Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Visiting Nashville?

I've had a lot of people ask me for recommendations of things to do in Nashville, so as I move from Tennessee I wanted to compile a list of my favorite places (and other recommendations) to share with y'all!


There are a million and one AMAZING places to eat in Nash, so I've decided to organize them by meal.


  • Loveless Cafe: Loveless is not my favorite, but it is a Nashville staple.  Its an old motel turned restaurant.  There is usually a wait but there are plenty of shops to look at and outdoor seating to relax in as you wait.
  • Saint Anejo: another favorite! The brunch is amazing, but beware- the drinks are potent! Definitely plan to either have someone stay sober or take some escapades around The Gulch before you plan on driving anyway.
  • Proper Bagel: If you're looking for a light breakfast, I recommend Proper Bagel.  These have a variety of bagel sandwiches and other breakfast items. It is located near Belmont University- I learned this the hard way when I tried to go for the first time on graduation day!


  • Hot Chicken-Hattie B's is wonderful, so wonderful that there is ALWAYS a line! (The first time I went, I got there at least 15 minutes before in opened IN THE RAIN and there was a line). There are two locations in Nashville (and another in Birmingham, AL).  Prince's Hot Chicken is the original hot chicken spot in Nash, though I have yet to go there. When you order hot chicken in Nashville, make sure to get a "temperature" more mild than you would usually get, because it is HOT!
Hattie B's
  • Tacos- Mas Tacos Por Favor, located in East Nashville, is my absolute favorite.  It looks like a sketchy little roadside taco shop but it is amazing! They only take cash, so its best to be prepared by bringing some, but they do have an ATM.  There is always a line here, but its worth waiting for, even in 90 degree weather. Bar Taco is also great.  They have a ton of options and are very food-allergy friendly.  It is located in 12 South so it is very trendy.  They have outdoor seating which I highly recommend taking advantage of. (That being said, the margaritas are costly and tiny, not worth it in my opinion).  Lastly, if you're in the downtown area and are craving tacos, Bajo Sexto is located in the same building as the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The tacos are good, but nothing compares to Mas Tacos.
Mas Tacos Por Favor
  • BBQ- Martin's BBQ by far takes the cake. Martin's has two locations, one on the south side of Nashville and one just up the road from downtown Nash. The downtown location has amazing rooftop seating!

  • Burgers- Pharmacy Burger, right across the street from Mas Tacos in East Nashville, is by far my favorite burger choice.  The burgers are huge and the drinks are tasty! They have an extensive beer menu but also have a large variety of non-alchoholic beverages. Burger Up! is another good burger joint.  It is located in 12 south, near Bar Taco, and also very trendy.  Its very much a hipster burger joint, even has tofu and black bean burgers. They do have another location elsewhere in Nashville, though I've never been.
Burger Up!
  • Bluebird Cafe- I haven't been here yet, but I know it is an iconic Nashville place to visit (also on the show Nashville, I am told).  Reservation are necessary and their hours are limited!


  •  Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is located in 12 South and at the Nashville Farmers Market.  The ice cream is good, but I wouldn't say great.  Definitely worth a try at least once. Fun Fact: you can order Jeni's to be delivered to your door!
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes is also located in 12 South.  I didn't think the cupcakes were the great when I had them, but they have a cupcake ATM located out side the building, and that's something you can't pass up! P.S. While you're here, make sure to take a photo with the "I Believe in Nashville" mural right across from Draper Janes!

  • The Soda Parlor is a little ice cream shop arcade.  They host a variety of events but its great at any time!
  • Five Daughters Bakery has great 100 layer donuts! There is also a crazy variety of random flavors, I've never had the same one twice! There are two locations- one is down in Franklin, and the other is located in 12 South, near Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams and Burger Up! 


98 Degrees + O-Town + DREAM at the Ryman

  • Music City Walk of Fame - located right across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame!



  • Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge

If you're ever looking for any other specific recommendations, let me know!

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