Nashville always feels like home and I definitely have some favorite spots now that I almost go to every time I visit. This past visit I also knocked off a couple other restaurants that have been high on the priority list. I love that it’s a city with so many places for live music but also good food, drinks, and places to stay. Here is my list of my latest favorites along with frequent recommendations from Nashville friends:


Cafe ROZE– cutest cafe for photos and Omg the food is so good!

Barista Parlor- has a few different locations and I love the Gulch location one! Favorite is the iced bourbon vanilla latte! Their biscuits are also amazing!

Killebrew– connected to The Thomspon Nashville hotel in the Gulch

Coffee & Coconuts– farther away in Franklin ( a nearby town that I love!) but gorgeous for the gram

Sump Coffee

Frothy Monkey– Cute location is on 12 S or Downtown!

Where to Stay/ Boutique Hotels: 

Stay Alfred– At 505 is downtown and The James is at the Gulch

The Russell Nashville Hotel– I got to stay here after Bonnaroo and it is HEAVENLY. The lobby is amazing and that’s just the beginning. It is a converted Church in East Nashville and uses many of the original features! We stayed in the Tower Suite.

Vandyke Hotel: 8 room boutique hotel in the heart of East Nashville; the decor is incredible

The Waverly Nashville– Chic 2-bedroom/2-bathroom loft-style apartments with communal outdoor space and on-site concierge


Liberty Common– the cutest Nashville Patio Café for Brunch! *Jazz Brunch is on Sundays and adorable atmosphere

Five Daughter’s bakery ( best donuts ever)—12 South

Proper Bagel
Milk and Honey ( breakfast and lattes. Cutest black and white title wall)— in gulch

Henrietta Red

The Listening Room– live music and breakfast!
Tenn Sixteen– five points- best chicken and waffles and a low key bar ( favorite local place in East Nash)
Loveless Cafe– southern staple, kinda out there
Marsh House– restaurant at The Thompson
The Mockingbird—global  AMAZING food… and decor is out of control gorgeous


Monells– best southern meal in Nashville!

Husk– Downtown Nashville southern food and southern vibes

Redheaded Stranger– Neighborhood taco shop in East Nashville. NEW!

Bartaco – FAVORITE! such good food, margs, and they work with bloggers
Mas Tacos– five points Mexican- more low key than bartaco, just really good tacos!

The Grilled Cheeserie– Best gourmet grilled cheese ever; has a food truck too and coming to an East Nashville location

The Pharmacy– Best BURGERS! Across from Mas Tacos and the cutest outdoor beer garden you can sit at and eat!
Butcher and Bee– cutest setting and really good drinks and food
Five Points Pizza– soooo good
Two Ten Jack– favorite rest and go everytime- Japanese small plates and craft cocktails
Eadley’s Bar-B-Que– yummy and low key! Love BBQ!
Burger Republic– so good!
Peninsula– the chef here knows what he is doing and the menu’s keep changing. Cozy spot for a date night with an out of this world meal

Bar Otaku- An Izakaya serving Japanese soul food, yakitori, sake and beer

Tànsuô– contemporary Chinese food, 12th south location

Sweet Tooth:

No Baked– I love cookie dough and this edible cookie dough is incredible. Love all the flavors they have too!

Places to Go/ Shop:
12 South
Two Old Hippies
Amelias Flower truck ( cutest truck for a photo and flowers!)
Draper James– I believe in Nashville sign is next to it
All the murals!!
The Ryman– such a cool little tour giving you all the background on this amazing venue
Apple and Oak– East Nashville cutest shop and amazing rugs..You’ll want everything. I love them!
Listening Room Cafe– cool place for live music or The bluebird is another!
Franklin– the cutest city south of Nashville, adorable main street and shops


Urban Cowboy– the public house bar at this boutique stay is just gorgeous.

The Dive Motel & Bar– Sister to Urban Cowboy, you can stay here too and its a swim club!

Pearl Diver– a tropical vibe and adorable decor; tropical drinks

Rare Bird– rooftop bar at the Noelle, cutest decor

L27 – rooftop bar

LA Jackson (craft cocktails)— in Thompson Hotel

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club  Speakeasy feel, craft cocktails

Fat Bottom Brewery– west nashville, cute outdoor area

Broadway Bars-Got to do it.

Honkey Tonk Central, The Stage; FGL House for dancing, or Nudies , Kid Rock’s bar, Whiskey Row for live music
Acme Feed and Seed– cool rooftop bar; spot with live music and multiple floors for drinks and food
Tootsies ( every bachelorette goes here, famous Nashville bar)
Roberts Western World– stop in for some real bluegrass country and dancing, love all the boots as decor on the walls

August 8, 2019


Nashville Favorites Guide

Nashville Favorites Guide

xx Lindsey