10 Best Things to Do in East Nashville

With big city vibes and a cozy feel, Nashville is filled with music, great food and activities for the entire family. East Nashville is a hip and artsy area known for its eclectic and thriving feel. Here are 10 of the best things to do on your visit to East Nashville.

  1. Shelby Bottoms: Shelby Bottoms Park offers three miles of Cumberland River waterfront, along with five paved miles of trails for walking, running or biking, a nature center and free educational programs.

  2. Nashville Biscuit House: This is a no-frills alternative to tourist-famous Loveless, and it offers some of the best biscuits in Nashville. It's tiny and homey, and provides great southern food done right at an affordable price.

  3. Treehouse: Where else can you sip your favorite cocktails in a treehouse atmosphere? The Treehouse is a restaurant and bar that serves great appetizers, meals and drinks of all types, and though the restaurant itself is not a treehouse, there is one out back.

  4. Art & Invention Gallery: A rehabbed garage on Woodland Street is now the Art & Invention Gallery. With rotating collections of paintings, jewelry, ceramics and other eclectic art, it offers up the best of Nashville's talent.

  5. Family Wash/Garage Coffee: East Nashville offers no exception to the heartbeat of the city -- its live music venues. This location combines an exceptional coffee shop with nightly live shows by up-and-coming artists or established Music City entertainers.

  6. IDEA Hatchery: Established by the same folks that founded the Art & Invention Gallery, the IDEA Hatchery is a retail and office development designed to foster local retail businesses. There are eight small shops to browse for all types of goods from vintage clothing and accessories to unique gifts to gourmet foods.

  7. Mas Tacos Por Favor: It's a tiny place, but you won't want to miss the tacos, which are so good they got featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

  8. Grassy Knoll Movie Nights: One Sunday a month during the temperate time of year, you can spread out a picnic blanket and watch outdoor movies screened at sundown.

  9. Five Points: The heart of hip East Nashville, Five Points is a thriving community of locally owned businesses, shops and craft breweries. This is the place to go for a laid-back afternoon of vintage or antique shopping.

  10. Dino's: One of Nashville's oldest dive bars, Dino's offers the best burgers around, without long wait times to get in and get a burger and a beer.

If you like what you see while visiting Nashville, why not make a move to Music City? Let Carolyn Akins show you around and help you find the perfect home in Middle Tennessee.

Joe Crosby