After living in Nashville for 6 years I still love it like I did when I first visited. I can understand why so many people love this city because it’s still small enough that you run into friends, but give enough to have great food, activities, and shopping.
I’ve heard people grumble about all the new transplants moving to Nashville, but then a friend said, “It really just means more restaurants.” Which I LOVED because it’s true, but also it’s a great way to embrace the growth of our special (music) city.
So here’s my ultimate guide to Nashville. I’ll be updating it whenever I come across anything wonderful in the city, so check back frequently.
Music Venues in Nashville
Food in Nashville
*If we have a favorite dish or item I’ll include it with the restaurant ** Some places I enjoy the food, but I LOVE the atmosphere, so if the places is a favorite for ambience and atmosphere I’ll add that to the recommendation
Soda Parlor – the cookie monster sundae
No Baked Cookie Dough – classic chocolate chip or cookie monster
Shake Shack – seasonal shakes; I haven’t had one I didn’t like
Gigi’s Cupcakes – classic red velvet
Tiff’s Treats (Cookie Delivery)
Bar Taco – What we order – Plantains, specialty taco (ask your server), street corn
Taqueria Del Sol – What we order – Queso, Red Salsa, Fried Chicken Tacos, chowder
Las Palmas – What we order – Shrimp Fajitas
Mojos Tacos – What we order – Queso, Hot chicken tacos
Southern and BBQ
Edleys – What we order –pulled chicken
Urban Grub –What we order – aged meats
Hattie B – What we order –hot chicken – medium and mac and cheese
Loveless – What we order –fried chicken
The Southern – What we order – shrimp and grits
The Stillery – What we order – Hot chicken cavatappi mac and cheese
Oak Steakhouse – What we order –brussel sprouts, mac and cheese, and Waygu beef
Fenwicks 300 – What we order –Monte Cristo (my husbands favorite) and Fenwicks basic and teddy graham latte
Five Daughters – What we order – King Kong (but the seasonal donuts are also amazing! My favorite of all time is Birthday Cake, but it’s seasonal!)
Pancake Pantry – What we order – Apple Pancakes *be there when they open, or go after 1pm, because on weekends this place is BUSY.
Biscuit Love – What we order – Bonuts
Milk and Honey – atmosphere
Cafe Roze – atmosphere
First Watch – What we order – Biscuits and Turkey Gravy
Puffy Muffin – What we order –Apple Cinnamon hot drink, gluten free toast, turkey sausage
Otaku – What we order – The bao bun appetizer and Tonkatsu ramen
Coffee Shops in Nashville
The Jam – What we order – Valentine, Peppermint Patty, PB and the Jam
Frothy Monkey – atmosphere
Humphreys Coffee – What we order – Milky Oolong Tea
Crema – What we order – the hot chocolate – best I’ve had in Nashville
Brick tops – skillet cookie, and millionaire’s bacon (while I don’t eat bacon I’ve been here with multiple people who love this bacon
Del frisco – ahi tacos
Five Points Pizza What we order – Classic cheese or pepperoni
Juice Bar – smoothies/juices – What we order – Orange You Smooth or Mint To Be
Franklin Juice Co. – What we order – Bom bom, or the seasonal peach smoothie bowl
Activities In, Around, or Near Nashville
Hour drive from Nashville
- Arrington Vineyards – a winery where you can have a picnic with a bottle of wine, they also have a barn with live music and tables
- Jack Daniels Distillery – they offer multiple tours, that vary in length, but the distillery is in a dry county, so while they sell bottles they can only offer samples, there is no bar
Within Nashville but requires transportation from downtown
- Cheekwood Botanical Gardens – beautiful gardens with seasonal displays and topiaries
- Grand Ole Opry – Outside Nashville adjacent to the Gaylord Opryland Resort
- Belle Meade Plantation
- Centennial Park – Where the Parthenon of Nashville is located that has been a filming location for several movies
Within Downtown Nashville
- Pedal Tavern – a ridable bar that stops at different bars around downtown Nashville
- The Ryman Auditorium – Tours available as well as live music shows almost nightly
- Country Music Hall of Fame – a museum behind Bridgestone Arena with permanent displays and artifacts of country music history and also rotational displays and installations
Bars – *Nashville obviously has a downtown core that can be party central on the weekends. I’m going to list the more unique libation venues that are outside the typical tourist area
Two Bits – a bar with fun drinks and vintage video games and arcade machines
Hemingway’s Hideaway – very unique drink menu, and great atmosphere
Pearl Diver – like being in a bar on a Hawaiian Island in the late 1960s
Old Glory – like a speak easy
CorePower Yoga – I love the classes here and the way they are structured. I also like that the lockers have actual locks not confusing key code systems
Epic Yoga – this yoga studio doesn’t have big fancy changing rooms, but it has great instructors
Fahrenheit Yoga – Fahrenheit recently moved to this location so I haven’t been here yet, but there old location was a rented space and it was great, so I can only imagine how great this studio will be. I love the large space, and that the classes only have so many slots so you’re not on top of other yogis.
Shakti Yoga – Very cool location in an old house. This yoga studio is very vibe-y and is in such a cool neighborhood of Nashville. However, sometimes the classes are so packed that the mats are almost touching, that’s not my preference so I try to stick to the less busy times.
Omni Nashville – The brunch here on the weekends is wonderful, and the location if you want to be downtown is perfect. It’s very close to Broadway but also just far enough away that it’s not on Broadway.
Thompson Nashville – very hip. The Killebrew coffee shop inside is so chic, and the entire hotel is very well designed. The rooftop bar is amazing for taking in the views, but be warned it can be very loud on Friday/Saturday nights.