Notes from Nashville


Back in November Lauren, Steve, Alexia and I took a little two-part trip to Nashville and then New York. We had been to Nashville before so left out most of the classic places to visit such as the Ryman and Country Music Hall of Fame. Our adventure to Nashville was purely based on our love of the TV show with the same name. We went to visit some of our favourite locations from the show such as the Blue Bird Café, went to see the cast film a few scenes and explored some good places to shop, eat and drink. Nashville was full of pockets of really great cool places. We discovered Pinewood Social on the last night – a huge space with a relaxed vibe and it’s own bowling alley and Crema, a nicely designed coffee shop with a really good latte. Here are a few of my other highlights…

Merchants Restaurant

This was one of our favourites. For being on Broadway it was unlike the other sticky bars on the strip. Set in an old Hotel it was flooded with light and full of nods to the building’s past (which you can read more about here). The food was really good. Major comfort food – I had the best tomato soup and grilled cheese with bacon. We also got to sit in a booth. Love a booth. It was so good we even went back for a late night snack the following day where Lauren and Alexia even got their boots shined old school style.

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Two Old Hippies

This was top of the list people had recommended to shop. We headed here to browse on a rainy afternoon. It was full of a huge mix of things from expensive cowboy boots, unusual books, jewellery and piles of clothes. The shop even had a mini guitar shop out back and a decorative camper van.

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Five Points Pizza

I’m a sucker for a giant slice of pizza. The ones at Five Points were among some of the best I’d had and despite being as big as my head I think I could have eaten two they were so good. It’s a little bit out of the way but worth the visit.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and 12 South

We loved this area. It was full of quirky shops and a cool neighbourhood to walk around. We stopped in places like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for the most delicious scoops of flavours like toasted coconut, salted caramel and peanut butter. We tried on hats in Imogene + Willie, which was a jean store in an old petrol station. We had fresh juice from a food truck and wandered around White’s Mercantile.

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