Cross the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge to enter East Nashville. (©Prayitno/Flickr, Creative Commons)
There’s plenty to take in all over Nashville, but sophisticated travelers will want to carve out some time to wander Nashville’s hottest neighborhoods. These busy streets provide the best of the city's shopping, dining and nightlife.
Be Entranced by Germantown
This charming neighborhood is filled with shady streets, brick sidewalks, and plenty of historic homes.
In the evening, Tempered Cafe & Chocolate transforms from a chocolate shop to the city’s only absinthe bar where you can cozy up for an absinthe cocktail—or two if you dare.
Take it Easy in East Nashville
This neighborhood is filled with laid-back bars, local restaurants and walkable/bikeable streets.
Locals like to stop by Marche for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays—arrive early or prepare to wait—or spend an afternoon over beers at local breweries like East Nashville Beer Works, Southern Grist Brewing, or Smith & Lentz Brewing.
Be Transformed by The Gulch
This downtown neighborhood was formerly an industrial area with a railroad terminal and several warehouses. Today, the Gulch is a hotbed of high-end restaurants and sophisticated hotels.
Sip a cocktail as you overlook the city at L.A. Jackson, The Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar. Nearby, the 404 Kitchen is lauded as one of the best restaurants in the city—but plan to make a reservation in advance. The restaurant is housed in a former shipping container and limited seating is available.
After dinner, try to score a spot at The Station Inn, a small club known for live bluegrass and acoustic music.
Shop at 12 South
In recent years this charming neighborhood has become one of Nashville’s top shopping destinations. Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James boutique is filled with Southern-style women’s apparel, handbags and accessories. Nearby, Imogene + Willie offers custom denim and luxury apparel.
Take a stroll up and down 12th Avenue for cupcakes at Sprinkles, handmade Mexican popsicles at Las Paletas or artisan ice cream at Jeni’s. Visit Sevier Park for a stroll along the tree-lined path before a refined dinner at Lebanese restaurant Epice or laid-back barbecue at Edley’s Bar-B-Q.
Wedgwood/Houston is a Draw
This artistic neighborhood, dubbed 'WeHo,' is home to galleries, creative spaces, and local eateries.
Visit on the first Saturday of every month to glimpse local art work at Arts & Music, a free art and music walk through the neighborhood galleries.