Nashville is world-renowned for its music scene, but ask any local and there are many other reasons to love this city. A thriving food scene, close-knit community, access to nature, and stunning outdoor parks are just a few of the reasons those who visit might decide to plant roots and call it home. Read on for how to tour Nashville like a local— the must-see, must-eat, and must-do places that will show you the real Music City from a local’s perspective.
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Tour Nashville Like a Local
Winner: Henrietta Red
This Germantown restaurant is impeccably designed with food and drinks to match. You’ll find Nashville locals enjoying high-quality seafood, expertly crafted cocktails, and the best weekend brunch in town. Needless to say, it is just as delicious for dinner (be sure to try the oysters!)
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Winner: Honky Tonk Tuesday at The American Legion Post 82
You haven’t really been to Nashville if you haven’t gone to the American Legion Post 82 on a Tuesday Night. This is the only time the legion is open to the public and all entry fees are suggested and donation-based. Locally regarded as the ‘most welcoming place’ in Nashville, the dance floor is open to all ages and skill levels. Filled with novices and experts, it’s the perfect place to learn how to two-step without judgement.
Bonus tip: show up early and you can score a free lesson before the night is in full swing.
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
The Basement East (affected by tornado but in the process of being rebuilt)
Motown Mondays at The 5 Spot
Nightly DJ’s at Duke’s
Winner: Kayaking the Harpeth
A mere 30-minute drive from Nashville grants you access to the refreshing waters of the Harpeth River. The best place to start your kayaking journey is at Foggy Bottoms— where rentals are affordable and they have a drop-off and pick-up service. There’s no better way to beat the Summer heat.
Pro tip: Come prepared with food, drinks, and water shoes.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Nashville Shores on Percy Priest
Winner: Urban Cowboy Public House
This hidden gem is often overlooked— which means it’s never too crowded and feels perfectly intimate. Urban Cowboy is a bed & breakfast in East Nashville with a rustic-chic bar tucked into its expansive back patio. Featuring craft cocktails, great music and delicious food, this space is a true local favorite.
Little Harpeth Brewery
Fran’s East Side
Winner: Cummins Falls
Tennessee is full of waterfalls and they are nothing short of spectacular. The drive from Nashville to one of these beautiful falls ranges from about 45 minutes to 2 hours. Cummins Falls is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Nashville and well worth the hike. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes that you can get wet (water shoes with good soles are perfect), a swimsuit, and beach towels.
Pro tip: Bringing along lunch and drinks for a picnic will make it the perfect day outside the city.
The Loveless Cafe
Goodlettsville Antique Mall
Whether this is your very first trip to Nashville or you’ve called the city home your entire life, we can all agree that there is no shortage of fun. From waterfalls and honky-tonks, to world class restaurants— there are so many neighborhoods and hidden gems to explore. We hope this list comes in handy the next time you find yourself in Nashville and want to explore the less-touristy side of the city!
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Taylor Small is a New York transplant now residing in Nashville, TN, with a background in social media, public relations, and marketing. She freelances and runs her own interior plant design business, Oasis Design. On the weekends she can be found riding around in her 1971 Ford searching for the best antique mall or hiking with her dog, Oliver.