A few weekends ago, my husband and I embarked on a weekend-getaway to my most favorite city- Nashville, TN. While I am not a local, I try my hardest to find the best spots that all the Nashvillians love- and I am here to share those with you! I have put together a Nashville 48-Hour Weekend Guide below that will help you hit all the hottest spots in 2 days!
My husband and I love to stay at Airbnb rentals rather than hotels. Not only can you find them at a cheaper price, but they provide a sense of home that a hotel doesn’t give. You can find the condo we stayed at here, but there are plenty to choose from! We chose a location that was centralized with a modern vibe. Because we stayed on Church St, all the hot spots were just a short car ride away! Availability fluctuates, and so does the price. But we were able to stay two nights for the price of 1 at a hotel, so we were rather pleased!
DINNER: Clyde’s On Church
This restaurant was suggested by some of our friends, and I must say, we were very impressed. It was the perfect spot for a fun night after a long day at work to chill and munch on some goodies with good company. Not only is the menu huge, but there is plenty of activities to participate with, including ping pong, shuffleboard, and foosball.
BRUNCH: Milk & Honey
Definitely a must!! Milk & Honey is located in the Gulch and is one of our faves. The breakfast was amazing- I recommend the chicken and waffles. I also ordered a Milk & Honey Latte, which is a just a given considering the name. 🙂 This restaurant is extremely versatile, with the option of a grab-and-go coffee and pastry bar, brunch, dinner, and a full bar. I cannot wait to try their dinner, because their breakfast was amazing. The decor and vibe is so Nashville- giving us lots of inspiration for our basement decor. Plus their service was 5-star!
LUNCH: Night Train Pizza
This hole-in-the wall is located on the outskirts of the Gulch right next to train tracks. Simple, yet so yummy! It was the perfect lunch after a big breakfast. Josh and I each order a 10″, which was plenty! My favorite part- the marquee sign. (of course!)
SNACK: Caviar & Bananas
My new favorite stop! This marketplace had a little bit of everything- between a coffee bar that serves Frosé, freshly-baked goodies, a wine cellar, and a sandwich and snack bar. But the decor was my favorite! Lots of black, white, stripes, and GOLD!
DINNER: Saint Anejo
This spot is the perfect place for a Saturday night! They specialize in Mexican food with an edgy twist. It was super packed because of the Predator’s game, but we were able to snag 2 seats at the bar right away without waiting an hour for a table. The queso (with chorizo) was amazing- but let’s be honest, any queso is good queso. For drinks, I ordered The Fashionista (pictured below), which I had to try because not only for the name, but because it was bubbly-based. But my favorite was their strawberry margarita. The ice they serve is indescribable and added the perfect temperature to a festive drink. Josh and I each ordered 3 Street Tacos, and the Al Pastor was AMAZING!!!! We will definitely be going back for the food, drinks, and atmosphere.
BREAKFAST: Five Daughter’s Bakery
I have done a post about this spot found here. But I must say- it is the main reason why I come to Nashville. These 100-layer donuts are heaven-sent. I was able to try the sea-salt chocolate this time and I LOVED!
Lunch: Edley’s BBQ
You have to try at least one BBQ joint while in Music City. And Edley’s BBQ is a great option. Located on 12th Ave South, this joint is a great spot for an easy lunch, and SUPER yummy! We seemed to have went during the after-church rush, so it was definitely crowded. But here’s a secret- order at the bar, and you don’t have to wait in the main line. (P.S. You don’t have to sit at the bar to get this ammenity) Josh and I’s recommendation- the brisket. The menu stated “served until sold out” so I knew it had to be good, and it was! Their fries were bomb and a tall glass of sweet tea was perfectly paired.
Snack: Barista Parlor
With 3 locations in the Nashville area, Barista Parlor was the coolest coffee shop I have ever been to. What once was a Body Shop, this edgy coffee stop had several antique motorcycles on display and garage doors that opened up to the patio seating. While Josh doesn’t enjoy coffee, I had to take him to this place to show him how cool coffee CAN be.
Located near Vanderbilt Medical Center, Hillsbouro Village was totally happening with lots of shopping and food. Plus they are dog-friendly, so we saw lots of puppies along the way. My favorite stops: Altar’d State, Dress-Up, and Revv, which sells the signature NASH hats.
12th Ave South
A lot like Hillsbouro Village, this area of Nashville was the place where all the locals go. Here, you can find lots of cool restaurants, shopping at Draper James and White Mercantile’s, and treats at Sprinkles (they have a Cupcake ATM, y’al!!), Five-Daughter’s Bakery, and Frothy Monkey. Plus there are lots of wall murals for your Instagram feed!!
Opry Mills– We stop at Opry Mills mall every time we visit Nashville. This outlet mall is one of our favorites, with the best Kate Spade, Loft, Francesca’s, and Nike.
Elle Grey– a cute little boutique with the sweetest vibe
Kitty Nashville & Vinnie Louise- Located in East Nashville right next to Barista Parlor, these two boutiques are super hip with great prices!
This is by far my most favorite bar! Located near Wilehourse Saloon, this rustic, quaint bar has the best live music and is never too crowded, which is perfect, because we hate crowds. Plus they have my most FAVORITE drink, their blue-raspberry vodka Red Bull slushie. Seriously guys, it’s amazing and is always my #1 recommendation.
A few other bar recommendations:
- FGL House– NEW! Created by the country-music duo, Florida-Georgia Line
- Wild Beaver Saloon– Karaoke AND a mechanical bull
As you can see, there is plenty to do in Nashville and even more stops on my to-do list for our next trip. Feel free to contact me if you need more recommendations and tips for planning your next trip to Music City.