East Nashville is known for being an artsy, hip neighborhood. Full of colorful characters, southern charm and hipster shops - it’s a great neighborhood to visit while in Music City. The best way to start the day on the Eastside is with a cup of coffee at Portland Brew East or Bongo Java. Both coffee shops are beloved staples, offering the finest ground coffee beans and a wide array of sandwiches and tasty treats. From the iced chai to pumpkin blends, it’s near to impossible to go wrong with a cup of their famous java.
East Nashville — Photo courtesy of Stephen Yeargin
Stroll over to five points, and take your time perusing through the shops that line the heart of East Nashville. Swing by Art & Innovation Gallery, where you’ll find the latest in local artist creations including paintings, artwork, pottery and more. Next to Art & Innovation is the newest indie bookstore in Nashville, East Side Story.
East Side Story offers books written by local Nashville authors and writers from surrounding counties. It’s full of books, book art and the most unique art jewelry in town. Feel free to ask the enthusiastic and friendly proprietor about the authors on the shelves, the poetry and the YA sections, and be sure to peek at his own celebrated novel.
Mas Tacos — Photo courtesy of Stephen YearginWhen you find your belly grumbling, make your way to Mas Tacos, por favor. Authentic Mexican food establishment Mas Tacos is renowned for its guacamole, tortilla soup and fried avocado tacos, among others. Whether you’re carnivore or omnivore, your taste buds are sure to be delighted at Mas Tacos; we guarantee that, like the name states, you’ll be begging for more.
If you’re not a taco fan, try Margot Cafe or Mad Donna’s. Both are hotspots with a wide variety of selection, and Mad Donna’s has a black bean burger and sweet potato fries dish that can’t be beat.
If you’re in town on Wednesday, don’t miss out on the East Nashville Farmer’s Market. Here you'll find the best in locally grown, organic, fresh food from the Nashville area. There's a lot on offer, from grass-fed meats to organically raised produce, fresh pastured eggs to artisan hand-crafted cheeses, springtime starter plants to Halloween pumpkins. A lively and vivacious market, it’s the perfect place to stock up on amazing foods and get to know the friendly locals.
A night out in East Nashville isn’t complete without a stop by Red Door Saloon or Rumours East. Grab a seat outside, order a locally brewed beer or recommended house wine and toast your day in and around the Eastside.