Nashville Travel Guide
What can I say about Nashville?! I kept extending my trip to stay longer and longer, and I plan to head back soon. :) There are SO many great restaurants, Instagram-worthy spots, and most important…amazing people.
Since there’s lots to see and do, I plan to add to this list as I spend more time in the city. Be sure to bookmark this page for your future travel plans, and if you’re a local, let me know if you have any recommendations!
Disclaimer: I didn’t include any touristy/historic music places (Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, etc.), or anything on Broadway (honkey tonks at night, boot stores, record stores, more than one bachelorette party and one too many pedal taverns).
Thanks to Mazda, I explored Nashville in style! Their 2018 Mazda6 Signature was a dream. The Active Driving Display is my absolute favorite feature…it helps you keep your eyes on the road by reflecting on the windshield in your driving view how fast you’re going, the speed limit, if cars are in your blind spots, etc. Too cool!
PROPER BAGEL (Belmont/Hillsboro)
Proper Bagel is SO cute, super yummy and just across the street from Belmont University.
RH CAFE (Green Hills)
This is a cafe AT Restoration Hardware…it doesn’t get any better than this. *insert heart eyes* When can I move in?! RH Cafe is probably my favorite spot on the list, just because it’s so magical. My lunch was amazing…I can’t wait to have brunch here sometime!
COFFEE & COCONUTS (Franklin)
I have the most photos of this spot not because it’s the best, but because it’s the cutest. (Does that actually make it the best? :) Absolutely worth a visit if you’re looking for that Instagram-worthy vibe! (The flamingo wallpaper is in the restroom.)
Julianna and I have followed each other on Instagram for three years and finally met in person on this trip! We had a BLAST shooting together, hanging out and getting to know each other…for real. Instagram has brought so many wonderful people into my world! Forever grateful.
THE FACTORY (Franklin)
The Factory was built in 1929, so it’s a pretty neat place! Indoor retail stores, restaurants and common areas to meet up with friends.
A few favorite spots there include: Honest Coffee, Franklin Juice Co., Jeni’s Ice Cream, Five Daughters, Mojo’s Tacos. It’s definitely worth a visit whether you buy/eat anything!
The Farmer’s Market is right outside on Sundays.
HONEST COFFEE (The Factory)
Great little coffee spot!
MOJO’S TACOS (The Factory)
I can’t technically speak for their tacos…I ate a salad. I must say, it’s tough for a Texan to find great Tex-Mex anywhere but home…Mojo’s is a popular place here, though. (I personally liked the food better at Bar Taco.)
FIVE DAUGHTER’S BAKERY (The Factory)
The most extra donuts! They have a cuter stand-alone store at 12S, but I didn’t take pictures there! They also have a location in 30A (Florida) now too!
T-OP COLD GRILL ICE CREAM & TEA (Downtown Franklin)
Rolled ice cream…mmm!
DRAPER JAMES (12 South)
Reese Witherspoon’s store…they serve iced tea when you walk in to sip as you shop. Plus, they have this cute wall outside!
I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE - MURAL (12 South)
Right across from the Draper James striped wall! It’s usually quite a busy little street with people trying to take pictures at these spots. :)
PANTONE - PAINT SWATCH FENCE (12 South)
This fence is a hidden gem in the 12S area…I found it thanks to my friend Julianna (who you met earlier in the post)! It’s at the parking lot behind the “I Believe In Nashville” wall.
NASHVILLE LOOKS GOOD ON YOU - MURAL (12 South)
This wall is located in Frothy Monkey/MODA Boutique’s parking lot (behind the businesses).
FIREPOT CHAI (12 South)
A tiny little adorable tea spot on 12 South. Very boho and I’m very okay with it. :) We went in on a rainy day and it was just perfect.
DOZEN BAKERY (Wedgewood-Houston)
Can’t say enough about this place! They rotate their menu seasonally and make their own bread…enough said, right?! I was able to try their floral sourdough…oh my. It’s chamomile infused and truly to die for. PS I love it when restrooms are adorable…such a girl!
NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Downtown)
This facility is where The Belonging Co Conference took place! Right outside was this cute ticket wall…perfect photo op! :)
Any coffee snob I’ve talked to has mentioned Crema…just sayin!
Visited but not pictured:
BAR TACO (12 South)
AMELIA’S FLOWER TRUCK (12 South)
JENI’S ICE CREAM (chain — all over Nashville)
MITCHELL’S (East Nashville)
THE PHARMACY (East Nashville)
EMMY SQUARED (The Gulch)
SUNDA (The Gulch)
On my list for next time! :)
STAY GOLDEN (Berry Hill)
CAFE ROZE (East Nashville)
MAKEREADY LIBATIONS & LIBERATION (Downtown)
HUMPHREY’S COFFEE (Chestnut Hill)
BARISTA PARLOR (East Nashville, The Gulch, Germantown)
FALCON COFFEE (Wedgewood-Houston)
THREE BROTHERS COFFEE (West End Park)
MILK & HONEY (The Gulch)
ADELE’S (The Gulch)
LITTLE OCTOPUS (The Gulch)
BISCUIT LOVE (The Gulch, Downtown Franklin, Hillsboro Village)
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