An Inside Look at East Nashville | Coffee, Restaurants & Things To Do

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Considering a move to East Nashville? We don’t blame you. Surrounded by the curve of the Cumberland River to the east, south and southwest, this massive neighborhood offers a variety of housing options, from modern apartments to historic homes. The area is known for its artsy, eclectic and lively culture, characterized by its creative residents and plethora of hangouts.

In fact, the area contains some of the city’s best restaurants, coffee shops, bars, breweries and parks — so we’re sharing some of our favorites to help you get acquainted with this thriving neighborhood! Consider this your inside look at East Nashville, which Rolling Stone once called “Nashville’s hippest neighborhood.”

Coffee Shops

All People Coffee: Relatively new Black-owned coffee shop and beverage hall with self-serve local beer on tap, wine, specialty coffee, and small bites.

Barista Parlor: Specialty coffee shop with a cult following in a former transmission shop focused on ethical sourcing and sweetness in roasting.

Crema: Small “takeaway” cafe with limited seating serving coffee from this beloved local roaster and coffee shop with a loyal following.

Dose: Beloved coffee shop with a bakery and full-service kitchen serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, plus a bar program with rotating craft beers, wine and cocktails.

Elegy: Small coffee shop focused on to-go orders, with outdoor seating and a coffee van that pops up at various locations throughout town.

Flora + Fauna: Adorable locally owned coffee shop in Highland Yards with a focus on all things local and seasonal, serving a simple food and beverage menu.

Frothy Monkey: All-day cafe, specialty coffee roaster and wholesale bakery with locations in Nashville, Franklin, Chattanooga and Birmingham.

Hanna Bee: Coffee-cart-turned-brick-and-mortar with a bright and light interior founded in 2020 by a husband-and-wife team.

Hearts: All-day, Australian-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch spot with a wide selection of coffee and non-coffee drinks, including cocktails, smoothies and more.

Retrograde: Neighborhood coffee shop with house and regionally roasted coffees, plus pastries from Dozen Bakery.


Audrey: Reservation-only flagship restaurant of James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock, inspired by his Appalachian roots and traditions of the rural South, serving a prix fixe menu.

Butcher & Bee: Hip eatery originating in Charleston serving inventive, seasonal cuisine made with local ingredients.

Cafe Roze: Bright and airy all-day cafe serving elevated American classics, plus coffee in the morning and cocktails at night.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que: Beloved BBQ joint with a variety of slow-smoked dishes and traditional Southern sides.

Five Points: Pizzeria with a walk-up window and indoor seating serving massive thin-crust pizzas, available by the pie or by the slice.

Folk: Stunning space with exposed brick walls serving an inventive seasonal Italian menu focused on pizza and an extensive wine menu.

Hunters Station: Food hall home to some of the city’s best casual spots, including The Grilled Cheeserie, Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop, Vui’s Kitchen and more, with dog-friendly outdoor seating and a bar with local beers on tap.

Joyland: Casual and colorful counter-serve spot from Chef Sean Brock with burgers, fried chicken, biscuits, shakes and fries.

Lockeland Table: Neighborhood eatery in a former dry goods store with a Southern-focused menu and wood-fired pizzas, offering an amazing “Community Hour” Monday–Saturday from 4–6 p.m.

lou: Romantic eatery with shared plates, a weekend brunch and natural wines, housed in a quaint historic white house.

Lyra: Modern Middle Eastern restaurant with a comfortable interior and spacious outdoor patio.

Mas Tacos: No-frills, cash-only Mexican restaurant with a consistent line out the door, serving up street tacos and traditional sides, plus margaritas and other drinks.

Mitchell Deli: Full-service delicatessen with a variety of sandwiches made with the highest-quality, natural ingredients from local sources.

The Pharmacy: Long-standing burger joint with an impressive selection of German wurst and beer, plus an old-school soda fountain.

Redheaded Stranger: Casual Southwestern taco shop with inventive tacos, brisket, hatch green chiles, and other Southwestern-inspired foods.

Rosepepper: Festive eatery specializing in Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine, with a lively covered patio and a full bar pouring margaritas available by the pitcher.

The Wash: Brand new micro-restaurant space designed to support small businesses, with six bays containing a variety of cuisines.

Two Ten Jack: Modern Japanese-inspired izakaya featuring kodawari ramen, yakitori, and other Japanese-inspired pub foods.


Donut Distillery: Food-truck-turned-donut-shop with mini donuts, beer, mimosas, spiked shakes and more, with live music on Saturdays.

East Park Donuts & Coffee: Family-owned donut shops serving brioche and cake donuts handmade from scratch, plus coffee and espresso drinks.

Five Daughters Bakery: Beloved bakery with several locations known for their thick, croissant-style hundred-layer donuts in a variety of unique flavors, handcrafted every day with local and organic ingredients.

Jeni’s Ice Cream: Artisan ice cream shop headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with a rotating selection of creative flavors.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.: Chocolate shop using ethically sourced organic cacao to create old-fashioned chocolate bars with a modern twist.

Cocktail Bars + Breweries

Attaboy: New York-based dimly lit cocktail bar with a speakeasy feel making classic and unique cocktails alike, operating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chopper: Robot-fueled tiki bar with cocktails served in unique vessels and Mexican cuisine from an award-winning food truck.

Crazy Gnome Brewing: New nanobrewery with a spacious patio serving a lineup of beers brewed on site and a full events calendar, including trivia, comedy shows, open mic nights, and more.

East Nashville Beer Works: Family- and dog-friendly brewery with a huge outdoor space and playground, serving great beer and pizza.

The Fox Bar: Swanky cocktail bar and lounge crafting imaginative cocktails and shareable plates.

Inglewood Lounge: Down-to-earth lounge with a quirky, comfortable feel, serving a simple menu with American plates and craft cocktails.

Living Waters Brewing: Brewery and coffee bar creating unique small-batch beer and coffee experiences.

Pearl Diver: Lively, exotic lounge with cabanas focused on tropical drinks and food.

Smith & Lentz: Small independent craft brewery with a focus on lager (especially pilsners) and hop-driven IPAs, offering a selection of large wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, and more.

Southern Grist: Craft brewery with two locations specializing in New England IPAs, fruited sours, crispy lagers, and pastry stouts, all made with quality ingredients.

TailGate Brewery: Independent craft brewery with four taprooms in Nashville (and one in Chattanooga), including their East Nashville taproom, home to their wild and spontaneous fermentation project.

Urban Cowboy Public House: Rustic-chic watering hole behind a bed and breakfast, making craft cocktails and seasonal bites.


East Park: Centrally located green space hosting regular community events, with a community center, pool, baseball fields and a playground.

Frederick Douglass Park: Grassy 7-acre park with a playground named after celebrated African American author and abolitionist.

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway: Massive 960-acre protected natural area along the river with more than 5 miles of paved trails for hiking, biking, running, skating and wildlife watching.

Shelby Park: 300-acre multi-use park with playgrounds, a dog park, baseball fields, two golf courses and a community center.

Neighborhood Events

East Nashville Beer Fest: Spring festival at East Park with 50+ local, regional and national craft breweries, plus live music and food trucks.

East Nashville Farmers’ Market: Year-round outdoor market event that pops up every Tuesday at the intersection of 5th and Woodland.

East Nashville Night Market: Fun free market on Friday nights happening mid-August through mid-September with 60+ vendors, live music, drinks, and food trucks.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival: Free annual event on July 4th celebrating hot chicken, with live music, cold beer, and a variety of local food vendors, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.

Tomato Art Fest: Free two-day, costume-friendly event in Five Points celebrating the beloved tomato and all things art, with a variety of vendors, a parade, live entertainment, food and drinks, an art show, contests and more.

About The Author Magnolia Home InspectionsBenjamin Hammond has been in the construction industry for over 20 years and has personally completed over 3,000 home inspections in Nashville & Middle Tennessee. His team at Magnolia Home Inspections, is a trusted local resource providing consulting services for new construction builders, remodel contractors and property managers today as well as residential home buyers.


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