How to Fall in Love with Nashville

Danny and I have been going to Nashville nearly every year since 2014. It is at the very top of my list of favorite cities. Don’t you dare come at me with hate words against Nashville because I claim it as my own.

I’ve had a note saved on my phone for years that I’ll send to friends and anyone who asks for Nashville recommendations on Instagram. I figured it was time to put it here for the public. Go forth and boot scoot boogie.

Note: There are few walkable neighborhoods in Nashville. Most of these spots will require you to drive from place to place. That’s the most common thing I hear from people who claim they don’t like Nashville… “There was too much driving.” So, do with that what you will and set your expectations right before you show up in Music City.

12 South is probably the most walkable street in Nashville. I highly recommend this area for coffee, lunch or dinner, and shopping. Park on one of the side streets off of 12 South, like Sweetbriar or Paris

FOOD:

  • Burger Up
  • Edleys BBQ
  • Bar Taco
  • Locust
  • Taqueria Del Sol
  • Josephine

SHOPS:

  • Savant Vintage
  • Serendipity
  • Emerson Grace
  • Vinnie Louise
  • Outdoor Voices
  • Draper James
  • Imogene + Willie
  • Madewell
  • Marine Layer
  • White’s Mercantile

COFFEE:

  • Frothy Monkey
  • Portland Brew

DESSERT:

  • Jeni’s Ice Cream
  • Las Paletas (popsicles)
  • 5 Daughters Bakery

OUTDOORS:

Sevier Park – Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays

NEARBY 12 SOUTH:

  • 8th Street Antiques 
  • Grimey’s Records
  • Proper Bagel
  • Bongo Java
  • A 25 minute drive from 12 South will take you to Radnor Lake State Park. I love walking here.

FOOD:

  • Milk + Honey (brunch)
  • Biscuit Love
  • Moto 
  • Saint Añejo
  • Sambuca

COFFEE:

  • Barista Parlor
  • Killebrew Coffee

FOOD:

  • Mas Tacos 
  • The Pharmacy 
  • Hunter’s Food Hall
  • Shep’s Deli
  • Hawker’s Asian Street Food
  • Folk
  • Redheaded Stranger

SHOPPING:

  • Local Honey (hair salon)
  • Grimey’s Records
  • Anaconda Vintage
  • Fatherland District (many shops)

COFFEE:

  • Living Waters (brewery + coffee)
  • Elegy
  • Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop
  • Barista Parlor (my favorite location)

FOOD:

  • Grilled Cheeserie
  • Pancake Pantry
  • Hopdoddy

*A handful of shops and boutiques

DESSERT:

  • Crumbl Cookies
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream

NEAR HILLSBORO VILLAGE:

  • Dose Coffee

FOOD:

  • City House 
  • 5th & Taylor
  • Butchertown Hall
  • Rolf and Daughters
  • Henrietta Red

SHOPPING:

  • Bits and Pieces Antiques
  • Abednego  

COFFEE:

  • Barista Parlor 
  • Steadfast Coffee

Here’s the thing: I’ve only been to Broadway once for a bachelorette weekend. In my opinion, there are too many people and too many chain restaurants. There IS live music, which is a perk if you’re into that.

FOOD:

  • SATCO
  • Hattie B’s
  • White Limozeen

COFFEE:

  • Crema (coffee)
  • Three Brothers Coffee
  • Pinewood Social – bowling, coffee, patio, restaurant 

LATE NIGHT:

  • Cookout (for the best milkshake you can buy at 2 AM)
  • The Patterson House (speakeasy bar)
  • Printers Alley (bar and karaoke) 

OUTDOORS:

  • Centennial Park

We’ve seen a handful of shows in Nashville and would recommend checking out these venues. You can go to the venue’s website, find an artist who is playing (many of them are up-and-coming), and buy a ticket.

  • The Cannery / Mercy Lounge
  • The Basement
  • The Ryman
  • Bluebird Cafe

These will be controversial, but here’s a short list of places everyone will tell you to go that I personally think are overrated:

Biscuit Love – go to Milk & Honey instead.

Five Daughters Bakery – go to Fox’s Donut Den instead.

Pancake Pantry – go to Barista Parlor instead. Quick note: these Pancakes are seriously delicious and absolutely worth your time if you wake up early and don’t have to wait in line. Nothing, including these pancakes, is worth waiting in line for over an hour.

Bar Taco – go to Mas Tacos instead.

Robert’s Western World – go to Bluebird Cafe instead.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s