Welcome back friends! I'm excited to share my Nashville travel guide with you today! Last week, my family and I took a much needed trip to one of my favorite cities in the world. Luckily, Nashville is only a few hours from me, and Steven's parents live there, so it's easy for me to visit! Over the years, I've grown up going here and it has changed and grown SO much. It is exciting to watch this city flourish and become even cooler. I hope that you enjoy this guide - let me know if you try any of these suggestions!
Day One: Let's get real and start with the food! Hit up East Nashville for one of my favorite spots in town, Mas Tacos. If you want authentic, delicious, inexpensive (I'm sorry, but who doesn't love all 3 of those things?) Mexican food, then this is the place for you! You can order SO much food and it is so affordable. Tacos, Elote, Guacamole, Tortas, Tamales...okay, now I'm drooling. My favorite thing to order? 2 friend avocado tacos, guacamole, elote (Mexican street corn), and a margarita.
After you are full of tacos, you can explore East Nashville at 5 points or head downtown. Other fun things to do on this afternoon would be the Nashville Flea Market, touring the Ryman, or walking through Centennial Park. Centennial Park sits next to Vanderbilt University's campus and is home to the Parthenon replica. This is definitely a touristy spot, but seeing a true replica of something so historic in the middle of a city is pretty cool! After you've spent the afternoon shopping and exploring, head back to East Nashville (across the street to be exact) and eat the best burger of your life. PS, every restaurant I suggest as at least 1, but normally more, vegetarian and gluten free options. The Pharmacy is famous, and for good reason. I order the Stroganoff burger with a black bean patty and tater tots. Lord have mercy, I'm starving writing this post. You can't go wrong with anything you order here! Steven's suggestion is the Farm Burger with a side of beer gravy for dipping.
After you've eaten your weight in food all day, it's time to have some fun and experience a night on Broadway. One thing's for sure, this isn't a place that locals are going for nights out, but if you're a first time visitor to Nashville, you have to do this at least once. It's just part of the experience! Honky Tonks are just a part of this city. World famous bars like Tootsies line this street, and inside each bar you can find live country music and plenty of cowboy boots. End your first day in Nashville dancing and get ready for day two!
Day Two: Time for breakfast! Take the morning and drive to Franklin, TN and take your pick of a delicious brunch. My personal favorites are 55 South and Frothy Monkey. After you eat, walk around downtown and do some shopping - there are SO many cute shops like White's Mercantile and boutiques.
After you've explored Franklin, drive back up towards Nashville for more eating/shopping. But first, it's time for a photo! Stop in the Gulch near downtown for a coffee at Milk&Honey, and then stroll down the street for painted walls to take some pics. Now that you've worked up an appetite, head towards 12 South. This is one of my personal favorite parts of town. There isn't a single bad place to eat. Edley's Barbecue, Bartaco, Urban Grub, and Flipside just to name a few...
12 South is also home to some of the cutest stores like Draper James (owned by THE Reese Witherspoon) and you can normally find Amelia's Flower truck parked somewhere along the road. Amelia's is famous for providing beautiful flowers that you can buy right off the truck and make your own bouquet!
Some great photo spots are also located here - this is where you'll find the I Believe in Nashville mural and the cutest buildings for backdrops.
Before you head back to your hotel or Air BNB for the night, stop at Five Daughter's Bakery for the best donut of your life. It's like flaky layers of pure heaven in each bite. My favorite flavors are Lemon Blueberry and the Tiramisu. Just get both and save one for later. You'll thank me!
If you still have time and the night is young, there are so many cool bars outside of Broadway or you could visit Pinewood Social, TopGolf, or even catch a Predators game.
Nashville continues to change and amazing restaurants pop up every week. There is so much to explore and do while you're here and I hope that this 48 hour plan allows you to see a glimpse of what makes this city so unique! Other things I'd suggest: going to the Grand Ole Opry, walking across the pedestrian bridge for beautiful views of the city, or see a country concert!
Have you ever been to Nashville? If so, let me know you're favorite place to eat or thing to do in the comments!