Vinyl and lattes and art, oh my! East Nashville’s reputation as a “hipster haven” is well-deserved. In this thriving pocket of Nashville, just 10-15 minutes by car (or Uber/ Lyft ride) from Downtown Nashville, you can start the day with an artful espresso and end it with a carefully crafted cocktail, with all varieties of locally sourced cuisine in-between. All the hallmarks of a neighborhood on the rise! More than just a trendy spot, it’s family-oriented, too, with kid-friendly activities and restaurants in a historic, residential setting.
Where to Eat in East Nashville
When in Rome, dine as the locals do! (Is that how the saying goes?) Here are just a few of the cafes, cocktail bars and restaurants we love in East Nashville.
Best for Breakfast:
Barista Parlor. If coffee is your cup of tea, this should be your first stop of the day. Step into a pitch-perfect industrial setting with house-roasted coffees, breakfast biscuits and even boozy espresso drinks like whiskey caramel and vanilla bourbon.
Red Headed Stranger. Tacos anyone? Though maybe not your most traditional breakfast, it’s an absolute must. You’ll watch the hand-made, flour tortillas being made right in front of your eyes in their open kitchen (don’t worry, they offer gluten free ones, too). Our fave taco boasts bacon, tater tots, egg & cheese. If you’re feeling the urge, splurge for one of their bloody mary’s, too. Bonus: they offer indoor and outdoor seating and the patio is dog-friendly!
Sky Blue Cafe. Head here for classic breakfast plates, omelettes, bowls and burritos loaded with the good stuff. It’s a popular spot that’s small inside, so be sure to allow some time for a wait, especially on the weekends. They’re bloody marys are a must, too (notice a theme)?
Lovely for Lunch:
Five Points Pizza. A true crowd-pleaser (and Richard’s personal favorite) that pops up on lists of the best pizza restaurants in America. Great for kids and families and great for vegetarians (they even have vegan pizza!). Wash down your slices with a draft beer. Heavenly.
Greko Greek Restaurant. Delicious Greek street food in a cute, laid-back setting. They have delicious salads, but definitely treat yourself to some of the more sinful menu items like Greek donuts and souvlaki with mouthwatering seasoned fries.
Mas Tacos. Fast, fresh, scrumptious, with great margaritas to boot. Described as a “hole in the wall with five-star food,” Mas Tacos won’t break the budget, either. Be sure to add the elote and sweet plantains to your order, too. Local tip: don’t forget cash- credit cards aren’t accepted. Clearly we have a thing for tacos.
Delicious for Dinner:
Lockeland Table. Hands down one of our favorite restaurants in all of Nashville. In true farm-to-table fashion, their menu reflects the seasons and the food is always fresh. Save room for dessert (skillet cookies!) at this fun, neighborhood-focused establishment nearby. Be sure to stop by from 4PM – 6PM for “Community Hour”—think Happy Hour re-imagined—for lots of $6 bites, including kid-friendly options. Community Hour proceeds benefit local charities. They also have a great outdoor patio!
Treehouse. Farm-to-table goodness paired with a delectable wine list and an eclectic-rustic vibe tucked into a residential setting. There is a treehouse on the property, but unfortunately you can’t eat in it. If the weather’s nice, though, the outdoor seating is lovely.
Pomodoro East. Lots of Italian comfort food nirvana to be found here. Think bolognese, ravioli, duck pasta… and wine, of course. Be sure to bring the pup and eat al fresco on their amazing, dog- friendly patio!
Or Drink Your Dinner:
If you’re just looking for a refreshing drink—no food necessary—we recommend Rosemary & Beauty Queen or Fox Cocktail Lounge for some delicious craft cocktails. A non-alcoholic option (and one of our favorite places on Earth) we love is High Garden Tea & Kombucha Bar.
What to Do in East Nashville
Shopping: The stores here in East Nashville are unique and playful, with lots of little treasures to uncover. And not a kitschy, cliche souvenir in sight (not that there’s anything wrong with kitschy souvenirs—you can find plenty of them on Broadway!). Head to the Shoppes on Fatherland for plenty of low-key and lovely options; go see Jessica (and tell her we say hello) over at Gift Horse for locally made paper goods and other Nashville art. Or hit up iconic Five Points for Fanny’s House of Music with its lightly used and vintage musical instruments—a true Nashville original! One more nearby shopping option are the Shops at Porter East; we particularly love Apple & Oak for vintage, carefully curated home goods and Hunter & June for goodies for the fur babies.
Music: Chances are good that if you’re here in Nashville, you like music. Some nearby places to go for live shows include Basement East, 5 Spot, and Honky Tonk Tuesday Nights at the American Legion Post 82. And, of course, Broadway’s legendary, all-day-all-night live music is just a 10-minute drive away (about 2.5 miles).
Outdoors: Nashville loves its green spaces almost as much as its music, and our park system is quite spectacular. First stop close to home: Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. Here you’ll find free programs, environmental education, a golf course and a great launching-off point for over a thousand acres of Nashville parks and greenways right in East Nashville.
To really get to know East Nashville, stay in the heart of it! Our 1920’s vacation home, The Country Cottage reflects the vibe of the neighborhood- vintage charm with modern amenities.