East Nashville is one of the biggest draws to tourism in Nashville, second only to Broadway. If there was a section of the city seeping in arts and culture, its East Nashville. From the famous 5 points up to Inglewood, each cross street in East Nashville has some form of walkability to a bar, a local restaurant, an art shop, or a coffee house.
It could be easily argued most of Nashville’s growth beyond just being a “Country Music Town” should be credited toward the progress made on street corners of the east side. Its thriving restaurant scene has served as a gateway and example for others to follow. Whether your taste is Pizza, burgers, custom hotdogs, BBQ, deli sandwiches, Cajun, Greek, Jamaican or yes, French Fine Dining, East Nashville has it all. It also has the largest concentration or independent coffee shops in the city as well as farm to table gastro bars, as well as plant based restaurant options.
Some of our favorites include: I dream of Weenie, Bongo Java, Dino’s, The Pharmacy, Mas Tacos, The Wild Cow, Five Points Pizza, Lockeland Table, Eastland Cafe, Margot, 3 Crow Bar, Drifters BBQ, Rose Pepper Cantina, and Michelle’s.
In addition to its “hipness” East Nashville also has quite a bit of history, Its regal array of historic homes can be seen in certain key neighbors including: Historic Edgefield, Lockeland Springs, and East End. Once a upon a time, East Nashville held Nashville’s strongest element of architecture before the great fire of 1916. On the morning of Wednesday, March 22, 1916, a fire erupted in East Nashville, destroying over 500 houses and leaving over 2,500 people homeless. Fortunately, there were few injuries and only one fatality, Johnson H. Woods, who was electrocuted by a live power line.
The 960-acre Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Natural area is located in East Nashville adjacent to Shelby Park and is one of five Natural Area Parks within Metro Parks. With approximately three miles of Cumberland River frontage, this area features bottomland hardwood forests, open fields, wetlands, and streams, providing excellent habitat for birds, amphibians, deer and more. The greenway offers over 5 miles of paved ADA accessible trail for hiking, biking, running, skating and wildlife watching and over 5 miles of primitive trails for more passive activities of walking, running and exploring nature. – nashville.gov
Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park is open dawn until dusk every day.
The Edgefield village became Nashville’s most exclusive suburb, with streets lined of commanding Italianate, Renaissance Revival, and Queen Anne homes. Some of these homes can still be found on Russell, Fatherland and Woodland streets, but most of these homes burned in the Great Fire of 1916. Streetcar suburbs formed in the Lockeland and East End areas as farmland and country estates were sold off and subdivided. A tornado also ravaged parts of East Nashville in 1933. In the 1950s and 1960s more neighborhoods were created and in the 1970s, when “urban pioneers” moved into the area and rehabilitated neighborhoods, also called gentrification. It continues today with a booming real estate market and growing commercial district.
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