It’s always nice to travel places where you’re guaranteed to see familiar faces and have a welcoming home to rest your head. This is very true for us when we visit Nashville as a lot of our oldest and dearest friends call the city home. Eric and I have both been to Music City a few times before, but something about this trip felt like we were visiting for the first time. You could attribute this tourist feeling to the massive growth and economic boom the city has undergone the past couple of years. People are moving from all over the country to open specialty restaurants, boutique gift and clothing stores, coffee shops and to snatch up real estate. I think nearly every third person we met would mention..... “Yea, I used to live in Brooklyn too.”
Traveling with a toddler, and both working a couple of full days while we were there, we were surprised at how much we fit in, but also at how much more we wanted to see and do! Exploring and adventuring looks a bit different when you’re working with nap times, snack times and bedtimes. We don’t let that scare us off, but it does cut into plans here and there! I wanted to share some of our top favorite places for when you get a chance to visit. Some are the usual, some are new and some are for those of you traveling with wee ones. A little of something for everyone!
TO EAT ::
Rolf & Daughters. Located in my favorite neighborhood, Germantown, this restaurant was built in a 100 year old factory. You can sit at communal tables or cozy up in a booth for a date night. But seriously, eat as much as you can and do family style…. it’s all so delicious!
City House. Might be the most beautiful restaurant building I’ve seen recently from the outside. Just a really cool place, serves pizza and homemade sausage.
Marche. The brunch spot of Nashville.
The Pharmacy. Burgers and a biergarten. Yes please.
Burger Up. Seriously legit burgers. They source the meat from a nearby Tennessee farm, so you know that meat is delicious. Perfect place for any meal, with anyone.
Butchertown Hall. Beautiful outdoor space, huge tables and great for large groups. Lots of meat, local beers on tap and tacos…. cause why not?!
Pinewood Social. We like going for lunch when it’s chill and relaxing. Also open for bowling and shenanigans at night!
TO SHOP ::
Imogene + Willie. Duh. Like this isn’t included on everyone’s list ever of things to do in Nashville. I mean, it makes me sick how much I want everything in this store.
Sisters of Nature. Kimberly has curated such a beautiful store over in East Nashville. From gifts to cards to jewelry to enviable outfits, her style and eye are on point!
White’s Mercantile. Located in the trendy 12 South neighborhood, think of Holly (owner) to Nashville as Joanna Gaines is to Waco. She has that modern 'Nashville homebody vibe' perfected.
Hey Rooster. A fellow Brooklyn dweller, Courtney, recently moved back home to Nashville to pursue her dreams of opening a store just like this. For starters, the space she found is adorable (it literally looks like an old general store) and even has space upstairs, called the Hen House, for events and gatherings. It’s my dream space!
Tweed Baby Outfitters. Want to know the saddest thing? This adorable and perfect children’s store closed literally a few days after we were in town. Thankfully, I had a chance to swing in and check it out with Parker….. who picked out a few souvenirs!
Nashville Flea Market. If there’s a flea market…. I will find it.
Wilder. More New York transplants have set up shop in Nashville. This shop has an eclectic mixture of contemporary design meets Santa Fe flare. I dig it.
TO SEE ::
Hatch Show Print. Historic letterpress shop.
Robert's Western World. It’s like coming to New York and needing to see Times Square. Get down to the main strip on Broadway and see the lights and meander around the cowboy boot stores. Robert’s is always the crowd pleaser and a local favorite.
Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co. Ever fancy feeling like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? You’re in luck. This place does tours… and you get to sample chocolate along the way! (also a great activity with older kids)
Third Man Records. Founded by Jack White, music lovers will want to swing by this little shop to peruse the record collections for sale.
FOR KIDS ::
Sevier Park. Ask Parker what her favorite part of Nashville was and she’ll likely answer with this park.
Downtown Public Library. Really old libraries in any city are a gem for kids.
Shelby Street Pedistrian Bridge. Great photo ops of the city!
Country Music Hall of Fame. Start your wee one’s off on the right foot with some music history.
Nashville Farmer’s Market. Pretty much open every day of the year in some capacity.
Grassy Knoll Movie Nights. Perfect for a picnic and relaxing!
Looking forward to going back and seeing all the new places that will have definitely popped up by then! I know we didn't hit every place in town, but if there are favorites you want to share that weren't mentioned, please do so in the comments below. Then I can make notes for our next trip!