Soooo I’m just going to come out and say it – Nashville isn’t exactly the first city I would think of visiting and exploring, whether domestic or international.
I’m more of a Miami/Capri/London kind of gal, ya know?
But when I had a wedding to attend in the famous Tennessee city, I told myself to step out of my shell, make the most of the weekend, and just embrace the country culture. At the very least, I figured it’ll be research to report back some can’t-miss spots for all of my fabulous readers. And to be honest, there’s a lot to share, because Nashville is actually pretty lit.
So without further ado, here are some of the best sights, eats, and things to do in Nashville, in no particular order or category! Actually I’ll do eats first b/c let’s be real, homegirl ate a lottt while out there.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – hands down the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. 5 levels of heat (we got “Hot!” and it was perfect). Expect a long ass wait, 3 hours for us on a Sunday to be exact, but it’s so worth it.
Pancake Pantry– more waiting, also worth it. This place is a Nashville institution and teeming with locals. Get the sweet potato pancakes (serve with cinnamon cream wuttt)….the chocolate chip pancakes are pretty amazing too.
Biscuit Love– cute, yummy, some locations have long lines, some don’t. What they all do have is a fun instagrammable sign, all different, but all charming. And their donuts are phenomenal.
Martin’s BBQ – another nashville classic, and yes, more lines. People are serious about their food in Nashville lol. Ribs, brisket, mac & cheese – all the goodness you’d expect from a bbq place. Can you believe the wedding we went to actually had Martin’s catered!? It’s that good.
Savannah’s Candy Kitchen – this candy store on broadway was UNREAL. From the smell of the chocolate the second you walk in, to the barrels upon barrels of candy in there, I mean….I would have children for the sole purpose of bringing them to this store to see their reaction. It’s heavenly.
M. Restaurant & Bar – if you’re looking for a more upscale dining establishment in Nashville, this one is perfect. Delicious Southern fare with a twist, but a touch more sophisticated than all the places I mentioned so far. The scallop and pasta dish in particular was beyond.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO
The Johnny Cash Museum – great if you love music or entertainment history in general. There’s also a separate floor in the same building dedicated to Patsy Cline!
Cambria Hotel Lounge – this place brings Nashville into the 21st century. All of the art is is country with modern vibe, they have a stage for live music of course, and it’s just a cool place worth checking out at least once, especially if you need a break from the next suggestion…
Broadway – you honestly can’t miss it. It’s 3-4 blocks of bar after bar after bar, with a bunch of cowboy hat/boot stores weaved in, and where the Bridgestone Arena is located too. Live music in every single bar. Definitely check out Stage on Broadway, Valentine (ask about their gummy bear shots), Honky Tonk Central, and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort– I could probably write an entire blog post on just this hotel alone, but I’ll keep it brief. Basically, it’s the largest hotel in North America that doesn’t have gambling, close to 3,000 rooms. It’s MASSIVE. There’s an indoor botanical garden that looks like a rain forest, and for a moment you honestly can’t tell if you’re indoors or in Costa-freakin-Rica. It’s insane. It’s also 15 minutes away from downtown, so if you don’t stay there, at least take a few hours one day to check it out. There’s even a cute boat ride and evening water show in one section of the “garden” – aka jungle.
Florida Georgia Line House – right off of Broadway, 4 floors, all with a different vibe. You’ll find everything from live music to country to R&B/hip-hop/pop in this bar. The R&B floor even has a dance pit! I mean, when was the last time you danced in an actual pit in a club??? This bar totally has something for everyone.
So boujies, we have reached the conclusion of my avid Nashville field research. This city is swarming with young people, music, and fun, and though it may not be exactly your vibe, it’s worth checking out for a long weekend, or doing some sightseeing if you’re there for other reasons. Just please go try some Hattie B’s fried chicken, even if you do nothing else on my list. You can thank me later 😉