So far, we’ve covered my favorite on Broadway, breakfast/brunch spots and shopping of Nash Vegas. Let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of Nashville – the murals, dinner, and sight-seeing!
- I Believe in Nashville: located at 2706 12th Ave South. This one is an icon and even though it’s overdone, you have to do it. It’s also right near most of the shopping in my last post so if you go shopping in the 12 South area, you will definitely not miss this mural.
- Draper James Stripes Mural: located at 2707 12th Ave South. You guessed it, this one is on the Draper James storefront! Go shopping and see a mural.
- Nashville at Heart: located at 2705 12th Ave South. Show your #NashvilleatHeart by visiting this mural done by the American Heart Association!
- Ian Ross + Jason Woodside Murals: located at 11th and Laurel in the Gulch area of Nashville, which is right across the street from yummy brunch place Milk & Honey. These are two different murals right next to each other which means double duty without a lot of travel to grab your shots!
- Google Fiber mural: located in East Nashville at 1012 Woodland St. aka outside Five Points Pizza. All the color, all the fun.
- Star mural: located at the corner of Martin St & Humphrey St in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Good if you’re wearing a very bright colored outfit!
- Alley outside Three Brothers Coffee: someone compared this wall to modern hieroglyphics. This wall is completely black and white so it works really well if you are wearing something SUPER colorful.
- Husk: I could not be more in love with this place. It’s got such great Southern charm. The food is magnificent (esp the charcuterie board) and even if you don’t get food here, you can saddle up to their bar and just get a cocktail and apps. But for sure worth the price tag.
- Five Points Pizza: a very casual spot in East Nashville. Their garlic knots are out of this world. They have local beer and wine in tap from City Winery. Their pizza is creative and different – like this vodka sauce pizza we had. Perfect hangover food.
- Pharmacy Burger Parlor: this is a great spot for the summer because they have an awesome beer garden and great burgers that come with tots. Do I seem obsessed with tots? Because I am.
- Rolf & Daughters: this is not an exaggeration, but this is the literal best meal I’ve ever had in Nashville, hands down. I had this fabulous duck for my entree, but the starters were real stand-outs. The beef tartare toast was just sensational and the butternut squash which didn’t even taste a thing like a squash. If you can get squash to taste not like squash, you can come cook for me anytime!
- The Old School: The experience here is nothing short of magical. Yes, it’s a little out of the way but it’s worth taking time out of your way to go. They have live music on the weekends so you can listen to folk music as you eat and the vibe is very chill, low candlelight with a modern Little House on the Prairie take on decor. The carbonara and duck dishes were INSANE. And the service was just outstanding. I’ve also heard this place does goat yoga and in the summer they have live music on their lawn. It’s such a cute place! I want to come back in the summer and get a cheese plate and listen to music outside and drink all the rose. Anyone with me?
- Dino’s: My favorite food is a good burger, so for my birthday I found Dino’s which is a seedy dive bar with greasy delicious food. Their Bad Boy Basil burger with basil aioli and avocado really hit the spot. If you don’t want to sit in the actual bar, there is a really cute patio out back with some cool murals to boot!
Sights to See
- Parthenon: I’ve never been to Athens, so I can’t attest that this is as grandiose or as beautiful as the actual Parthenon, but it was pretty incredible to see a full-blown replica in the middle of Nashville. Apparently, it was built to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary because of the city’s nickname for being the Athens of the South. This nickname comes from all the universities and colleges in the city. Nashville was THE place to go to school in the 1800s/early 1900s if you lived below the Mason Dixon.
- Ryman Auditorium: the first time I was in Nashville, I got to see the Opry at the Ryman since the Gaylord hotel was being renovated. It was the most amazing experience. I highly recommend seeing the Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman if you can. It’s a radio program that is broadcast live and all sorts of different performers come (some very famous!) and perform. We got to see Jimmy Dickens there as well before he passed, which if you are a country fan you know that’s a big deal! They also just do tours during the day, which if you are a history fan, I highly recommend.
- Country Music Hall of Fame: I really only recommend the hall of fame if you are a big country fan. I love country music so it was fun for me to see all the costumes and memorabilia, but if you aren’t into country music this probably isn’t the place for you. They do have a good amount of Taylor Swift stuff, so if you’re a big Swiftie then it might be worth it!