Ultimate Guide to Nashville

Nashville is one of our favorite cities.  It has amazing food and a lot of kid friendly activities.  We have been to this city multiple times and every time we love it more than before. I have been without my children once.  Yes it was for a bachelorette party.  Our favorite area of Nashville is East Nashville.  It is full of some of the cutest Airbnbs and a little more laid back feel.  There are so many amazing restaurants and breweries in this city.  These are some of our favorite spots! 

Favorite Restaurants

  1. Butcher and the Bee: A delicious, eclectic restaurant in East Nashville that uses local ingredients. We have eaten here for lunch and brunch and both were amazing. Our favorites were the Whipped Feta, Hummus, and burger.
  2. Butchertown Hall: A great happy hour spot in West Nashville. This is the only time we have eaten here. They have cheap, amazing small plates and delicious drinks. Happy Hour is Sunday to Thursday 2pm-6pm. I think we got one of all the small plates. We love family style snack eating at restaurants.
  3. Five Points Pizza: There is a location in East and West Nashville. The Bianca Pizza add pepperoni is my favorite pizza of all time. So delicious. We always stop here and to grab a pizza for the ride home.
  4. Sky Blue Cafe: Cutest little breakfast joint in East Nashville. They serve breakfast all day. They are only open 7am-3pm. Our favorites were the Lo’s and Em’s Bowls and the breakfast burrito. The stuffed French Toast pancakes were a hit with the kids. Its enough to feed probably like 4 people. They also have great coffee and hot chocolate.
  5. Biscuit Love: A very popular breakfast spot in the Gulch, but it is still delicious. We tried the Bonuts and the East Nasty and both were delicious.
  6. Marche Artisan Foods: A European-style cafe that serves amazing brunch in East Nashville. They also have really great pastries.
  7. Milk and Honey: Cute little cafe in the Gulch. We have only tried the coffee and breakfast here but the lunch and dinner look really good too.
  8. Bakersfield: Delicious Mexican food in Downtown. We ate here before a Predators game and it was a great stop. We ordered guac, a few tacos and margaritas. The margaritas were so good.
  9. Giovanni Ristorante: I ate here on a bachelorette party. It is a super nice Italian restaurant in Midtown area. We don’t usually eat at restaurants this nice especially with the kids but the pasta was amazing so I had to put it on the list. It is pricey. I tried to Lasagna, Bolognese, and Tagliolini and all were amazing.
  10. Slim and Husky’s Pizza: Build your Own Pizza. Amazing pizza in West Nashville and you can get whatever you want on it. It is a super cute little restaurant. They also have some local beer options. There are 2 locations in Nashville, one to dine in and one for only take out.
  11. Mas Tacos Por Favor: These are worth the wait. We only waited about 20 minutes but they are delicious. We tried one of every taco and all were delicious. We usually don’t love corn tortillas t these were so good. The also make delicious frescos and iced coffee. Both were delicious. A lot of people ordered a soup which looked so good. It was too hot for us to get a soup the day we visited.
  12. Lockeland Table: We ate here during community hour. They have bunch of sharable snacks for super cheap. We ordered one of everything. It was all really good. Im sure everything on the dinner menu is just as good. I recommend making a reservation. They lady looked at us like we were crazy when we didn’t have reservation. Luckily they had a spot but she recommended to make one next time.

Favorite Sweets

  1. Five Daughter’s Bakery: There are multiple locations, but my favorite location is on 12 South. It is in a cute little white house and has a little play area on the side for kids. All the locations serve the cute and delicious donuts. This is a super Instagrammable spot as well. They have staple flavors and seasonal flavors. We were there in the Fall and the Pumpkin Spice donut was so good. Chocolate Sea Salt is my favorite staple.
  2. The Soda Parlor: This is a really fun spot in East Nashville, especially for the kids. There are free arcade games and they serve amazing shakes and floats. They also have delicious sodas on draft.
  3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: We love ice cream and Jeni’s has great and unique flavors. This is a really popular spot. I love getting the ice cream flight to try 3 different flavors. There are multiple locations throughout Nashville and now across the U.S. Tehy also sell Jeni’s in pints at our local Whole Foods.
  4. Las Paletas: Fancy popsicles are a thing we seem to find everywhere we go. This spot is located on 12 South. There are fruity flavors or creamy flavors. We love them all. They also have mini popsicles, perfect size for my toddler.
  5. The Turnip Truck: This is small natural, local grocery store but they have great smoothies. We can sometimes get the girls to drink a smoothie instead of getting dessert.

Favorite Breweries

We love breweries because we can bring our kids. My husband has definitely joined the fancy beer train and we make at least 1 stop in every new city we visit.

  1. Bearded Iris Brewing: This is a really cool brewery in West Nashville. My husband likes New England Style IPAs and this is his favorite one in Nashville.
  2. Southern Grist Brewing: Nice brewery in East Nashville. Beers are great. The serve their flight on a cute little Tennessee board. They also serve bar snacks.
  3. Vinyl Tap: This is not a brewery but is a really cool bar across the street from Southern Grist Brewery. They serve craft beer and sell vinyl. There was a little stage so there must be live music some days. It looks like a really cool place to hangout. We walked in around lunch time to just look around. Next time we go without the kids we will definitely stop here.
  4. The Filling Station: Also not a brewery but they sell the craft beer my husband is always after. There is one location on 12 South and one in East Nashville. They also serve draft beer. The location on 12 South has a little outdoor patio area to enjoy your beer.

Favorite Things to Do

  1. John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge: A super easy way to get to downtown and not pay for parking. You just park on the East side by Nissan Stadium and walk over the bridge. It has amazing views and will really wear the little ones out getting across.
  2. Cumberland Park: This is a fun park underneath the bridge on the East side. If we are going to downtown for any reason we make sure to have extra time to stop here before walking over the bridge.
  3. Predators Game: In Louisiana we do not have a hockey team anywhere close to us so we were really excited to see a game. Nashville loves their Preds. This game was packed. There is a section that they sell for $15 the day of the game. Radio station 107.5 gives a coupon code that morning and tickets go on sale on Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. We were able to get 2 tickets and only had to buy 1 from Stub Hub.
  4. Murals: We love the Nashville murals just as much an any other tourist. Nashville has a ton. Our favorites are
    • “Flowers” behind Green Pea Salon on 12 South
    • “What Lifts You” in the Gulch
    • Draper James Blue and White Stripes
    • “East Nashville” by the Soda Parlor. There are a bunch of these all over East Nashville.
    • “I Believe in Nashville” across from Draper James on 12 South
  5. The Parthenon and Centennial Park: A beautiful spot to spend some time outside. We walked around the Parthenon. We did not go inside with the girls because we had been driving all night. They needed to run. It is only $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for kids if you do want to go inside. Centennial park also had a nice little pond and play area for the kids. It is a really nice spot especially for families.
  6. Arrington Vineyards: Beautiful views and great wine. This is about 30 minutes from Nashville but totally worth the drive. There is a little hill outside of the winery and people buy wine and bring food to picnic. It is a great little day trip or even lunch spot just to get outside. We went on a Saturday evening. We listen to live music while we watched the sunset. It is a really dreamy spot.
  7. Honky Tonks: Of course there are plenty of Honky Tonks to dance and listen to live music in Downtown. We of course do not go because we always have the girls with us. When I was there for the bachelorette party every bar was super packed at night. Not our scene unless on a bachelor or bachelorette party. On the Bachelorette party we rode the Pedal Tavern. This was a really fun way to see a bunch of the bars. I definitely suggest this if you are there without kids.

Nashville is so much fun. It is a good city if you are traveling with friends or as a family. Nashville is driving distance for us so we usually get around with our car. I have flown once before and Uber/Lyft is very easy to use to get around the city. It is also an easy walking city if you want to do that too. Let us know what your favorite places are in Nashville so we can visit them next time we are there!

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What Lifts You, Nashville, TN, Nashville Mural
What Lifts You-The Gulch
Pedestrian Bridge View
Nashville Murals, Flower Wall
Flower Wall-12 South
The Parthenon

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