East Nashville is bustling with life and amazing new things to discover. From treating your sweet tooth, to taking a trip back in time, we know you’ll have a blast exploring east Nashville and everything it has to offer. So take a trip over to East Nashville and prepare to have the time of your life!
Got a sweet tooth? Serve your craving at Sweet 16th! Sweet 16th is a neighborhood bakery ran by husband and wife team, Dan and Ellen. Known in the community for their sweetness, they’ve been serving East Nashville since 2004. Some of their daily good consist of scones, muffins, coffee cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and much more. They also have some savory items like their nationally known breakfast sandwich, as well as quiche, lasagna, and soup. All of their savory items are vegetarian so they have something for everyone. They’re also known for custom cakes so if you’re celebrating, hit them up for the sweets! Some of their specials have included items raspberry brioche bread pudding and baked buttermilk donuts so be sure to stop by and give them a try! Here’s a list of some other East Nashville bakeries to check out s well.
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Additional Bakeries to Try:
|Five Daughters Bakery||4.5 ★||MENU||CALL||"We are dedicated to making each culinary experience from our kitchen a memorable one. Our menu reflects a balance of comfort and innovation, as well as a high standard of quality and integrity. We believe in love above all things, and we hope you will taste that value in our food."|
|Nashville Sweets||4.5 ★||MENU||CALL||We create delicious works of art for all occasions! It’s our passion. Our heart. Our cakes are custom and unique, reflecting your personality and tastes. Our dedicated dessert coordinator will answer all your questions and guide you through the order and dessert design process.|
|Status Dough||4.8 ★||MENU||CALL||At Status Dough, we believe that high-quality ingredients make for a superior product. If you’re going to treat yourself, we think you should do so with a product that was produced with the finest components and created that day to ensure freshness.|
|Yeast Nashville||4.7 ★||MENU||CALL||Whether it's a Bohemian or Tex-Czech, kolaches are a tasty way to start your day and a nice little snack anytime! In addition to kolaches, Yeast Nashville offers other savory and sweet baked goodies, Drew's Brews Coffee, High Garden Tea, free wi-fi all in a cozy, casual setting. You never know what specials Sara and the Kolache Posse might be baking for the day so be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram.|
|Shugga Hi Bakery & Cafe||4.7 ★||MENU||CALL||They take pride in treating their guests like family and serving you as if you were at their home dinner table. Keeping Mama’s tradition, it’s always recommended that you have taste of dessert first before your meal. This one is promised not to spoil your appetite!|
Shelby Park, also known as Shelby Bottoms, is Nashville’s 3rd largest park and a spot that’s a big part of East Nashville and its history. This large, urban park is about 3 miles from downtown and runs along the Cumberland River. Once an amusement park in the late 1800’s, the park went through many ups and downs to become what it is today. It was handed around multiple owners until it was purchased and opened to the public in the summer of 1912. Throughout its 100 years, government leaders and community leaders worked tirelessly to achieve the beauty that the park is now. This park consists of 2 golf courses, one of them being the first golf course in Nashville, playgrounds, a variety of natural and manmade resources such as streams, environmental preserves, and multi-use paths and primitive trails. It’s the perfect place to see how beautiful Tennessee is, even in an urban area.
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|Shelby Bottoms Nature Center||4.8 ★||CALL||The Nature Center is a place where people can enjoy learning about our natural and urban landscape, the flora and fauna that call it home, the cultural history of the area, and the many complex interactions of what we so simply call “nature.” It is a place to learn (or remember!) that we are a part of nature and not apart from it.|
|Shelby Bottoms Community Center||4.6 ★||CALL||It is the mission of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation to provide every citizen of Nashville and Davidson County with an equal opportunity for safe recreational and cultural activities within a network of parks and greenways that preserves and protects the region's natural resources.|
If you’re looking for the best burger in Nashville, look no further than the Grillshack! Tucked behind East Nashville’s neighborhoods, this little shack has been slinging the beef since October 17, 2013. Their claim to fame, the Grillshack Burger, is a 1/3 lb grass-fed, local Bear Creek beef burger served on grilled Charpier’s bakery roll and muenster cheese. Along with their burger, they serve a house made veggie burger that is the talk of the town. The real star are the French fries; house-made and fried to perfection with a creamy-like inside that will have you begging for more. Their menu may be simple, but there’s nothing simple bout that flavor! Be sure to try their wings and be sure to try their house made sauces, spicy ketchup and horseradish ranch. Here are a few other spots to grab a burger in the East.
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More Burger Places you have to try:
|The Pharmacy Burger Parlow & Beer Garden||4.5 ★||MENU||CALL||We believe in serving the very best products at the very best value. We use 100% Tennessee-raised beef for our legendary burgers and 100% pure cane sugar in our sodas. We boast Music City’s hardest-working kitchen that grinds, stuffs, and smokes every wurst (sausage) that we serve. We prefer to craft our condiments as opposed to purchasing them. Our beer selection is the most unique and meticulously-selected you’re likely to find.|
|Dino's Bar||4.7 ★||MENU||CALL||As East Nashville’s oldest dive bar (1970s!), Dino’s stays true to its roots. Serving classic burgers and fries, Dino’s is a neighborhood watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Known across the country for the “Dino’s cheeseburger,” Dino’s was voted Top 3 Burgers in the country by Bon Appetit Magazine and visited by the one and only, Anthony Bourdain for his “Parts Unknown” show in 2016.|
|The Mainstay Restaurant||4.3 ★||MENU||CALL||The Mainstay is your local joint to meet and eat right in the sweet spot between East Nashville and Downtown. In fact, we’re like your living room, only better. We have 20+ TV’s, TONS of FREE parking, a unique selection of arcade games, one-of-a-kind drink specials, and a menu that will keep you coming back for more. Plus, we’ll do the dishes. Honestly. We’re here for you and your crew to have a great time.|
If you’re looking for extraordinary, check out Defunct Books. They are known to specialize in unusual books including graphic novels, local history books, and music books. They’ve been open since 2003. Selling used, out of print, rare and collectible books in all subjects. Their inventory consists of over 20,000 books with just a 1/3 of their inventory online. Among some of the greats, you can find originals of the Lord of Rings trilogy and a vintage road atlas. This spot is for book lovers and collectors and we promise they won’t disappoint. Grab a great read and soak up the summer sun.
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Want to know what makes East Nashville so special? The community, of course! There’s no better example of this than the East Nashville Farmer’s Market. This privately owned market operates every Tuesday from 3:30pm – 6:30pm and is filled with all the things you love about a market but with a small hometown vibe. Every market visit is a different experience with special vendors and tasty treats, fresh produce and vendors ranging from pet supplies to all of your favorite veggies and fruits. A recent cajon crab boil was the highlight of the day and you can tell it was quite the hit with the community. Cucumber, okra, and beans, oh my! You can’t beat the selection and quality of everything presented at this little market. Be sure to stop by!
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If you’re looking for a blast from the past, you have to check out the digs at the Dive Motel. Not meant for the younger ones, this 21 and up spot is the perfect place for an evening under a shiny disco ball, a dip in the pool and a fresh margarita. This motel was bought and restored to its 70’s glory with vintage furniture, shag carpets, wood paneling and wallpaper. Every room is designed differently but each contain a “party switch” with a disco ball and mini bar, sure to get the party started! They have various styles for the rooms including cabins, standard kings, king pool suites, penthouse suites and a honeymoon suite. This motel is open to the public including a dive bar and also functions as a swim club as well as open late with a kitchen to go with it. This is one of those spots where you don’t leave because you have everything you need. What else could you ask for?
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Coffee is something people need in everyday lives and even on vacation. We suggest stopping by Sip Café for your coffee and ice cream needs. This café is in an old bank building that has been refined to fulfill your sweet needs. Tha bank vault is now a walk in cooler and the ice cream operation can be seen through the old teller windows. Be sure to check out how they used this old building to its fullest. Handmade ice cream is made fresh daily and is so smooth, you will go back for more. Try the pistachio!! On top of locally sourced coffee, they make fresh pastries daily including scones, muffins, croissants, danish and cookies. If you’re looking to cool down, try their frozen espresso drinks with homemade whip cream, yum! Here’s a few other spots to grab coffee in the East.
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Additional Coffee Place to Tickle Your Tastebuds:
|Retrograde Coffee||4.5 ★||MENU||CALL||Retrograde Coffee is here! Sure, we serve a mean cup of coffee, but the shop is about more than just that. It’s a place to bring people together, a place to pause for a moment on your daily path to collect your thoughts. We hope to see you soon!|
|Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea||4.6 ★||MENU||CALL||Coffee is important. But the only thing more important to us is people. Whether you hang with us, work for us, or do business with us, we like you. We serve specialty coffee that is roasted right in East Nashville by Drew's Brews, have artwork from local artists, and provide some of the finest culinary delights from local artisans like Sweet 16th, Dozen Bakery and more!|
|Bongo East||4.6 ★||MENU||CALL||Bongo East helped kick-off the revitalization of the area by moving a coffee roasting operation into the neighborhood. The small café that was added was almost an afterthought. As the neighborhood grew, the wholesale coffee roasting company moved out to make more room for tables and chairs.|
|Cafe Roze||4.6 ★||MENU||CALL||Hip, all-day cafe for elevated American classics, plus coffee & drinks, in pink, airy surroundings.|
|Doze||4.3 ★||MENU||CALL||Dose is proud to serve a rotating selection of coffees from Counter Culture Coffee all year. Dose was also Nashville’s first multi-roaster coffee shop, and we have had the pleasure of serving coffee from over two dozen U.S. roasters through our “Featured Roaster” program.|
We can’t really talk about Nashville neighborhoods without talking about fried chicken. Coneheads is everything you love about food and the creativity behind your favorite dishes like the classic chicken and waffles. At Coneheads, you get ice cream parlor style vibes with chicken in a waffle cone instead of ice cream. Nothing compliments chicken quite like homemade sauces like chipotle ranch, white BBQ, hot jam sauce, rosemary agave and more. Side items provide the comfort you love in mac and cheese, pineapple coleslaw, grits so good they’re named “best damn grits, fried cauliflower and fries. Not only is the food a show stopper, they’re inexpensive and a place for the whole family. Check out some other cheap eateries in East Nash.
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Other Favorite Cheap Eateries:
|I Dream of Weenie||4.8 ★||MENU||CALL||Located in the heart of East Nashville's 5-points, I Dream of Weenie is known both for its quirky modified VW bus and yummy signature charcoal-grilled weenies. Get yours To Go or grab a blanket to enjoy a picnic on the lawn.|
|Tex's World Famouse BBQ||4.6 ★||MENU||CALL||Tex’s has been a local staple in Nashville since it’s opening in 1979, making us one of the oldest Texas style Bar-B-Q Restaurants in town. We serve lunch only, from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. We also deliver and cater events. Those hours should tell you something about our quality and our service. We have a very good reputation, an even better clientele, and we intend to keep both for years to come.|
|Mas Tacos||4.7 ★||MENU||CALL||Snug, no-frills Mexican restaurant fixing up an array of tacos & other standards.|
|Greko Greek Street Food||4.5 ★||MENU||CALL||We created GReKo Greek Street Food as a way to honor our own Greek heritage and bring the rich culture and vibrant cuisine of Greece to Nashville. With roots in Greece that extend for generations and many years spent here in Nashville, we know there's something missing in Music City: the true experience of authentic Greek street fare.|