Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll. A four-block radius with all the makings of its own village, this quaint Nashville neighborhood has rejuvenated the community and attracted young professionals for living and playing.
If hungry customers are hoping to rub elbows with Music Row execs or simply want to eat something from the extraordinary half-price late night menu, look no further than the venerable Sunset Grill. A long-time staple of Nashville’s dining landscape, Sunset Grill offers a great wine menu, inspired entrees and a cool atmosphere.
Across the street is the popular Cabana, a versatile restaurant and bar. This mellow restaurant morphs into an upscale hot spot with live music and DJs in the evening. \ Behind Sunset Grill is the trendy Jackson’s Bar and Bistro. Specializing in French bistro-style food as well as eclectic European fare, this neighborhood bistro encourages patrons to come as they are and be themselves.
Across the street is one of Nashville’s most famous restaurants. A Nashville breakfast tradition, the Pancake Pantry boasts a menu with 21 pancake selections. Combining some surprising ingredients with family flapjack recipes, the ending results are pancakes that melt in your mouth. (Try chocolate chip or sweet potato flavors.) Saturday and Sunday mornings are especially popular at the Pantry, and the waiting line usually wraps around the building down 21st Avenue.
For Parisian-style fare, Provence Breads & Café offers gourmet sandwiches and decadent baked goods in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere. In the center of the Village is one of Nashville’s local breweries. Boscos brews handcrafted beer and has won many awards for its Tennessee original Flaming Stone beer. There are more beers on the menu, too, suited to every beer taste imaginable, plus a variety of pasta dishes, oven-fired pizzas, and great sandwiches.
Sam’s Place is a large, bustling sports bar with great food. With a younger crowd than the other Village spots, Sam’s is a place where patrons can feel comfortable dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. Across the street from Sam’s Place is Fido. This funky coffeehouse is the heart and soul of Hillsboro Village. Fido draws a mix of Vandy students, Music Row execs, musicians and neighborhood locals. Coffee is the main attraction, but large sandwiches and all-day breakfasts are crowd pleasers. Next door, newcomer Hot & Cold serves up espresso drinks and gourmet frozen treats from Ohio ice cream purveyor Jeni’s as well as local favorite Las Paletas.
Venturing down Belcourt Avenue, you will find hidden gems like Savarino’s Cucina, a family-run Italian café serving everything from espresso and biscotti to fresh-baked Italian bread sandwiches and homemade gelato. Taps offers stuffed burgers and fresh-cut fries served 7 ways along with nightly live music. Stop by Zumi Sushi for a quick and healthy Japanese meal, enjoy a gourmet hot dog at The Dog of Nashville, or famous fried chicken baskets at McDougal’s.
Hillsboro Village may seem small, but unique boutiques and specialty stores abound. From industrial espresso makers to egg timers, Davis Cookware carries a myriad of kitchen items. BookMan/BookWoman Used Books offers more than 150,000 used volumes and a search service to help you find what you need.
If you desire unique entertainment, look no further than the historic Belcourt Theatre. Opened in 1925 as a silent movie house and later, as the location of the venerable Grand Ole Opry, the Belcourt has since returned to its original use as a movie theatre showing classic, unique, and challenging fare not previously available in Nashville.
Pangaea, Fire Finch, and A Thousand Faces each offer their own varied selection of art, jewelry, office accessories, furniture and gifts. For unique gifts or rare finds, these stores are a must. Posh Boutique, a sister shop to the Green Hills favorite, offers a wide selection of the latest styles with prices ranging between $10 and $200, accommodating all budgets. Even glasses aren’t spared by this neighborhood’s chic style: SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements) features unique European designer eyewear.