How to Spend 24 Hours in Nashville

Pinewood SocialHey, friends! Today I’m excited to kick off a new series of MINI city guides! Almost every weekend I get messages from blog readers who are coming to Nashville for just 24 hours. I thought it would be fun to share collections of fun places to visit here and in other cities we love to travel to!

Since you’re OUR blog readers, I’m going to assume you also care about aesthetics, and so in addition to the food being delicious, all the places I will share with you are photogenic and unique!

Pinewood Social
One of my top favorite places in Nashville! You can eat all three meals here, but we tend to go most often for breakfast. For lunch or dinner, they have one of the best kale salads in town and really great cocktails! They also have a Crema location inside, which is one of our favorite coffee shops and my favorite for almond milk lattes (I’ve tried them all… VERY scientific testing, you guys!).

In addition, there is a super pretty bowling alley in the back part of the restaurant as well as a dipping pool for the summer. (For poolside cocktails – how cute is that?) Highly recommend it if it’s your first trip to Nashville.

Pinewood Social Nashville Here’s a photo from last month when our friends came to visit!

The Flipside The Flipside

This is a newer spot for us, but we love it more with every visit! The decor is absolutely adorable, and this spot is most known for their crazy Bloody Mary.

The Flipside NashvilleIt’s totally a meal in case you couldn’t tell.

The FlipsideI love this little spot. This time of year they leave their huge windows open, so it’s basically a giant porch. It’s on one of the cutest streets that’s fun to walk around on the weekends.

Five Daughters BakeryFive Daughters Bakery

Five Daughters has some of the best donuts I’ve ever tried in my life… cronuts actually! They are ridiculously good. Their location is so cute too! If you don’t have time to visit the shop, they also serve them at Barista Parlor locations… it’s one of our top Saturday morning rituals.

This is super close to The Flipside, so you can do both at the same time. LeSel NashvilleLe Sel

Le Sel is by far the prettiest restaurant in Nashville… I mean PINK VELVET BOOTHS?! Laura and I think it’s one of the very best spots for a fancy date night or celebration. They also have the best pommes frites!

LeSelSo good, right??

I hope you enjoyed this first MINI city guide. I think the smaller format will help me be able to bring them to you much MUCH more frequently. I will definitely share more Nashville spots in the future as well – there are so many great spots that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve AND new spots popping up all the time.

Oh and if you’d like to see our past city guides, check out Nashville, New Orleans, Palm Springs and Brooklyn.

xx- Elsie

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. All photos taken with iPhone edited with A Color Story app

  • I also spent really awesome time there with my whole family. Now I have a plan to take grand canyon bus tours from los angeles with my father during in coming holidays. I really excited about this tour and I want to capture many images of attractive places in my camera. I am sure we will spent really nice time there.

  • I’m planning a Nashville trip for the end up July to celebrate after taking the bar exam! Adding all these places to my list for when I’m there 🙂

  • I wanted to ask the same exact question!! What about the time in between meals…?

  • This sounds amazing, I definitely have to get there someday!

  • Wow! That looks like the best bloody mary!! =o)

  • How cool! Nashville looks so quirky! Need to visit

  • Have you been to The Pfunky Griddle? Its a super cute place where there is a griddle in the middle of the table and they have a huge list of toppings to pick from.
    Also there is a place in East Nashville called Rose Pepper Mexican Restaurant thats has great margaritas.

  • Sharon, The Ryman is the best music venue. The Grand Ole Opry is another classic venue and a cool tour. Also check out the Frist Art Museum.See a Predators ice hockey game if you like that sort of thing. Check out Pandora for great gifts and home items.

  • Either 12 South or East Nashville. 🙂 Although none of these spots are in East Nashville (but most of my last Nashville guide was).
    xx- Elsie

  • Haha! I’ll try to add more variety next time. Eating is our MAIN travel hobby. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • If I have 24 hours in Nashville, I want to spend them all with you! xo 😉

    Great mini guide!


  • Oh my I am going to love this series! I’ve just given up everything to travel and we are starting I’m New Zealamd 1st but my hubby would love to go to Erica after that and I would absolutely love to go to Nashville. .. MUSIC CITY CENTRAL! Can’t wait to read more thanks xo

  • I went to Nashville last year and did none of these things! Makes me want to go back so bad!

  • Hi, what neighborhood would you recommend staying in for a short trip here? Thanks! x

  • Nashville looks absolutely amazing (and pretty photogenic too)! I’d love to visit one day! I’ll definitely be saving these spots for if I ever get to visit!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Ohhh i love those sneakers in the first photo! The leather ones. Where are they from?

  • Oh that black and white color combo with the pink booths!!!

  • What if I want to do more than eat when I travel? Can you give us some good nature spots, historic sites, markets with unique Nashville goods, museums, etc.?

  • I love this. I travel for work and sometimes only have 24 hours to explore. I want the best eats.

  • Josephine’s brunch, pistachio cherry sweet rolls are no joke.
    Your Welcome

  • have you been to old glory yet? This open maybe two months ago and edge Hill, hidden gem that I think you’d enjoy

    I typically go to Nashville when I want to find different places to check out, if it’s new or often times they have tons of photos to check out their Decor

  • This is fantastic, I am planning a trip to Nashville next year (wish it was sooner) and these are the exact spots I love to visit in a new city!

  • Thank you Katie! I hope you can visit sometime. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • How gorgeous are these pictures! I hope to visit Nashville one day 🙂
    Katie | Words By Katie

  • I want to visit Nashville one day! It’s on my travel list 🙂


  • That drink has legs you guys. There’s a wine joke here but I just can’t quite get to it…

  • Thank you for this post, Elsie! I will be exploring Nashville for the first time during a weekend this summer, so a mini guide like this is perfect for me. 🙂

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