Non-Country Nashville: A Guide for the "Anything But Country" Person
Jacqueline Oiga
Nashville is known as Music City, not JUST the country music city. If you're the person who always answers "anything but country," or the person who cringes at a "yee-haw," this is the guide for you!
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Nashville is so much more than its stereotypes, including its reputation as a country music wonderland. The Music City has a little bit of everything for everyone, even for those who would rather not be stuck on Broadway. This is the guide for the person who wants to get to know the real Nashville after pulling back the country curtains.

A relaxing morning

Start the day off with a hearty, delicious breakfast. Head over to the Pancake Pantry in Hillsboro Village for a classic breakfast of large, fluffy pancakes. Enjoy a large selection of pancake combinations and specialty syrups. 

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ While there's a paid parking lot right behind Pancake Pantry, there's free street parking along Acklen Ave and 20th Ave, as well as a free parking garage behind Double Dogs.

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Cut through Vanderbilt University's beautiful campus or take a short drive over to Centennial Park on West End. Take a leisurely walk around the Lake to walk off breakfast. Enjoy the beautiful greenery along the path -- you're in luck if the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Take a moment to snap some pictures on the swing benches, public art pieces, or statues. For the Swifties out there: make sure to stop by the newly installed Taylor Swift Bench on the West side of the lake!

Centennial Park
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Taylor Swift Bench
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Wrap up your walk at the Parthenon in the center of the park. This replica of the Greek Parthenon features a museum that showcases some Nashville history and an art gallery. The main hall houses a replica Athena statue. 

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A too-cute afternoon

Starting to feel like lunchtime? One of Nashville's best BBQ spots is just across the street from the park. Make your way to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint to enjoy a platter of your favorite smoked meats and two delicious sides. 

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ Ask for a cup of spicy sauce and grab a complimentary Moon Pie from the self-serve counter. Get hushpuppies and mac-and-cheese as sides. P.S., the "hoecake" is basically a pancake. 

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We'll spend the rest of the afternoon in the 12 South area, just a short drive away. This picturesque neighborhood is home to Nashville's cutest boutiques and photo opportunities! 

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ In the warmer months, many boutiques offer a large selection of discounted items through parking lot racks and sidewalk sales. Don't be afraid of the price tag for these boutiques; there are so many affordable finds for the savvy shopper!

12 South
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Draper James
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This cute boutique on 12 South is owned by Nashvillian Reese Witherspoon, which probably explains why it's so darn cute. Stop in to check out the wares, but definitely make sure to admire the exterior! The blue-and-white striped walls are an iconic photo op in Nashville and the cover child of the 12 South neighborhood.
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Finnleys - 12 South
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Stoney Clover Lane
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Not into shopping? No problem! Many of Nashville's most instagrammable murals can be found at 12 South. Here are a few:

I Believe In Nashville Mural
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The "I Believe in Nashville" mural series began to honor the city's resilience. There are multiple iterations of the mural all over the city. The first one I've listed here is the 12 South location, which is the more popular location. There might be a line, but it's also conveniently located within walking distance of many of the other popular murals around town.
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Looking Pretty Music City Mural Art
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This is my personal favorite mural in Nashville. I love the color scheme and the art style, and it basically does all the work to give you the cutest photos! This mural is also in the 12 South neighborhood.
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Top off your visit with a little sweet treat! Whether your dessert of choice is cookies, donuts, or ice cream, there's something delicious waiting for you.

Christie Cookie Co
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Five Daughters Bakery | 12th South
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
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An evening in Music City

Just because Nashville is the country music capital doesn't mean its reputation as Music City is restricted to country music. Check out who's playing in town on your travel dates. If you're lucky, you might be able to catch some of your favorite music at one of Nashville's historic or state-of-the-art music venues. Here are a few of my favorites:

Ryman Auditorium
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Ascend Amphitheater
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Marathon Music Works
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After the show, grab a late dinner with a view. Rooftop restaurants in Nashville will always give you a stunning view of city.

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ When you make a reservation, politely ask for a table with a view in the comment box! The restaurant will usually honor your request if there's availability. 

Sixty Vines
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The Hampton Social - Nashville
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L.A. Jackson
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Cheers to a great day in Nashville!

You did it, you spent a whole day exploring Nashville without a single country music activity. You've taken in a gorgeous park, consumed some Nashville culture, shopped like a true Nashvillian, and sampled the tastes of Music City. I hope you've enjoyed your day in the 615!

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Jacqueline Oiga
jacjourneys • Welcome to the world! 🌎✈️ I am a native Chicagoan, once-Londoner, and current resident of Nashville, Tennessee! I spent my early 20s interning abroad, backpacking Europe, and traveling for work throughout the United States. I often visit family on the Oahu North Shore in Hawaii. Nowadays, I enjoy exploring the world with my best friends! I earned a Master of Sport Administration degree, which included a cultural immersion experience to study the European Model of Sport. I am especially well-versed in curating trips to include sporting events and sport-centric cultural experiences, tours, and hands-on adventure excursions. 🏟 My personal favorite parts of traveling are FOOD and CULTURE 🍝🏛 I'm big into immersive history and authentic experiences. On the flip, I love to find ways to relax and recharge 🧘‍♀️ Either way, you'll never find me on a trip without an optimized schedule to make the most out of every moment. I can't wait to share my experiences and wanderlust with you! Let's get packing! 🧳
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Non-Country Nashville: A Guide for the "Anything But Country" Person
Jacqueline Oiga
Nashville is known as Music City, not JUST the country music city. If you're the person who always answers "anything but country," or the person who cringes at a "yee-haw," this is the guide for you!
21 Places • ago
Free

Nashville is so much more than its stereotypes, including its reputation as a country music wonderland. The Music City has a little bit of everything for everyone, even for those who would rather not be stuck on Broadway. This is the guide for the person who wants to get to know the real Nashville after pulling back the country curtains.

A relaxing morning

Start the day off with a hearty, delicious breakfast. Head over to the Pancake Pantry in Hillsboro Village for a classic breakfast of large, fluffy pancakes. Enjoy a large selection of pancake combinations and specialty syrups. 

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ While there's a paid parking lot right behind Pancake Pantry, there's free street parking along Acklen Ave and 20th Ave, as well as a free parking garage behind Double Dogs.

The Pancake Pantry - Hillsboro Village
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Cut through Vanderbilt University's beautiful campus or take a short drive over to Centennial Park on West End. Take a leisurely walk around the Lake to walk off breakfast. Enjoy the beautiful greenery along the path -- you're in luck if the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Take a moment to snap some pictures on the swing benches, public art pieces, or statues. For the Swifties out there: make sure to stop by the newly installed Taylor Swift Bench on the West side of the lake!

Centennial Park
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Taylor Swift Bench
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Wrap up your walk at the Parthenon in the center of the park. This replica of the Greek Parthenon features a museum that showcases some Nashville history and an art gallery. The main hall houses a replica Athena statue. 

The Parthenon
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A too-cute afternoon

Starting to feel like lunchtime? One of Nashville's best BBQ spots is just across the street from the park. Make your way to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint to enjoy a platter of your favorite smoked meats and two delicious sides. 

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ Ask for a cup of spicy sauce and grab a complimentary Moon Pie from the self-serve counter. Get hushpuppies and mac-and-cheese as sides. P.S., the "hoecake" is basically a pancake. 

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
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We'll spend the rest of the afternoon in the 12 South area, just a short drive away. This picturesque neighborhood is home to Nashville's cutest boutiques and photo opportunities! 

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ In the warmer months, many boutiques offer a large selection of discounted items through parking lot racks and sidewalk sales. Don't be afraid of the price tag for these boutiques; there are so many affordable finds for the savvy shopper!

12 South
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Draper James
@jacjourneys
This cute boutique on 12 South is owned by Nashvillian Reese Witherspoon, which probably explains why it's so darn cute. Stop in to check out the wares, but definitely make sure to admire the exterior! The blue-and-white striped walls are an iconic photo op in Nashville and the cover child of the 12 South neighborhood.
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Finnleys - 12 South
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Stoney Clover Lane
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Not into shopping? No problem! Many of Nashville's most instagrammable murals can be found at 12 South. Here are a few:

I Believe In Nashville Mural
@jacjourneys
The "I Believe in Nashville" mural series began to honor the city's resilience. There are multiple iterations of the mural all over the city. The first one I've listed here is the 12 South location, which is the more popular location. There might be a line, but it's also conveniently located within walking distance of many of the other popular murals around town.
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Looking Pretty Music City Mural Art
@jacjourneys
This is my personal favorite mural in Nashville. I love the color scheme and the art style, and it basically does all the work to give you the cutest photos! This mural is also in the 12 South neighborhood.
Add to
Details

Top off your visit with a little sweet treat! Whether your dessert of choice is cookies, donuts, or ice cream, there's something delicious waiting for you.

Christie Cookie Co
@jacjourneys
Add to
Details
Five Daughters Bakery | 12th South
@jacjourneys
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
@jacjourneys
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Details

An evening in Music City

Just because Nashville is the country music capital doesn't mean its reputation as Music City is restricted to country music. Check out who's playing in town on your travel dates. If you're lucky, you might be able to catch some of your favorite music at one of Nashville's historic or state-of-the-art music venues. Here are a few of my favorites:

Ryman Auditorium
@jacjourneys
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Ascend Amphitheater
@jacjourneys
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Marathon Music Works
@jacjourneys
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After the show, grab a late dinner with a view. Rooftop restaurants in Nashville will always give you a stunning view of city.

❗️LOCAL TIP❗️ When you make a reservation, politely ask for a table with a view in the comment box! The restaurant will usually honor your request if there's availability. 

Sixty Vines
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The Hampton Social - Nashville
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L.A. Jackson
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Cheers to a great day in Nashville!

You did it, you spent a whole day exploring Nashville without a single country music activity. You've taken in a gorgeous park, consumed some Nashville culture, shopped like a true Nashvillian, and sampled the tastes of Music City. I hope you've enjoyed your day in the 615!

* * *
CURATED BY
Jacqueline Oiga
jacjourneys • Welcome to the world! 🌎✈️ I am a native Chicagoan, once-Londoner, and current resident of Nashville, Tennessee! I spent my early 20s interning abroad, backpacking Europe, and traveling for work throughout the United States. I often visit family on the Oahu North Shore in Hawaii. Nowadays, I enjoy exploring the world with my best friends! I earned a Master of Sport Administration degree, which included a cultural immersion experience to study the European Model of Sport. I am especially well-versed in curating trips to include sporting events and sport-centric cultural experiences, tours, and hands-on adventure excursions. 🏟 My personal favorite parts of traveling are FOOD and CULTURE 🍝🏛 I'm big into immersive history and authentic experiences. On the flip, I love to find ways to relax and recharge 🧘‍♀️ Either way, you'll never find me on a trip without an optimized schedule to make the most out of every moment. I can't wait to share my experiences and wanderlust with you! Let's get packing! 🧳
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"Help me plan a romantic getaway to Milan."
"Find and book kid-friendly activities in Paris."
"Curate a walking tour of historic Berlin."
"Suggest wineries worth visiting in Napa."
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