About once a week, I get a message in my inbox from yet another friend coming to Nashville and asking me where to go. Don’t get me wrong – I want to help! But, my days of going out on the town have been replaced with soccer games and PTA meetings, so I always immediately freeze up when I’m asked this question. It’s not that I don’t know where to tell people to go, it’s just that my mind is somewhere completely else in this season of my life. So, I figured it was time to bite the bullet and sit down and really compile a great list of suggestions. Nashville has an incredible amount of food, fun and flair. Too much for any single blog post, that’s for sure! This list is for all my friends coming to Nashville, and all my other friends who live here and are always asked the question – “Where should I go while in Nashville?” Please feel free to send your friends this post and save some time!

By all means, please feel free to comment with additional suggestions. This is merely a starting point and I am well aware that I have probably left off your favorite place. Put it in the comments and I’ll update this list periodically!

Love you all, and welcome to our wonderful city!

(Photos by yours truly, Foxfoto)

Are you taco crazy? Nashville’s got you, baby…

More of a deli sandwich kind of person? No problem…
Don’t miss Southern Cooking at it’s best…
Monell’s Family Style and out of this world!
You can’t go wrong with Barbecue in Nashville…
Edley’s BBQ  This is my personal favorite!
Judge Bean’s BBQ This place is in Brentwood, but awesome BBQ and great people!
Jack’s Barbecue  Right there on the Broadway strip!
For some tasty pizza…
MAFIAoZA’S This is my very favorite!
Soulshine Pizza Factory Live music too!
Just want a darn good meal? Try one of our many local flavor restaurants…
The Southern Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
The Stillery Try the Hot Chicken Pizza!
The Row Great live music and an outdoor patio!
Cochon Butcher Maybe you tried it in NOLA, but we have one too!
Virago Asian Fusion and Sushi that is to die for!
Puckett’s Grocery Fanastic live music, and a great brunch too!
FlipSide Retro Chicken joint
Pinewood Social You won’t find a place like this anywhere else! You can bowl here and enjoy an amazing meal!
Adventurous? Try some famous Nashville’s Hot Chicken…
Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish Even the mild will puff your lips up!
Hattie B’s The most modern option out of the three!
For a great brunch (or meal anytime of the day)…
Don’t mind waiting in line? Go here for breakfast…
Love a great diner? Try one of these…
Love a great wine bar? Here’s a few you shouldn’t miss… 
Barcelona Wonderful tapas!
City Winery Catch an awesome show there too!
Salt and Vine Very hip with yummy small plates
Pub Grub? Here’s a few:
Broadway Brewhouse Two locations downtown! Try the smokin’ thighs!
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Every beer you can think of
Craving ethnic food? How about one of these…
Craving something sweet? Got you covered…
Need a cup of Joe? Here’s a few options:
Steadfast Coffee Germantown minimalist coffeeshop with great food!
Bongo Java This link shows all the shops they own and there are tons of great choices! Fido is lots of fun!
How about some great live music?
Acme Feed and Seed (also has great rooftop bar)
Paradise Park Trailer Resort Go see a fun band and get a late night snack. That tater tots are the BEST!
Robert’s Western World  On Wed-Fri from 6-10, go see the Don Kelley Band- many say they are the Best Honky Tonk and best band on Broadway! Great Bar food too (Fried bologna sandwich and burgers are to die for… especially at 2am!)
Station Inn (You often catch stars sitting in with the band here!)
Tootsies Orchid Lounge  Enjoy the front and back bars and stage! You just gotta go. It’s a Nashville staple.
Blue Bird Café Shhhh… this is a place for listening to world class song-writers. No talking during performances! Better get your ticket fast. The shows sell out!
Grand Ole Opry World Famous Radio Show, but you watch it live on stage!
Ryman  The Mother Church of Country Music
The Listening Room Great place to see local entertainment and songwriters. Great menu too!
3rd and Lindsley Go see The Time Jumpers on Monday nights!
Ascend Amphitheater For a bigger venue, check out our new downtown amphitheater!
Get your fill on the history of country music…
Some awesome tours are always a great idea while you are in Nashville…

Nash Trash Tours

The Redneck Comedy Bus Tour


Looking for a unique place to stay while you are in town? Try these…

Union Station Hotel – a restored 1900 Neo-Romanesque train depot. Each room or suite is a little different-some sport cowhide headboard; others have local art and big soaking tubs. Live music in barrel-vaulted lobby with original stained glass. (Great to visit just to see the lobby and stained glass)

Hermitage Hotel Historic downtown hotel

Opryland Hotel  It’s worth a walk through if you aren’t staying there. Parking is expensive so park at the mall and walk over!
Thompson Hotel Modern and Trendy, a brand new addition to Nashville’s hotel scene

Try out these hip little shops while you are in town…

Fanny’s House of Music Cool music shop. Taylor Swift says its her favorite.

White’s Mercantile Modern take on a general store.  Located in 12 South.


Love to check out trendy ‘hoods with restaurants and shops? Check these out…

Hillsboro Village, lots of shops and restaurants.

12 South – shops, restaurants Imogene + Willie – denim custom made jeans for you and check out Draper James Reese Witherspoon’s shop. Five Daughters Bakery and Jeni’s ice cream shop. The line is always long at night at Jeni’s but better during the day.

Want to see all the goings on in Nashville during your stay? Look no further…

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Written by Jaime Fox