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 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, in the middle of the property, is home to 10 restaurants serving cuisine representing countries from all over the world. The Flea Market is on the opposite end of the Farm Side and 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. Just across the street from the Market is Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, where you can explore Tennessee via a 200-foot granite map of the state, a walkway featuring the 95 counties, 31 fountains representing the major rivers of Tennessee and an extraordinary wall depicting the history of the state. The park also includes the 95 Bell Carillon, the World War II Memorial, Court of Three Stars, a 2,000-seat amphitheater and a visitor center.
If you're in the mood to shop, you can't miss Peter Nappi, a luxury Italian footwear company offering handcrafted footwear, bags and accessories curated alongside imported furniture and home goods.
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.
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 dining rooms have a farmhouse feel, with high ceilings and rough plaster walls. The kitchen is open, bounded by a chef’s bar that lets diners watch the action. The cuisine at City House is Italian, but it’s not typical Italian-American fare. The inspiration is the simple but sublime food that could be found on a dinner table in Italy.
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. For taste of Nashville's growing season try Silo, offering a creative, chef-driven menu with a focus on the bounty of regional farmers and producers
New to the neighborhood, Zackie’s Original Hot Dogs serves a bevy of all-American dogs with a build-your-own menu of 18 different toppings. Head down the street and pick up some handmade pasta, cannoli or prepared Italian meals from Lazzaroli Pasta. If you are feeling seafood, check out Little’s Fish Co. This 54-year-old family-owned business prides itself on fresh seafood from salmon filets, lobster tails, and tilapia to freshwater catfish.
Grab a crepe and cappuccino from Red Bicyle then on to dessert at The Cupcake Collection! Appealing to the sweet tooth, The Cupcake Collection offers delectable treats for special occasions and cupcake cravings.