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Nashville is defined by its neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality and character. Discover what to do and where to stay, eat, and shop. Conquer the city like a local.
Eighth Avenue and Melrose, just south of downtown and the Gulch, is home to some of the best antique shops in town. Refuel after digging for a one-of-a-kind find at one of the areas many budget-friendly corner cafes, chef-driven restaurants and family-friendly eateries.
Sandwiched between a vintage clothing store and a gourmet Mexican popsicle shop is a half-mile stretch along 12th Avenue South called the 12South neighborhood. One of the most walkable neighborhoods in Nashville, 12South is a shopping and dining destination chock full of restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, bars, and boutiques featuring local designers and makers. Don’t miss the “I Believe in Nashville” mural located next door to Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James store.
Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques, and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll. Adjacent to Hillsboro Village is the Belmont area, which is home to Belmont University, a historic home, shops, and some great eating.
At first glance, Berry Hill looks like a purely residential neighborhood until you realize funky independent shops, restaurants, recording studios and music publishers occupy many of the homes. Technically its own city, Berry Hill is treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville and is located just south of Downtown beyond Eighth Avenue South.
The Nashville International Airport isn’t the only thing to experience in Donelson, located just 10 miles east of downtown. Diverse eateries and interesting attractions including Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, home of the 7th US president, can be found here and in the surrounding areas. Budget-friendly hotels abound within close proximity of the airport, making it a convenient place to stay during a visit to Nashville.
Downtown Nashville is alive with exciting live music, great food, and elegant hotels. World-famous Lower Broadway is at the heart of downtown, offering something for every kind of taste, fun, and sound.
The sound of Nashville reverberates from the city’s downtown core where honky tonks play world-class live music 365 days a year, historic buildings have been reimagined into music attractions, boutique hotels, art galleries, and chef-driven restaurants, and newly constructed hotels, eateries, music venues, and attractions pop up all over.
Located across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville is the stomping ground of Nashville’s creative class, attracted to the area’s culturally diverse and eclectic vibe and historic homes dating back to the early 1900s. In the early aughts, East Nashville helped put Nashville on the map as a culinary destination, a reputation the neighborhood maintains today. Locals frequent the many dive bars, craft cocktail joints, coffee shops, and vintage stores sprinkled throughout the neighborhood.
Germantown, lined with beautiful Victorian buildings and homes, has great restaurants and shops making Nashville’s oldest neighborhood the perfect place for a daytime stroll or a nice evening out.
Named for the European immigrants who first settled here in the mid-19th century, Germantown is a historic community on the National Register of Historic Places located just a few blocks northwest of downtown Nashville. The area is home to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, local boutiques and many of Nashville’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants making it a culinary destination in its own right.
Considered one of the most desirable areas to live in Nashville, Green Hills is an affluent suburban enclave known for upscale brands and boutiques. Hidden within an inconspicuous strip mall is the famed Bluebird Cafe, home to both established and up-and-coming songwriters.
Just south of downtown lies this once-abandoned industrial area that’s undergone an urban revitalization in recent years sparking an intoxicating new energy. The exceedingly walkable LEED-certified community is teeming with boutique hotels, high-rise condos, instagrammable murals, shops, live music venues, breweries, and diverse culinary offerings spanning everything from biscuits and Nashville Hot Chicken to Detroit-style pizza, traditional ramen and Indian food.
Marathon Village, a unique neighborhood of sorts that has become quite a Nashville hotspot, is made up of a group of 100-year-old warehouse buildings which was originally where the Marathon, a car made in the early 1900s, was built.
A cluster of buildings that formerly housed Marathon Motor Works in the early 1900’s makes up the area known as Marathon Village just minutes from downtown. Today, a creative community of unique retail, business and entertainment facilities reside here, including a bourbon distillery, gourmet confectionary and Antique Archaeology, home base for the American Pickers show on the History Channel.
Sandwiched between downtown, Music Row, West End and Hillsboro Village is Midtown, an area adjacent to the prestigious Vanderbilt University. Here, students, music industry folks and business executives converge with visitors in the neighborhood’s many chef-driven restaurants and bustling bars. Its walkability, multitude of hotel options and proximity to both downtown and other unique neighborhoods make it an exceptionally convenient area to stay in Nashville.
Located between the edge of downtown and West End is Music Row, the center of the recording industry and a neighborhood steeped in history. Home to the recording studios where music greats recorded their biggest hits, Music Row is populated by stately homes converted into recording studios, songwriting rooms, record labels, management offices, public relations offices, and everything in between required to write, record, publish, and publicize an album.
This neighborhood is considered the heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry. Nestled within homes and buildings are the recording studios from which your favorite songs came to be. Including everything from Elvis Presley’s “How Great Thou Art” (recorded at Historic RCA Studio B) to Foo Fighters’ “Congregation” (recorded at Southern Ground Nashville).
Located a few miles from downtown, North Nashville is a neighborhood steeped in rich history. Home to three historically black universities, Fisk University with its famed art galleries and Fisk Jubilee Singers, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University, North Nashville has long been the hub of the city’s black community. Jefferson Street is known for its musical past, once the epicenter of Nashville’s thriving R&B and jazz scene. Today, visitors can explore the shops, bars, and restaurants lining Buchanan Street. A newer point of interest, this area of the neighborhood has seen a surge of development in recent years.
Just ten miles east of downtown and seven miles north of the Nashville International Airport is Music Valley where world-class country music entertainment, family-friendly dining establishments, and bargain shopping can be found. This area is home to the Grand Ole Opry, Opry Mills shopping center, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, SoundWaves, and some fantastic country-music themed attractions and restaurants.
The south side of downtown Nashville’s Broadway is called SoBro. Unlike its neighbor North of Broadway up the hill, this area is known for all things new – the city’s sprawling convention center, live music venues, major hotel brands, boutique properties, restaurants, bars, and even the just under 15-year-old Schermerhorn Symphony Center designed to look like it’s been there for decades.
Southwest of downtown Nashville lies the quaint and quiet neighborhood of Sylvan Park, a largely residential area brimming with locally-owned restaurants, bars and shops that have stood the test of time. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is Murphy Road that ends at McCabe Park where locals and visitors alike enjoy McCabe Golf Course and the surrounding Richland Creek Greenway. The Nations and West End neighborhoods flank either side of Sylvan Park.
Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston (or “WeHo”) neighborhood is located a few blocks south of downtown Nashville with borders defined by Houston Street to the north, Wedgewood Avenue to the south, Eighth Avenue South to the west and Fourth Avenue South/Nolensville Pike to the east. The proximity to downtown, relatively affordable rents and real estate prices, and the number of old warehouses, factories and garages have attracted artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to open restaurants, distilleries, breweries, galleries, studios and workshops in the area. Look for major growth in the years to come: Apple Music’s Nashville office and a SoHo House Hotel are slated to open here soon.
WEST END/ELLISTON PLACE
The epicenter of West End is Centennial Park, one of Nashville’s premier urban parks located adjacent to Vanderbilt University and home to a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. Just up the way is Elliston Place where some of the city’s most storied rock clubs can be located – hence the microneighborhood’s “Elliston Place Rock Block” nickname – as well as several eclectic dining options. Further south down West End is Belle Meade, a wealthy residential community known for its stately homes including two historic properties that can be toured by visitors: Belle Meade Plantation and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.