First GQ called us ‘Nowville,’ then Conde Naste Traveler listed us as a ‘must-visit city.’ Soon after, The New York Times hopped on board, dubbing Nashville the nation’s newest “It City.” Not long after those articles had been published did Nashville make Huffington Post’s list of 20 cities that are ‘must-visits’ in your 20s. These days, Nashville is no stranger to receiving glowing reviews in big time publications. No longer just ‘Music City,’ in more recent times, people are beginning to understand something we have long know about this place we call home: that it is overall just a really cool, unique and awesome place to be.
Join us in our Nashville: The ‘It’ City blog series as we give our top 10 reasons that Nashville is indeed the ‘it’ city that many have dubbed it. This week is week one of our new series! Read on for the first of our 10 reasons that we love Nashville.
How do we love Nashville? Let us count the ways…
Reason #7: Big City, Small Town Feel
One of the best things about Nashville is even though it’s a big city, you are still able to get that small town feel. There are many tight knit neighborhoods and communities, including 12South, East Nashville, and Hillsboro Village.
The trendy 12South neighborhood offers everything from boutique shops to art galleries and music stores. Take a break at any of the coffee shops, restaurants or bars that line the row. MODA and Imogene + Willie are two popular boutiques in the area that are both known for their selection of jeans for sale. If you’re looking for music and art in this neighborhood, definitely check out The Corner Music Store and tHE aRT hOUSE Gallery & Studio. There are also many restaurants lining this area such as Mafiaoza’s, 12South Taproom, Urban Grub, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Burger Up, and Las Paletas. Lastly don’t forget to get your caffeine fix at Portland Brew or Frothy Monkey, a popular neighborhood spot.
A low-key vibe and neighborly personality makes East Nashville a great place to escape without leaving town. Over the years, East Nashville has developed an eclectic and creative vibe that has attracted many musicians and visual artists to the neighborhood. The food scene in East Nashville has taken over with great restaurants such as Rosepepper Cantina, Holland House Bar & Refuge, Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden, and Mas Tacos Por Favor. The area also features Nashville’s first vegetarian restaurant, The Wild Cow, which serves vegetarian and vegan food. There is also one-of-a-kind shopping in this community with shops like The Green Wagon, which offers eco-friendly shopping with hopes to make living sustainably as easy as possible for their customers, and Goodbuy Girls, which sells the best quality and affordable vintage cowboy boots in the city and was named “One of South’s Top 10 Bootiques” by Southern Living. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it all just east of downtown.
Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll that is conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities. Many popular restaurants are situated within the four-block radius such as Sunset Grill, Cabana, Pancake Pantry, Fido, and Sam’s Place. Boutiques and specialty stores are also unique to the area with Davis Cookware, which carries a myriad of kitchen items, and BookMan/BookWoman Used Books, which offers more than 150,000 used volumes. If it’s entertainment you want then look no further than the historic Belcourt Theatre. It opened in 1925 as a silent movie house and is now a movie theatre showing classic and unique films.
These neighborhoods allow you to be just outside of the Downtown bustle if you want, but just close enough that you can go enjoy it at anytime. This is another reason why we just love Nashville and all it has to offer!
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