Top 5 Nashville Neighborhoods to Visit

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Did you know that the tallest skyscraper in Tennessee, the 33-story AT&T Building is known as the “Batman Building” because its façade resembles the shape of the action hero’s mask? While this beautiful skyscraper can be found downtown Nashville, there are quite a few other exciting neighborhoods for you to explore in Music City. 

Nashville is the perfect blend of its old traditional roots and new generational ideas and influences. While Music City has its share of bluegrassers, country music legends, and loud honky-tonks, that’s not all it has to offer.

When visiting Nashville, don’t let the city’s downtown confines keep you from exploring the rest of the city. Spend some time in some of this city’s diverse and thriving neighborhoods to gain a better understanding of the city as a whole.

Here are a few of the top Nashville neighborhoods to visit when you’re in town:

  1. East Nashville

  2. Hillsboro Village

  3. Germantown

  4. 12 South

  5. The Gulch

East Nashville

One of the first neighborhoods you might want to check out is East Nashville! The community of East Nashville has lovingly preserved many of the historical homes, allowing this beautiful neighborhood to embody it’s rich past. As one of the oldest areas of town, many musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs live here. 

 This eclectic feel of East gives the neighborhood a friendly and creative vibe. A walkable area, you can park your car near 11th and Woodland, and walk around to Five Points Pizza or maybe even stop in at the Pearl Diver. There are a lot of great restaurants, bars and boutiques all right at your fingertips in East Nashville, Tennessee.

Hillsboro Village

If you’re looking for the best neighborhood to spend a leisurely afternoon during your stay in Music City, look no further than Hillsboro Village! Just south of the downtown area, Hillsboro Village offers guests a full range of local clothing boutiques, restaurants and the historic Belcourt Theatre. Stop into Belcourt just near the intersection of Wedgewood Avenue and 21st Avenue South and catch a movie during your vacation stay. 

Hillsboro Village is a walkable, quieter neighborhood within walking distance of Vanderbilt and Belmont University. Get a taste of the updated historic side of Nashville, all while enjoying that campus vibe. 



A more up and coming, trendy neighborhood, Germantown is situated directly north of downtown Nashville and is where many young professionals call home. A mixture of historic homes, towering condo buildings, clothing boutiques, restaurants and various industrial office buildings, Germantown is quickly becoming one of the top contenders in the hierarchy of Nashville’s food scene. 

Pop over to Germantown during your stay and check out some of the latest local favorites such as the Green Hour Cocktail & Absinthe Lounge or stop by for a delicious brunch at the Red Bicycle! Germantown has a variety of exciting afternoon or evening activities to choose from. 

12 South

If you’re looking for a Nashville, Tennessee neighborhood classic, then 12 South Ave is where you ought to be. Boasting a true neighborhood vibe, 12 South Ave allows patrons to park your car and walk along the street. Offering a variety of fabulous restaurants from Bar Taco to Urban Grub or Five Daughters Bakery, you’re bound to find some tasty treats to enjoy along your way.

If you love to shop, the 12 South neighborhood provides a half-mile strip of boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and more that makes 12 South Ave stand out even in a city as unique as Nashville. A good place to start is around the intersection of 12th Avenue South and Kirkwood Avenue, near Sevier Park.

 The Gulch

Our last neighborhood, and one of Nashville’s newest, the Gulch has an upscale, trendy vibe that boasts a wide array of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Due to its enormous number of high-rise apartment buildings, it can be easily spotted elsewhere in the city. The chic neighborhood has several great restaurants that are locally owned giving you that little extra taste of Nashville, Tennessee. 

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