I’ve always wanted to experience some sweet southern charm and my wish came true when I visited Nashville, Tennessee this past November. My mom and I decided to take a quick girls trip to Music City, U.S.A. We spent 3 nights there and I honestly feel like that was just enough time to accomplish the highlights that Nashville has to offer.
Where to stay:
There are plenty of hotels in the heart of downtown Nashville but we opted for an Airbnb in East Nashville. This neighborhood was adorable, safe, and only 5 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the airport. Airbnb is filled with affordable and cute places to stay around Nashville so I don’t think you’ll have a hard time finding something great.
**Additional note: I highly suggest relying on Uber/Lyft for getting around. First of all it was a ton of fun to meet several locals. They made us feel right at home and also had some great recommendations. It saved us a lot of time getting around since we were unfamiliar with the area.
-Pharmacy Burger Parlor- Best burger of my life- hands down. The bread was very doughy, almost like a donut but not sweet. Pair it with one of their countless local beers and you’ve got one of the best meals you’ve ever had.
-Monell’s- This is a one of a kind experience. You sit at a table with other customers and pass around homemade dishes almost as if you’re at your families Thanksgiving dinner. Monell’s motto is “Come in as strangers, leave as family.” This is where you need to go if you want some authentic southern cooking.
Taco Mamacita: Mexican may not sound like something Nashville would be known for but this is not your typical taqueria. This is a fun place to unwind with some innovative tacos, bright surroundings, and a glass of their famous sangria.
-Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams- This is a chain but I’m still adding it in this post because this ice cream was so good that we went two days in a row. They have the most unique flavors such as Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Middle West Whisky and Pecans. Apparently there’s a Los Angeles location so you can bet I’m visiting that ASAP.
**Note: Nashville is known for their hot chicken. Everyone talks about Hattie B’s but we ran out of time to make it over there. We didn’t want to leave without trying some of this staple food so we quickly grabbed a plate of it at a random restaurant whose name escapes me. But if I go back to Nashville I will make sure to try Hattie’s!
-Frothy Monkey- This place is poppin but worth the crowds. It’s cozy ambiance and yummy drinks (ummm turtle latte…I think yes!) make for a perfect start to your day of exploring. I would recommend visiting the location off 12th South because it is the original and it is also tucked away in the most adorable neighborhood that you can stroll after grabbing your coffee.
-Crema- Another coffee shop that us tourists have taken over. Quality coffee, lovely space, and great view of Nashville bridges.
-Honky Tonk Row- A must do to get the true Nashville experience. Walk (or stumble) from one honky tonk to the next to hear a variety of live music.
-Blue Bird Cafe- Iconic club featuring a combination of up and coming and experienced songwriters. Celebrities are known to frequent here. Reservations highly recommended but they do not accept them on Sundays and Mondays- those days are first come first serve. Unfortunately we were going on a Sunday and and arrived an hour and a half before the show. Despite waiting in line we didn’t make it in 😦 We were literally two people away from the cutoff. It was a little frustrating, especially because this wasn’t very close to anything else we were interested in visiting (it’s about 15 minutes outside of downtown). But we were still happy to have seen the outside of the club and had no shame peeking through the window for the first few minutes of the performance. Learn from us- if seeing a show is a priority to you on a Sunday/Monday then seriously get there like three hours early.
-Grand Ole Opry Tour- One of the highlights of the trip! For the low price of $25/ticket we went on a group tour of the Opry! We were guided backstage, through dressing rooms, and given a history lesson on the famous landmark. They were gearing up for “Country Christmas” so it was fun to see the final stages of prep that were happening for that.
I loved being a tourist in Nashville and hope to go back another day to get more of that charm. Take care, y’all!