Best Nashville neighborhoods to explore

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If you’re traveling to Nashville soon, we’d like to encourage you to look beyond the typical tourist attractions and visit some Nashville neighborhoods when you’re making up your list of things to do in Nashville. For unique products from local artisans, visit the Fatherland District in East Nashville and stop in at the Shoppes on Fatherland, where you’ll find a retail start-up community featuring an eclectic mix of 20+ local businesses. From hand-blended teas, to chocolate and other delicious confections to home decor, antiques, clothing, and many other unique gift items. The perfect spot for those one of a kind Nashville souvenirs and gifts you won’t find anywhere else. When you’re done shopping, stop by Marche Artisan Foods for a tasty way to refill, refresh, and re-energize. This European-style cafe and marketplace serves seasonal cuisine and brunch all day long, so there’s never a wrong time to pull up a chair and dive in.
While you’re exploring Nashville, if adult beverages are what you seek Santa’s Pub at 2225 Bransford Avenue (near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds) is a great place to meet friends, have a beer, and be a star. Santa’s is happy to accommodate you and yours with cold beer and a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Enjoy beer that starts at just $2 a glass, and a house band that plays live music every Sunday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. If you’ve been wanting to grab a microphone and belt out a country classic, you can do that too, with karaoke that begins at 7:00 Monday through Saturday, and 9:00 on Sundays. There’s plenty of opportunity to be seen and heard at Santa’s Pub, open until 2:30 a.m. seven nights a week.
Are you ready to let your light shine? Bring a friend and visit the Paddywax Candle Bar, where you’ll enjoy a glass of champagne and a truly unique experience. Choose a vessel, your favorite fragrance, and spend time making your own custom candle creation for yourself or to give as a gift. A great way to laugh, connect with friends, spend a date night, or treat yourself. You can pour your candle at either of two Nashville locations, in Berry Hill at 2934 Sidco Dr. #140 or in East Nashville at 901 Woodland St. (alley-side).
For a fun place to visit and shop for music while you’re exploring Nashville, pop on in to Grimey’s Record Store, a Nashville staple for 20 years now. Shop for new and “pre-loved” music and books and enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and music appreciation at 1060 East Trinity Lane. Check out Grimey’s events page for a list of free in-store events you won’t want to miss.
For a lively twist try Plaza Mariachi Music City, “A gathering place for all ages and all backgrounds to experience and participate in the beauty of international expressions.” The Tennessean calls Plaza Mariachi “a feast for the senses” and you’ll understand why once you visit. Shop, dine, enjoy art, live music and entertainment at this unique venue located at 3955 Nolensville Pike in Nashville, only 10 minutes from downtown. Plaza Mariachi offers visitors a unique blend of culture, art, music, entertainment, food, services and retail in one location.
A favorite thing to do in Nashville for locals and travelers alike is to visit the Nashville Zoo,  conveniently located at 3777 Nolensville Pike. Check out Tiger Crossroads, enjoy Zoolumination (celebration of the Chinese Festival of Lights) through February 2020, or grab a backstage pass and get a behind the scenes look of what goes on with the animals. The Nashville Zoo has worked diligently to offer fun gift items that increase awareness and educate guests on the importance of conservation, renewable materials and repurposing. Shop for gifts that keep on giving!
For a thrift store like never before, you have to check out Music City Thrift at 3780 Nolensville Pike on your tour of Nashville neighborhoods. With an energy unlike any other secondhand store you’ve ever seen, this place offers you the chance to find your own piece of genuine Nashville culture. From vintage clothing to retro furniture to jewelry and hats that might have graced the stage at the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium, you never know what treasures await you in the aisles of this iconic Nashville shop.
No matter where your travels ultimately take you, we hope you come on down soon and book a stay with us here at The Hayes Street Hotel. We’d love to share our own special brand of southern hospitality with you at one of the most unique boutique hotels in Nashville. Don’t forget to take advantage of our direct booking service to get the lowest rates.