The Best Things to Do and See in Hillsboro Village, Nashville

Hillsboro Village, Nashville | © deldevries / Flickr
Hillsboro Village, Nashville | © deldevries / Flickr
Photo of Leena Kollar
5 February 2018

One of Nashville’s trendiest neighborhoods is Hillsboro Village. With shops, restaurants, and other hot spots, many young singles and modern families are calling the area home. As it continues to grow, there are more things to see and do. These are our picks.

Eat breakfast at Pancake Pantry

If there’s one breakfast place you’ve got to try in Nashville, it’s Pancake Pantry. The Hillsboro Village restaurant, in business since 1961, is known for its pancakes, but the breakfast foods are just as noteworthy. The batter and syrups are made fresh each day using secret family recipes. The pancakes and waffles are made with specialty group flours from East Tennessee. Pancake Pantry just might be the only restaurant in the area with a “pancake cam” that allows guests to see how long the line is—which often wraps around the block—before standing in it.

Pancake Pantry, 1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 383 9333

Enjoy dinner at Cabana

With its trendy, yet mysterious vibe, Cabana is Hillsboro Village’s most romantic restaurant. Enjoy Southern dishes like blackened catfish and sweet potato ravioli, or have a fruity cocktail from the drink menu. At Cabana, you can have an intimate date night or a fun girls’ night out. Semi-private booths are available for guests to watch television or play music using the iPod hookup, and reservations are required.

Cabana, 1910 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 577 2262

Grab coffee at Fido

Quirky and appealing to the hipster crowd, Fido is a coffeehouse and restaurant in one. The all-day menu features organic and local foods, in addition to classic coffee and drink offerings. It’s a great place to meet friends for lunch, squeeze some studying in, or just sit and people-watch. The hot spot is so focused on using local ingredients that it buys more regionally produced food than any other restaurant in Nashville.

Fido, 1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 777 3436

Catch a film at the Belcourt Theatre

With more than 2,300 film screenings a year, the Belcourt Theatre focuses on highlighting the power of film to the Nashville community. It showcases films from independent filmmakers, documentary filmmakers, and those who produce classic cinema works. There are annual in-theatre events that include Q&As with filmmakers, as well as discussions with film experts and scholars. The Belcourt’s Mobile Movie Theatre benefits over 1,300 students from 35 partner schools by offering film programming and visual literacy activities.

Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 846 3150

Shop at Hey Rooster General Store

Offering handmade goods from local brands and businesses, Hey Rooster General Store sells everything from apparel and accessories to food and home goods. Most of the makers that sell at the shop have been in business for less than four years. The selection of goods at Hey Rooster rotates, allowing for a seasonal shopping experience featuring the latest and greatest products.

Hey Rooster General Store, 1711 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA

Take a walk around Fannie Mae Dees Park

Named after a local civic leader, Fannie Mae Dees Park has been around since 1978. It’s also called Dragon Park, due to the large serpent sculpture that calls the park home. Colorful structures and a playground make the park ideal for children, but it’s also a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic or a walk.

Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 862 8408

Snag unique gifts at Pangaea

For more than 25 years, Pangaea has been offering culturally diverse products that make great gifts. Many of the finds are inspired by destinations such as Mexico, Asia, and India. With a vintage feel, you’ll find items like women’s clothing and jewelry, lamps, linens, books, and unique trinkets. The product selection reflects the store owner’s love of travel and calls to mind the beauty of diversity in our world.

Pangaea, 1721 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 269 9665