Fathom Favorites : Nashville

1. Hatch Show Print

A trove of music poster history piled floor-to-ceiling in this 130-year-old working letterpress shop. Tours run daily with limited spaces, call +1-615-416-2001 or go online to book in advance.

224 5th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37201

2. Edwin and Percy Warner Parks

Loads of hiking trails, flora, fauna, and the ruins of a Boy Scout cabin among the 2684 acres of forests and fields.

7311 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

3. Radnor Lake

It's the largest pocket of wildnerness in close proximity to a major American city. Bobcats, beavers, minks, and muskrats mix and mingle. Heighten your senses with a midnight canoe ride on the glassy lake.

1160 Otter Creek Rd.
Nashville, TN 37220

4. Ryman Auditorium

Home of the original Grand 'Ol Opry and the most coveted performance space in the city. Take a tour or try and catch a show.

116 Fifth Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37219

5. Frist Center for the Visual Arts

A beautiful art-deco space (formerly the city's main post office) for world-class exhibits.

919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

6. Country Music Hall of Fame

The annals of country music are housed in a space-age building. The tours are a given, but check the schedule for public programs like songwriter sessions, vintage film screenings (Austin City Limits, The Johnny Cash Show), and instrument demos.

222 5th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

7. Centennial Park

Home to Nashville's full-size replica of Athen's Parthenon in the midst of a 132-acre park. Who knew?

2500 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Five Daughters Bakery

Their 100-layer doughnuts have locals and visitors lining up around the block on weekends at their 12 South location. Try dropping by any Barista Parlor (a locally-loved coffee shop that carries their doughnuts), or take a half-hour drive South to their factory location instead.

1110 Caruthers Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204

9. Las Paletas

A Mexican ice pop store makes for a great afternoon shopping break down 12 South. With flavors like avocado, chai tea, pineapple with chili peppers, and chocolate with chocolate chips, there's something for the whole family.

2911 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37204

10. Josephine

It's always a great meal from Culinary Institute of America alumnus Andrew Little, who draws from his time cooking in Pennsylvania-Dutch country to invent seasonal and delightfully surprising dishes in his X|X ten-course tasting menu. Served in casual atmosphere.

2316 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37204

11. Martin's BBQ

The best barbecue in town, hands down. (You may want to compare to Peg Leg Porker in The Gulch, which is a little more low-key.)

3108 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212

12. Rolf and Daughters

Start at the bar and order one of their phenomenal cocktails (we recommend Man About Town), followed by straciatella toast (toasted crusty bread with mozzarella curds wrapped) and any of the homemade pastas. You'll leave happy.

700 Taylor St.
Nashville, TN 37208

13. Biscuit Love

A beloved food truck-turned-breakfast spot, this place is packed every day of the week with locals, out-of-towners, and Vanderbilt sorority girls. Don't worry — the line moves quickly and there are usually seats at the bar, where you can chat with the friendly bartenders. We had biscuit French toast (unreal) and biscuits with homemade peach jam (perfection), but still suffered major menu regret when a waitress walked by with a basket of fresh biscuit donuts.

316 11th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

14. Husk

Sip Bloody Marys garnished with the signature house-cured ham and a homemade pickle. Eat warm, fluffy black pepper biscuits soaked in sausage gravy. Sample the most unbelievable charred cabbage salad, perfectly sweet beets, and collard greens made creamy by a poached egg. Brunch at the Nashville outpost of Sean Brock's celebrated Charleston restaurant is what food dreams are made of.

37 Rutledge St.
Nashville, TN

15. Hattie B's

Off-the-chart hot chicken fried to order and then coated in a spicy cayenne paste. It can get crowded, so consider trying for other classic hot chicken spots like Prince's and the lesser-known Acme Feed & Seed if you can't bear the wait (or like to do comparison taste-tests). 

112 19th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

16. Eastland Cafe

Eclectic, nouveau American menu (largely sourced locally), big comfy booths, beautiful outdoor patio, fun bar scene. Come early for the special $5 food and drink menu.

97 Chapel Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206

17. Margot Cafe & Bar

Daily, changing Provencal menu, just-picked veggies from the restaurant's garden, fantastic wine list, and some of the loveliest desserts in town. Snag a seat on the second floor for the best views.

1017 Woodland St.
Nashville, TN 37206

18. Mas Tacos Por Favor

The little food truck is now a rustic taco shop serving super-fresh Oaxaca-style tacos, grilled corn, soup, and agua frescas (including hibiscus, watermelon, and pineapple-cilantro). Go on Fridays for fantastic fish tacos.

732 Mcferrin Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206

19. Marché Artisan Foods

A casual European-style bakery and cafe from farm-to-table pioneer Margot McCormick, always has at least an hour wait for brunch (for good reason: the food's incredible). Though you'll always find the croissant French toast, and French presses filled with locally roasted Drew's Brews coffee, the rest of the menu changes seasonally.

1000 Main St. # 101
Nashville, TN 37206

20. The Catbird Seat

A much buzzed-about 30-seat restaurant with a U-shaped bar in lieu of tables, and a nightly changing seasonal tasting menu. Better reserve now; it's likely to be booked solid.

1711 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203

21. Flyte

Fab outdoor patio and happy hour specials, and gets hopping around 4 p.m. But stay for dinner, as the eclectic globetrotting cuisine (sourced locally, of course!) is fantastic.

718 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203

22. City House

Tucked away in a rustic little house, City House is one of the founding restaurants of Nashville's food scene revolution. Wood-fired pizzas (get the belly ham pizza), fresh pastas, and seasonal salads are served in a minimalist concrete-and-brick space in historic Germantown.

1222 4th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37208

23. Arnold's Country Kitchen

THE quintessential "meat-n-three." Arnold's dishes up a meat (could be fried chicken, meat loaf, or pork chops) with three sides (mac 'n cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, etc.) weekdays at lunch, with plenty of sweet tea. Don't leave without trying a slice of one of their homemade pies, and their bread pudding is out-of-this-world great.

605 8th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

24. Burger Up

A popular 12 South burger joint that sources all its beef locally, and even manages to please its vegan clientele with a quinoa black bean version.

2901 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37204

25. Fido

A great place to bring your laptop, and join the crowds of college students and struggling writers for a cup of house-roasted coffee and an Egg McFido (scrambled eggs and cheese on a bagel). Drop by their parent, and the city's oldest, coffeehouse, Bongo Java in the neighborhood. Or head to Bongo East for a more casual, but equally creative, vibe.

1812 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37212

26. Loveless Cafe

A quick half-hour drive from the city center, this former '50s hotel (and local institution) serves biscuits, country ham, gravy, hot cups of coffee, and a whole lot of "hi, honey" — Nashville's breakfast of champions.

8400 Hwy. 100
Nashville, TN 37221

27. The Big Bungalow

618 Fatherland St.
Nashville, TN 37206

28. Linden Manor

For true Southern hospitality nestled in a neighborhood full of great food and drinks (Josephine, 12 South Taproom, Frothy Monkey) and equally good shopping (Imogene+WilliePre to Post Modern, Grimey's), snag one of the three traditional bedrooms in this 19th-century Victorian home.

1501 Linden Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212

29. Union Station

A former railroad terminal opened in 1900 is now a stylish landmark hotel. It's a stunning example of Victorian Romanesque Revival, and has classy customer service to match.

1001 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

30. The Hermitage

231 Sixth Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37219

31. Hutton Hotel

A big hotel with boutique stylings and an ecofriendly attitude (bio cleaning products, bamboo floors, low-energy elevators) in walking distance to all the country music attractions.

1808 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203

32. White's Mercantile

Curated by Hank Williams' granddaughter (!), for lots of brands you know (Rag & Bone, Lem Lem, Clare V.) and lots you don't (local leather brands and jewelry designers).

2908 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37204

33. Marathon Village

What was once the Marathon Motor Car factory is now home to a collection of sweet shops. Pick up dapper ties at Otis James, then tour the studio where it was made. Window shop for vintage treasures at Antique Archaeology. Watch Ceri Hoover make chic leather totes before snagging one for yourself. Get a pick-me-up at Garage Coffee Company.

1305 Clinton St.
Nashville, TN 37203

34. Hip Zipper Vintage

A wardrobe stylist's dream, with a huge selection of dresses, old denim, shoes, and accessories.

1008 Forrest Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206

35. Woodland Wine Merchant

A beautifully curated wine shop offers a unique selection of wines — mostly from small producers and organic wineries — and a top-notch staff to help guide you to just the right bottle.

1001 Woodland St.
Nashville, TN 37206

36. Imogene + Willie

Drop in to try on the in-house denim label and Warby Parker sunnies. And pray you're in town for one of their legendary garage sales where girls literally try on jeans in the street.

2601 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37204