When most people think about Nashville, they picture the honky tonks downtown on Broadway and attractions like the Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry. But one of our favorite gems is East Nashville which is just a hop, skip and a two-step away from downtown. Learn why you should include this vibrant, creative, culturally diverse neighborhood in your visit with our East Nashville neighborhood guide.
The East Nashville Experience
East Nashville is the “it” neighborhood when it comes to everything from eclectic charm to walkability to creative energy to laid-back hospitality to endless options for dining, shopping, entertainment, and more.
East Nashville covers three different zip codes and includes the communities of Inglewood, Lockeland Springs, Five Points, East End, Eastwood, Cleveland Park, McFerrin Park, Historic Edgefield, Rolling Acres, and Shelby Hills. Many of the area’s historic homes date back to the early 1900s.
What to Do in East Nashville
There is so much to do here that it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ll highlight the high points in our East Nashville neighborhood guide — dining, bars and entertainment, shopping, and festivals.
- Dining – Popular East Nashville restaurants and bakeries include Five Points Pizza, Mas Tacos Por Favor, Rosepepper Cantina, Café Roze, The Treehouse, Folk, The Wild Cow, Redheaded Stranger, Spicy Boys, Babo Korean Bar, Margot Café & Bar, Lockeland Table, Peninsula, Lyra, and Sweet 16th Bakery.
- Bars and Entertainment – The Basement East, The 5 Spot, Sid Gold’s Request Room, The Bowery Vault, Eastside Bowl, and the Cobra, Attaboy, The Red Door Saloon East, Chopper, Village Pub and Beer Garden, No Quarter, Rosemary and Beauty Queen, The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club, Vinyl Tap, Southern Grist, and Smith and Lentz.
- Shopping – Five Points Alley Shops, Shops at Porter East, Nashville Crystal Store East, Old Made Good, Anaconda Vintage, Gift Horse, Goodbuy Girls, Apple and Oak, Hip Zipper Vintage, The Bookshop, Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company, and High Class Hillbilly.
- Festivals – East Nashville loves a good celebration. It hosts some of the best festivals in Music City, including the Hot Chicken Festival, Tomato Art Fest, East Nashville Beer Festival, and the Defy Film Festival.
Where to Stay When Visiting East Nashville
Although you could spend your entire visit exploring East Nashville, you will also want to visit other areas around town. We recommend a central location when it comes to where to stay. Music City Loft is an ideal option. We feature vacation rentals right in the heart of downtown (just minutes from East Nashville), including 3-bedroom accommodations for large groups. With us, you’ll have privacy, space, and unmatched luxury and comfort at an affordable price. And by booking directly with us, there are no third-party or OTA booking fees, so you’ll always get the best deal.