This visit to Nashville, I picked East Nashville. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are PUHLENTY of neighborhoods to choose from. Much like Orlando, each neighborhood in Nashville has its own personality.
East Nashville is kind of hanging out by itself to the northeast of town. When I say “town” I mean it. Nashville has about 750K people in it so it’s smaller than Orlando. It’s easy and cheap to Uber around and they even have UberPool here. I chose that option each ride and no one ever got in the car with me so it ended up being a cheaper version of the regular Uber ride.
Where I stayed:
Uber from BHN to East Nashville was a cool $19. With the airport’s new Ride Share App pick up location it was a breeze finding my car and hitting the road. We bypassed downtown and headed for the East side. I nabbed a room in a house within walking distance to a ton of things. Check out Willi’s AirBNB:
Where I ate:
I grabbed dinner at Mas Tacos. This lady’s been making tasty food since starting her OG food truck, often still seen on the road, back in 1979. Get one of everything. Cash or check only. Seriously, bring a check just to be able to write one again. What else are you going to do with them?
Pulled Pork Taco
Fried Tilapia Taco
Cafe Roze was a perfect little lunch spot. Welcoming, cute, friendly, and full of delicious food. I had a superbly simple and delicious salad, juicy and perfectly cooked local burger, and a bright and yummy handmade pineapple mint fizzy soda. If you go, and you have to go, don’t forget to grab a Cafe Roze Latte to go. It’s got rose petals in it!
Another stop I have to mention was for the hundred-layer-donut at Five Daughters Bakery. I think the word c-r-o-n-u-t is trademarked so it’s not that, but it’s like that, but not exactly, but basically, but not. It’s light, fluffy, perfectly iced, and like a cloud of yeasty, airy, lovely with vanilla sugar icing.
Well, just look at it. Don’t you want one? If you absolutely need one and can’t make it to Nashville, they’ve got a shop in Seaside, Florida. What’s that, like five hours away? Just go.
Barista Parlor is one of the best locations to grab a pour-over and jumpstart your morning. I opted for the Daredevil, a citrus-y mix of Sumatra and Guatamala that packed a punch. The short wooden stools here are kind of amazing. They tip forward so you feel like you’re ready to let the brakes loose on your Big Wheel. You’re being propelled into whatever you’re doing: starting a new creative venture, business, investment fund, or relationship. You feel like you’re already going even while sitting down. It’s rad. I feel like I need one of those stools in my life every single day.
Where I shopped:
Walk to Gift Horse from Barista Parlor and you’ll follow beautiful brick sidewalks with unique houses-turned-shops until you’ve reached a super neat little area full of local treasures. This is THE place for unique Nashville tchotchkes. Jessica hand picks amazing goods you won’t find anywhere else in the city; local finds and fun cards, bags, dishtowels, t-shirts, pillows and posters.
Where to get vegan treats and pet cats:
They’re not open just yet so I was super sad about having to miss the kittens, but I got in touch and the people in charge filled my phone screen with floof. So, if y’all are headed to East Nashville, put this vegan bakery and cat lounge on your list. Welcome to The Catio!
Follow their Instagram right now. It’s cool. I’ll wait.
I didn’t see a whole lot of other people walking or biking so I reached out to Nashville Guru for some answers and insight. Here’s what they had to say:
“East Nashville is great, but you won't see many people walking. There are little pockets (5 Points / Eastland Avenue, Riverside Village) where you'll see a little foot traffic, but not much. For walkability, biking, and scootering, you'll need to venture to the other little neighborhoods, particularly 12 South, Midtown, Hillsboro Village, Germantown, The Gulch, and Downtown/SoBro. You'll definitely see more activity here. Cars/Lyfts are still the primary way of getting around though."
Where do people in Nashville go to get away for the weekend?
”Chattanooga, Asheville, Gatlinburg, Louisville, and Memphis are popular cities to visit. Most Nashvillians will go to nearby lakes for a short getaway, including Percy Priest, Center Hill, Tims Ford, and Kentucky Lake.”
Are you seeing any trends in travel to specific neighborhoods or areas?
”From our perspective, East Nashville, 12 South, The Gulch, and Germantown are the most frequented areas outside of Downtown. You'll notice more robust development in The Gulch and Germantown (such as new apartments, hotels, etc). East Nashville is popular with creatives and leans residential with pockets of retail and destination restaurants/bars. 12 South is a blend of residential and commercial development, with about a mile-long strip of activity on 12th Avenue South.”
Best options for coffee in your opinion?
“There are a lot of great coffee options. Check out any Barista Parlor for a cool vibe or Crema for serious coffee.”
They have this handy dandy map of neighborhoods. I’m just going to borrow it and put it here. (Click through to see more from Nashville Guru on each neighborhood.)
All in all, a fantastic neighborhood visit and I will definitely be back. Frontier has super-affordable and fast direct flights from MCO. It’s an easy weekend trip, so add it to your list for exploring.