Music City, Tennessee is home to legendary venues like The Ryman Auditorium, The Opry, and Roberts Western World, and the streets are lined with honky tonks, BBQ joints, hot chicken shacks, Preds fans, and Pedal Taverns. There are also more churches per capita than other US city! Lots of faith, music, and food for the soul. But what’s truly great about Nashville, TN is that there is something for everyone. Tucked away in almost every neighborhood are sanctuaries of awakening and healing, where folks can rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and spirits, without the extra pounds (or hangover!) And with 82 people moving to Nashville per day, there is no end in sight to the influx of world-class perspectives, ideas, and businesses. Here are some of our favorite destinations in this magical conscious oasis of The South.
Eat & Drink
Downtown | 15 Hermitage Ave.
Start your day off right at Crema, Nashville’s zero waste coffee shop (you can learn more about their journey to zero waste here). Everything they use to serve coffee is either recyclable or compostable, and they have now been operating without a trash can for years. Hey Starbucks (yeah you!), take notes.
Five Points | 935 Woodland St.
High Garden Tea is an environmentally conscious tea shop and apothecary that’s passionate about reconnecting humans with nature. Their space has a witchy/whimsical aesthetic, complete with dark wood, dried flowers, and glass jars. They make every effort to be as low-waste and eco-friendly as possible, and they also support environmental non-profits. Come here to sip on a wildcrafted tincture, shop for consciously curated products, or even take a workshop on herbalism.
Nashville Farmers Market | Open Wednesday through Sunday
West Nashville | 908 51st Ave N
I love that this local juice company packages in glass and sources its organic produce from local farmers. They offer a variety of healthy juices, nut mylks, and elixirs, plus interesting concoctions like “watermelon lemonade.” Locals can take part in one of their carefully designed juice cleanses for a total body detox.
12 South | 2301 12th Ave
Franklin Juice has killer acai bowls and cold-pressed juices made from 100% certified organic ingredients. They also source their produce and honey from local farms (you can find a list of these farms on their website).
Sylvan Park | 306 46th Ave
Vegan Vee is a vegan and gluten-free bakery, allowing you to indulge without the guilt. They make a variety of delicious muffins, cupcakes, cookies, donuts, and brownies using predominantly organic ingredients.
1210 Wedgewood Ave
This adorable neighborhood cafe is committed to providing food that is sustainable sourced, free of preservatives, and delicious. Breakfast is served all day, and the menu caters to all kinds of eaters and dietary preferences.
Sylvan Heights | 345 40th Ave
Run by an Indian husband/wife duo, Chaatable serves Indian street food in vibrant digs. They have a dedicated vegetarian menu with quirky titles like “The Okra Winfried Show” and “Send Noods.” Nashville is lucky to have this family-run business who are passionate about sharing their culture and food.
East Nashville | 1896 Eastland Ave.
This vegetarian restaurant (with both vegan and gluten free options) has a mission to nourish its local community with healthy, whole, locally made food. The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches, bowls, plus items for the kiddos.
East Nashville | 1888 Eastland Ave.
Just around the corner from Wild Cow is Graze, a plant-based bistro and bar serving southern comfort food and a fantastic weekend brunch.
South Nashville | 2834 Azalea Place
This Berry Hill establishment offers counter-serve vegan and vegetarian food. The menu is health-conscious and is accommodating to different dietary needs.
212 Louise Ave.
This is your one-stop-wellness-shop for vegan food, healing crystals, and wellness and spa services. Treat yourself to a facial, a massage, or a sauna session, then fuel your body with a healthy, plant-based meal.
Vertis Green Hills | 3996 Hillsboro Pike
The famous health food chain restaurant by Dr. Andrew Weil has an outpost in the outskirts of Nashville’s city center. True Food Kitchen merges integrative medicine with the culinary arts, resulting in delicious food that helps your body perform optimally. The menu caters to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, and adapts to what’s fresh and in season.
East Nashville | 732 McFerrin Ave.
More Tacos Please! Mas Tacos is a Nashville staple that has been feeding hungry locals and tourists mind-blowingly good (and cheap!) tacos since 2008. What started off as a taco truck business has turned into a brick & mortar based business with a cult following. Tacos are only $3 a piece, and you can choose from traditional, meat-centric tacos, Cali-inspired fish tacos, and vegetarian-friendly options like the fried avocado taco and a quinoa & sweet potato taco. The food here speaks for itself, and doesn’t require pretentious decor (or even an actual website).
Germantown | 975 Main Street
Berry Hill | 2832 Bransford Ave.
Vui’s Kitchen is a Vietnamese restaurant serving only food made with whole food ingredients, fresh herbs, and no MSG-ever. Pho real. The menu includes vegan and vegetarian options, and almost every item can be substituted with tofu. Try either one of their two locations, one in Germantown and another in Berry Hill, South Nashville.
West Nashville | 3 City Ave Suite #200
AVO (whose name is an ode to avocados) is a 100% plant-based and certified-Kosher wellness cafe serving health-focused salads and sandwiches, hearty entrees, and decadent treats like cashew cheesecake and chocolate-avocado tart (drool!). But what people really come here for is their must-try avocado margarita. Whether you’re coming for good food, booze, or an Insta-worthy atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed. They source locally from Greener Roots Farms, Urban Sprout, and Barefoot Farmer, and they aim to be 100% organic and non-GMO.
3415 West End Ave.
Voted the best vegetarian India restaurant in Nashville, Woodlands offers a lunch buffet that is extremely popular with locals. You’ll find an extensive assortment of North Indian food items (daals and curries), as well a South Indian items like dosas.
East Nashville | 701 Woodland St.
The Gulch | 321 12th Ave. South
The Turnip Truck is a locally owned, natural foods grocer with two locations- one in the Gulch and one in East Nashville. On weekdays they have a hot bar, which always has vegan options, and on weekends they serve brunch. Also on site is a bakery, juice bar, and full-service deli. Pop in for a quick, affordable meal, and stock up on healthy grocery items while you’re at it.
West Nashville | 3 City Ave. Suite #700
You spent a day exploring all Nashville has to offer, and you deserve ice cream. Head to Kokos for delicious plant-based and allergen-friendly ice cream, served up alongside a dreamy atmosphere. Their ice cream is made with an organic coconut milk base and sweetened with organic cane sugar. And it’s also 100% nut free, in line with their motto “Ice cream for everyone!”
Five Points | 1006 Fatherland St. Suite 303
The Good Fill is Nashville’s one-and-only zero waste lifestyle store, a place where you can refill bulk shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and other hygienic products, and stock up on items that will assist in living a low-waste or zero-waste lifestyle.
East Nashville | 1900 Eastland Ave. Suite 102
A natural beauty and wellness shop that focuses on beauty from the inside-out. A beauty regime should be clean, effective, and customized, which is why Lemon Laine created their on-site “Oil Bar.” Book your appointment for a consultation with a skincare specialist who will create a custom oil blend based on your unique skin and lifestyle.
North Nashville | 1803 9th Ave. North
Nisolo is a socially and environmentally conscious leather goods manufacturer with a product line that includes shoes, bags, and accessories for both men and women. As a company, they believe in timeless designs, ethical production, and fair pricing. You can learn more about their environmental initiatives and social impact on their website. Their brick & mortar location in North Nashville is perfectly on brand, with its sleek and minimalistic decor. Browse for high quality shoes and bags that will fit into your everyday wardrobe for years to come.
12 South | 2601 12th Ave. South
Imogene + Willie is a concept shop and Nashville staple located in the heart of the 12 South neighborhood. The company has evolved into a renowned and respected denim brand that puts quality and craftmanship at its forefront. Their on-site repair shop is just another way to ensure your jeans last you a lifetime. At their flagship store you’ll also find an assortment of carefully curated vintage finds, quality fashion basics made from natural textiles, and beautiful, handcrafted goods for the home.
4604 Gallatin Pike
HGH is singer/songwriter Nikki Lane’s upscale thrift store, where you can score perfectly weathered leather goods, funky jewelry, cowboy hats, home decor, and so much more. For those who are only able to admire from afar- you can now order online!
Downtown | 200 4th Ave. North
Located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel, Noelle Hotel, Keep Shop is a careful curation of home and fashion goods from local makers. Stetson hats, apparel, coffee table books, unique jewelry, and non-toxic beauty products are just a few examples of what you might find in this beautiful retail space. Grab a coffee from the hotel’s Drug Store Coffee to sip on while you peruse the shop, then head up to Rare Bird, Noelle’s brilliantly designed rooftop bar.
Beauty & Wellness
Germantown | 604 Monroe St.
Poppy & Monroe is a natural nail and beauty salon, with services that include manis/pedis, skincare, lashes and brows, makeup, sugaring, and massages. They also sell natural beauty products from brands like RMS and Herbivore, and use only the cleanest and most effective beauty products for their services. Come and spend a few hours getting pampered!
East Nashville | 1012 Russell St. Suite 204
Float tanks (otherwise known as sensory deprivation tanks) offer a wealth of physical and mental health benefits, including stress and anxiety relief, chronic pain relief, and an improved immune system. At Float Horizon, you can book a float session or a massage, or participate in one a sound immersion session (offered Saturdays and Sundays from 3-4 PM).
Yoga Studios in Nashville
Nashville is home to dozens of yoga and wellness studios, for practitioners of many different styles and backgrounds. Kundalini Rising is Nashville’s one and only Kundalini yoga studio, a style of yoga that focuses on breath-work and meditation. For female-focused soul sessions and Vinyasa-style flow classes, check out Liberation Yoga in 12 South. Kali Yuga Yoga integrates doshas and the principles of Ayurveda. For flow-based yoga in a heated room, Yoga Soul will give you a workout for both your body and soul.
Stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to get an alternative workout in, as well as an excuse to be out on the water. Nashville SUP and yoga offers SUP yoga classes, social paddles, and even a SUP HIIT class (burpees on a paddle board anyone?). They also offer SUP rentals, in case you’d rather go it alone.
3123 Gallatin Pike
Wild Heart Meditation is a non-profit organization that seeks to help people integrate the teachings of Buddha into their modern, everyday lives. They offer weekly and monthly classes for yoga, meditation, addiction recovery, and intuitive eating. This is a beautiful, safe space where you will be pushed to grow spiritually and emotionally.
1907 21st Ave. South
The Lotus Room is a healing arts center that follows the principles of Ayurveda. Their services include massage therapy, sweat therapy, and other traditional Ayurvedic therapies. They are committed to using only products that are made with natural, high quality ingredients and certified organic.
Sights & Experiences
Frist Art Museum
Downtown | 919 Broadway St.
Housed inside a 124,400 square foot art deco building, the Frist Art Museum has rotating exhibitions featuring local, regional, and state artists, as well as international exhibitions. Enjoy a light lunch or snack from their cafe, or shop for handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and decorative arts from their museum shop. Check their website to see what current exhibitions are showing.
Downtown | 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
The Nashville Farmer’s Market is open every day, all year round, and is the perfect place to shop for fresh produce, artisanal foods, and locally made products. There are dozens of food vendors where you can stop for a quick bite, and they regularly host chef demos and live music.
Located at the Nashville Farmers Market, the Nashville Night Market occurs on the 3rd Friday of every month, from 5-9 PM. It’s a great excuse to eat, drink, and shop from local artists and vendors, while listening to live music (and the occasional DJ). In the spirit of giving back, each month features a new local nonprofit.
Nashville has definitely earned its spot on the map for its culinary scene, and a food tour with Walk Eat Nashville is a great way to get a taste of some of the best dining spots in the city. Tours last 3 hours, and they have a few different tours each focusing on a specific neighborhood. You’ll get an opportunity to taste both sweet and savory delights at 5 different rotating locations.
Radnor Lake State Park is home to over 1300 acres of nature, hiking trails, and a beautiful lake. It is protected as a Class II Natural Area and is a popular spot for wildlife photography and observation.
Located approximately 9 miles from Nashville are the Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, which together span a total of 3,100 acres of forest, recreational trails, picnic shelters, and an equestrian center.
Located in West Nashville, Centennial Park is a 132-acre urban park featuring a full-size replica of the Parthenon, a man-made lake, walking trails, and a sprawling outdoor space. Free outdoor concerts are hosted here every Saturday throughout the spring and fall.
Nashville’s bike share program is a great way to see the city, and is also incredibly affordable at only $5 for a day pass. With almost 30 stations located throughout the city, it’s a highly accessible (and eco-friendly!) way to get around.