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City Guide: Nashville

City Guide: Nashville

We’re excited to announce the launch of our City Guide series, where we’ll be sharing insider tips about cool places around the United States and world. First up: Nashville, Tennessee. We enlisted art director Elise Joseph, who was born and raised there, to give us her tour…

City Guide: Nashville

Elise Joseph: I was born and raised in Nashville. We have a lot of exciting things going on in music, art and design, and the community feels so collaborative and supportive of one another. Spring and fall are magical — there’s nothing like the blooming willow trees, fresh breeze and rolling country hills.

City Guide: Nashville

City Guide: Nashville

Hattie B’s

WHERE TO EAT

For lunch, try Hattie B’s in Midtown or the West End. Nashville hot chicken — fried chicken with cayenne pepper, served with pickles over white bread — is becoming a thing on menus around the country, for good reason. I usually stick to a milder version, but you can go all the way up to “damn hot” and “SHUT THE CLUCK UP!!!” which comes with a burn notice (!). Come prepared to wait in line — this is one of Nashville’s finest.

For the best breakfast sandwich, head to the newly opened Proper Bagel. It’s located in the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood, a beautiful, residential part of town. You have to order the bialy sandwich, which comes layered with tomato jam, chive cream cheese, arugula and scrambled eggs.
They also have offbeat cream cheese flavors, like Nutella Peanut Butter and Lavender.

For dinner, try Rolf and Daughters in Germantown. The industrial space, in a 100-year-old factory, is cozy and charming, and they serve New American food to communal tables. Start with the sourdough and seaweed butter — it sounds boring, but I promise it’ll knock your socks off. I also love the heritage pork ragout pasta, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the clever dishes.

Little Octopus in East Nashville is also great for dinner. Their small plates are perfect for sharing with friends — each dish delivered to the table as soon as the kitchen prepares it. With spicy fingerling potatoes to avocado with crispy shallots, this place appeals to carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike.

City Guide: Nashville

Robert’s Western World

WHERE TO HANG

Robert’s Western World. This small but legendary honky tonk features live country music from some of Music City’s best. It’s a grill during the day, but transforms after 6 p.m. into the ultimate Nashville hangout with dancing, cold beer, Moon Pies and fried bologna sandwiches. Always a good time.

Ryman Auditorium is one of the most beautiful places in Nashville. It’s best known as the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and still has the original wooden pews from 1892. Everyone from Bob Dylan to Patsy Cline to Coldplay has graced its stage. This hallowed hall makes any performance feel that much more profound. If you’d like, try to get tickets to a show while you’re in town!

Radnor Lake. Located just south of town, this peaceful oasis is my favorite getaway within the city. They have several quiet hiking trails, where I always happen upon deer, herons and turtles. It feels like another world.

City Guide: Nashville

City Guide: Nashville

Wilder

WHERE TO SHOP

Wilder. My married friends Josh and Ivy Elrod opened this amazing design store in Germantown. I’ve found such cool furniture and decor for our apartment, and look to them for my perpetual incense fix. They’re super friendly and have some of the best taste in town.

Elizabeth Suzann’s studio in Berry Hill. She’s a Nashville designer making waves in the fashion industry. Make an appointment at her showroom to shop in person (sounds intimidating, but the team is some of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet) and take in all the beauty. (How lovely is this dress?)

Grimey’s in Melrose. Named one of the “Top Record Stores in America” by Rolling Stone, this local music spot is a true Nashville gem. Flip through old vinyl albums to find a souvenir to take home.

Gas Lamp Antiques, Pre To Post Modern or the Downtown Antique Mall are great antiques shops if you’re looking for vintage pieces or just want to be inspired. Most of these places are willing to bargain with you on the prices, so haggle away!

City Guide: Nashville

City Guide: Nashville

The 404

WHERE TO STAY

The 404 is a five-room boutique hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Gulch, an artsy central neighborhood. The rooms have a beautiful mix of vintage and modern pieces and feature photography by local artists, like Caroline Allison.

The Hermitage Hotel. This luxury hotel, in a historic Beaux-Arts building, first opened its doors in 1910. Guests choose from a “pillow menu” — including buckwheat, memory foam and down options — and will discover sugar cookies in the rooms after the turn-down service. (Fun fact: Aziz Ansari stays here during the “Nashville” episode of Master of None!)

If you’d rather rent a house, book an Airbnb in East Nashville. This residential area contains amazing restaurants, bars, parks and shops. Have some tacos at Mas Tacos Por Favor, pop by Two Son for some shopping and finish with an Old Fashioned at Butcher & Bee.

City Guide: Nashville

FINAL TIPS:

Nashville neighborhoods are friendly and diverse, and each has something special to offer. It’s definitely worth exploring! Public transportation isn’t great, however, so it’s essential to drive (or ride a bike). Also, head’s up: More and more people are moving here every day, so the lines tend to get pretty backed up at all the hot spots. Make reservations, if you can!

Thank you so much for the tour, Elise! What else would you add? And please let us know if there’s a city you’d like us to cover in this series!

P.S. Our favorite places to sleep, eat and play in NYC.

(Fried chicken photo by Evan Sung. Photo of the 404 room via their website. All other beautiful photos by Zachary Gray for Elise Joseph. Graphic design by Miss Moss. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for editing this series.)

  1. Louisville has AMAZING things happening, and I’d love to show everyone around! I’m work for a local creative agency, and run a street style blog. Louisville has an exploding bourbon/craft distilling & beer scene, food scene, and great music!

    • Heather D says...

      I’m glad to see this! My husband and I are looking to take a little weekend trip this summer to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. I wanted to go somewhere nearish that would still be fun. Louisville is only about an hour south of me, so you’ve just confirmed my decision!

  2. Elizabeth R says...

    Also, check out the bar (with games and shuffleboard) ACME and Hatch Show Print Shop

  3. Elizabeth R says...

    I LOVE Nashville. I have spent quite a bit of time there, between family and friends and college. Old Made Good, Pangea are great places to shop. Go see a show or do a tour at The Opry. Pinewood Social for bowling and drinks and trendy things.

  4. Katie Curry says...

    I’m a native Charlottean so I would LOVE to see (or help provide!) a city guide for Charlotte, NC – one of the top 5 fastest growing cities in the country! I’d also love to also see Indianapolis, Asheville, Charleston SC, Greenville SC (all of which I can provide people to contribute! :). As a city planner, I am so excited for this series.

    • Rebecca says...

      Hi Katie

      My boyfriend and I are visiting Charlotte in June, would love to hear your tips!

      Best wishes

      Rebecca

  5. Heather says...

    Very excited for this series! One bit of feedback – I don’t have the means to travel very often, so I won’t get to many of the places you post. In addition to seeing where to eat, stay, shop, I’d love to just hear more about the “culture” of each town, almost in the style of your motherhood around the world series. What makes the city really unique, what are people wearing, what the city is known for, what do the neighborhoods feel/look like, etc.

    • Julie says...

      what a great idea! for sure adding this would be great!!

    • This is an awesome suggestion! I’d definitely love to hear about these things too!

  6. Suzanne says...

    This was great–a trip to Nashville has been on my radar for awhile and this solidfies it further!
    You have to write about my adopted home town-Philadelphia! Sooo much more to us than Rocky, Cheesesteaks, and soft pretzels. Underappreciated and overlooked for NYC and DC often–but we have some kick butt food, art, parks, etc. etc!

  7. I love city guides! Wonderful job on this one and I can’t wait to see more!

  8. Maire says...

    Would be happy to write about my town, the Circle City, Indianapolis, IN. We have a thriving food and drink scene, cool biking trails and great neighborhoods!

  9. I’d love to nominate Germany! My husband is German and we visit his family once every year, and I’m always surprised by everything Germany has to offer. Berlin and Munich are always at the top of people’s list, but Frankfurt am Main and Dresden are amazing too.

  10. I need to get my butt back up to Nashville it’s so close to me! Love these suggestions.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  11. Jill says...

    I hope you cover Portland, Maine! I work for a women’s clothing store and children’s clothing store in Portland, and it would be so fun to help. There’s such great shopping, food, and entertainment in this little city. Love this post!

  12. Eliot says...

    Boston and/or Chicago! I’m moving to one of these great cities for graduate school this summer and although I have to decide on one in the next two weeks, I’d love to learn more about wherever I’m headed.

  13. Cortney says...

    This couldn’t come at a better time for me! I am going to Nashville in June for a Bob Dylan concert and I’ve planned to have a couple of days to explore. Thank you for posting this!

  14. been to nashville once and i still dream about this vietnamese place: Vinh Long. it is a hole in the wall and the long weekend we were there we went 4 times. i’m no embarrassed to admit that.

  15. Beautiful, I want to visit, feels so cozy. Looks very modern too :)

  16. Emily H says...

    I’d love to hear about cities that aren’t always featured on blogs. I constantly see the same guides for Nashville, Austin, New Orleans, Charleston, Chicago, San Fran, Portland, etc. I’d love to see different cities featured you wouldn’t think about — Pittsburgh, PA. Houston, TX. Detroit. Phoenix, AZ. Lake Tahoe. Just a few off the top of my head, I’m sure others could recommend more. Good luck ladies!

  17. Amanda says...

    Amazing! I am also born and raised in Nashville, and Elise hit the nail on the head for many of my favorite places — save for Little Octopus which I already had reservations to tonight. Thanks so much for the highlight!

  18. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to check out the rest of this series. I’ve never been to Nashville (or TN, for that matter), so it’s great to get a little glimpse in this post.

  19. Angelina says...

    If you visit Nashville, you MUST stop at Five Daughters Bakery. They are home to the 100 layer croissant donut. YUM. Several of my other favorite spots are:

    Edley’s BBQ for the best BBQ, get dinner and a show at Acme on Broadway, try pizza at Five Points Pizza, coffee at Crema, lunch at Butchertown, and the best, creamiest hot chocolate at Tempered.

  20. Jennifer says...

    I just visited Nashville with some girlfriends and hit several new-to-me places but none of these! Guess I need to plan another trip :) It’s a great city!

  21. Julie says...

    Heading to Savannah in May, would love to see it featured!

  22. Meg says...

    I’d love to see Chicago, Brooklyn, LA, San Francisco and Portland!

  23. Lucie says...

    Chicago and Boston please! Great series x

  24. If you need a Baltimore, MD guide, count me in!

  25. Emily Hutchison says...

    Washington, DC!

  26. Amy says...

    In Nashville I also recommend Monelle’s! (sp?) it’s family style restaurant, where you sit around big dining room tables with other people and pass the food around. We went for lunch one day and it was so much fun!

  27. LOVE! Nashville seems like such a great city. I would love to get there someday soon :)
    I would love to see one about Boston, I grew up in the suburbs and whenever people ask me what to do there I have no clue. I want to people to think it’s a cool city but I straight up don’t even know! :)

  28. Grace says...

    I know it isn’t often thought of as a vacation destination, but Cleveland is an incredible city on the rise. With access to the north coast, a burgeoning food and coffee scene, and music history to rival any city, i think it would be a great feature!

    I would love to write about it if you’re taking volunteers :)

    • Hannah says...

      I second Cleveland! I was born and raised here and chose to move back after college because there is nothing like the sense of community and pride in the CLE. I’d be happy to pitch in as well with some Cleveland recommendations!

    • Lexie says...

      I’ve been to Cleveland the past two years for New Year’s Eve and I LOVE IT!!

  29. Beth Morrow says...

    Thanks for highlighting my town, Cup of Jo!! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I love to see my city on your pages. Inspired by this creative sister in my town that I didn’t even know about, too. Many thanks for always giving me beauty to ingest on your site.

  30. Sarah says...

    Austin, TX! Totally a selfish request because I am visiting for the first time for a bachelorette party in May!

  31. Sonia says...

    So glad you’ll be doing this series! I’d love to hear about Portland and Bar Harbour in Maine!

  32. mimi says...

    That is a great idea for a series, thank you! We’re heading to California in a few months, so I would love city guides covering san fran and san diego!

  33. I love Nashville! I’ve only visited once, but can’t wait to go back at some point. (hopefully, soon!). I’d also suggest The Patterson House and Merchants :)

  34. Lori H says...

    We are heading to Austin, Tx, for the first time at the end of April, so any recommendations would be appreciated!

  35. Lovely series! I am curious to follow! It would be fantastic to see much streetview pictures to just get the feeling that you really are walking there in the cities with the author! :)

  36. Savannah and Charleston would be great tours. I’ve eaten at the Butcher and Bee – Charleston and, while I didn’t have an Old Fashioned the food was amazing – memorable, if fact. Savannah is where I call home now and Leopold’s Ice cream is a must visit.

  37. if you ever need a Hong Kong city guide, I’d be happy to help :)

  38. Caz says...

    Nashville never popped up on my travel radar, but this makes it sound worth a visit one day. (First step: save money and travel to the US again…)

    If you want volunteer contributors for some international cities, I’ve lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and Bilbao, Spain.

  39. I’d love to see more international cities, especially ones more off the beaten path. Let me know if you need help with Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha!

  40. I’ve always wanted to visit Nashville! It seems like it has such a different vibe than where I live, here in LA. But even though LA does have a lot of cool places, and I’ve spent pretty much my whole life here, it seems like there is still so much more to explore. Hopefully my own hometown will be featured soon. I feel like I’m going to love this series.

  41. Quinn says...

    So excited for this series!

  42. rachel says...

    Woodlands is the best restaurant ever if you love Indian food. Specifically Southern Indian vegetarian food…It’s off West End, not fancy (at ALL), and seriously amazing. Buffet is good but dinner is the best. Have fun visiting our city! :)

  43. Celeste says...

    LOVE this. One tiny suggestion… an embeddable Google map with customized locations! Then people can use it while they travel. We do this for all our travels and it works GREAT. We never miss a spot if we’ve laid it all out on the map.

    Thanks for always producing top-notch content.

  44. Nashville will always be home to me, even though I’m in Atlanta now. I’m really surprised and proud that its growing by leaps and bounds! There wasn’t nearly as much to do when I lived there. Although reading this has made me want to get to know Nashville all over again!

    I think this series is so fun.. I’d love to read about Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas (things took do outside of the casinos).

    • Lauren E. says...

      I second Pittsburgh! A few years ago I visited a cousin who lives there and was bowled over by how cool a city it’s become.

  45. Sara F says...

    I live in Nashville and Gas Lamp Antiques is the best! So happy to see it mentioned on your blog!

    • I was happy to see Gas Lamp mentioned too. I ALWAYS find really cool stuff in there when I go.

  46. Natasha says...

    New Orleans!

    • Gina says...

      I am with Ariana…New Orleans please!

  47. Jenn says...

    Best idea for a series! I love exploring American cities. Thanks for this. Also, I recently stumbled upon your article of “family vacation idea: positano by courtney” and was so happy. I think that would make an awesome read too.
    xo

  48. Alexandra says...

    Are you taking volunteers? I’d love to cover Seattle!

    • bisbee says...

      I hope Joanna takes you up on that! We will be in Seattle for 4 days in May. Already have plans, but always open to new ideas!

    • I moved to Seattle about a year ago and I really hope they end up covering it!

  49. Tyler says...

    looking forward to this series! have to say I’ve never been too stoked on nashville, but this makes it look cool, ha!

  50. K says...

    So excited about this series! Cities I’d love covered: Portland, Denver, Seattle, and San Fran!

    And a “things to do for free” section would be a cool addition!

  51. Celena says...

    Dallas, TX would be wonderful!

  52. Paige says...

    I am so excited you’re doing this series! It’s fun to find out where locals recommend. When my fiancé and I went to NYC we went to a few shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan that you suggested and we loved it!
    We are on the central coast and would love if you did one of the towns around here- Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Saratoga, SLO,etc.

  53. Sara says...

    Burlington, Vermont……it’s a great city!

  54. Paige says...

    Seattle! We are vacationing/attending a wedding there for a few days in July and would love some hidden gems! Xx Pf.

    • Seattle in July is the absolute best! A couple recommendations off the top of my head: For food: Oddfellow’s Cafe in Cap Hill, the London Plane in Pioneer Square, and Cafe Flora in Madison Park (for brunch). For fun: a ferry ride out to Bainbridge Island, a picnic at Gas Works park, and paddle boarding on Lake Union. For libations: Bathtub Gin in Belltown at night and Fremont Brewing in Fremont during the day.

  55. I’m really looking forward to this series!

    I’d like to hear more about Charleston, Atlanta, and Asheville.

    If you ever want to include Greenville, SC, I’m your girl!

    • Lisa says...

      I lived in Greenville for 10 years and moved away about a year ago. Miss it so much!

  56. We are OBSESSED with Whiskey Kitchen in Nashville! It’s only about a mile from Broadway St., and their drinks are to die for. The atmosphere is small and so much fun.

  57. Portland, Maine. Burlington, Vermont. Bellingham, Washington. Charleston, South Carolina. Cuba, YES!

    #1 pick? My current town of Athens, Georgia! It’s got culture, sports, an up-and-coming food scene, lots of local music, outdoorsy stuff everywhere, breweries on the rise and so much more.

    A feature on Atlanta, Georgia would be cool too! It’s a huge city that has so much to offer but needs a realistic guide (for example, you need a car to get anywhere and the traffic is shite) to help folks understand the in-&-outs of the city. It’s got an international food scene that knocks your socks off! Lots of great bloggers there to help out with this one…

    • Couldn’t agree more! Athens is one of the best ‘smaller’ towns in the South. #godawgs

    • Emily says...

      Yes! Athens is the happiest place on Earth! So much cool stuff going on, and really manageable as a weekend getaway. I’m dreaming about Last Resort and Creature Comforts now!

  58. I went to Nashville for my bachelorette weekend. It was my first time visiting and I cannot wait to go back. My sweet grandmother surprised us all with tickets to the Grand Ol Opry—2nd row! Carrie Underwood was performing that night too! The whole weekend was incredibly fun—loved the live music, sweet people and continuous flow of beer ;) I wish I would have had this guide when we went a few months ago! I also loved Aziz Ansaris Netflix show, Master of None’s episode where they went to Nashville for their date. A wonderful tribute to a fun-loving city.

  59. Lynn says...

    This series sounds amazing! I love hearing about a city from an insider. I would love to see Asheville, Savannah, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, Alexandria, actually any city would be fun to read about. I always have a list of places to explore going. Can’t wait to see the next city you feature!

  60. Lisa Flaugnatti says...

    I am so excited for this series! I’d love to see Vancouver, Boston, Havana, Edinburgh, Auckland, and a California Coastal Road Trip featured : )

  61. You should totally do one on the most isolated capital city in the world, Perth, Australia :) not many people see it as a must visit due to how isolated it is (so many bands skip it on tours which is annoying!) buts a hidden gem. Would be more than happy to help write it and enlist the help of some friends to share their views on the city.
    I love being able to sit in Kings Park over looking the city and just think, then you have newly opened Elizabeth Quay that is meant to be amazing (have yet to visit it but its on my to do list!) and Rottnest Island which is the only home to the happiest animal in the world the Quokka (they run wild there and are only found there and a few places on the coast of Western Australia in the world) and you can take a day trip there from Fremantle.

  62. Stephanie Driscoll says...

    Would love to hear about Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head!

  63. Holly says...

    NO, LA

    I would love to show y’all around ;)

  64. Caitlin Harrison says...

    GREAT idea!

  65. Anneka says...

    Please please please cover Burlington, Vermont. It is the sweetest little city, with a huge art and food scene, the friendliest people, and it is right on Lake Champlain. Plus by fun sister lives there.

  66. Jill says...

    I’m curious about Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Diego, Austin, South Carolina, and Cuba! And beach cities on the East coast that aren’t quite as tacky as Virginia Beach but still full of life and activity.

    Rochester, NY is an interesting city (with gorgeous fingerlakes nearby) that I could help with, it being my hometown:)

    • Rae says...

      Hi Jill, you should look into Wilmington, NC if you’re interested in East Coast beach cities! We have wonderful restaurants and shopping, and have been the film location for quite a few shows and movies. The surf culture here is great and the downtown nightlife isn’t bad.

  67. Ali says...

    My hometown! Great list. I would add that Nashville has a huge coffee shop culture. A new fave is Barista Parlor with locations in East Nashville and the Gulch, and an old favorite is Fido in Hillsboro Village.

    I also always send people to Pinewood Social, a bar/restaurant/bowling alley/karaoke lounge/coffee shop. http://pinewoodsocial.com/

    • I would agree with the recommendation to visit Pinewood Social.

    • Erin says...

      Barista really does have great coffee. I keep meaning to try Crema- I always hear how good it is.
      Roast Inc. on 8th Ave South has fantastic coffee, too. They have an iced coffee drink with coconut milk, honey, and muddle orange peel that’s to die for (it’s called the “Naranja”).

  68. Anaclara says...

    This is such a great series idea! I love the design sponge city guides. I would love to see a guide to Buffalo!

  69. Jess V says...

    So fun! Portland, Maine is a great destination! Amazing food, scenery, outdoor life, art, music, whatever you’re into, we’ve got it!

    • Mary says...

      Yes to Portland, Maine! Such a fun city!

  70. Oh my gosh, this is a killer idea for a series! I would be over the moon to visit the Elizabeth Suzann studio- ladies, she has SIZES and everything is beautiful! It might be on the expensive side but the materials and structure as so worth it as you’ll have the piece forever. xx

  71. Caitlin says...

    Seattle, Washington DC, and San Francisco would be great ~

  72. Katherine says...

    I would love to see Houston, Dallas, Napa/wine country, Phoenix, and Savannah. Oklahoma City and Tulsa have some great places too!

  73. Christina Honkonen says...

    LOVE this series! So fun and cool and helpful. I grew up in Nashville and thought this was a very insightful overview. Please add Knoxville, Tn to the list for consideration. ;) I’m a transplant and adore this town – a vibrant music scene, delicious food, the list goes on and on.

    • I second Knoxville! I live in Chattanooga but travel northward many weekends. I’d love to know what some quirky, favored spots are. :)

  74. Angela says...

    Indianapolis, IN and/or Louisville, KY. Also, Fort Worth, TX is where I’ve lived the past 6 years and I think it is an awesome town, often overshadowed by Dallas.

  75. Julia says...

    I’m so excited for this new series and can’t wait for some more cities!

  76. Emily says...

    This is a great series! As an avid traveler, I am always looking for information like this that you can’t find in guide books. It seems well-received in the comments too, so I wanted to share the wealth on a new find of mine that has a similar feel — trustthelocals.com. Check it out! And keep up this awesome series!

  77. i am so happy nashville is featured. it is where i grew up and live now and i love this city! i could literally add a million more places to this list.

  78. Jenny Parker says...

    I volunteer to do Seattle!

  79. Claire says...

    I’m so excited for this new series! I’d love to read about Portland, OR, Vancouver, BC, and get the COJ perspective on Brooklyn (maybe something all of you lovely ladies could contribute bits and pieces to?). I’m happy to add to a Seattle guide, if you want tips!

  80. Katie F. says...

    And I’d also like to suggest Nairobi, Barcelona, St. Croix or elsewhere in the Caribbean.

  81. Katie F. says...

    Yeah, I’m sure you’re stacked with volunteers, but count me in. Madison, WI!

  82. Kate says...

    I would love to see some less “popular” cities. Like Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Denver etc.

  83. Carol says...

    Parnassus Book Store owned by Anne Patchett….

  84. Diana says...

    I’d love to help covering Oporto and Lisbon!

  85. Well, this is amazing! I just landed in Nashville for a work trip today and my boyfriend is joining me for the weekend, so it looks like my work here is done :)

  86. Lexie says...

    I live in Nashville and I definitely recommend Mas Tacos, Robert’s, The Ryman, and Pre-to-Post Modern for vintage shopping. I do NOT recommend Hattie B’s for hot chicken though — go to Bolton’s or Prince’s instead.

  87. Katie says...

    Love this new series. Fantastic Jo and team!

  88. Danuta says...

    Love Nashville + love this new series! Although, since the big guys are always being covered, I would LOVE it if this series were to also highlight smaller, but still hip cities! Asheville, NC, Santa Fe, NM and Richmond, VA come to mind. I live in Richmond and there’s so much here to experience-nationally recognized restaurants, local craft breweries, murals by national and international street artists, awesome boutiques (Need Supply and Ledbury got their starts here!), old warehouse and residential districts reinventing themselves, gorgeous southern architecture, tons of festivals, plus a river for exploring and hiking. Like many city slickers our residents love cats/dogs/food/beer/beards/bikes, but it’s a bit grittier here and now up-and-coming thanks to a community of creative entrepreneurs hustling to push their ideas and make Richmond a versatile (and affordable) place to live. Did I mention it’s only 2ish hours outside of DC, the mountains and the beach? Would love it if you would consider us!

    • Brittany says...

      I moved from DC to go back to school at VCU’S medical college believing I would be disappointed with Richmond. I wasn’t! Besides the lack of good public transportation, Richmond has really stolen my heart. Love the art, food, music, and outdoor scenes here!

  89. Mkw says...

    How about Santa Fe and San Juan?

  90. So excited for you to be hosting another series on travel. I still look to your New York guide quite often. Also, Nashville is a recent favorite of mine and it was exciting to see it be first on the list!

  91. Katie says...

    I would love to cover St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (most easterly point in North America)! Totally off the beaten path :)

  92. Santa Monica!

  93. Sophie says...

    Oh! Oh! Montreal please! I’ve just moved here and I’m looking for expert advice :)

  94. Great suggestions! Love em all. Gas Lamp was where I found so many knick knacks for my first 450 square foot apartment as a newlywed. My favorite was an old map of England that sits on my walls wherever we live and reminds me of fun times abroad. A few things I would add are: shop at Pangaea in Hillsboro Village for lovely jewelry and hats and scarves; eat at Pancake Pantry cuz there are only two locations in the country and they have the most luscious breakfast ever (hence the mile long line out the door at all times); Drink some of the best coffee ever at Barista Parlor in either East Nash or downtown…then venture next door (if you pick the downtown location) and take a brewery tour at Yazoo (one of my besties works there and has created some phenom brews!); finally, go find Love Circle to get a superb view of the city…maybe don’t go at night though unless you want to witness some serious make out sessions!

    • Oh! And drink some of the most artful cocktails at The Patterson House!

  95. Brieanne says...

    Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sorrento.

    Would love to help with a London edition – as an expat who’s been here for a decade I’ve got tons of hidden gems!

  96. Arnolds! Pangaea! The 5 Spot!

  97. I’d love to be a Belo Horizonte/Brazil Correspondent! If you are looking for one! The city and culture are amazing and that will surprise the readers by showing them a city in Brazil other than Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.

  98. Kate says...

    Athens, GA!!

  99. Kathleen says...

    LOVE that you’re doing a city series now!! I’m hoping/planning for a lot of mini roadtrips throughout the U.S. over the next few years so this is good timing. I’m looking forward to see where you feature. (And if you need someone to report on the best of Santa Cruz, CA for you, I’m your girl.)

  100. Amy says...

    I’d love to see a city tour of Berlin! :) Also, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley (one for each). If you’re looking for someone, I’m happy to put together one for Oakland!

  101. Nina says...

    very fun. but don’t do the spots everyone goes to and asks about. I love and have been to Seattle, Portland, Santa Cruz, Miami, La Jolla (ok well do La Jolla cause I love it!), Philadelphia, Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, Atlanta…yet…they all seem so obvious. Of course, you want places people are going but how about some that aren’t that “done?” I live in Salt Lake City now and go down to St. George (just next to Vegas, gorgeous places to hike between SLC and there)

  102. Gosh, now I feel guilty for posting about my former Asheville, NC home and neglecting my current state of MI! So… here’s my MI pitch:

    I’m going to come right out and say it. DETROIT. I’ve lived here for a nearly 4 years now and Detroit is transforming before my eyes. It’s becoming a hip, funky, artistic, foodie mecca. There’s classic Detroit stuff, like the Motown Museum (which is absolutely worth a visit), the Fox Theatre, and catching a Tigers and/or Lions game. There’s also off the beaten path type of stuff, too, like Belle Isle Park (http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=736&type=SPRK), checking out Corktown (http://downtowndetroit.org/live-here/district-profiles/corktown/), and visiting the GIANT Eastern Market on Saturdays (http://downtowndetroit.org/live-here/district-profiles/eastern-market/). There’s tons of great restaurants…and more and more popping up all the time. Each time I visit Detroit, I am filled with a sense of excitement…good things are happening there.

    Definitely NOT to be ignored are Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City. And, a trip to MI isn’t complete without a trip to Lake Michigan. To say it’s heavenly is an understatement.

    Ok. Feeling much better (and less guilty) now that I’ve tooted MI’s horn, too. :)

    • Taylor says...

      Love that you pimped MI. I second everything you said.

  103. Naj says...

    Great new series! I love Nashville! Lived there very briefly but never tried the places listed.

    If you ever need (even) more nyc food guides, I can definitely help with that! :)

  104. laetitia says...

    Would be great to include things and places to visit with Kids in the series. Thanks!!

  105. Gotta second the person who referenced Asheville, NC! I went to college and then lived there for 5 years after graduation. It’s been called the Paris of the South. It’s important to note it’s not a “southern” city like Charleston or Savannah. It’s funky, artsy, outdoorsy, and a bit wacky (in all the right ways). The city offers the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for outdoor activities, an amazing foodie and local beer scene, a vibrant downtown you could easily spend an entire day exploring, and art studios out the wazoo! And, lest I forget, there’s also the beautiful Biltmore Estate and grounds, which is so fun to tour (it feels a little like the Downton Abbey of the south). Asheville is a melting pot that attracts a diverse group of people and wanderers. It would be great for families, a romantic getaway, a weekend away with your girlfriends, or solo travel. I’ve lived in Michigan since 2012 (and love it!)…but miss my Asheville days something fierce from time-to-time.

    For more Asheville info….. http://www.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/north-carolina/asheville/overview.html

    • Hello. Very awkwardly replying to my own comment. Just gonna leave this here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RzhTN9zW3w

      [Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (who I just learned is Paul Simon’s wife!) singing “When You Get to Asheville” on Letterman.]

  106. Jen Vercelli says...

    The hot chicken at Hattie B’s is one of the best things I ate in 2014. My friend and I still talk about it. I loved Nashville and can’t wait to go back! How about guides for New Orleans, Philadelphia, LA, San Antonio, Charleston, Detroit…selfishly asking as those are all on my wish list for domestic trips, except LA where I live but always like hearing what other people recommend and enjoy when visiting.

  107. Kayla says...

    Love this series — and would love to see some coverage on Boston, D.C., and Louisville, KY!

  108. Jenna says...

    Oh man! This series is going to be awesome….and expensive ;)! I love American cities (Canadian here!) We have some amazing cities too but, I have visited a lot of them.

  109. Love the new series and am so happy to see Nashville as the first feature. I’ve never been but it is at the top of my list of cities to travel to in the US (just need the Canadian dollar to be a little better).
    I would love to see Chicago featured and maybe a Canadian city (or few), Montreal would be a great one!

  110. Sophie says...

    US: Atlanta, Seattle, Oregon, Charleston, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Key West, Savannah, Charlotte, Asheville (<— look up asheville folk for some cool people)

    Elsewhere: Berlin, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong

    I would love it if you could somehow incorporate this feature into the Motherhood Around the World series.

    • Ramona says...

      I second incorporating it with the Motherhood Around the World series! It would be great to have some suggestions about places to stay and go with kids in the mix.

  111. katherine proctor says...

    I live near Nashville and two great places to eat are the Pfunky Griddle and Rose Pepper Mexican Restaurant. The pfunky griddle is great because there is a griddle in the middle of the table so you get to customize your own pancakes or hash browns. They have all kinds of toppings like fresh fruit and chocolate candies. They also offer all the other normal breakfast foods like eggs, sausage, bacon that you don’t have to cook yourself.

    • Yes to Rose Pepper!

      12 South is a great little shopping & eating area too

  112. Rachel K says...

    Love this new series! I’d love to see a guide for San Francisco and Seattle. If you ever do a Boston/Cambridge guide, I’d be happy to contribute ;) It’s a beautiful, historic city that’s become a foodie’s dream!

  113. Ooo, this series is a brilliant idea. CupOfJo wins again!

    How about Philadelphia, Savannah, GA, and Minneapolis/St. Paul?

  114. Briana says...

    I travel a lot for work and I am always looking for curated city guides. The big ones always get covered – San Fran, NYC, DC, and I can always find blog posts about cool cities – Seattle, Boston, Atlanta and Portland since there are lots of bloggers there… but I’m dying to know about the less visited popular destinations – Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Dallas, Denver, Miami, and even Las Vegas. I would love to see these covered from CoJ’s point of view!

    • Tiny Bubble says...

      I can totally do a Dallas one …

    • Audrey C says...

      I agree! I would love to make more of my spare time on business trips and can never find great recommendations for these cities! I also think Chicago and Milwaukee would be great.

  115. So fun! 👏🏼

    I’m voting for future city guides on:
    Minneapolis / St. Paul!
    Philedalphia!
    Charleston!
    Nantucket!
    Austin!

    • OMG I just posted and asked for Minneapolis/St. Paul and Philadelphia too – and I almost put in Charleston as well! Looks like we have similar travel aspirations :)

  116. Lauren says...

    DC

  117. I’d love to be a Phoenix Correspondent! If you are looking for one!

  118. Elisabeth says...

    Please do Portland OR!! I am going in two weeks and need some recommendations! xoxo

    • MissEm says...

      Design Sponge has a city guide series and I used theirs for Portland – it was great! That said, it was years ago.

    • Come shopping at Seven Sisters! xx

  119. Monica says...

    You should be sure to cover St. Louis! It is an overlooked city with SO much to offer, especially for families. Free museums, beautiful parks, a vibrant food and music scene…St. Louis a hidden gem of the west (truly!).

    • Michelle says...

      Ditto!! If you’re looking for contributors for stl, hit me up!

  120. My sister lives in Nashville, I’ll have to sent this to her!

    I think you should do Houston! It’s really fun, surprisingly hip, and sadly underrated!

    • Emily says...

      YES! Everybody always covers Austin and Dallas, and completely leaves out the US’s 4th largest city. Plus, there are so many cool restaurants in Houston right now.

  121. Liz says...

    I’m so glad you have city guides now! I would love it if you could cover some midwestern cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, or Minneapolis. My husband and I are planning a trip to London in the fall so I would also love to read about London:) Portland, Seattle, Austin, and Vancouver are all cities I would love to learn about for future trips too.

  122. L says...

    Ooh! So many ideas.

    In the US: New Orleans, San Francisco, Washington DC

    Outside the US: Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Jerusalem, London, Athens

  123. Nikki says...

    Please cover my wonderful, vibrant and interesting city: Johannesburg, South Africa!

  124. Jill says...

    Love this! My husband went to Vanderbilt, so we are in Nashville a lot. I will have to look up some of these spots next time I am there. In all my time there, I still haven’t been to Hattie B’s (criminal, I know).

    If you are ever looking for someone to write a city guide for Dallas, I’m your gal.

    • Taylor says...

      Fellow Vandy alum, and how I adored my time in Nashville. My favorite hot chicken places is Prince’s Hot Chicken, which is in a questionable part of town and you literally order at a hole in the wall. But mouthwatering, delicious! And now I’m craving hot chicken:p

  125. Lindsay says...

    I second Seattle! I just matched there for residency, and after ten years of living in New England I will definitely need a primer.

    • Tina, nyc says...

      Congrats on matching! What an amazing accomplishment. Best of luck in the next part of your journey!

  126. Jill says...

    I’m leaving on a little road trip with my hubs to Nashville tomorrow, so what a timely post! We have tickets to see our favorite band, Dr. Dog, at the Ryman on Saturday night! This post has me even more excited for our trip!

    • Lynn says...

      The Ryman is such a wonderful place to see music! We took a road trip to see Old Crow there several years ago. We just saw Dr. Dog in charlotsville in October. It was a great show! You will have the best weekend!

  127. Allyson says...

    I am very excited about this series! Thank you!

  128. I’d love to do a piece on St. Louis, MO! We are cooler than you think!

  129. Camille says...

    SO excited about this new series !

  130. This is awesome! I definitely want to live there! I’m thinking of moving from Boston–not to Nashville–but Winston Salem. Could Cup of Jo do Winston? (Nashville may not be a bad option– not at all!)

    H

  131. nicole b. says...

    This is such a fantastic list, Elise! I love Nashville! Joanna- emailing you. I would love to contribute to this series. xo

  132. Literally JUST booked tickets this morning to go to Nashville for a friends wedding! We’re staying for a whole week, so this will definitely be helpful (if it’s not super out of date 6 months from now, seems like things are growing and changing quickly there!)

  133. Sarah M. says...

    Oh lame! I was JUST there two weeks ago and scoured every blog I read for a good city guide (and couldn’t find any). So thanks, Joanna, for filling a much-needed hole here. I can say that the one strong recommendation I found, for Biscuit Love in Nashville (Bon Appetit top restaurant of 2015) completely blew me away! The other 8 girls I was with loved it, too.

    • Biscuit Love is SPECTACULAR. It hit all the right notes.

    • Elizabeth R says...

      Design Sponge has one too.

  134. Ariana says...

    Awesome series! I would love to help you with Miami!!!

  135. Meredith says...

    Loud, exuberant addition to where to eat: ARNOLD’S! It’s what my Nashville grandfather called “real people food.” (i.e.: it’s a, scratch that, THE, meat ‘n three.)

    • Lexie says...

      YESSSSSS ARNOLD’S!!

  136. Anne says...

    This makes me wish for a return trip to Nashville. Cities I think you should cover: Austin and Minneapolis. I lived in Minneapolis and currently live in Austin, but I still think it would be interesting to read your recommendations. Also Seattle and Portland because I’m visiting that part of the States this summer.

  137. Roselyn says...

    I’d love a guide on Barcelona, Amsterdam, and London!!

    I also think you should cover boroughs. Maybe neighborhoods…like Astoria (whoop whoop!) or Jackson Heights!

    • Angela says...

      I have never been to NYC and would definitely love to read something on the neighborhoods or just the Burroughs overall. London would be another great city to see pared down this way.

  138. jd says...

    excited to see this! always looking for this kind of info when before traveling!

  139. H says...

    Yes! What a great new series!

    I suggest a New Orleans city tour. It has so so much more to offer than just Bourbon Street, and I think people often get the wrong idea about what kind of city it is. The culture is amazing – wonderful music, great food of all sorts, super friendly and interesting people, and plenty of neat neighborhoods for strolling and exploring. I lived there for 3 years during school and only moved away last year; I miss it all the time (if you can’t tell :).

  140. I’m going to Nashville for the first time in two weeks–I’m so glad to have this guide!

    And I’d love to contribute a piece on the wonderful-but-underrated gem of Sacramento, California if you’re ever interested! :)

    • LJ says...

      I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on Sac. Lived near there for 3 years and couldn’t get into it at all. What was I missing? It’s possible I might be returning so would love to hear more.

  141. Jess says...

    I’m volunteering to do Providence, RI! :)

    • MK says...

      Yes, please!

  142. That hot chicken is quite literally making my mouth water! My family and I were just on vacation in Santa Monica last week and had the absolute best fried chicken I’ve ever tired at a place called ‘Cha Cha Chicken’ right off the beach. It was fried in coconut oil, creating a fresh and light flavor without the oily taste you normally get – it changed my world! If you’re ever in Santa Monica, check it out!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Jen Vercelli says...

      Colleen, I live and Santa Monica and love fried chicken. Was expecting a recommendation to one of our hipster spots but was surprised to see Cha Cha Chicken, it’s been around forever and is really delicious. I don’t know how I forgot about it! Thanks for the reminder.

  143. Liz says...

    This was great! Please cover Seattle– I am headed there for vacation in July and I would so appreciate a curated guide!

  144. I already know this is going to be my favorite series on CupofJo!