The Ultimate Nashville Travel Guide
For those who've never been to Nashville before, #Nashvegas has a lot more to offer it's visitors besides a Platinum Package/Group Tour of the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Without a doubt the bar scene on Broadway Street is the place to be for anyone looking to get loose, but in more recent years, Nashville has become a haven for crafty little creatives as well.
Music City has fully embraced hipster-esk type places ya'll! Wandering around Nashville you'll stumble upon chic restaurants, awesome boutique shops, dive bars, scenic beer gardens, and a decent amount of gourmet taco spots. So depending on who you are and what it is you're looking to do, have no fear #SEVCITIES is here to help you start plotting your next big adventure to one of the coolest (and most underrated) cities in America.
FIRST THINGS FIRST...
WHO ARE YOU? Nashville is known by many as Music City or the Las Vegas of the South, so it should come as no surprise that the majority of people that go to visit are either trying to pursue a music career or party. If you've already retired the walk of shame life and all that jazz the previous night leading up to it, then you're in luck! Unlike Sin City, Music City has a lot of really unique places scattered around different neighborhoods to fulfill almost anyone's travel wants and needs. So if you're still thinking to yourself, "ehh, but I don't do country music" then go on and have yourself a little scroll...
- STAY -
Downtown/SoBro ...If You Want To Stay Somewhere In Walking Distance To Broadway Street Bars & Flocks Of Bachelorette Parties
- Omni Nashville ($$$) - Next To The Country Music Hall Of Fame, Really Short Walk To Broadway Street, Solid Hotel Gym
- The Hermitage Hotel ($$$) - A Historic Hotel With The Coolest Men's Room Ever. Featured In Forbes
- Hyatt Place Downtown ($$) - Takes Less Than 5 Min To Walk To Broadway Street, Free Breakfast Daily
- Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center ($$) - Newish Hotel With Rooftop Pool, Two Blocks From Broadway Street
Midtown...If You Want To Stay Somewhere That's Walking Distance To Less Touristy Bars, Restaurants, & Places
- Hutton Hotel ($$$) - Pet Friendly! Complimentary Wine Hour 7 Days A Week
- Hampton Inn Nashville/ Vanderbilt ($$) - Best Bang For Your Buck, Guests Get Free Parking, Wifi, & Breakfast Daily
- Home 2 Suites by Hilton ($$) - Free Breakfast, Wifi, & Shuttle That Takes Guests Anywhere Within A 3 Mile Radius
The Gulch...If You Want To Stay In A Hip Area That's In Between Touristy Areas Like Music Row and Downtown
- The 404 Hotel ($$$$) - 5 Room Boutique Hotel In A Former Auto Shop, Very Cool Modern Vibe, No Front Desk (Key Code)
- Fairfield Inn & Suites ($$) - Free Golf Cart Service Around The Gulch, Complimentary Wifi, Rooftop Lounge
12 South...If You're More Of An Airbnb Person & Your Focus On The Trip Is To Do Foodie Things & Explore Hip Shops
More Awesome Neighborhoods, Rentals & Places To Stay...
- Ultra Cool Private Basement Apartment | 12 South/Belmont/Vandy ($$) - Sleeps 4, 3 Min Away From Downtown
- Pet Friendly Converted Short Bus | East Nashville ($) - Sleeps 2, 15 Min Away From Downtown
- Music City's Tiny House (Featured On FYI & The Discovery Channel) | Germantown ($$) - Sleeps 4, 2 Miles From Downtown Broadway
- La Sirena | East Nashville ($$) - Sleeps 2, 1 Mile From Downtown
- Boho Wonderland | East Nashville ($) - Sleeps 2, 10-20 Min From Downtown
- Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast | Lockesprings ($$$) - The Coolest Place To Stay. Period.
- EAT -
The best way to describe Nashville's food scene? Lots of great options -- not enough time.
CREMA | Downtown
What's Good? Cuban Coffee, Avocado Toast
ARNOLD'S COUNTRY KITCHEN | The Gulch / Downtown
This cafeteria style cheap eatery won two James Beard Awards because...they've been serving quality (aaaand affordable) southern cooking for over 30 years. Don't let the long line outside scare you away, it takes very little time for visitors to order the classic "meat & 3" meal.
AVO | Midtown
This place is going to make vegans really happy because...there's more than 2 items on the menu that they can actually eat. If you or someone you know constantly complains about not being able to go out to eat due to their practice of Veganism, then problem solved!
BAKERSFIELD NASHVILLE | Sobro / Downtown
If you're in the mood for Mexican then...you're in for a real treat at Bakersfield. Order the Pork Belly Taco, Short Rib Taco, Pollo Rojo, and Queso.
BIG AL'S DELI | Salemtown
You're guaranteed a budget-friendly epic experience here because...the classic southern cooking is usually being prepared by Big Al himself! Try the fried chicken, grits, smashed potatoes, or breakfast.
GARDEN BRUNCH CAFE | Buena Vista
When you're craving a bangin' breakfast...you'll find almost all locals will recommend you try Garden Brunch Cafe. The no reservations restaurant makes a mean batch of bananas foster pancakes, phenommm french toast, and an eggcelent Eggs Benedict.
LE SEL | Midtown / Music Row
If you're looking for a trendy-cute brunch spot...Le Sel is it. The stylish decor is an Insta-crazy, bloggers dream. Try the hashbrowns, beignets, or frites with garlic aioli sauce.
MONELL’S | Germantown
Is a unique dining experience because..guests are all seated at one big table for a family-style, southern, home cooked meal. The restaurant has a no cell phone rule to encourage guests to leave as friends.
NICOLETTO’S | Gallatin Pike
Is a great option for late night grub because...you'll have zero regrets the next morning getting your drunk munchies from here. The late night menu is small, but stacked with four solid options (try the Italian Beef sandwich.)
ROLF AND DAUGHTERS | Germantown
If you're just searching for a nice sit down restaurant then...Rolf and Daughters really knows just how to keep small plates fun, fresh, and tasty. You can't go wrong ordering the Pork Ragout, Sweet Corn Agnolotti, or Sourdough with Seaweed Butter. Not that anyone would really need suggestions here, Bon Appétit named them the #3 Best New Restaurant In the Country back in 2013 for a reason.
TAVERN | Midtown / Music Row
When your group's searching for a fun boozy brunch spot...take them to Tavern for 2-for-1 brunch libations. An order of the White Trash Hash with a side of buy 1 get one free booze = a great start to the day.
THE CATBIRD SEAT | Midtown / Music Row
Is a super pricey, but epic experience that is... apparently worth the hype. Diners often refer to they're 12+ course meal as the best place they've ever eaten in their entire lives, tough food critics never have negative things to say about their experience, and the restaurant recently got a serious stamp of approval from Anthony Bourdain himself. So if you're lucky enough to be one of the 32 people to snag a seat around the big open kitchen table, expect to try dishes like 72-hour slow-cooked Wagyu beef.
THE PATERSON HOUSE | Midtown / Music Row
Is a hidden gem that is...perfect for someone that's searching for creative craft cocktails in a super cool atmosphere. The food menu is small so don't come too hungry. And FYI -- The PH has rules. Guys can't hit on girls, no phones or photos, and patrons are not allowed to talk to people outside of their group (which is probably the main reason celebrities frequent this place.)
Bonuts (Biscuit Donuts): Biscuit Love
Cookies: Christie Cookie
Damn Good Georgia Peaches: The Peach Truck
Gelato: Legato Gelato
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup: The Grilled Cheeserie
Hot Chicken Bao Buns: Otaku Ramen
Ice Cream (Order The Brown Butter Almond Brittle): Jeni's
Pancake Stuffed French Toast: Sky Blue
Seasonal Iced Coffee: Three Brothers Coffee
Sushi Burritos or Poke: Funk Seoul Brother Korean Tacos
Imogene + Willie - $$$ High-End Jeans
Kitty Nashville - $$$ Women's Clothing
Sisters of Nature - $$$ Women's Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories
Two Son - $$$ Women's & Men's Clothing
Children's Clothing -
Magpies Nashville - $$$
Handmade Skateboards -