There’s a myriad of reasons to love Nashville: gorgeous city parks, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, The Nashville Farmers’ Market and the chances you’ll stumble into a really good music show while just trying to get a burger. Here’s 15 more reasons we want to be there, and we think you should too.
1. If you watch Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, you know he busted out his bold moves for Dev’s first date with Rachel. Though we approve a spur of the moment weekend getaway to Music City, we’re thinking some neighborhood action is more our style. Mad props for visiting the iconic Manuel’s though, because let’s face it, rhinestone-embedded jackets are everything. While you’re in the thick of downtown, visit Hatch Show Print, Nashville’s historic letterpress, for some sweet nostalgia.
2. They’ve got some mysterious entrances. Exhibit A: The incredible Catbird Seat. It looks normal, sure, until you open the door and are led to a sketchy elevator. Just kidding. Not sketchy. Your date will probably get amped by the espionage factor anyway.That is, if you can get in. Vogue declared The Catbird Seat one of the 13 Hardest Restaurant Reservations in America Right Now. You might have better luck downstairs in The Patterson House, a speakeasy of sorts. Walk into a library and be escorted through heavy curtains to the bar area for their top-notch libations. It may take your eyes a moment to adjust. This place is lit for nefarious assignations. Exhibit B: The Crying Wolf’s long dim hallway and minimal signage. What awaits you is a raucous, tatted crowd, music, drinks, and damn fine burgers.
3. East Nashville still has hipsters plus more than a few places you’ll want to hang out. We suggest 3 Crow Bar to chillax–a streetside table is crucial. Or go to The Treehouse because well, there’s a treehouse out back; they’ve also got a late night menu with Tempura Fried Cauliflower. Score. Of course there’s always Five Points Pizza and I Dream of Weenie which need no introduction.
4. Brunch at Marche Artisan Foods–everything is stellar, including the requisite Blood Orange Mimosas.
7. Edley’s Bar-B-Que….questions?
8. We have a soft spot for a store cat, but we really respect the commitment of a loveable store dog like the one at Parnassus Books.
9. They’ve got some of the best donuts in the country at Fox’s Donut Den.
10. It’s a college town. Near Vanderbilt University is Hillsboro Village with plenty of cute shops and restaurants. Wander down tree-lined 21st street when adulting is just too much. The spirited Pangaea will take you back to your college days. We’re coveting their belt buckles. That line you see wrapping around the building is for a Nashville classic, the Pancake Pantry. We can’t resist poking in A Village of Flowers and snagging a few succulents and one of their cute containers. Then a quick swing through A Thousand Faces for a gift. Posh Boutique has both men’s and women’s clothing to keep you and yours on point. When lunch rolls around, Fido is where you want to be. It’s a madhouse for good reason, trust us. Most everything is locally sourced and amazing, including their house baked muffins and desserts. While Nashville’s favorite arthouse cinema Belcourt Theatre is temporarily closed for renovations, they’ve got one more pop-up event to tide you over. June can’t come soon enough, Belcourt!
11. Nashville’s design stores are off the hook. Our faves are Cadeau and White’s Mercantile, both in the uber trendy 12 South neighborhood. Cross the street for Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles because…summertime.
12. The commitment to superior denim and all things hip at Imogene + Willie’s.
13. You can geek out and get lit simultaneously at Two Bits. Go for Nerdy Talk Trivia on Wednesday nights.
14. Nashville is home to one of the sickest bike shops anywhere, Halcyon.
15. Celebrities open shops here. Jack White’s Third Man Records is a vinyl lovers’ tiny amusement park: vintage recording booth, mold-a-rama, novelties, and a suitably eclectic record collection.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken 112 19th St. S or 5209 Charlotte Ave.; Nashville Farmers’ Market 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.; Manuel American Designs 800 Broadway; Hatch Show Print 224 Fifth Ave. S; The Catbird Seat and The Patterson House 1711 Division St.; The Crying Wolf 823 Woodland St.; 3 Crow Bar 1024 Woodland St.; The Treehouse 1011 Clearview Ave.; Five Points Pizza 1012 Woodland St.; I Dream of Weenie 113 S. 11th St.; Marche Artisan Foods 1000 Main St.; Savant Vintage 2302 12th Ave. South; The Hip Zipper 1008 Forrest Ave.; The Filling Station 1118 Halycon Ave. or 904 B Main St.; 12 South Taproom and Grill 2318 12th Ave. South; Edley’s Bar-B-Que 2706 12th Ave. South or 908 Main St.; Parnassus Books 3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14; Fox’s Donut Den 3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 2; A Village of Flowers 1712 21st Ave. S; A Thousand Faces 1720 21st Ave. S; Pangaea 1721 21st Ave. S; Pancake Pantry 1796 21st Ave. S; Posh Boutique 1801 21st Ave. S; Fido 1812 21st Ave. S; Belcourt Theatre 2102 Belcourt Ave.; Cadeau 2308 12th Ave. South; White’s Mercantile 2908 12th Ave. South; Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles 2911 12th Ave. South; Imogene’s + Willie’s 2601 12th Ave. South; Two Bits 1520 Demonbreun St.; Halcyon Bike Shop 2802 12th Ave. South; Third Man Records 623 7th Ave. S