Germantown Nashville Neighborhood Guide

Enjoy Nashville’s best food, brick-lined streets, and restored historic buildings in Germantown.

Lively · Up-and-Coming · Charming · Historical

Germantown was originally named for the European immigrants who first settled in Nashville in the mid-19th century. Today, the historic neighborhood encompasses an 18-square block area— home to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. This chic and growing destination is located just over the bridge from East Nashville and conveniently within reach of Downtown and North Nashville.

Former warehouses and antique Victorian homes have been completely transformed and now host boutique stores and Nashville’s fine dining scene. The location and access to Nashville’s best can’t be beaten— from coffee to an after-dinner cocktail; this neighborhood has it all. It is without question the most diverse and in-demand neighborhood in Nashville.

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Neighborhood Vibe

Nashville's Germantown neighborhood is brick-lined and picturesque. You’ll find Industrial warehouses transformed into bustling breweries, like the famous Bearded Iris. Tourists will visit Germantown for an unmatched culinary experience— and other than downtown, it is seemingly the only neighborhood that doesn’t require a car service from point A to point B. However, living in Germantown offers a quaint community feel with close proximity to the city.

Residents of Germantown love to support locally-owned businesses. When the weekend comes around, you’ll find locals flocking to the Nashville Farmers Market in search of a quick lunch, groceries for dinner, and greenery from Gardens of Babylon. A trip to Nashville’s oldest neighborhood usually includes some of the best food the city has to offer. 5th and Taylor opened in 2015, and the buzz surrounding this 5-star restaurant hasn’t died down one bit. The restaurant’s interiors are jaw-dropping, and the rustic American fare matches the ambiance perfectly.

Favorite Spots

A newer addition to Germantown, Rolf & Daughters, is a resident favorite. Think rustic pasta dishes and seasonal vegetables dressed to perfection! You can find a traditional Southern meal at Monell’s: all-you-can-eat comfort food served on communal tables in a beautifully renovated Victorian home. This restaurant is a must-visit for anyone who hasn’t been.

For a taste of Texas, visit Butchertown Hall. They’re famous for their inexpensive happy hour menu (one of the few places you can find a delicious margarita for only $6). If a dine-in experience is what you’re looking for, the brunch (and honestly any meal) at Henrietta Red is divine. This Nashville favorite offers oysters on the half-shell and inventive cocktails; all served within an immaculately-designed space.

Enjoy the city’s best cup of coffee at Barista Parlor, a very hip garage-turned-coffee-shop. This expansive spot is clean and bright, touting outdoor tables and an eclectic crowd. New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl recently opened in Germantown. You can bowl, dine on delicious fried chicken, and listen to live shows from a long list of famous artists. After bowling, take a trip to the Frist Art Museum on Broadway. This museum features rotating exhibitions and is housed in classic art deco buildings.

Things to Know

Germantown’s walkability is a significant appeal to residents. Even though parking is accessible and affordable, this area's walkability will allow you to keep your car parked all weekend and still easily reach almost everything you need. You’ll mainly find restored historic homes for rent here— but as more people move to the area, luxury residential buildings are popping up to meet demand.

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