Where to Stay
We stayed in the Downtown area with our friend Emma and enjoyed the ease of being able to walk to a lot of places as well as being right in the middle of all the action.
We also spent a lot of time in East Nashville and loved the vibe of the hip neighborhood. There are tons of great bars, restaurants, and shops including the salon where Emma works, Dandelion Salon. Stop by and ask for Emma or Heidi if you are in need of a killer hair stylist.
Where to Grub
Lunch, Dinner $12-$19 Entrees
Located in Downtown Nashville, Chaunhan is an upbeat Indian restaurant with creative cuisine. There were four of us for dinner so we started with the Calamari, spicy and delicious, and Kale Pakora Chaat, fried kale chips with a super tasty bean dip. For our entrees we split the Paneer Tikki Masala, Chicken Saag, the Vegetable Moilee and of course an order of the garlic parmesan Naan. Everything was full of flavor and we left totally stuffed and happy.
Lunch, Dinner $8-$11 Entrees
The Wild Cow was one of our favorite dining experiences in Nashville. We walked to the casual vegan restaurant after a rigorous ride at Verticity (a spin studio we loved – more on that below). It's a small and popular spot so be prepared to wait a bit. We ordered the Market Veggie Salad, loaded with fresh nutritious veggies, and the Buffalo Tofu Sandwich, which we highly recommend trying. We also shared a Peanut Butter & Banana & Kale smoothie and ended with a selection from their desert bar – a GF/vegan Matcha Cookies and Cream Cupcake. All of their deserts looked so good, it was hard to pick just one!
Breakfast, Brunch $9-$12 Entrees
Marché is the local's favorite breakfast spot featuring European style dishes, utilizing local and seasonal foods. We recommend starting with the Peach Tartine, it is served on buttermilk currant toast, topped with juicy Georgia peaches, ricotta and drizzled with honey. The savory crepes and breakfast hashes are both delicious as well.
Dinner $12-22 Entree $7-16 Sushi Rolls
Sunda is an Asian inspired restaurant with a dark and elegant interior that sets the mood for the exciting dining experience. We got the Pork Belly Steamed Buns - they melt in your mouth! The Lumpia, which are pork and shrimp shanghai style egg rolls, were super crispy and delicious. We also shared the Tuna Poke, always a favorite, and a couple sushi rolls. Everything was amazing, it's a must in Nashville.
Breakfast, Lunch $10-14 Dinner $12-25
Cafe Roze is a hip little cafe in East Nashville. The avocado hummus and grilled Pugliese bread was probably one of our favorite dishes we had in Nashville. To drink, try the Gateway cocktail with gin, CBD oil, lemon juice, egg white. If you make it in for happy hour, glasses of wine are $5.
Time for a Drink
This was our friend Emma's regular bar and just across the street from her apartment where we stayed. We ventured out on a Tuesday for hip-hop night. It's a funky gastropub with local art filling the walls. It has a loungey vibe and an exceptional cocktail menu. We had a great time catching up and dancing on our first night in town.
Thompson Hotel Downtown
Who doesn't love a rooftop bar?! L.A. Jackson is a swanky craft cocktail lounge on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel with a 360 view of downtown Nashville. There was a DJ and apparently it gets pretty litty Friday and Saturday late night. We did a sunset happy hour sesh at golden hour and it was a great experience.
We looooved this spot. We celebrated our last night in town here and had so much fun. The Back Corner is a club, they have a DJ and a dance floor and a second level balcony with lounge seating that overlooks the dance floor. It's a hip, affordable, and fun spot to dance and drink with your squad.
This spot was cozy and divey. It had a neighborhood bar vibe, and definitely attracts the hip crowd of East Nashville. Our favorite part was their food menu, though, with impressively simple and delicious ingredients. It changes pretty often, but from our experience, you can't go wrong with anything you order. We had a plate of beautiful heirloom tomatoes and pesto, the grilled Shishito peppers with a mild creamy cheesey dipping sauce and arugula salad.
Broadway Street is like Nashville's Bourbon Street. It's a strip of multi-level bars, clubs, and restaurants with huge crowds of people (mostly bachelorette parties) swarming the sidewalks. There is live music on multiple levels of every bar on the strip. We found a spot on the second floor of a bar with a DJ that was more our vibe, so we posted up there for the night when we explored Broadway. You should definitely check it out for the experience, but one night is more than enough.
Where to Spin
First class free! $15 for drop-in class
We are always on the lookout for a badass spin studio, and when we tried Verticity through our friends recommendation we were not disappointed. We took Allee's class, the studio manager, and she lead a killer workout with the best jams! Their classes are very affordable considering the quality of the class and experience.
Tip: Stay with a friend who has a pool in her apartment building. A pool day is the perfect hangover cure.