned Mexican Street Food restaurant with a focus on what their family would eat at the dinner table. Inspired by family recipes and extensive travels in the heart of Mexico, Chef Roza and her team have created some incredible tacos and shareables with Mexican traditions, as well as an impressive hand-crafted cocktail menu. 

La Catrina Margarita Flight

Insider tip: Can’t decide on just one margarita flavor? Order a margarita flight and sample four tasty “margs” all at once. 

Front entrance to the Agave & Rye in New Albany, IN

Agave & Rye offers less traditional, more experimental Mexican street food such as tacos, chips and dip and lots of munchies. Feeling like tacos and mac ’n’ cheese? This place is for you! Check out the gorgeous rooftop bar for great views, and it also makes an ideal date night accompanied by a creative cocktail! Looking for something that’s Instagram-worthy? Order up a margarita in a fun and quirky skull-shaped glass.

Dragon King's Daughter

Whether you’re going for the amazing Bento Box for lunch, incredible Happy Hour deals or want a continuous line of sushi for dinner, Dragon King’s Daughter possesses the creativity of a fusion restaurant while still maintaining authenticity and flavor. It’s impossible for me to go without ordering a different roll each time, but we are eternally committed to the seafood fried rice. 

Rice Bowl Korean Restaurant is a hidden gem on Grant Line Road that serves amazing Korean comfort food, Japanese Ramen and other Chinese favorites. As traditional Korean cuisine is centered around balance and well-being, we urge you to try the Bibimbap. This healthy mix does not skimp on flavor!

Board and You Bistro

Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar began as a charcuterie delivery service and later expanded into a full Bistro and Wine Bar. Board and You Custom Charcuterie still offers the impressive charcuterie spreads that made them Instagram Famous. With its roots still in charcuterie and small plates, the menu is small but mighty, especially paired with your favorite vino! Don’t miss the infamous Sunday drag brunches, with incredible food, libations and entertainment!  

The Exchange Steak Frites

The Exchange Pub & Kitchen is one of the original restaurants to help bring downtown New Albany back to its current bustling pace. It is a cornerstone of New Albany’s elevated food scene. With a casual, industrial atmosphere, a cocktail list that inspired my increased love for Old Fashioneds, and deep roots in farm-to-table dining, The Exchange sources local ingredients to create some of the best dishes around. Be sure and try the top-selling tasty appetizer– The Goat Cheese Fritters.

Brooklyn and the Butcher basement

Brooklyn and The Butcher is the more sophisticated big brother to The Exchange. Owner Ian Hall transformed a historic space into a classy “small plates and big steaks” atmosphere. From the beautiful bar (with an equally beautiful cocktail and wine list) to the speakeasy downstairs, this place is the go-to spot for a special date night. (We mentioned that we often refer to New Albany as Louisville’s Brooklyn, and that’s also one of the reasons Hall chose the restaurant’s name. Another deciding factor was that after he walked through the historic building, which was once a hotel and has housed a few restaurants, the fire escape running the length of the building reminded him of New York City).


OUTCAST fish & oyster bar, Brand Hospitality Group’s newest restaurant, is making waves in New Albany. OUTCAST has revitalized the ground floor space of the former confectionary and steam laundry at the 140-year-old Bader Block in New Albany. OUTCAST offers classic and casual seafood plates and an interactive oyster bar. Pair a bubbly or craft cocktail with your plate for the complete experience. The sleek dining room seats 115 people, and the spacious outdoor seating features a freestanding Airstream trailer bar.

Boomtown Patio

Boomtown Kitchen may seem like a straightforward home-cooking kind of pub, but the variety of burgers, sandwiches and salads gives us all the home cooking inspiration (like our favorite comfort food, the BLT). It has an incredible flair for flavor.

Boomtowm Creamery

Right next door Boomtown Creamery, serves up the biggest milkshakes we've ever seen. Take your kids ASAP! 

baer’s city winery

Baer's City Winery is keeping its wine roots in its predecessor River City Winery and offers paninis, soups, salads and cheese plates. Under new ownership, the bar has expanded to include draft beer and canned domestics and will soon offer wood-fired pizzas. 

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen

New Albany is home to a unique culinary concept known as MESA, A Live Dining Show. It serves as a hub for Southern Indiana and Louisville’s chef population to showcase their talents in a state-of-the-art kitchen while allowing visitors a one-of-a-kind way to dine. The intimate space is the go-to spot for an immersive and collaborative foodie experience, including chef’s demonstrations, cooking classes, cocktail competitions and more.

The Caffeine Scene

Recently, New Albany has seen a caffeine boom with new coffee shops to supplement the long-time community staples in areas beyond downtown or highway corridors. 

Mickey's Coffee Bookstore

Mickey's used bookstore and coffee shop is meant for the community and may just be the introvert’s dream. In the growing Uptown neighborhood, Mickey’s offers a spectacular ambiance and is fueled by Good Folks Coffee Co. Mickey’s features a traditional coffee menu, as well as a selection of teas and rotating baked goods.  

Kolkin Coffee has held down the Charlestown Road corridor for a few years now, offering a great community space with an impressive coffee/tea menu and a small pastry selection. Kölkin is the Danish word for "river eddy,” which explains the kayaks and adventurous gear around the shop. Added bonus: The coffee is fantastic. 

Fresco Tea Bar

Fresco Tea Bar offers an incredible selection of bagel sandwiches, pastries, Bubble Teas, wellness teas, traditional coffee drinks and loose-leaf teas to satisfy any morning craving or midday perk. Going way beyond the traditional coffeehouse menu, Fresco’s extensive menu is jaw-dropping. 

Starlight Coffee Pumpkin

Established in 2002, Starlight Coffee Company is the oldest and only roasting coffee shop in Southern Indiana. Serving up coffee in multiple locations, it’s also featured in local restaurants and other coffee shops. You can taste the artisanal quality in every cup of coffee featured in six of their blends.

True North Coffee

True North Coffee House is known for high-quality espresso and coffee-based drinks. The spot also offers a great tea menu and pastries. 

Coffee Crossing

Coffee Crossing is a growing presence in Southern Indiana, offering five locations in the region – three alone in New Albany! It’s a challenge to pass on a homemade pastry accompanied by one of the many creative coffee drinks. We highly recommend asking a barista for a quick tour of the impressive tea menu – they have never steered us wrong!  

What's Brewing?

New Albany has a long-held seat in the craft brew scene since the 1990s and it has only expanded in recent years. 

Floyd County Brewing

Floyd County Brewing

Floyd County Brewing Company has proved one of the most successful restaurant expansions in New Albany, starting with an old-world tavern featuring an incredible variety of brews. Now boasting a beer garden, a Grain Haus serving oven-fired pizzas, and The Enchanted Forest & Grain Haus, a live music venue.

New Albanian

At The New Albanian, you’re experiencing the origins of the craft beer scene in Southern Indiana and the greater region. With a strong love for well-crafted beer and known for its hop-heavy Elector and Hoptimus, you can’t overlook the flair for traditional European-style beer (it’s the Helles Lager for me). Dig into one of the hand-tossed pizzas, grab a pint, and do not forget to order the pretzels and beer cheese! 

Donum Dei Brewing Growler Blog

Donum Dei Brewery feels like that neighborhood pub full of regulars. The owners make you feel like family. Donum Dei offers recommendations that will fit any palette (even for the Bud Light drinkers – there’s something for you, too!) It’s famous for its delicious Unicorn Scotch Ale. Though tread lightly; it packs a punch. Donum Dei is also SoIN’s only brew-stillery. Explore their line of spirits, including a straight bourbon whiskey named after bootlegger and Southern Indiana native Alice Brown.

Fistful of Ale Flight

Fistful of Ale is Southern Indiana’s first nano-brewery, operating in small volumes with lots of rotating new brews! With several year-round favorites, as well as weekly/monthly and seasonal rotations, you’ll also enjoy their cocktails, mocktails and delicious plates from its sister shop, Fistful of Tacos

Our Lady of Perpetual Hops

Our Lady of Perpetual Hops offers a wide variety of brews to satisfy any hop-tooth. With equal parts IPA, stouts and more traditional, lighter-faring beer (We're a sucker for a Dunkel), there is seriously something for everyone. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for info on live music and trivia nights.

A Night on the Town

Hugh E. Birs

You’ll get a down-home, part-honky-tonk, probably-won’t-order-a-martini kind of vibe at Hugh E. Bir's. The place is full of stories. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the legend/owner himself, Hugh E. Bir, on stage.

Wine Shop

Chant de Perle

During your night out, stop by the Wine Shop, a newly opened wine bar and boutique located in downtown New Albany. The Wine Shop is a place for the community to connect, collaborate, and innovate. Make it a weekend getaway and book a stay in New Albany's former Opera House built in 1866, the Chant de Perle located above the Wine Shop. 

Distillery 64

Distillery 64

Travel back in time to the prohibition era and visit speakeasy-style Distillery 64. Hidden inside an early 1900s warehouse turned office building, Distillery 64 is a locally owned craft distillery specializing in small-batch spirits. The speakeasy-styled tasting room offers a creative mix of modern and classic cocktails as well as a small plate food menu. Check their Facebook page weekly for the password to enter!

High Street Apothecary

High Street Apothecary

A stop by the prohibition-style speakeasy High Street Apothecary is just what the doctor ordered! Once you schedule your appointment and find the hidden entrance, the doctor just might be able to prescribe a hand-crafted cocktail to cure your ailments! 

The Earl Drink

The Earl is the perfect modern dive bar serving inspired cocktails. A late-night environment, it has a small selection of snacks to tide you over while you order another. 


Pints&union is the unmistakable old-world pub centered on Market Street. It’s known for eclectic decor, incredible pub food (that often features visiting chefs), a cozy beer list and a rotating cocktail menu that will make you salivate.

Recbar 812 Guys Trip

Recbar 812 offers more than 200 arcade games to satisfy any kid (or inner kid). Perfect for families until about 10 p.m., the experimental pub fare pairs well with an endless source of games. Once the kids are gone, adults have a massive beer and cocktail list, including big screens for big games and, of course, the full arcade. Skee-Ball, anyone? 

Pride Bar

With PRIDE bar + lounge’s great patio and pure entertainment – from karaoke to drag shows – you will never be bored at Pride.

New Albany Wicked Walk

Throughout the year New Albany hosts The New Albany Wicked Walk, a tour based on actual documented historical events of the city. During the tour, guests visit historic locations, and the guide shares information and stories about the sites, including murders, tragic accidents, crimes, hauntings and other supernatural happenings! 

Shops & Boutiques

Downtown New Albany Shopping

Whether you’re shopping for gifts, souvenirs, fashion or home décor, New Albany is peppered with unique shops and great walkability to make any shopping excursion painless and fun!


Regalo is a go-to spot for the most unique tongue-in-cheek gifts, as well as some of the most beautiful jewelry, houseware and kitchenware. I always walk out with half of my holiday gift list checked! 

The Spice and Tea Exchange Pumpkin Fall

Ready to spice things up? The Spice & Tea Exchange has a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, salts, sugars, gifts and more! The shop offers an unmatched aromatic experience for guests. The tea bar is an exciting area where customers can enjoy available tea blends while they shop or take some to-go. Whether you’re a restaurant owner or new to the culinary scene, The Spice & Tea Exchange can pair you with your perfect match.

Dress and Dwell

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Him & Her Boutique

Mannequins wearing spring dresses in the window front of Mariposa in New Albany, IN

If you’re shopping for fashions or the perfect look for the Kentucky Derby, downtown New Albany offers some incredible boutiques, including HIM & HER Boutique, Dress and Dwell, Hazel Jane Boutique and Mariposa Consignments

Wimsatt Candle Bar

For home décor, there’s Madhouse and Cottonwood Collectives. Wimsatt Soap Co. is your one-stop self-care shop, featuring handmade soaps, bath bombs, lotions, body butter, candles (with some of the most hilarious scent names) and so much more.

New Albany Sugar Shoppe

For sweet treats and a sugar rush, head over to the New Albany Sugar Shoppe.

The “Stranger Things” of New Albany

New Albany is home to many unique and quirky shops you won’t find anywhere else. As fans of the hit Netflix series, we fondly refer to them as the “Stranger Things” of New Albany. A few to add to your shopping list include: 

J&B Magic Shop

J&B Magic Shop & Theater is for any aspiring magician. A shop for all your magical needs, it also features a 30-seat immersive, close-up magic theater that often hosts renowned magicians.

Raven's Roost

Raven’s Roost Boutique is a unique shop of the occult featuring dried herbs, candles, essential oils, and events such as New Moon Meditations and Working with Plants. Whether you feel witchy or not, this shop has some incredible natural products!

Earth's Art

For more gifts from Mother Earth, check out Earth’s Art. You’ll find fine mineral specimens (the amethyst candle holders are lovely), deco pieces, fossils and jewelry.

The Odd Shop

If you fancy nostalgic curio-shops, look no further than The Odd Shop for vintage pieces and nostalgia from the 90s and back. You will find a little bit of everything in this funky shop! 

History & Museums

With such a rich history, New Albany features a wide array of museums and historical architecture that paints a vivid, beautiful picture of New Albany, then and now.

Carnegie Art Center Underground Railroad

The Floyd County Library Cultural Arts Center (formerly known as the Carnegie Center) includes permanent exhibitions telling the incredible story of New Albany’s Lucy Higgs Nichols and the city’s ties to the Underground Railroad, as well as inspired rotating exhibitions to connect the past with the future. The space also includes immersive programming for all ages year-round! 

Culbertson Mansion Exterior

The Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site is a Victorian-era mansion built in the late 1800s with incredible tours, historically preserved detail, and amazing events year-round featuring storytellers and historians who give life to this beautiful past.

Here are a few more to hit up on your history tour (by appointment only; call ahead to plan your visit): 

Downtown Town Clock Church Drone

With its roots as a stopping point for freedom seekers on  the Underground Railroad, the Town Clock Church is a must-see for the whole family. As soon as you step into the echoey sanctuary, you can instantly feel that silent weight of history, progress and risk through the generations. The tour into the church’s crawl space is one of the most grounding moments I have ever experienced. Trust me on this. 

Scribner House

Scribner House is a small, modest house compared to the behemoths of Mansion Row, and was the first frame house in New Albany. It was built in 1814 by Joel Scribner, one of the three brothers who founded the city.   

Division Street School

After the Civil War, the Division Street School was built in 1884 to provide education to New Albany’s black children. Today, the school has been preserved and restored as a museum of African American life and education in New Albany. It shows the historical strength of New Albany’s African American residents, their commitment to education, and the modest conditions that characterized black schooling during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Outdoor Experiences

Whether you’re looking for exercise or to increase your Vitamin D intake, New Albany offers plenty of outdoor activities.

New Albany Ohio River Greenway

The Ohio River Greenway stretches from New Albany to Jeffersonville and provides a scenic paved path for hiking, biking and jogging. Check out Loop Island Wetlands, a hiking trail off the Greenway that’s just under a mile. 

silver creek landing

This new kayak launch and access point is the perfect spot for an adventure. Silver Creek Landing is an exceptional spot for kayaking, fishing and wading. 

New Albany Ohio River Greenway Flow Park

. Just under the I-64 overpass, you will find the New Albany Flow Park, an incredible installation combining art and recreation where visitors can skateboard or sit and enjoy the park’s sculptures.

New Albany Amphitheater

Harvest Homecoming 2022

Also, just off the Ohio River Greenway path is the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater, ideal for concerts and events great for families and the whole community. The theatre is well used in the fall during Harvest Homecoming, a huge community-wide fall festival featuring tons of events, vendor booths, games and concerts. This 50+ year tradition is beloved throughout the state and beyond, as many visitors come from all over the Midwest.

Couple Walking New Albany

To take in more of the scenic architecture of historic downtown New Albany, take a walk down Mansion Row on Main Street, stretching from the State Street intersection through 15th Street.

New mural on MESA, A Collaborative kitchen honoring great chefs by Carrie Johns Art.

You can continue your downtown walking tour by checking out the eclectic, vibrant murals – from the famous Chefs behind MESA to the ‘Blockhead’ alleyway by Terri Lynn’s Café. Explore and take a selfie – do it for the ‘gram! Don’t forget to tag us at #GoSoIN!

Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana Monarch Garden

East downtown on Market Street, take another stroll to the Monarch Educational Gardens at the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana. With native plants to save the bees and butterflies, this quick stroll is a great way to take in some fresh air, and it’s educational for the kiddos. 

Sporting Club at the Farm Archery

Sporting Club at the Farm

If you want to enjoy the outdoors beyond the city, The Sporting Club at the Farm offers shooting sports, archery, hunting, fishing and so much more. Whether you’re looking for a day out with your kids or a group trip to blow off some steam, this farm has all the acreage you could dream of! 

Kevin Hammersmith Mem Park

Take some time to visit the Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park. KHMP features the first playground and splashpad in Floyd County to be inclusive to people of all abilities. Additional park features include the Romeo Langford Basketball Court, Elliott and Sue Phillips Pavilion, KFC Amphitheater, and a ¾-mile walking trail. 

Art Galleries

bourne-schweitzer gallery
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New Albany has a nice collection of art galleries you can visit right in downtown! If you're feeling artsy, feel free to stop in and see the gorgeous exhibits at ArtSeed Gallery, Bourne-Schweitzer Gallery and Chestnuts & Pearls!


hampton inn new albany

New Albany offers a variety of places to call your home away from home. Book your stay at a new hotel with all the amenities, plan a romantic getaway to a historic bed and breakfast or make reservations at one of the city’s cozy vacation rentals. For a full list of places to stay, click here.


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