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  • Writer's pictureShelby Ruch

The Best of Downtown Nashville

Music City. Nashvegas. Athens of the South. Smashville. No matter what nickname you use for Nashville, you’ll find that this city’s heartbeat pulses with rhythm, culture, and Southern charm. With our Best of Nashville guide, immerse yourself in a world of legendary music venues, diverse restaurants, historic landmarks, and endless entertainment options. Whether you’re seeking the electrifying energy of Broadway’s honkytonks, cultural icons like the Ryman, or our exquisite eateries, this map is your key to unlocking the soul of Nashville. Get ready to explore, indulge, and create unforgettable memories in the heart of Tennessee!

View of downtown Nashville, looking across the Cumberland River and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.
Downtown Nashville.

Start your day off with the best breakfast and brunch:

Outside view of Milk and Honey, with doors open and a slight view into the restaurant.
Milk and Honey restaurant.

Make sure to grab a beverage at the best coffeeshops and teahouses:

Indoor view of The Library Cafe, with a couch, two chairs, and a filled bookshelf.
The Library Cafe.

Learn about Nashville's music history and even take some music home with you at our best music museums and record stores:

Outdoor view of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum building.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

While you're diving into the Nashville music scene, check out some of Nashville's best local indie artists:

  • Juliana Hale, Pop

  • Jason Herndon, Americana

  • Mary Kutter, Country

  • Charlotte Sands, Rock/Pop

  • Daisha McBride, Rap

Juliana Hale takes a shot of Patrón.
Juliana Hale.

Stop for the best lunch, and try our famous hot chicken, too!

Eggs benedict with Pinewood Social's sign and bowling lanes in the background.
Brunch at Pinewood Social.

Shop for the best clothing, books, antiques, and more:

Outdoor view of Molly Green's boutique, with a woman in a pink dress and white cowboy boots in the center.
Molly Green's storefront.

Make sure to take a selfie or two at the best Instagram-able locations in the city:

Woman standing in front of the Wings What Lifts You mural.
Wings What Lifts You mural.

Have one-of-a-kind fun at the best Nashville experiences:

Two men bowling at Pins Mechanical.
Bowling at Pins Mechanical.

Wine and dine at the best dinner spots:

Outdoor view of the entrance to The Standard at Smith House.
The Standard at Smith House.

End your day by having fun at the best honky tonks and bars:

Outdoor view of the many neon signs of Broadway.
Bars on Broadway.



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