Explore Nashville's Hottest Neighborhoods

Music City features five fun enclaves with distinct personalities.

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.

For high-end shopping, visit Wilder for home decor, shop exquisite leather footwear at Peter Nappi, and find men’s and women’s clothing at Abednego.

Stick around for dinner to sample family-style Southern fare in a Victorian home at Monell’s or try award-winning cuisine from chef Tandy Wilson at City House.

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.

 Peter Nappi, Germantown
Chic yet industrial, often laced with live music, is indicative of Peter Nappi, and Germantown. (©Peter Nappi)

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.

For nightlife, consider inventive fine dining and cocktails at The Treehouse, drinks and dancing at No. 308 or a quieter experience at wine bar Rumours East.

East Nashville
East Nashville (©Stephen Yeargin/Flickr, Creative Commons)

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.

Union Station Hotel, a restored 19th-century railway station, a key attraction in The Gulch
Union Station Hotel, a restored 19th-century railway station, is a key attraction in The Gulch. (©Union Station Hotel)

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.

Draper James Nashville flagship is in 12 South
Draper James' Nashville flagship is in 12 South. (©Draper James)

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.

Consider waiting in line for a burger at Gabby’s Burgers and Fries or enjoy fresh, succulent wings at Smokin’ Thighs.

Santa’s Pub is a hole-in-the-wall karaoke bar housed in a trailer where you can sing the night away. If you’re looking for a more polished evening spot, stop by Bastion to sip a craft cocktail. 

One very popular destination in WeHo
One very popular destination in WeHo (Courtesy Smokin Thighs)