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East Nashville, Nashville, TN, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Venture over to Shelby Park in East Nashville for a serene escape from the city vibes, and make sure to check out the hidden sunflower field near the baseball fields in late summer—it's a local's favorite for impromptu photo shoots. For a taste of the neighborhood's creative spirit, drop by The Idea Hatchery on Woodland Street, a collection of tiny, local shops, where you can often meet the artists and makers in person."

What is East Nashville?

East Nashville is not just a neighborhood; it's an area with a personality all its own, a pocket of Nashville that prides itself on its unique flair. Situated across the Cumberland River from downtown, this eclectic part of town has earned a reputation as a haven of creativity, brimming with colorful street art, a vibrant music scene, and an array of independently-owned shops and eateries that mirror the city's unwavering spirit. Here, Victorian homes stand shoulder to shoulder with modern architecture, a visual representation of the area's blend of history and contemporary culture.

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As someone who's woven into the fabric of this locale, I can tell you that East Nashville has a knack for being ahead of the curve. From the turntable spinning classic vinyl in a tucked-away lounge to the inventive cocktail served in a mason jar at a hip speakeasy, every corner of East Nashville hums with a distinctive rhythm that you won't find anywhere else in Music City.

History of East Nashville

East Nashville's narrative is one of resilience and rebirth. Originating in the mid-19th century, its development was propelled by the construction of the Edgefield neighborhood, with its grand Victorian houses that once housed Nashville's wealthy elite. The area faced a significant trial in 1916 when a fire ravaged much of it, and then again in the 1990s when a devastating tornado left a mark. But each time, East Nashville has risen from the ashes stronger and more vibrant.

The community's history is also entwined with Nashville’s musical roots, having been home to iconic figures such as the "Mother of Country Music," Maybelle Carter, and renowned songwriter Roy Acuff. This backdrop of musical heritage adds an indelible layer to the ambiance of East Nashville, with stories embedded in the very sidewalks and saloons you pass by. Not to mention, the neighborhood's homage to yesteryear, represented in venues that hark back to days gone by with a mix of honky-tonk and modern edge.

Why is East Nashville Important?

East Nashville is a testament to the city's artistic soul. It's where the unconventional is celebrated, and diversity in both people and pursuits is the norm. The importance of East Nashville can be felt in its contribution to the city’s economy, keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive with a flood of start-ups and independent businesses, and its role as a nurturing ground for musicians and artists of all genres and disciplines.

This community also serves as a cultural touchstone for what many feel is "authentic" Nashville, outside the glitz and glam of Music Row and Broadway. It's a corner of the city where both longtime locals and inquisitive visitors mingle, sharing stories over a cup of coffee or discovering hidden musical gems tucked away in back-alley bars. The importance of East Nashville is also evident in its community spirit – there's a palpable sense of pride and support for local endeavors that resonates strongly here.

Things to Do & See at East Nashville

Now let's talk about the heart of the matter: experiencing East Nashville's treasures. You can start by taking a stroll down Five Points, where the streets converge to form the hub of East Nashville’s activity. It's an experience akin to flipping through a well-loved record collection – each place has its own story and sound.

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Here are some of the highlights:

  • Explore Local Boutiques: For the fashion-forward, there are boutiques like Goodbuy Girls, which offers vintage Western wear; or The Groove, a record store that not only sells vinyl but also serves as a community space for live performances.
  • Savor the Cuisine: Foodies have a lot to explore, from the lauded Southern fare at Lockeland Table to the imaginative vegan dishes at The Wild Cow. Not to mention, the slew of food trucks offering everything from gourmet grilled cheeses to artisanal ice pops.
  • Immerse in the Arts: Art aficionados can lose themselves in galleries such as the Red Arrow Gallery, which showcases contemporary works from local and international artists. Or check out the monthly East Side Art Stumble, a community art open house event.
  • Live Music and Nightlife: Those looking for a soundtrack to their visit won't be disappointed; establishments like the Basement East showcase live music from up-and-coming bands nearly every night.
  • Relax in Green Spaces: For a breath of fresh air, Shelby Park and the adjacent Shelby Bottoms Greenway offer a serene escape with ample trails, scenic views, and wildlife.


Each venture in East Nashville offers a story, a beat, a taste that contributes to the symphony that is Nashville. And just so you know, this list barely scratches the surface. East Nashville is a box of delights, constantly evolving, with new secrets to uncover around every corner. The area beckons you to become part of its narrative – to make your own memories and leave footprints on its storied streets.

Frequently asked questions

What is East Nashville known for?

East Nashville is known for its vibrant arts scene, eclectic dining options, food trucks, and hip drinking establishments. It’s a haven for creative and artistic people and includes a mix of Victorian homes and modern apartments. The area offers live music venues and is considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Nashville.

What are the top attractions to visit in East Nashville?

Top attractions in East Nashville include Five Points, which is the hub of East Nashville's social scene with bars, restaurants, and boutiques; Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms Nature Center offering green space for outdoor activities; and the historic homes in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood.

Are there any music venues in East Nashville?

Yes, East Nashville has several music venues known for featuring local, rising, and established artists. Notable spots include The Basement East, also known as 'The Beast,' which is popular for live rock shows and The 5 Spot, which hosts a variety of musical acts and dance parties.

Where can I find the best food in East Nashville?

East Nashville boasts a diverse and burgeoning food scene with many top-rated restaurants. Some popular places include Margot Cafe & Bar for French and Italian-inspired cuisine, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden for gourmet burgers and an extensive beer selection, and Pepperfire for hot chicken, a Nashville specialty.

Is East Nashville family-friendly?

East Nashville is family-friendly with several parks, community events, and family-oriented activities. Shelby Park offers playgrounds, sports fields, and walking trails, making it a great spot for a family day out. The area also hosts various family-friendly festivals throughout the year.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

East Nashville, Nashville, TN, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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