Despite their small and close spots on the map, these eclectic neighborhoods are one of Nashville’s most visited by locals and tourists alike. It has something for everyone, whether that be shopping, dining, or just people watching- you’ll never run out of things to do. We’ve listed our current go-to’s, and some highly anticipated, for a perfect day well spent.
For A Bite:
Named as one of Vogue’s most anticipated American restaurants of 2020, Locust is the place to be for fun, easygoing, Japanese-inspired dishes. Their hand-cut noodles and crispy dumplings will have you questioning whether you’d ever truly experienced an authentic dumpling in the past.
Bottle Cap is the go-to for elevated pub fare, craft beer and cocktails, and televisions everywhere you look! It’s a great spot to get together with family friends. Kids can watch cartoons, husbands can watch the game, and you can buy another round of their freshly squeezed mules.
Replacing the 12South staple, Royal Cleaners will be the highly anticipated Emery. A high-end menu with wood-fired dishes, including pizza, steaks, and seafood.
For an authentic taste of Tex-Mex, Ladybird Taco is our must stop for tacos in the neighborhood. Modeled after the taco scene in Austin, Ladybird offers breakfast and lunch tacos on house-made tortillas and to-die-for queso.
FOR STYLE :
Specializing in “modern American classics,” Buck Mason carries styles guaranteed to look good on any guy.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump down the street is Krewe. The cute little kiosk in front of White’s Mercantile is here to stay. They offer a variety of celebrity-approved shades and optical gear (Krewe styles are spotted frequently on Blake Lively, Adriana Lima, Beyonce, and many other high-profile celebs).
If you care about sustainability, Planet Cowboy is the destination for classic cowboy boots. The made-by-hand boots are suitable for your feet and the planet. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic pair of southern stompers or a funky, green set (so fun!), they’ve got precisely what you’re seeking.
FOR A REBOOT:
After a delicious bite at one of the many hot spots, burn off the bloat at Full Ride Cycling. Voted the #1 Best Cycling Studio in Nashville, Full Ride makes a super sweaty workout fun, social, and attainable.
For a chill vibe, take a breath at Fahrenheit Yoga. The two-story facility sports an infrared heat hot room and gorgeous men’s and women’s locker rooms and studio. Whether you’re a first-timer or a well-seasoned yogi, Fahrenheit’s got a class for your skill level—they take everyone.
For some much-needed venting time, The Happy Hour is a (brand new) modern wellness resource for life therapy and coaching. The skilled therapists and coaches offer one-on-one sessions, duo sessions, and even mediation classes. They also host group sessions for coworkers to build teamwork and goal-setting exercises. The ambiance and approach encourage creating the happiest version of yourself any day of the week (sign us up, please!).
WHAT THE LOCALS SAY: MEET LIBBY & JASON SHEER
Nashville hospitality veterans Libby and Jason Sheer have been a force in the area dining and music venue arena for almost twenty years. The Sheers founded the Tin Roof franchise in 2002 (still owning the Cool Springs location although they sold the others). Now, they are offering chef-worthy casual menu items and lots of entertainment to patrons at Bottle Cap. The couple is known for their passion for creating new and exciting experiences for their visitors, which is evident here (especially on trivia night).
AROUND THE BLOCK
“We have always loved the energy in Nashville, and 12South’s vibe is hard to beat. There’s always something new going up or someone new moving here. We like to walk down to one of the many coffee shops like Frothy Monkey, Portland Brew, or White Bison—whichever has the shortest line—and walk around the neighborhood with our cups of Joe. We especially enjoy checking out all of the houses under renovation. I think we’re some of the few residents who actually like construction. One of our favorite facets of the neighborhood is how walkable it is. The streets are the best place for working out, grabbing a snack, and (our obsession) engaging in some pretty fantastic people watching! Our go-to restaurant (other than BottleCap, of course) is Martin’s Bar-B-Que joint. We reward ourselves with some good old-fashioned BBQ after hitting the streets. The Redneck Taco is a must-try and a standard order for us! If we’ve exhausted all of the side streets behind the retail sector, Sevier Park is our favorite wandering locale (the ultimate people-watching spot). For actual hiking, we take the Edwin Warner Trail.
SHOPPING MADE SIMPLE
There is simply something for everyone and every occasion on this street. For a last-minute night-out ensemble, Emerson Grace and Hero are the best! The selections are always carefully edited to stay on top of women’s fashion with an elevated but casual approach. For a place to entertain the kids, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is at the top of our list. The smell of their homemade waffle cones wafting down the street is almost impossible to resist, and we typically don’t. On the rare occasion when not in the mood for ice cream, we stop into Christie Cookies. Our favorite retailer on the block has got to be Judith Bright. Each piece of jewelry is not only gorgeous but handcrafted locally. For a quick stop for the perfect gift, White’s Mercantile fits the bill. Plus, you can bring your dog inside. That’s always a plus for our family.