Nashville holds a special place in my heart. From the general upbeat and exciting atmosphere of the city and almost constant background music, to the phenomenal food options and creative and talented people who call it home, Nashville blows me away with each visit (and meal). Below are my recommendations for having a ballin' time. Enjoy.
+ Coffee and Dessert
- Crema ($)
15 Hermitage Avenue
The best coffee and avocado toast in the city (IMHO). If you sit on the patio, you’ll get a prime view of Batman and the Titans stadium. Iced Cubans and all your instagram dreams forever. <3
- Frothy Monkey ($$)
Frothy’s iced hazelnut latte has often been the driving force of weekend visits and pit-stops. They also have killer quesadillas and brunch options. The 12 South location is my personal favorite, but the Franklin one is pretty dreamy if you head south of the city for an afternoon.
- Steadfast Coffee ($)
603 Taylor Street
Several shops do coffee soda, but I think Steadfast does it best. Also, the toast is beautiful (make sure you grab the preserves, too) and it's got a patio that will make your heart melt.
- Barista Parlor ($$)
Their iced coffee is some of the best I’ve had and their homemade pop-tarts and biscuits are wow.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams ($)
I’ve honestly had dreams about the Wildberry Lavender. YOU NEED IT.
- Five Daughters Bakery ($)
You can grab paleo, vegan, or sugar-dairy filled donuts at this family-owned bakery. You can even creep on ‘em via the Donut Cams and see which flavors are in stock before you visit.
- Donut Den ($)
3900 Hillsboro Pike #2
Swing by in the morning and grab a variety of these fun donuts (Maple Bacon 4ever). There’s often a line out the door, but it moves quickly so you can eat your donuts ASAP.
- Mas Tacos Por Favor ($) (Cash Only)
732 McFerrin Avenue
I’ve had a lot of tacos in my life. These are the best I’ve encountered so far. The corn tortillas make my heart skip a beat and the elote is second to none. Make sure you bring cash or a check.
- The Pharmacy ($)
731 McFerrin Avenue
There’s a reason I’ve waited an hour each time I’ve eaten here – my mouth is watering as I think about it, truly. The fries. I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN.
- Burger Up ($$)
Check in with the Nowait app, then order the Woodstock burger. It’s a tasteful environment with phenomenal homemade condiments. Omg.
- Sky Blue Cafe ($$)
700 Fatherland Street
Venture to East Nashville for your breakfast one morning and get the nutella stuffed french toast pancakes and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
- Josephine ($$$)
2316 12th Avenue S
This is also a place where your instagram dreams will come true. I recommend the brunch and grabbing a french press and doughnuts while you’re there. (PS – You can make reservations on OpenTable.)
- Pinewood Social ($$$)
33 Peabody Street
Bowling alleys and dinner and fun! You might not be able to grab a lane while you’re there unless you plan it in advance, but the environment is ace.
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken ($)
If Chrissy Teigen says you should go here, you go here. You’ll wait in line for a while to get in, but WOW. The hot chicken sandwich is my fave.
- Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge ($$)
Visit the Sylvan Park location. The environment, fish tacos and seasonal menus are on point.
- Ryman Auditorium ($$)
116 5th Avenue N
Catch a show at my favorite venue of all time. If you’re looking for a reason to visit, plan it around a show here. The church pews, floors and atmosphere make for a show with fantastic acoustics and a fun time.
- Centennial Park (Free!)
2500 West End Avenue
There’s a replica of the Parthenon and it’s great. My best friend takes her dog here a lot and it’s a pretty place for a picnic. You can often find food trucks here, too.
- Broadway ($-$$)
Live music abounds. You’ll pay to park (I vote you Uber) but the downtown vibe is energetic and you’ll be entertained by some of the most talented folks in Nashville. (Also good for people watching.) Walk the Pedestrian Bridge for a sweet view of the skyline.
- White’s Mercantile ($$)
2908 12th Avenue S
This is the Nashville gift shop of my dreams. Located in dreamy 12 South, make a pit stop as you’re strolling around the neighborhood or if you’re waiting for a table at Burger Up (located right across the street).
- Imogene + Willie ($$)
2601 12th Avenue S
Also in 12 South, this shop is home to goods made by Nashville natives. Have thought about redoing my room to look like this store approximately 87 times.
- Hatch Show Print ($$)
224 5th Avenue S
Free to look around, but not so free if you want to buy any of their BEAUTIFUL artwork. I own 4 posters. They’re amazing. (Also, fun fact: if you go to a show at the Ryman, HSP makes posters specifically for those shows.)
- Sevier Park (No $)
3021 Lealand Lane
Oh sweet Sevier Park. Nestled at the end of 12 South, this is a sweet little park to hang around on a Sunday afternoon and catch food trucks aplenty.