When you first arrive in Nashville, it’s imperative to experience its local food. For a great variety of meals at affordable prices, Demos’ Steak and Spaghetti House is a great choice. The staff is always welcoming and the portion sizes are just right. Since you’ll have plenty of room for dessert after dinner, go ahead and order one of its delicious sweets.
Once you’re done dining, explore the many live music venues, small shops and music stores that are downtown. The nightlife in Nashville is never dull, so finding something to keep you busy for the rest of the evening won’t be hard.
Even if you aren’t a big fan of pancakes, you’ll find something worth trying at the infamous Pancake Pantry. Known for its pancakes, the restaurant also serves fabulous eggs, French toast and sandwiches. Since it’s open for breakfast and lunch, the full menu is available at all hours. The line tends to form out the door, so be sure to arrive early (it opens at 6 a.m.).
After breakfast, take a short stroll through the Hillsboro Village neighborhood, home to several boutiques, a bookstore and a coffee shop.
Saturate yourself in country music culture by checking out the Country Music Hall of Fame. You can easily spend a couple of hours there exploring the various exhibits that pay homage to country artists from both past and present. The building is known for its unique piano key design and is quite breathtaking when it lights up at night. The museum also offers songwriter sessions, film screenings, instrument demonstrations and has family-friendly programs. If you really enjoy your visit, be sure to pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.
It’s not a trip to Nashville without enjoying live music. There are more than enough places to listen to local music talent; one of the most famous live music venues is the quaint Bluebird Cafe, located in the Green Hills neighborhood. This venue is so popular that there is usually a line out the door every night. Aspiring singer/songwriters usually sign-up for the Monday night open mic night, but there is plenty of talent to hear any night of the week.
Some other great live music venues worth checking out are The Basement, Station Inn, Mercy Lounge and Exit/In.