There are many areas of town to explore while visiting Nashville. Each neighborhood has its own personality, projecting the nature of the people who frequent them. Some are quiet and reserved while others are hip and boisterous. They all suit their surroundings and welcome all walks of life.
One of Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods, 12South has emerged as the perfect one-stop destination to live, eat, drink, play, and socialize. Stylish shops, beautifully-restored homes, charming coffee shops, and a wide array of dining options are all within walking distance. You are likely to find a vintage guitar, local craft beer, gourmet Popsicle, hand-stitched pair of jeans, and a fabulous meal all in one visit.
Start a unique shopping adventure at one of the new developments on the ground level of 12South Flats including Emerson Grace, an LA-based men & women’s contemporary fashion shop, Cadeau, a home goods and modern gift shop, and Hero, an upscale clothing boutique. Dine at Jospehine, a new contemporary restaurant featuring refined American farmhouse cuisine, and stop by the new full-size local shop for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for dessert.
Across from 12South Flats is Leona by Lauren Leonard, a women’s high-end clothing line that combines “Southern sensibility and city chic.” One of the fastest-growing contemporary labels in fashion today, Leona is co-based in Nashville and New York City. Walk next door to Judith Bright and accessorize with handmade designer jewelry perfect for everyday wear.
Find treasures in clothing, jewelry and accessories at Serendipity Emporium, or find used, excellent quality vintage and consignment clothing at Savant Vintage Couture. A men’s boutique store, The Label Nashville, is a hotbed for cutting-edge design menswear, jewelry, home furnishings, and a splash of women’s wear. The store is owned by country artist Gary Allan.
Next, head to MODA Boutique, an eclectic, elegant boutique that features Modern, Original, Distinctive Apparel and Accessories. Close by is Imogene + Willie, Nashville’s first and only custom jeans store. Housed in an old gas station, Imogene + Willie has become a local hangout for visiting celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Jeans are made on the premises, and when customers buy a pair they can get their fit customized the same day.
For music and music accessories, look no further than Corner Music Store. From the unique, boutique amps and guitars to the widely-acclaimed logos, Corner Music Store offers it all.
Walk next door to tHE aRT hOUSE Gallery & Studio, a great source for local fine art. They offer monthly art exhibitions and a variety of studio art classes for adults as well as a selection of unique gift items. Stroll down the street to Snow Gallery that features talented local artists and ever changing exhibits.
Across the street in a former gas station is White’s Mercantile, opened under Nashville songwriter and Hank William’s granddaughter, Holly Williams. White’s Mercantile is a general store for the modern tastemaker and is a convenient place to pick up kitchen staples along with items such as cutting boards, cashmere sweaters and scarfs. After all this shopping, pamper yourself in one of the chic salons like Trim Classic Barber or Green Pea Salon.
When it comes to dining in 12South, the opportunities are endless. Taqueria del Sol is a fast-casual chain out of Atlanta specializing in what it calls ‘from scratch’ Southern, Mexican and Southwestern dishes.
Mafiaoza's Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub is located in the heart of the 12South district, and it fits right into the bustling neighborhood. With the slogan “Welcome to the Family,” you know you’ll feel at home in this Godfather-themed restaurant.
Next door to Mafiaoza’s is 12South Taproom, the quintessential friendly neighborhood hangout. It has 22 different beers on tap, an eclectic menu which includes hummus, oysters on the half shell, a jerk chicken sandwich, and shrimp tacos as well as a great lineup of live music. Enjoy the décor of Hatch Show Poster motifs, artwork painted on table tops and wall designs fashioned from beer bottle caps, or when the weather is nice, sit out on the outdoor patio.
The Flipside features fresh spins on chicken, with the main item being ‘Jack’s Best Chicken’ that can be served 15 different ways. The restaurant interior has a ‘1950s Palm Springs-style vibe.’ A new neighborhood bistro, Epice, offers authentic Lebanese foods reflective of Lebanon’s flavorful Mediterranean cuisine.
After lunch or dinner, cool off your taste buds with a visit to Las Paletas. An authentic Mexican Popsicle shop, Las Paletas makes fruit and vegetable popsicles from old family recipes. Stripped bare of any accessories, two stand-alone freezers separate the customers from the two sisters who own the shop, and a chalkboard with the flavors of the day is the only menu in the store. Don’t be afraid to try unusual flavors like avocado, corn or hot chocolate (chocolate with hot peppers!).
One of 12South’s busiest restaurants is Burger Up. This upscale burger joint brings a menu of burgers, salads, soups, and appetizers made from as many locals ingredients as the owners can get their hands on, with their prized ingredient (local beef) coming straight from the Triple L Ranch in Franklin. A few doors down, you will find Sloco Sandwiches, a quick lunch option with a focus on high-quality, local and in-season ingredients.
Across the street is another quality barbeque joint to add to Nashville’s roster: Edley’s Bar-B-Que. Uniting the meat-and-three with a traditional barbeque restaurant, this fast casual eatery serves up smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, wings, and much more. Their large patio is an ideal place to grab a bite and get immersed in the busy 12South neighborhood.
Urban Grub features a menu filled with several different cuisines from Southern-style seafood and a raw bar with oysters, a charcuterie menu and Latin dishes complete with tacos and enchiladas.
Get your caffeine fix at the neighborhood coffee house Frothy Monkey. With a selection of coffees and teas from all over the world, as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch menu filled with local ingredients, the Frothy Monkey is a popular neighborhood spot. Located close to the Frothy Monkey is Portland Brew, offering locally-roasted coffee, tea, sandwiches, and baked goods in an intimate, hipster atmosphere.
Located just south of the Eighth Avenue South district lies Berry Hill - though technically its own city, Berry Hill is still treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville. Home to more than 400 businesses and 40 recording studios and music publishers, this neighborhood of colorful bungalows and independent specialty shops offers residents and visitors everything from yoga classes to therapeutic massages.
Known to Nashville residents as a unique and funky neighborhood with many resources for crafters, you’ll find jewelry-making supplies at The Beaded Bungalow and Be Dazzled Beads. For the sewing enthusiast, grab your fabrics, trims, notions, and patterns at The Stitchin’ Post and Fabric Gallery & Décor or take sewing classes for children and adults alike at The Children’s Corner and Marguerite’s Sewing School.
For shopping, Berry Hill does not disappoint: shoppers looking for unique items can visit places like The Curious Heart Emporium, a boutique that sells whimsical gifts and yard art, or Nashville’s premier consignment store Designer Renaissance for luxury vintage clothing and accessories. Gilchrist Gilchrist is a home store full of vintage and antique finds frequented by Nashvillians like Taylor Swift and Martina McBride.
Berry Hill is a pet lover’s paradise with amenities like the Bark-O-Lounge Doggie Daycare and Dizzy’s Dog Wash & Corner Store as well as shopping at The Cat Shoppe & The Dog Store and See Spot Eat: A Doggie Bakery.
The dining scene in Berry Hill is just as unique as the rest of the neighborhood! Be your own chef at The Pfunky Griddle, where the tables have pancake griddles built into the tables and diners are supplied with batter and toppings and encouraged to let their breakfast creativity shine. Calypso Café offers fast, affordable and healthy meals that consistently earns them Nashville Scene’s “Best Takeout” voted on by readers.
For more sophisticated dining, visit local favorite The Yellow Porch, a restaurant that offers an outstanding menu featuring affordably-priced menu items like port-poached cherry salad and seafood paella. Next door you’ll find Baja Burrito, a locally-owned independent burrito shop famous for huge burritos with fresh ingredients that are easy on the wallet.
Berry Hill’s Sunflower Cafe features fresh, flavorful dishes. Using fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients from local farms, Sunflower Café offers a Farm Fresh Bar that features a combination of hot and cold dishes. The Berry Hill bungalow has a light, airy space full of colorful photographs of contributing farmers and their farms hung on the sunny walls.
Adding to the Berry Hill dining lineup is Wholly Chow, a restaurant serving ‘wholesome southern food’ that will offer both dine-in and grab & go options. Close by and adding to the city’s local beer craze is Black Abbey Brewing. Specializing in fine Belgium-styled craft beers, Black Abbey Brewing Co. is located in the 100 Oaks shopping area. The name is derived from Black Cloister monastery for which Martin Luther led and in which the religious figure’s wife brewed beer.
Berry Hill’s coffee spot, Sam & Zoe’s, is open for breakfast and lunch, serving fresh sandwiches, muffins and smoothies and brewing local coffee from Bongo Java and Drew’s Brews.
Always growing, thriving, eclectic, historic, and hip, East Nashville has become one of the city’s most-desired areas to live and play. Its low-key vibe and neighborly personality make this community a great place to escape without leaving town. As Budget Travel Magazine calls Historic East Nashville “Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village,” East Nashville has attracted many musicians and visual artists to the neighborhood. Mingle with the patrons of the local hangouts and you’re bound to meet more than a few musicians and songwriters.
Whether it’s for the amazing restaurants, indie rock scene, the vintage and eclectic shopping, or the vibrant and artistic culture, people are finding more and more reasons to come over to "this side of the river."
Within East Nashville, sports enthusiasts frequent the Edgefield Sports Bar and Grill for billiards and darts. Mad Donna’s serves up innovative cuisine and creative cocktails for dinner. For a taste of old Mexico, visit the Rosepepper Cantina, where guests may find themselves being serenaded by a Mariachi band. Across the street is Eastland Café, a vibrant neighborhood restaurant that is both comfortable and casually elegant. Take in some live music with dinner at The Family Wash, which offers a small but delicious menu along with local bands and musicians performing Tuesday through Saturday nights.
In your East Nashville explorations, make sure to plan a stop to Holland House Bar & Refuge. It has an easygoing atmosphere, a thoughtful farm-to-table menu and a creative catalog of artisanal cocktails served up by expert bartenders. Located behind the Holland House is The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden, a popular restaurant that serves house-made sodas and shakes, gourmet and unique hamburgers and brats, as well as a nice selection of high-end beers. Rumours East offers an eclectic, predominately farm to table menu including a variety of tantalizing items from Halibut to Steak. The backyard area is one of the best you will find in Nashville; your own little oasis in the heart of East Nashville.
Another great restaurant is Mas Tacos Por Favor, described by many as “the best thing since country music in Nashville.” Originally a mobile food truck, it also has a permanent location. Add fresh salsa and guacamole to tacos and enchiladas and you have a neighborhood favorite. Local bakeries are not scarce, as Sweet 16th offers daily-made scones, muffins, cakes, and Mamarangues. Glazed sells handmade doughnuts, while Nashville Sweets specializes in handcrafted cake pops, cupcakes, cakes, and other desserts. Bella Nashville Bakery is a new grab-and-go bakery that is bread-focused and features whole-wheat bread with freshly ground wheat, rustic sourdough and baguettes along with freshly-made sandwiches and breakfast items.
Margot Cafe and Bar, housed in an antique gas station turned brick-and-timber gourmet restaurant uses only fresh ingredients gathered that day. Check Margot’s other restaurant located just across the street, Marché Artisan Foods, a European-style bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a popular weekend brunch. At The Silly Goose, everything is fresh and made to order. The menu is full of wraps, sandwiches and salads that are perfect for a lunch time experience. Their motto is to use “local, organic, sustainably-produced, minimally-manipulated food.”
Lockeland Table and Edley’s East are two new additions to the East Nashville scene. Lockeland Table is located in a former beauty-parlor-turned-photo-gallery and is a home for creative, chef-driven cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood vibe. Adding to the 12South location, Edley’s East features a bigger bar, a vibe to match the community and different specials to add to the barbeque menu.
Next to Edley’s East is the new Fat Bottom Brewery that makes beers that are bigger and sexier, that portray bold hop flavors and distinct aromas. Hit The Five Spot, which GQ called the “Most Stylish Dance Party in America,” or enjoy good food, great drinks and even better live music at The Crying Wolf.
Nashville’s first vegetarian restaurant, The Wild Cow, serves vegetarian and vegan fare in a fun, casual atmosphere. All food is purchased in its whole form, and they also make their own sauces, dressings, soup stocks, etc.
A few new restaurants to hit the Nashville scene includes Antica, which serves tapas and other small-portioned, sharable dishes, Two Ten Jack, Nashville’s first izakaya (or Japanese pub), and The Treehouse, a funky, lit-up hangout that offers fine dining, craft brews and late-night bites. Porter Road Butcher provides locally-sourced, pasture-raised meat including a variety of cuts of sausage, pork chops and more.
Looking for a space to entertain a large group of friends? Look no further than POP, East Nashville’s new dining and event space. The space accommodates seating for up to 68 diners, as well as features a 1,000-square-foot gallery space and large patio.
Also an artist’s haven, Five Points is home to several galleries including the Art & Invention Gallery and adjoining studio, Garage Mahal. Having five to six shows annually, including the signature Tomato Art Show in August and Holiday Artisan Show in December, Art & Invention Gallery focuses on inventiveness in fine art, crafts and original furniture. Named Nashville’s “Best Neighborhood Event,” the Tomato Art Festival is a laid back event that has attracted regional and national attention for its celebration of the fruit.
When it comes to one-of-a-kind shopping, East Nashville has a variety of options: The Green Wagon offers eco-friendly shopping with hopes to make living sustainably as easy as possible for their customers. Their products hold up a rigorous set of standards based on all natural ingredients, sustainable production practices and local production. Hip Zipper is a classic, vintage consignment boutique that features a unique, eclectic collection of clothing from various eras.
Located within the Idea Hatchery are vintage and artsy finds that are within a short distance of each other such as Moss, Goodbuy Girls, Hello Boys, Alegria, and the all-local bookstore East Side Story. Next door to the Idea Hatchery is Wonders on Woodland, a fun antique shop loaded with vintage jewelry, furniture, home goods, and more.
Pop into another vintage store, HumanKind Made: Locally Made Goods, and find vintage and modern apparel in a quirky atmosphere for men and women. Every corner is filled with great finds and many locally, hand-made items. Old Made Good (OMG) is a little bit of everything: vintage goods, clothing and accessories, handmade, local art, one-of-a-kind finds, re-purposed and rescued furniture abound in OMG. Finish up your day by driving to Fanny’s House of Music and search through their great selection of new, used and vintage merchandise (clothing and instruments) – all in a comfortable and easy environment.
See how the local artisanal chocolate company, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. makes their chocolate in their new factory and retail store. Also located on Fatherland Street is a new mix of stores that have been added to East Nashville’s shopping scene: Shoppes on Fatherland. The shops include 1907 Apparel, High Garden Herbs, Tea & Tradition, Pretty. Pretty. Pop! Pop!, Wildernest, Pistils and Petals, State, Moxie, Thrive, Baxter & Bailey, Red Dog Beads, and more.
Visitors and locals alike are increasingly finding themselves crossing the river to sample the varied eating and nightlife venues available in East Nashville. Whether you're in the mood for great music or incredible food, you can find them all just east of downtown.
Eighth Avenue South
Not far from downtown, antique stores line both sides of Eighth Avenue South. A collector’s haven, the area has become known as a premier antiques district. Monthly, a local auction house in the center of the district at Douglas Corner opens its doors for one night of auctioning mayhem to a standing-room-only crowd.
Known as Nashville’s Antique District, you’ll find a dozen shops on Eighth featuring fine antiques at stores like Á la Maison, the Corduroy Horse and Fine Offerings Antiques to eclectic stores like Pre-To-Post Modern, Classic Modern, FLIP, and Cane-Ery Antique Mall.
Many diners converge on Eighth Avenue for Southern cooking at Arnold’s Country Kitchen. Open for breakfast and lunch, Arnold’s serves some of the very best of Nashville’s indigenous cuisine. Called a meat-and-three, this style of restaurant refers to the meals served for one price – a choice of meat plus three vegetables. Proprietor Jack Arnold stands behind the buffet counter and barks your order as you slide through the long line.
Voted the “Best Thai Restaurant in Nashville” by the Nashville Scene, The Smiling Elephant serves authentic Thai cuisine. From rice paper rolls and steamed dumplings to Pad Thai and Thai fried rice, The Smiling Elephant prides themselves in their recipes and flavors.
Flyte World Dining and Wine is a casually-elegant, fine-dining restaurant specializing in creative food and beverage menus and fresh, organic and humanely-raised ingredients. Flyte aspires to offer diners an opportunity to engage in an exploration of world cuisine, interesting wines and finely-crafted beers. Pour House is the new Prohibition Era-themed restaurant that offers one of the largest Bourbon selections in the city. Walls are made out of garage windows that open in the summer and offer live music, while a rooftop patio/bar awaits you on the top level.
The best comedians in the world frequent Nashville's comedy venue, Zanies Comedy Night Club, located at Douglas Corner. For more than two decades, Zanies has been making Nashville laugh with headliners like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, and Paula Poundstone. Performers appear Wednesday through Sunday. Zanies offers non-smoking shows, is an 18-and-older crowd and requires a two-item food or drink minimum.
Across the street from Zanies is Douglas Corner Café, one of Nashville’s most popular listening venues. The venue boasts live music six nights a week ranging from country to rock to Americana, and many of the early shows have no cover charge. On some evenings, the stage is even disregarded when songwriters pull up chairs and perform “in-the-round” in the midst of the audience.
Get your caffeine fix at Eighth & Roast, a craft coffee roaster, café and breakfast spot. Or check out The Urban Juicer, a lifestyle brand and fresh juicing company. Find a selection of smoothies, juices, wraps, salads, and snacks and see why their tagline states Healthy, Raw, Natural, and Organic. Also new to the Eighth Avenue scene is Sinema Nashville. Top Chef Season Three runner-up Dale Levitski brings his eclectic American food to Music City in the historic Melrose Theatre building that features an upstairs bar with lounge seating and a restored grand lobby.
Any true music lover must check out Grimey’s New & Preloved Music. Grimey’s has a wide selection of CDs, DVDs and vinyl. From indie to vintage, from mainstream to obscure, the knowledgeable staff at Grimey’s will help you find what you are looking for. Grimey’s has added an annex into a second location two doors south on Eighth Avenue called Grimey’s Too. Grimey’s Too features local Frothy Monkey coffee, a “full-service Indie bookstore” by the name of Howlin’ Books and more records. There is a full acre in the back lot for more parking, bigger music events and local vendors interested in offering regular food-truck food courts.
After visiting Grimey’s, head down to The Basement, another great music venue located in the basement (where else?) of Grimey’s. This venue’s small setting lends to its intimate “underground” feel. The Basement, often filled with its musically-inclined regulars, offers a consistently good music lineup of classic jazz, blues, rock, and solo acoustic performances.
Two of the city’s finest guitar shops can be found on Eighth Avenue. Gruhn Guitars has relocated from their longtime home on Lower Broadway to the former Emma building. The space now has free, ample parking for visitors and is easily accessible to and from interstates. Carter Vintage Guitars offers everything from mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, electric and acoustic guitars, and more. Buy, sell, trade, and appraise classic guitars here. Free parking is available beside the giant guitar mural.
Elliston Place is located just west of downtown near the Vanderbilt University campus and has a variety of options for dining and nighttime entertainment. As one of Nashville's young, trendy neighborhoods, small homes and cafes epitomize the tenants of the area. In the heart of the neighborhood is the Elliston Place Rock Block, a block-long section of Elliston Place that is home to some of the loudest nightclubs in town.
The legendary Exit/In has played host to many of today's hit-makers since 1971. This cornerstone of Elliston Place shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary Jimmy Buffett got his start at Exit/In shortly after it opened, as did a young comedian, Steve Martin. Exit/In owners have opened a new bar adjacent to Exit/In called Hurry Back, which features at least 30 beers on tap.
For those with more alternative musical tastes, walk across the street to The End, a club firmly entrenched in Nashville's rock scene and definitely worth a listen.
There are also several bars on Elliston. The Corner Bar is unabashedly basic - good drinks, good pool and good people. This place is a favorite among locals looking for a low-key night of simply hanging out. The Gold Rush doesn't claim to be a pool hall; actually, it doesn't claim to be anything. This no-frills bar is a late-night hangout where many bands have been known to appear after their gigs at larger venues around town.
No trip to Elliston Place is complete without a stop at the Elliston Place Soda Shop. An institution for seven decades, Elliston is a meat-and-three favorite with a 1950s decor. Known for its fried chicken and milk shakes, this authentic old-time soda fountain has a faithful following among the locals.
Just down from Elliston Place Soda Shop is Elder's Bookstore, which has been serving Nashville's literary set since 1930. This modest-looking bookshop stocks some of the rarest of the rare: first edition Faulkner, limited edition Warren and signed Hemingway. A superior selection of Southern and classic literature, leather-bound volumes, illustrated children's classics, antique maps, and Tiffany-style lamps can all be found here.
A little further up the street is another local favorite with the same down-home charm. Rotier’s has been serving up the city’s best cheeseburger for decades. Take your server’s suggestion and try their burgers on French bread.
For the ultimate taste of timeless Nashville dining, visit Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse. Jimmy Kelly’s has been a Nashville tradition since 1934, and has been impressing visitors and natives alike with its hospitality and great food. Now serving a third generation of Nashvillians, Jimmy Kelly's is part of what Music City is all about. The restaurant is located in a Victorian mansion with the look and feel of the Old South.
One of Nashville's historic neighborhoods is bringing people closer to town to live and play. Germantown, so named because of the influx of German immigrants in the mid nineteenth- century, was Nashville’s first suburb. The district is one of Nashville’s most architecturally heterogeneous neighborhoods, containing a significant concentration of Victorian building styles. It has been designated as a city Arboretum by the Nashville Tree Foundation because there are more than 100 species of trees in the area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, the neighborhood is now being restored to its original grandeur.
The year-round, seven-day a week Nashville Farmers' Market is divided into three distinct areas. The Farm Side houses up to 100 farmers and artisans. Any day of the week, you can get the freshest fruits and vegetables from local farmers. The Market House is home to 10 restaurants serving cuisine representing countries from all over the world. The Flea Market is open Friday-Sunday with more than 50 merchants selling clothes, jewelry, home goods, and more. The Farmers' Market also hosts special events throughout the year like cooking demos and classes, supper clubs and dance parties.
Germantown Café specializes in straightforward traditional cooking with a subtle twist. Featured in Bon Appétit, this unpretentious restaurant serves bistro fare with the menu changing seasonally. Nearby in a restored Victorian home, Monell’s is a staple of the Nashville food scene. A traditional meat-and-three restaurant, meals at Monell’s are served family-style. Seated at tables of 10 or 12, patrons pass the bottomless bowls of fried chicken and hot rolls to the diner on their left. Get there early as Monell’s doesn’t accept reservations.
Located down the street from Monell’s is the Mad Platter Restaurant. With a menu that changes seasonally, this intimate and inviting restaurant was one of the first local cafes in Germantown. Guests are encouraged to try the signature dessert: Chocolate Elvis, a three-layer terrine with dark and white chocolate ganache and Italian milk chocolate buttercream on an almond graham cracker crust. Head down the street and pick up some handmade pasta, cannoli or prepared Italian meals from Lazzaroli Pasta.
One of the newer additions to Germantown is City House Restaurant. Matching the décor of the quaint residential neighborhood, City House, located in a house built in 1901 that was at one time sculptor Alan LeQuire's home and studio, has been turned into a space that's both chic and rustic. The kitchen is open, bounded by a chef's bar that lets diners watch the action. Also new to the scene is Rolf and Daughters, named in Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurant” list. Rolf and Daughters brings an Old World, heritage feel to the Germantown line-up with 18-foot ceilings, exposed brick and concrete and beautiful iron windows. 312 Pizza Company offers authentic Chicago deep dish pizzas and cuisine. A 24-hour rising process allows dough to develop a savory pie-like crust, which is topped with cheese and then covered with a rich and tangy tomato sauce.
Silo features a creative, farm-to-fork menu with a focus on the bounty of regional farmers, ranchers, dairymen, and producers in a lively, welcoming setting. Tables, chairs and lighting are influenced by local craftsmen and artists.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Cupcake Collection. Featuring made-from-scratch daily cupcakes and icings, they do not use lard or shortening. At only $1.50 each, this is a cost-effective cupcake. Grab a coffee or savory crepe at The Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes, or grab a croissant, danish or scone at the neighborhood bakery, flour. sugar. eggs.
Take time to shop at Peter Nappi, where every product is made of the finest material, not manufactured. Main products include various styles of boots for men and women, bags and dry goods – all made from small, limited-edition batches that feature individual attributes. Each bag, boots and other goods are made of the highest quality of leather available and give each piece its own unique character.
First Tennessee Park, currently under construction, will be home to the AAA Nashville Sounds by the start of their 2015 season. Located near the Bicentennial Capitol Mall and Farmers’ Market, First Tennessee Park will be set between Third and Fifth Avenues, between Jackson and Harrison Streets. A portion of the ballpark will be located on the land on which Sulphur Dell Ballpark sat from 1870 to 1969.
An area that sports some of Nashville's most desirable homes, Green Hills also has its fair share of exciting destinations for a night out. The Bluebird Cafe has a national reputation as the place to be heard in Nashville if you’re a songwriter. In this intimate setting you can witness a moment “in-the-round.” In this format, three or four songwriters sit in a circle, sharing songs and the inspirations behind the music. This format has become an important part of The Bluebird Cafe’s tradition. The audience is given a unique opportunity to hear original material from different points of view in a casual, comfortable environment. It’s a chance to discover up-and-coming writers or to hear hits, new and old, from some of the best of the best. The Bluebird serves a variety of alcoholic beverages and offers a small but interesting menu.
Table 3 Restaurant & Market offers an authentic brasserie/bistro dining experience in a setting that combines contemporary design elements with an Old World atmosphere.
For the ultimate change in scenery, stop by The Greenhouse Bar in the Bandywood area of Green Hills. This place really is a greenhouse complete with hanging plants, gravel floor and fountains. Try one of their specialty drinks or step up to the beautifully-crafted bar for a beer. Grab dessert at Sugar Dive, a traditional ice cream, soda, milkshake, and candy shop.
A few doors down from the Greenhouse are a couple of watering holes for the sports-minded patron. Crow’s Nest has TVs everywhere, so you won't miss your favorite team in action. It gets crowded on game days so arrive early. Joe’s Place boasts plasma TVs, a covered patio out back and a stage for small acoustic live music sets. Joe’s Place offers both lunch and dinner consisting of the usual bar classics.
Also tucked away on Bandywood Drive is one restaurant that is not to be missed. The Firefly Grille is a funky little spot in Green Hills with an eclectic decor and modern art work which sets the scene for a great dining experience. With a casual, friendly and laid back atmosphere, Firefly stimulates the palette without emptying the wallet. The menu, which is ever changing, includes a trendy wine list with adventurous options.
From boutiques to an upscale mall, some of Nashville’s best shopping can be found in Green Hills. The Mall at Green Hills features such stores as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Tory Burch, BCBG, Apple, and many others. The Hill Center is an outdoor shopping center which offers Nashville’s first Whole Foods grocery as well as upscale boutiques like Anthropologie, Billy Reid, Hemline, Calypso St. Barth, Lululemon Athletica, and more. It also has some great casual restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen, Pei Wei, Zoe’s, and Five Guys Burgers.
Nashville’s historic Gulch District, with its distinct industrial history, originally housed the downtown railroad terminal. From the turn of the century until the 1950s, more than 100 trains arrived and departed from The Gulch daily.
Today, the Gulch District has developed into a hotspot for young urbanites. The Gulch has perfectly combined its industrial background with a modern contemporary style. Old warehouses have been renovated into residential and office space, and upscale restaurants and a vibrant nightlife have made The Gulch one of the hottest neighborhoods in Nashville.
Some of the finest restaurants in Music City have made The Gulch their home in recent years. Known for its eclectic dining and nightly live music, Sambuca is the place to dine, drink and dance the night away. Watermark, with floor-to-ceiling windows, offers a luxurious dining experience with a beautiful, chic setting and a wonderful view of downtown Nashville. Looking for a more low-key eatery, Ru Sans Sushi & Seafood offers a lunch and dinner buffet and sushi bar offering a wide variety of rolls with distinctive names (ex. The Sinking Titanic).
Right in the center of The Gulch is The 404 Kitchen and Hotel. The 404 Hotel features five king rooms appointed with a mix of vintage and custom furniture, loft space and a rotating gallery of work by local artists, a hotel that will appeal to travelers who want something a little different in their accommodations. Connected to the Hotel is The 404 Kitchen lead by Chef Matt Bolus offering a modern take on classic European cuisine, with a menu determined by available produce and provisions from local farms, as well as herbs grown on the restaurant's rooftop garden.
Craft Beer fans will love checking out Hops + Crafts. This taproom features over 36 draft beers from across the country, with a focus on Tennessee local beer and local food. Also in The Gulch is Yazoo Brewing Company, a local brewer whose brew house is located on Division Street. The taproom is open Wednesdays through Saturdays and you can often find one of Nashville’s many food trucks in the parking lot serving dinner. Brewery tours are available on Saturdays.
The popular wine bar Rumours Wine Bar has been transformed into a chic nightspot, complete with reclaimed wood tables and vintage items like crystal chandeliers and glass doorknobs. A patio is knitted out with tables when the weather is warm.
Stop and get a manicure at Cashmere Salonspa or grab a cup of coffee at Bond Coffee Company and hit the boutiques in the heart of The Gulch. Urban Outfitters focuses on vintage, bohemian, retro, hipster, and kitschy apparel and furniture for men and women. Across the street find Two Old Hippies, a store lined with collections of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and filled with unique apparel collections, accessories and fun novelty and gift items. Two Old Hippies recently opened a second store called 2OH. The space exclusively sells home goods ranging from art and decorative objects to tableware and glassware and bigger items, including sourced vintage rugs and furniture. e.Allen offers designer collections for women, luxury denim, fine boots and shoes, handcrafted jewelry, and gifts.
Artwork can also be found in The Gulch. Galerie Ravin is a luxury contemporary gallery specializing in investment-quality original artworks. They prominently feature Andy Warhol, Alex Katz and other world-class artists, including New York artist Kelley Ryan.
New restaurants are popping up in The Gulch including City Fire American Oven & Bar, located inside The Icon in The Gulch, which offers an eclectic fusion of ancient world-style flatbread served up in a modern urban setting and Cantina Laredo, which serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. You can't forget about the Peg Leg Porker. The Peg Leg Porker Restaurant is a family-owned, local restaurant that serves traditional Tennessee barbeque. They focus on providing Nashville and its visitors the best barbeque that Tennessee has to offer.
Celebrity chef Johnathan Waxman and participant on Top Chef Masters has recently opened Adele’s in The Gulch. His signature style melds French cuisine with California style. Adele's menu changes often to insure the freshness of seasonal ingredients and includes a variety of options such as a signature hamburger, smoked trout salad and Waxman's famous JW chicken dish.
Anchored in the Gulch since 1974, Station Inn is Nashville's foremost home for authentic bluegrass and offers live acoustic music nightly. A far cry from its trendy neighbors, Station Inn keeps it simple with pizza, beer and some of the best Americana and bluegrass music around. Doors open nightly at 7 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m.
Another historic music venue in The Gulch is 12th & Porter. 12th & Porter is a multi-cultural entertainment and production facility for live music. Kings of Leon, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Ben Folds, Neil Young, Jon Bon Jovi, and many others have played in this joint. Also, 12th & Porter recently completed a major renovation to include an excellent food and beverage operation, Music City Pizza. This pizza place strives to be a local, cultural and innovative space to nurture music, ideas, art, and friendship.
Across the street is Anthem, a music space that holds 1,000 people, includes a VIP room and a boutique dive bar known as ‘Revelry.’ Located next to Anthem is Chauhan Ale & Masala House, which opens August 2014. Chef Maneet Chauhan, one of the chef judges on Food Network’s “Chopped,” describes the concept for her restaurant as a microbrewery and gastro pub that is Indian-inspired, with spicy food and flavorful drinks.
Turnip Truck Urban Fare is an organic grocery store featuring a deli, bakery and salad bar that serves delicious and healthy food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bar Louie, a national restaurant and bar chain is located on the first floor of the Velocity in The Gulch. The restaurant concept is positioned between casual and upscale, being described as “a progressively hip neighborhood restaurant and bar with a lively atmosphere.” Right across the street is The Pub Nashville, offering a unique combination of British hospitality and American flair. Known for their Fish-n-Chips and British comfort food, the beverage selection includes a wide variety of draught, cask conditioned and handcrafted beers with selections from England, Ireland, Scotland, Europe, and the USA.
Located between the heart of The Gulch and Downtown are a complex of upscale and trendy restaurants operated by Nashville nightlife developers MStreet Entertainment. Whiskey Kitchen, with its tavern concept, is a favorite place to “see and be seen” in Music City. Next door is sister property Virago, part upscale Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, part late night cocktail lounge. The newest endeavor is Moto featuring a rustic-modern Italian cuisine with a vibe that is chic, comfortable and sophisticated. The crown jewel of these restaurants is Kayne Prime, a fine-dining steakhouse that features modern and upscale interpretations of classic American fare with a market-driven menu and artisanal cocktails. Saint Añejo, Nashville's rock n’ roll, cantina-chic restaurant features inspired Mexican cuisine, Latin mixology and a premium tequila and mezcal menu of over 120 labels.
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. Next door, the newly opened Boca Loca Cantina and Taco Factory serves Mexican food and handcrafted cocktails and is described as a “Southern-style saloon and taqueria.” 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. Belcourt Taps offers stuffed burgers and fresh-cut fries served seven 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. 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, The Impeccable Pig, Tennessee Chic, 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.
Marathon Village, a unique neighborhood of sorts that has become quite a Nashville hotspot, is made up of a group of 100-year-old warehouse buildings which was originally where the Marathon, a car made in the early 1900s, was built. The buildings sat vacant for decades before a gentleman named Barry Walker purchased the buildings 25 years ago with a vision of making it “Nashville’s Creative Neighborhood.” Fast forward to today, and it has become just that. Barry rents the space out to creative companies with the belief that creative minds feed off each other. It’s become a complex for artists’, photographers’ and designers’ studios.
Additionally, retail space has opened there including Antique Archaeology, Mike Wolfe’s store made famous on “American Pickers.” The store is filled with forgotten American treasures; to one person it is junk, to Mike it is potential goldmines filled with rare finds and sensational stories. Right next store is The Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, from blues to bluegrass, they have you covered with selections in mandos, banjos, resonators, guitars, accessories, and custom handmade Boo Ray straps.
The Corsair Artisan Distillery makes small, craft batches of spirits by hand, from production to bottling. Have a sampling from a variety of high-quality spirits, including Gin-Head-Style Gin, Vanilla Bean Vodka, Red Absinthe, Spiced Rum, and more. The Corsair Artisan Brewery and Taproom pours only draft craft beers, and features a changing roster of 16 craft beers from microbreweries around the country. Close by is William & Collier’s, an intimate pub/cocktail bar that blends rustic and vintage charm for the perfect happy hour spot.
Bang Candy Company, a company that uses high-quality ingredients and imagination to create gourmet marshmallows half dipped in Belgian chocolate and rolled in your favorite topping. These goodies enliven drinks and desserts. Find fine art at “O” Gallery, artistic jewelry designs at Lorraine’s or explore D. Luxe Home, which offers art and photography, antique light fixtures, unexpected salvage objects, and chic furniture.
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An independent local radio station, Lightning 100 is housed in Marathon Village, as well as a popular music venue, Marathon Music Works. Marathon Music Works was designed to accommodate a range of uses including private events, fundraisers, concerts, corporate events, and video shoots.
Every city seems to have a “midtown,” and Nashville is no exception. This bustling neighborhood, extending up Broadway and Division Street, is home to a variety of hotels, restaurants and bars that come alive at night.
A Nashville favorite for years, South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar is known by locals as simply South Street. This Cajun restaurant serves large portions, spicy entrees, seafood, and barbeque. With a 'convertible' dining room and an open upstairs called the Treehouse, South Street is perfect for a casual atmosphere on a warm Southern night.
Another local favorite is Midtown Café, offering affordable, casual fine dining at its best. The intimate ambiance offers the perfect setting for a business lunch or romantic dinner. The menu for this locally-owned 25-year standard features prime steaks, sustainable seafood, locally-grown produce, more than 40 wines by the glass, over 150 by the bottle, and some of Nashville’s finest cocktails.
A few doors down and a world away, the Bound'ry is one of Nashville's most eclectic places to spend an evening. Dining at the Bound'ry is a true experience. The upscale global cuisine is delectable, and the restaurant itself is a work of art. The décor is best described as a Salvador Dalí painting gone wild. It is eclectic and beautiful at the same time, combining the five senses into one grand experience.
Noshville is a New York-style deli that offers a broad menu of deli favorites like the Reuben and corned beef. Try one of the exceptionally large servings of dessert or the sour pickles found on every table.
Giovanni’s Ristorante, like the 15-year-old flagship Giovanni in midtown Manhattan, specializes in Tuscan fare. The menu includes risotto, homemade pastas and seafood, with house-baked breads and an extensive wine program.
With the same ownership as Virago and Whiskey Kitchen, Tavern serves up interesting cocktails and inspired pub food, with the same upscale, hot-spot feel of the trendy family of restaurants. Across the street are two newcomers that share the same roof, Soulshine Pizza and The Slider House. Soulshine Pizza is a pizza parlor that features a wide selection of pizzas, calzones, salads, and some more unusual items like crawfish soup. The Slider House acts as a brother-sister restaurant to Soulshine Pizza, but operates under slightly different hours, different menus, personalities, and vibes. The menu is filled with beef sliders, slider dogs, non-beef slider options, and canned beer.
Hattie B’s hot chicken specializes in the fiery, molten poultry Nashville specialty. They also offer many local, craft beers that pair well with poultry and spicy foods. Side options include cole slaw, Southern greens, red-skin potato salad, and a piquant salad of black-eyed peas. Across the street is Broadway Brewhouse, a place for the true beer connoisseur with over 70 beers on tap and another 100 or so in the coolers. Attached to the Brewhouse is the very affordable Mojo Grill, specializing in Cajun-inspired dishes that will fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.
Also new to the Midtown scene is Music City Tippler. The Tippler, an industrial chic cocktail bar that serves food, has opened its first location outside of New York City in 8,000-square-feet of space inside the Adelicia condos. Close by is Two Boots Pizza, a hugely popular Cajun-Italian pizzeria out of New York City. The ‘Two Boots’ name refers to two great boot-shaped culinary regions of the world: Italy and Louisiana. The restaurant features local arts and culture, with live music offerings and local artists who have created the interior design.
A new ‘non-traditional’ steakhouse, Union Common, opened summer 2014 next to Two Boots Pizza. The 125-seat steakhouse focuses on shared plates including bar snacks, fresh seafood and aged steaks paired with an extensive wine and whiskey list. The name Union Common stems from the idea of friends and family coming together, breaking bread and enjoying a memorable evening.
Located in an historic former residence at the corner of 17th Avenue South and Division Street in Midtown, The Patterson House offers a vibe and drink menu that suggests a throwback to the pre-Prohibition era when tempting cocktails and stimulating conversation highlighted a cosmopolitan American nightlife. That drink menu features more than 50 different cocktail recipes, 30 original and 20 classic offerings that remain beloved. Located above their speakeasy cocktail bar, the 30-seat restaurant The Catbird Seat features an ever-changing seven-course menu of seasonally-inspired dishes. 2014 ushers in a new era for The Catbird Seat, with the appointment of Noma alum, Trevor Moran, as executive chef. Cooking in a U-shaped kitchen surrounded by countertop seating, patrons are given the opportunity to observe and interact with the chef as their food is prepared.
Late night crowds can hit the dance floor with live music at Losers or Winners located next door to each other. So whether you feel like a winner or a loser, you’ll have a place to go. Other late night spots include Rebar, Blue Bar, and Red Door Midtown.
The Music Valley area is known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities and great shopping. It’s only minutes from downtown Nashville, just off Briley Parkway at Exit #12. Neighboring Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has a wealth of attractions, from an indoor river to a dancing waters light show and numerous dining options. The General Jackson Showboat is a favorite for its country music shows on the river.
Along Music Valley Drive, The Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, Nashville Palace, Elvis show A Tribute to the King, and Texas Troubadour Theatre hum with live music daily and Grand Old Golf & Go Karts’ miniature golf courses are a hit with the whole family. Find unique Nashville gifts at Willie Nelson & Friends Museum and General Store. Don't forget to stop by Cooter's Place, the "Dukes of Hazzard"-themed retail store featuring the General Lee, props and memorabilia from the show.
Stop off for refueling at Scoreboard Bar & Grill, or Cock of the Walk, then head over to Opry Mills mall where you can shop – and eat – your heart out at dozens of places.
South of Broadway’s honky tonks and neon lights is an area called SoBro (meaning South of Broadway). This area, once filled with empty buildings and worn-down streets, has been revitalized by the opening of the new $635-million Music City Center convention center, hot new restaurants, attractions, cocktail bars, and trendy hotels which have made downtown’s SoBro a must-see.
The new, state-of-the-art Music City Center (MCC) is built out at 1.2 million square feet, stretches 19 acres and six city blocks, and features exhibit space, meeting rooms and two ballrooms. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is also located inside the MCC. In keeping with the city’s commitment to sustainable development, the MCC boasts a green roof and is committed to LEED Gold Certification.
Located directly next to the MCC is the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, which is currently home to the largest collection of country music artifacts in the world. The CMHF recently unveiled a $100-million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views. The ambitious 210,000-square-foot expansion, completed in April 2014, includes the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, the legendary letterpress operation of Hatch Show Print (expanded and relocated inside the museum), and multi-purpose event rental spaces already in high demand.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® connects to the MCC’s headquarter hotel, the luxurious, 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel. Its design and décor, culinary, lifestyle, and retail venues stem from and are reflective of Nashville. Along with a rooftop pool and Mokara signature spa, the Omni offers four dining options including Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Bongo Java, Kitchen Notes, and live music venue Barlines.
Directly across from the Country Music Hall of Fame® is Walk of Fame Park, home of the Music City Walk of Fame. The Music City Walk of Fame is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song and made significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City. Next door is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a neoclassical revivalist concert hall that is a Music City gem. The Schermerhorn is one of the only major concert halls in America to utilize natural light and is home to the GRAMMY®-award winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
One block over and up the hill sits 3rd & Lindsley, a music venue featuring national, international, regional, and Nashville artists from up-and-coming acts to legends. Close by is the live music venue, The RutledgeJohnny Cash Museum, home to the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
Seventh Avenue offers Jack White’s (of The White Stripes) famed label and record store, Third Man Records, whose store is open daily. When artists aren’t recording, the studio hosts all kinds of shows that are later produced and sold on vinyl. Across the train track is the Downtown Antique Mall that is in a historic brick building that houses more than 40 dealers specializing in mid-century modern furniture and industrial wares.
Close by is City Winery, a combination winery, restaurant and music venue that has opened in a warehouse building near The Gulch and Downtown. The 30,000-square-foot warehouse was converted into a 125-seat restaurant, a 300-seat concert venue, an onsite winemaking facility, and has several private event rooms.
The culinary scene in SoBro is worth a visit all of its own. Get a pick-me-up at Crema, a coffee brewtique that sits on the Cumberland River. Close-by is the Goo Goo Shop, with a temporary Goo Goo pop-up shop open until the 4,000-square-foot retail space is complete in fall 2014.
With over 18 years of award-winning dining, Sole Mio continues its tradition of authentic Italian that specializes in handmade pastas and homemade sauces and desserts. The Listening Room Café is a state-of-the-art sounding room that specializes in combining music with great food. Hear some of the best singer/songwriters while enjoying incredible dining.
Using ingredients from local sources, The Southern Steak & Oyster is located on the ground floor of the Pinnacle building and is a hot spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Brand new sister restaurant, ACME Feed & Seed, creates a uniquely ‘Nashville’ atmosphere that honors the unparalleled character of the city’s past, present and future. With 22,000-square-feet of cocktail, culinary and entertainment space, The Acme invites guests to experience an entirely new Lower Broadway. This three-story venue includes a honky tonk bar, vintage lounge and rooftop patio.
Another fine-dining option is Etch, which offers lunch and dinner featuring inventive dishes made with local ingredients. Etch sets itself apart with its bold flavors and colorful presentations, as well as with its extensive wine list from around the world. After a great meal, be sure to take a walk over the Cumberland River on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. Offering magnificent skyline views, the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge is a gateway to East Nashville and LP Field.
The Bell Tower, a new event venue space has opened in the historic red-brick church located on Fourth Avenue South and Korean Veterans Boulevard. The building, which dates back to 1875, has restored hardwood floors throughout the main level and replaced a portion of the back wall with glass that opens out onto a new patio addition. The original bell tower has been restored with an operational bell and special lighting to create an exterior focal point for the venue.
Several new restaurants have come to SoBro recently including Husk Nashville. Chef Sean Brock is a respected hero of farm-to-table and Southern cuisine whose menu incorporates wood-fired cooking as well as vegetables raised in gardens and gathered from local farmers. The Farm House, located on the bottom floor of the Encore condominium, features traditional Southern cuisine with a modern twist. All ingredients are sourced locally, including the vegetables from the chef’s garden. Pinewood Social is a new social gathering space in Nashville that brings casual dining and socializing together in an old trolley barn in Rolling Mill Hill. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night options are offered, as well as six wood bowling lanes, private karaoke rooms, shuffleboard and televisions in the indoor space, which flows outside to an outdoor patio complete with a swimming pool.
Pinewood Social is a part of a community called Rolling Mill Hill, a burgeoning live-work community that offers mixed-income residential apartments, artist studios and commercial office and retail/restaurant space. Situated on a hill with beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Cumberland River, Rolling Mill Hill houses the epicenter of Nashville’s creative-intellectual community, the Entrepreneur Center. This creative campus is anchored by six early twentieth-century trolley barns that foster the creative spirit of Nashville through its artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, technologists, and business leaders.
Southwest of downtown Nashville lies the quaint and quiet neighborhood of Sylvan Park, a beautiful setting with homes and businesses that run the gamut from funky to upscale. Here, 1920s clapboard homes and 1930s stone bungalows look right at home together.
Caffé Nonna is a cozy, neighborhood Italian bistro. Seating 45 people, the cafe has an intimate ambience with servers who maneuver deftly between wooden tables. Just next door is Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar that seats 40 people. The piadini, pizza dough that is baked in the oven then filled with fresh ingredients and finished on a Panini grill, is a popular favorite.
Next door to Caffé Nonna is Park Café. Comfortable and quirky, this fusion eatery serves creative dishes with influences from Asia, India, France, and Italy. Known for its upscale dining, Park Cafe has become a top choice for many of Nashville’s prominent faces.
At The Produce Place, one can find a wide selection of fresh food and produce, including organic and gourmet items. This small establishment offers fresh bread from local bakeries and a varied selection of fine cheeses as well as preservative-free juices and soups.
The Local Taco is the newest fast casual Mexican joint in the area. Visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner while sipping on one of their famous margaritas out on the expanded patio.