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.
Cabana, a hip and versatile restaurant and bar, morphs into an upscale hot spot with live music and DJs in the evening. Have the ultimate dining experience and reserve a cabana, which is a semi-private booth with curtains, TV, and an iPod/music player hook-up. Not far is 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.Sam’s Sports Bar and Grille 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. Sam’s Sports Grill also opened Village Marketplace and Brewery next door in the former Boscos space. It offers both a marketplace and brewery at the same stop.
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, Hot & Cold serves up espresso drinks and gourmet frozen treats from 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 7 ways along with nightly live music. Stop by Lucky Belly for a quick and tasty burger, 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.
Now open is the Hill Center Acklen Project, a residential-retail development in Hillsboro Village. Double Dogs Chow House, Jeni's Ice Cream, and Revelator Coffee Company will be tenants.
Not too far from Hillsboro Village is the Belmont area, which is home to Belmont University, a historic home, shops, and some great eating. In fact, you can plan a full day of Nashville things to do just by taking a journey down the street called Belmont Blvd.
First stop must be Martin's BBQ Joint. Owner Patrick Martin incorporates the art of West Tennessee whole hog BBQ at his award-winning restaurant offering you the perfect opportunity to get a taste of some Music City greatness. Some other great dining options include Blvd Nashville, Chago's Cantina, PM, and popular coffeehouse Bongo Java.
Once you have filled up on food it's time to do a little shopping. Local Honey provides a selection of vintage apparel that will have you looking fantastic. Or take a moment and look through the goods at Nouveau Classics, a contemporary furniture store.
Next, discover an amazing American adventure at Belmont Mansion, one of the largest house museums in Nashville. They offer a personalized docent tour of the mansion's 10,000 square feet that explores the beautiful architecture and the life and legacy of its mistress: Adelicia Acklen.