Published: December, 2017
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Loveless Cafe: Everyone has to go once to at least try their famous biscuits.
— Whitney Schickling
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  • Trip type: Adult, City
  • Activity level: easy
  • Ideal length of trip: 4 DAYS

to & from

Southwest and American Airlines have the most flights to and from Nashville.

Where to Stay

Where to Eat and Drink

  • Local Taco: Locally owned Mexican; get the korean bbq taco and queso.
  • Edleys: Yummy barbecue; run and order the nachos; locally owned.
  • Miel: Delicious hidden gem; order the cauliflower gnocchi.
  • Noshville: Best breakfast spot in town; good celeb sighting.
  • Rotiers: Classic burger done their way.
  • Samurai Sushi (Elliston Place) is the best!
  • Christie Cookies: Locally owned - get the white chocolate macadamia nut.
  • Epice: Great Mediterranean food with a great vibe (12 south neighborhood)
  • Loveless Cafe: Everyone has to go once to at least try their famous biscuits.
  • Patterson House: Cocktails
  • Five Daughters Bakery: Best donuts; get there early before they sell out.
  • Pinewood Social: Fun place to eat, has a bowling alley and outdoor fun when its nice out.
  • Tavern: Amazing kale salad.
  • Saint Anejo: Great Mexican for a night out and/or brunch (M Street)
  • Virago: Best sushi in town.
  • Arnolds: Meat and 3s which Nashville is known for.
  • Hattie Bs: Hot chicken (another Nashville staple).
  • Two Ten Jack: East Nashville. Get the Brussels sprouts.
  • Marsh House: In the Thompson Hotel; good ole southern cuisine with an upscale twist .

What to Do

inside scoop

  • The Bluebird is super popular due to the show.
  • You can catch live music anywhere in Nashville...good spots are Station Inn or Roberts.

What to Pack



Nashville,Tennessee - Suggestions from the Oliver Community

  • Cynthia Pillsbury Says

    I went to Nashville for the first time, while it rained and was cold, I loved the food and scoping out the area in 12 South Street and The Gulch. Our favorite shops were all in 12 S. Street area- walk the 6-7 blocks and find all the goods! Favorite shops include: Whites, (my FAV!!!) indigo and jean bar, Imogene and Willie, Emerson Grace, Savant, (Vintage Treasure Hunt) all on 12 South Street, and finally Two Old Hippies, (live music, home curiosities and apparel) and Parish in the Gulch area.

    I would not recommend staying in “downtown” was not into the Honky Tonk bars on Broadway, or the homelessness, which was sad and prevalent. I did enjoy the Gulch – there is a new Thompson Hotel and the area is nice and has some cool shops. Another hotel worth a look is Union Station Hotel, a vintage train station reimagined as a hotel. It is special and a nice location in btw downtown and The Gulch. I also enjoyed the walk from downtown to Vanderbilt, while not scenic the whole way, it’s a couple of miles and it was fun to see the beautiful campus and check out the Pancake Pantry — which has been around for 60+ years and offers hundreds of pancakes and is worth the wait!

    Nashville has ample delicious food! We ate BBQ at Edleys in E. Nashville, Gray & Dudley, (21 C Museum Hotel) The Southern Steak & Oyster, for dinners; brunch at Pancake Pantry, (Vanderbilt area) Marché in E. Nashville and Butcher & Bee in E. Nashville. I would have loved to try Bar Otaku in The Gulch because I love any Asian fare.. but alas no time. There is so little time in Nashville for all the delicious food options in Nashville.

    Lastly, we timed our visit to attend the Nashville Garden & Antique show which is always the last w/e in January. It’s amazing, period.

  • Isolde Wilson Says

    Biscuit Love is our favorite breakfast in Nashville.
    O.liv Body Bar in East Nashville is a nice retreat.
    If you have a car, I recommend a trip to the nearby town of Franklin and historical homes such as Carnton or Belle Meade.

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