Over time, I’ve shared so many of my travel documents to friends and friends of friends, I’ve become kind of notorious for them. One city that I’ve been lucky enough to go to many time, but never wrote a proper recap on is Nashville. Between school, friends and work, I’ve been there 5 times, so I’m honestly disappointed it’s taking me so long to write anything about it.
Every time I go, I fall more in love with this little city. It’s bursting with such spirit and energy, and always something new to discover. So, here’s something a little different than my usual travel recaps, but so overdue — some of my favorite spots in Nashville.
FOOD + DRINK:
- Jack Brown’s: I couldn’t call myself a JMU alum if I didn’t send everyone I know to Jack Browns in every city they exist. I swear, you’ll never have a more delicious burger and if you’re into beer, you’ll be in heaven. Order a Greg Brady with sweet potato fries and a fried Oreo.
1123 3rd Avenue North
- Pinewood Social: This place is on everyone’s list of must see spots, but for good reason. The setup is a blast, aside from a mouthwatering menu, they also have a bowling alley and pool…seriously. It’s a great (+ delicious) experience all around.
33 Peabody Street
- Frothy Monkey: For coffee lovers, this place is a must. That’s all I’ll say.
Several locations around Nashville
- Le Sel: Any Instagram lover will love this place for a bit of an up(per)- scale experience. The restaurant is decked out in the most beautiful pink decor that pre-dates the millennial pink trend. We were seated on the wrap-around porch on a warm Nashville night and it was simply magic.
1922 Adelicia Street
- Five Daughters Bakery: Stop by for a treat after your Instagram photoshoot at the “I Believe in Nashville” sign. We ordered probably a dozen donuts between the three of us and munched on them for days. There’s even a descent gluten free variety, so no excuses to miss out on these babies.
1110 Caruthers Avenue
- Biscuit Love: This place always has a line, so we placed an order for pickup and brought it with us to the airport on our way out of town the last time I was in Nashville. I remember feeling like I may explode from all of the food I ate that weekend, but couldn’t stop myself from finishing my biscuit sandwich.
316 11th Avenue South
- Tin Roof: If I could only go to one bar on Broadway, it’d be Tin Roof. Every time I’ve gone, there’s been an amazing band with a really fun crowd. It’s a little bit further down the strip, but worth the extra blocks.
- Tootsies Orchid Lounge: A classic. You can’t not go to this multi-level bar, but make sure to order the fried pickles while you’re listening to the talented live musicians.
- Ryman Auditorium: Normally, I’m not huge on tourist type places, but I really loved learning about the history of Nashville at the Ryman. Also, as a bit of a visual nerd, I always have admired the beautiful pointed windows on the building.
116 5th Street
THINGS TO DO:
- Pedal Tour: If you’re traveling with a group who likes to drink, this is a really fun activity. Otherwise, skip on to the next bullet. This experience exists in many cities, but the top line notes are, it’s a BYO group cycle bar that takes you to different bars around Nashville. We used Nashville Pedal Tavern (though there are many options) and took the Midtown Route, which took us to many bars we probably wouldn’t have found on our own.
- Grand Ole Opry: Okay, so maybe this is weird for someone with as much love for Nashville as me, but I really don’t care for country music…BUT, I still think you need to go to the Opry. It’s a bit of a hike outside of town, but grab an Uber and get tickets. Live music is everywhere in Nashville, but a trip to the Opry is such a true Nashville experience.
2804 Opryland Drive
- Country Music Hall of Fame: One of those things you can’t not do. Again, I’m not a huge country music fan, but still found this an interesting pit stop.
222 5th Avenue South