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.
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. 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.
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.