Nashville's KURDISH Community
Music City is home to the largest Kurdish community in the nation. Visitors can experience amazing cuisine, shopping, and remarkable hospitality all in Little Kurdistan.
The Salahadeen Center of Nashville opened in 1988 to serve the social, educational, and spiritual needs of the community. Members found refuge in the center, and it has become a sanctuary for support including counseling and adjusting to a new lifestyle. It is also where social activities, educational programs, weddings, and Muslim prayers are held. The strong Nashville community has attracted and continues to attract Kurdish residents from other states.
Having the largest Kurdish population means there are plenty of great dining options. There is one stop that seems to be at the top of everyone’s list, House of Kabob. You may find traditional favorites like kabobs and gyros made with halal meat. Also, they have a great selection of Persian ice cream and barberry rice. For the perfect sampler with a group, check out the Family Plate which includes skewers of chicken, Barg, Joojeh, and two Kubideh. The Persian ice cream, made with rose water, saffron, and topped with pistachios, is a must have to top off any meal.
Dunya Kabob is the place for grilled Cornish hen. Each bite of their Cornish Plate is tender and flavorful. The dish also comes with yellow and white rice, naan, diced tomatoes and cucumbers, and choice of lentil, white bean, or lamb soup.
And for the freshest naan in the city, hit up one of the Kurdish markets including Azadi International Food Market, Mazi International Food Market, or Sulav International Market and Restaurant. Expert bakers arrive at 4am to set out the dough. It is baked in stone tandoori ovens and available for purchase. The bakeries typically stay open until 2pm and the breads do go fast. So, get it while it's HOT!
Nashville's only authentic Kurdish clothing store would be Malak Jewelry. Ornate fabrics, which can be purchased, adorn the walls with intricate embroidery and sequenced patterns. If you want something truly unique, they have an in-house tailor which can design anything on the spot. The stunning fabrics are imported from Dubai and range from $100-300. While you're there don't forget to check out their extensive jewelry selection of earrings, necklaces, and more.
The hospitality of the Kurdish community reflects the cadence of the South. The hospitality from the community combined with delightful cuisine and shopping make Little Kurdistan a destination worth exploring.
Shopping and Dining:
Azadi International Food Market
391 Elysian Fields Ct, Nashville, TN 37211
Dunya Kabob Restaurant
2521 Nolensville Pk, Nashville, TN 37211
House of Kabob
216 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37211
4894 Nolensville Pk, Nashville, TN 37211
Mazi International Food Market
360 Elysian Fields Ct, Nashville, TN 37211
Salahadeen Center Of Nashville Inc
364 Elysian Fields Ct, Nashville, TN 37211
Sulav International Market & Restaurant
4647 Nolensville Pk, Nashville, TN 37211