There's no better way to experience Nashville like a local than by heading to the East Nashville neighborhood for a day of shopping, dining and exploring.
Start Your Day the Right Way
Start off with an authentic southern breakfast at the Nashville Biscuit House. You won't be getting any artisan breakfast sandwiches or gluten-free pancakes at this diner. Instead, go for a classic helping of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns, and order a few biscuits for the road.
Biscuit House has great food, but it's not exactly known for having the greatest cup of coffee in the world. After breakfast, head to Barista Parlour for a cold-brewed coffee to go.
Once you're fed and caffeinated, it's time to do some exploring. The Shoppes at Fatherland offer plenty of shopping, so head over to the intersection at 12th and Fatherland and start browsing. From bath products, to handmade housewares, to local art, there's plenty to take in at these boutiques. Once you're done browsing, head to 5 Points to continue the streak. You can find clothing, books, food, and more at the shopping area on Woodland Street. Plus, there's an antique store next door that offers plenty of modern era furniture and household items.
After that big breakfast, it will be good to get in a little exercise. Rent a B-Cycle at the 5 Points station and ride it down Shelby Street to Shelby Park. You can cruise through the park, or brave the 4-mile greenway, which will take you to the Welcome Road entrance to the greenway. If you don't want to head that far away from the park, stop at the bridge that overlooks the Cumberland River around mile marker 3. You won't want to miss the view, so make the trek up the hill and walk out to the middle of the bridge to see the surrounding areas.
Healthy Dining at The Silly Goose
Once you're done playing on the greenway, make your way to the Eastland Avenue shopping center for dinner at The Silly Goose. Tables fill up fast in this tiny restaurant, so make a reservation or prepare to wait your turn. If you like cous cous, try The Mexican cous cous dinner with chicken, goat cheese, mango, and poblano peppers. The restaurant has a rotating seasonal menu, so check out this season's entrees, too. Consider washing down your dinner with a glass of cold Rosemary Lemonade.
East Nashville Night Life
After dinner, you'll want to escape the crowds on Eastland Avenue. Make your way to the Hop Stop on Gallatin Road. This new bar has dozens of beers on tap, and they sell them by the half pint if you desire. This way, you can try as many beers as possible before you get too full to go on. If you want to try a late-night drink at a different bar, No. 308 offers classic cocktails, interesting concoctions, and dance party music late at night. Stop in before you head home to enjoy a nightcap and a little dancing.