Start your day in Hillsboro Village with breakfast at Taylor Swift’s favorite spot, Fido, a funky coffeehouse that features breakfast all day long, or venture down the block to the famous Pancake Pantry where a menu of 21 melt-in-your-mouth pancake selections await you.
If you’re still in need of a caffeine jolt, there are a plethora of latte-sipping options at the dozens of local coffee shops around town. Places like Bongo Java, Nashville’s oldest coffee company, Frothy Monkey, a 12South and downtown favorite, and Barista Parlor, located in a former car repair shop, are some of the best places to fuel up with caffeine and get a taste of the local scene.
Take a guided walking food tour with Walk Eat Nashville. Get a taste of the people, places, and dishes that make Nashville the new culinary capital of the South.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a class at the Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar. This downtown shop offers a variety of hands-on classes where guests can experience chocolate making and dessert sampling. After you learn the history of Goo Goo Cluster, make your own Goo Goo, and learn a secret recipe – you’ll be a verifiable chocolate master.
As they say, Nashville is a drinking town with a music problem. Start your night off with an artisan cocktail or hand-crafted brew at several spots throughout the city. Try a cocktail at Midtown’s The Patterson House, which offers a vibe and drink menu that suggests a throwback to the pre-Prohibition era.
If beer is more your flavor, discover your next favorite from the many fine breweries located in Music City: The Black Abbey Brewing Company, Tennessee Brew Works, Corsair Artisan Brewery Taproom, Fat Bottom Brewery, East Nashville Beer Works, New Heights Brewing Company, Yazoo Brewery, and Jackalope Brewing Co.
Before embarking on an evening of live music on Nashville’s famous Honky Tonk Highway, check out these amazing restaurants in the downtown culinary scene: Etch, Husk, The Farm House, Southern Steak & Oyster, and Gray & Dudley. Continue your journey onto Lower Broadway, home to legendary clubs like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World.
Indulge in one of Music City’s best brunch spots! Try the red velvet waffles and blood orange mimosas at Tavern in Midtown or head to East Nashville where Marche Artisan Foods and Margot reign as the ever-popular weekend brunch spots. Other brunch favorites include Jonathan Waxman's Nashville restaurant Adele's or check out where the singers and songwriters have been hanging out for over 30 years at The Row.
Nashville hasn’t forgotten its roots. Two popular traditions are still all the rage at Meat & Three restaurants and hot chicken “shacks.” Indulge in one of downtown Nashville’s best meat & three restaurants at Puckett’s Grocery.
One of the most notable contributions to Southern culinary culture, Nashville Hot Chicken, can be found at places that let you choose the level of spice. Make sure to check out Hattie B’s over in Midtown, offering some amazing Nashville hot chicken. Choose your heat level with their selection of southern, medium, hot, or shut the cluck up. Other delicious hot chicken joints include Party Fowl, Prince’s, Bolton's, Pepperfire, and 400º.
Take in a songwriter’s night at what's been voted the best sounding room in Nashville at the Listening Room Cafe. Enjoy dinner and drinks as you listen to up and coming artists and the star songwriters behind Nashville’s best hits.
For a taste of traditional Southern cuisine, make sure to visit the famous Loveless Cafe. Known for their biscuits and homemade preserves, enjoy breakfast and shopping at this Nashville landmark.
Take a beautiful drive to Lynchburg, TN and visit Jack Daniel Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the United States. Take a guided tour of the distillery and observe the famous whiskey-making process Mr. Jack Daniel perfected back in 1866. If you need a driver and an expert to accompany you on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, consider making the trek with Mint Julep Experiences.
Visit one of Music City’s neighborhoods – East Nashville, Germantown, The Gulch – to dine with the locals before catching a show at the Grand Ole Opry, the country’s longest running radio show.