Browse through Nashville neighborhoods
Local spots are the heart of Music City and what makes the town unique and authentic, and we need to do all we can to make sure they survive. Support your favorite local neighborhood businesses and keep Music City singing.
Not far from downtown, antique stores line both sides of Eighth Avenue/Melrose. A collector’s haven, the area has become known as a premier antiques district.
Sandwiched between a vintage clothing store and a gourmet Mexican popsicle shop is a half-mile stretch along 12th Avenue South called the 12South neighborhood. One of the most walkable neighborhoods in Nashville, 12South is a shopping and dining destination chock full of restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, bars, and boutiques featuring local designers and makers. Don’t miss the “I Believe in Nashville” mural located next door to Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James store.
Nestled between Vanderbilt University and Belmont University is a four-block stretch down 21st Avenue South packed with cafes, shops, restaurants, and Nashville’s oldest movie theater, a former home of the Grand Ole Opry.
At first glance, Berry Hill looks like a purely residential neighborhood until you realize funky independent shops, restaurants, recording studios, and music publishers occupy many of the homes. Technically its own city, Berry Hill is treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville and is located just south of Downtown beyond 8th Avenue South.
Just blocks from the Tennessee State Capitol, the walkable Capitol View area offers unique places to eat, shop, and stay.
Donelson is just 10 miles east of downtown Nashville and is often the first and last place seen by visitors that travel to Nashville by air.
Downtown Nashville is alive with exciting live music, great food, and elegant hotels. World-famous Lower Broadway is at the heart of downtown, offering something for every kind of taste, fun, and sound.
Located across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville is the stomping ground of Nashville’s creative class, attracted to the area’s culturally-diverse and eclectic vibe and historic homes dating back to the early 1900s. In the early aughts, East Nashville helped put Nashville on the map as a culinary destination, a reputation the neighborhood maintains today. Locals frequent the many dive bars, craft cocktail joints, coffee shops, and vintage stores sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.
Germantown, lined with beautiful Victorian buildings and homes, has great restaurants and shops making Nashville's oldest neighborhood the perfect place for a daytime stroll or a nice evening out.
Considered one of the most desirable areas to live in Nashville, Green Hills is an affluent suburban enclave known for upscale brands and boutiques. Hidden within an inconspicuous strip mall is the famed Bluebird Cafe, home to both established and up-and-coming songwriters.
Just south of downtown lies this once-abandoned industrial area that's undergone an urban revitalization in recent years sparking an intoxicating new energy. The exceedingly walkable LEED-certified community is teeming with boutique hotels, high-rise condos, instagrammable murals, shops, live music venues, breweries, and diverse culinary offerings spanning everything from biscuits and Nashville Hot Chicken to Detroit-style pizza, traditional ramen and Indian food.
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.
This bustling neighborhood, extending up Broadway and Division Street, is home to a variety of hotels, restaurants, and bars that come alive at night.
Located between the edge of downtown and West End is Music Row, the center of the recording industry and a neighborhood steeped in history. Home to the recording studios where music greats recorded their biggest hits, Music Row is populated by stately homes converted into recording studios, songwriting rooms, record labels, management offices, public relations offices, and everything in between required to write, record, publish, and publicize an album.
Many argue the meaning behind its name, but all can agree that The Nations is the place to go for a hyper-local experience. The formerly industrial area’s abandoned warehouses and mills with interesting architectural features have attracted craft breweries, convivial bars, unique fast-casual eateries, innovative chef-driven restaurants and art galleries to the area, serving residents and visitors alike.
Located a few miles from downtown, North Nashville is a neighborhood steeped in rich history. Home to three historically black universities, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University, North Nashville has long been the hub of the city's black community.
Opryland/Music Valley offers great entertainment, dining, and shopping options close to Gaylord Opryland and Opry Mills.
South of Broadway’s honky tonks and neon lights is an area called SoBro, filled with the new Music City Center convention center, hot new restaurants, attractions, cocktail bars, and trendy hotels.
Southwest of downtown Nashville lies the quaint and quiet neighborhood of Sylvan Park, a beautiful setting with homes, businesses, restaurants and nightlife that run the gamut from funky to upscale.
Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston (or “WeHo”) neighborhood is located a few blocks south of downtown Nashville with borders defined by Houston Street to the north, Wedgewood Avenue to the south, Eighth Avenue South to the west, and Fourth Avenue South/Nolensville Pike to the east.
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.
Go on a shopping excursion through many of Nashville's neighborhoods.
Check out our trip idea that will help you explore Nashville's neighborhoods.
See how to explore Nashville.
Flip through more of Nashville.