30 Best things to eat, see, and do in Nashville, TN

Best Things to Eat, See, and Do in Nashville, TN

Honky Tonk Central and home of the Batman building – there is always something new to find in Nashville, TN. Click on any of the titles below to be redirected to their website for menus, hours, location, and more information.

Coffee/Brunch

 

The Pfunky Griddle

You get to cook your own breakfast here, on a griddle in the middle of your table! Plus, unlimited pancakes for $6.99 (!!!)

The Pfunky Griddle in Nashville, TN

Fido

A coffee house open all day every day. They have everything you could want for breakfast here, including salmon, eggs, french toast – the list goes on.

Coffee at Fido's in Nashville, TN

The Frothy Monkey

Despite the weird name, they’re still known for their great coffee and brunch. You can find them downtown, as well as on 12 South.

Eighth and Roast

Coffee, coffee, coffee.

 

Lunch/Dinner

 

Dave and Busters

Curtis and I love to invite our friends to Nashville for a night to eat here. We eat, have lovely conversation, and then run WILD like a child at Chuck E Cheese (except for adults).

Edley’s BBQ

By far the best BBQ I’ve ever tasted. Their BBQ Nachos, Pork Tacos, and basically the whole menu, is bomb.com.

Edley's BBQ

Bro’s Cajun Cuisine

If you are in the mood for Cajun, there is no better place than here. This place has been on the Food Network, and Guy Fieri has been here himself.

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden

The Pharmacy is one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville because of it’s unique building (garage door inside), a beautiful beer garden, and homemade sodas. Beer and a burger, how can you go wrong?

312 Pizza Company

Chicago-style pizza in the south. It seriously cannot get any better than this! Come with an appetite, and still expect to leave with leftovers. Take note, these pizzas take a good 45 minutes to cook – 30 minutes if you do not get the deep dish. So make sure you have time to wait when you visit.

Chicago-style pizza

The Grilled Cheeserie

They’ve been featured on Food Network and have been voted as the best food truck in Nashville. Click the link to see where they are – their location changes every week!

The Grilled Cheeserie

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

You can’t visit Nashville without trying Nashville Hot Chicken. And if you want the best, this is where to go.

 ✔Rock Bottom Brewery

Great food, great cocktails, and rooftop seating right on Broadway.

Rock Bottom Brewery on Broadway

 

Desserts

 

Cinnabon

Sweet, sweet, giant cinnamon rolls (insert heart-eyes).

Jeni’s

They have more than a few locations in and around Nashville, one being at the local Farmers Market. Try a flavor you’ve never heard of while you’re here, like sweet potato or lavendar! They keep you on your toes with their crazy flavors, but never disappoint.

Jeni's Ice cream

5 Daughters Bakery

This business is family owned by a couple who has – as the name states – 5 daughters. Each doughnut takes about three days to create, crafted with 100 layers of thin, croissant dough (AKA Delicious). They also have vegan doughnuts, for those of you who avoid animal-made products. And those too, are fabulous.

   

Sprinkles

They have a Cupcake ATM right outside their door. What more could you ask for?

Sprinkles Cupcake

Gigi’s

If you’re in the mood for a sugar high, Gigi’s will get you there with their piled-high icing. You can never have too many cupcakes though, amiright?

 

Local Things

 

Nashville Farmers Market

Fresh vegetables, handmade pottery, blooming flowers, restaurants, and more. This is one of my favorite places to visit in Nashville. Whether it be grabbing a beer at The Picnic Tap with some friends, or grabbing a coffee at Buttercake Babe’s while doing your weekly grocery shopping, you can find it here at the Nashville Farmers Market.

The Bluebird Cafe

This is the best place to listen to up-and-coming artists in the Nashville area. Although, you need reservations pretty far in advance due to limited seating. If you have ever seen the TV show Nashville, this is the place the characters often perform and refer to in the show.

See a movie at the IMAX Theater

More intense than your standard movie theater screen – feel like you are actually in the set of the movie.

✔12South

On 12South you can find boutiques, food, desserts, coffee, and anything else you can think of. If you have time to blow, this is a great place to walk around and see what you can find.

Attend a Sports Game

The Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, and Nashville Sounds all give you a reason to cheer for Tennessee. Depending on what season it is, it’s likely you’ll find some sports team playing. Click the links to find their schedules and where you can see them play!

✔The Walking Bridge

The Cumberland River Walking bridge is right beside Music Row, and gives a stunning view of Nashville, both during the night and day.

 

Touristy Things

 

✔Music Row

Who could come to Nashville and not go down Broadway? Music Row is the place to be any time of the week, but especially Friday and Saturday nights. Bar hopping, restaurants, peddle and drink bike tours, country music, and so much more.

The Ryman

Historically, this is where The Opry originally began and where the music of the south lived and breathed. Even though The Opry has moved on, The Ryman is still drawing artists from all over the world and is considered one of the best performance halls in Nashville, TN.

Grand Ole Opry

This is the home of American music and Country Music’s most famous stage. Click the link to see what is going on there today!

Parthenon

Athens, Greece not in the budget? You can see a real life replica in Nashville.

Parthenon

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

A sight to see, even if you’re not staying the night here! Inside is like a mini town, complete with restaurants and streams. And then during Christmas, everything is accentuated with lights and Christmas decor.

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Hotel Christmas lights

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Hotel Christmas lights

✔Bicentennial Capitol State Park

This park has the perfect view of the State Capitol, perched at the top of the hill. Festivals and other events happen here, but on most days it’s a peaceful place to relax and take a walk. Bordering the park, you will also find a wall engraved with a timeline of the history of Nashville, along with several other historical markers.

   

 

Festivals

 

✔Whether it be Oktoberfest, International Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Pumpkinfest, or others. There is always something going on in this great city to keep you occupied. The food trucks are on point, beer garden’s are just right, and the tons of people surrounding you make it all the more exciting. You can even find a Taco Festival in late September, and a different beerfest every weekend in October. For a full list of festivals, click HERE.

For more fun, check out my Nashville, TN Festival Bucket List COMING SOON.

Pumpkinfest in Franklin, TN
Pumpkinfest in Franklin, TN – right outside of Nashville
Oktoberfest in Germantown Nashville TN
Oktoberfest in Germantown – right beside the Nashville Farmers Market
Cherry Blossom Festival in Nashville, TN
Cherry Blossom Festival from above, in Public Square

 


 

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6 thoughts on “Best Things to Eat, See, and Do in Nashville, TN

  1. Great list. Next time you go, try Monell’s it’s amazing soul food served family style. While Hattie B’s is the most popular, the original Nashville Hot Chicken started with Prince’s Chicken. So, try that, too.

    • admin

      Thank you! I’ll definitely add those to my list😊

  2. Now I really want to go to Nashville! I’ve only been once on a very quick trip.

    • admin

      Yes! It’s so great and it’s quickly growing too. So there is always something new to discover.

  3. Kait, this is an awesome list! How much time did you spend in Nashville?? The Pfunky Griddle looks like alot of fun to check out! I have never been to a place like this before!

    • admin

      I actually live 30 minutes away sooo I’m there often! Haha yes it’s so neat! Plus $6.99 unlimited pancakes, how can you go wrong there??

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