Tips From a Nashville Native

Tips From a Nashville Native

One thing I love is the moment when I’m talking to a new person and I mention I’m from Nashville, and they just completely lose it. The phrase “I’ve been wanting to visit Nashville!” is one I hear consistently, but every time I get just as excited because the hype around Nashville is real—it really is an awesome city!

To be fair, even when I was still in high school it wasn’t the busy, dynamic city it’s become in just the past 3/4 years. When I go home, there never fails to be a new restaurant or apartment building that’s popped up out of nowhere.

So while I’ll be the first to claim ignorance to a lot of cool places in Nashville, growing up there really afforded me the cool privilege of knowing some places that should definitely make it on to your to do list!

Most Instagramed

  • “WhatLiftsYou” wing mural on 302 11th Ave NW
  • “I Believe in Nashville” mural next to Draper James on 12th Ave South
  • Restoration Hardware restaurant and rooftop
  • Five Daughters Bakery
  • Draper James 12th Ave south
  • Amelia’s flower truck
  • Pinewood Social
  • Pedestrian bridge

Best for Breakfast+Brunch

  • Fenwick’s 300
  • Biscuit love 
  • Noshville
  • Proper bagel
  • Puffy muffin
  • Frothy monkey
  • Franklin juice co. 
  • Another Broken Egg

Best for Lunch+Dinner

  • Epice and Santo (same owner different awesome menus)
  • Burger up
  • Desano
  • Etch
  • Flip side
  • Taqueria del sol
  • Virago
  • Fido (when it reopens!)
  • Josephine
  • The Pharmacy
  • Food and Co (If you’re around the Green Hills area)

Best for Hot Chicken+BBQ

  • Hattie B’s
  • Edleys BBQ
  • Martins BBQ
  • Farmers market BBQ (my personal favorite!)

Best Excursions+Attractions

  • Parthenon (Not really an excursion per say, but it is a great place to walk around!)
  • Downtown Franklin
  • Carter House
  • Jack Daniels Distillery (You’ll need a car!)
  • Mammoth Caves (If you’re feeling super adventurous)
  • Percy Warner Park
  • Frist Art Museum
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • See a concert at the Ryman or Bridgestone

Of course, things are changing in Nashville every day, it’s so hard to keep up, but these are some great places to start! If you’ve ever been to Nashville /live there, I’d love to know your favorite places too!

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