City Guide: Nashville

Though I officially became an American citizen this past summer, I grew up in Canada for most of my life thus far, of course, which means I haven’t explored very much of the beautiful United States… This year, however, I made it a point to cross off more domestic destinations from my list, including both Austin and Nashville (a city guide for the former is coming soon)!

If you’re planning a trip to Music City, I hope this helps you!. My sorority sister and best friend Amanda and I had a blast, and couldn’t recommend this quick trip enough. We already want to go back to see more of East Nashville!

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

TC Restaurant Group // This was straight up the highlight of our trip. TC Restaurant Group operates a handful of concepts along downtown Broadway, including Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar and many more. Nashville is known for its’ nightlife, and trust me, these spots are no exception. As a country music lover, I especially loved hearing that the artists’ preferences are infused into the food and drink menus! Grab a few drinks, enjoy the views and have some fun.

Mane & Rye Dinerant // Is any vacation complete without a nice dinner? I think not. Amanda and I had to get in a fancier meal, and what better place than Mane & Rye Dinerant as part of the gorgeous Hutton Hotel? The space and bar is especially beautiful, and I adored the cocktail program. The menu itself has so many options, but Amanda went with the Shrimp & Grits and I got the Sunday Gravy. Both homestyle meals that satiated! Order the cornbread, too. The presentation alone makes it worth it.

Old Glory // This recommendation came by way of one of our old sorority sisters who now lives in the area, and it was so much fun. It’s a speakeasy in an old boiler room, so it’s vibe was super Chicago, in our opinions, and a welcome escape after all the “tourism” that is Broadway. Don’t get me wrong, I love both, but there’s a time and a place. Get the Sea Legs drink, go in the photo booth, and thank me later.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken // The line is out the door at this spot for a reason, and that’s because they’re insanely well-known for their hot chicken. You HAVE to get hot chicken in Nashville, and this is the spot for it, trust me. We ended up with the sandwiches, which neither of us at all regretted. Among the sides, my favorites were the Pimento Mac & Cheese and Baked Beans. P.S. The housemade lemonade was to DIE for!

Five Points Pizza // Okay, I know what you’re thinking, pizza in Nashville? Just trust me… Amanda and I ended up here after a very late night out on Broadway, but it was worth every single moment… This East Nashville spot slings NY-style slices, super-thin for sure, which I’m typically not a fan of, but in this case, I was in love. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want some right now.

WHAT TO DO

Walk along Broadway // Even despite its’ aforementioned tourism, Broadway is an experience to be had in Nashville. It’s certainly tourist-y, but that’s what makes it half the fun. We wandered into all the boot barns, tourist shop, and The NASH Collection, which was our favorite store in the area. They had SUPER cute apparel, and every trip needs a t-shirt to remember it by!

Take photos in front of murals // Similarly to Austin, Texas, there are SO many murals in Nashville. You know the ones… The giant angel wings at The Gulch, the blue and white striped wall at Draper James, the “I Believe in Nashville” mural right across from that and so many more. Charge your camera and/or iPhone. You’ll want it for ALL the pics!

Go for a run // Sounds stupid, but we both went for a quick run our first morning there, and though we didn’t go too far from our Airbnb in East Nashville, I think it’ll quickly become one of my favorite ways to learn more about a city, and understand it better. Even just getting to know our little neighborhood, and admiring the beautiful houses, many of them brand new, was so fun.

WHERE TO SHOP

Imogene and Willie // Ameila’s Flower Truck is often parked right in front of this store, so you can’t miss it (photo opp)! While everything was extremely pricey in my opinion, it is all handmade, which is something I can admire, no doubt. If you’re looking for a cool graphic t-shirt, pick up one of theirs.

Serendipity // This store was also located along 12 South, and has so much to offer, we were there twice looking over everything so as not to miss any hidden gems. Typical boutique kind of stuff: knick knacks, graphic shirts, candles and other unique items that would make incredible gifts.

Two Old Hippies // Perhaps the best store in The Gulch, in my opinion. They have everything from clothing to accessories and other lifestyle items, including an insane amount of candles (lots of brands I’ve never heard of either). I left with a few guitar picks for my Dad, but next time, I’m leaving with a band tee, too (I seem to have a thing for t-shirts, huh?).

Have you been to Nashville or is it still on your list? Let me know in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear 🙂 Have a great week everyone! Thanks for reading.

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