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Neighborhood Watch: City Heights in Nashville, TN

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years, one thing you know about Music City is the insane amount of growth and development happening in the 615. While all the new additions are thrilling, visiting Nashville can be a bit daunting if you’re unsure where to go and what to do. Finding just the right neighborhood to call home, even for just a weekend, is crucial. Lucky for you, we’ve got the inside scoop into Nashville’s newest hot spot. Nestled in between the Honkytonk filled streets of Downtown and the booming urban development of The Nations, lies West Nashville’s newest hidden gem – City Heights.

Surrounded on all four sides by more well-known neighborhoods, like Sylvan Park and West End, this hot new pocket of housing, retail and food is one surely not to miss. City Heights is located just north of Midtown, right off Interstate 440, reaching from 31st Avenue on the west, 16th Avenue on the east, Charlotte Avenue on the south and Herman Street on the north.

The area’s unobstructed views of Downtown to the East and the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee to the West make it prime location to indulge in all the town has to offer.

Photo left: City Heights is the latest Nashville neighborhood popping up with new development, including housing, condos, and apartment living. The bar, culinary, and art scene are making noise through the bustling town.

FOOD + DRINK

First up, let’s talk food and drink. Because who doesn’t love to eat? Right off Charlotte Pike is oneC1TY, a mixed-use development with up-scale restaurants, lively bars and plentiful outdoor space to soak up that warm Tennessee sun. Start your day right with a dose of caffeine at Sump Coffee, followed by your choice of lunch spots. Head on over to Pasteria, a laid-back Italian joint with pizza, pasta, and tons of yummy natural light. Insider tip: the indoor space is great for large groups! If you’re looking for a healthier option, look no further than Avo, Nashville’s first raw plant-based dining concept. Avo offers gluten-free, 100% plant based food (and drink!) options. Oh, did we mention how Instagrammable the space is? Two words: avocado mural.

      

Photo credit: Pastaria (Nashville Guru), Sump Coffee (Instagram @sumpcoffeenashville, Avo (Instagram @eatavo)

For the afternoons, we recommend popping over to oneC1TY’s outdoor space and grabbing a SandBar Slurpee at SandBar Nashville. Adult Capri Suns not your thing? Perhaps the 2lb beer is more to your liking. (Yes, you read that right. 2 lbs. Get to drinking.) SandBar is also great if you traveled with your favorite four-legged companion. The porch is dorg-friendly. We also recommend a little pitstop at KOKOs Ice Cream for your sweet tooth – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped in an old school diner on the Big Island of Oahu. A-lo-ha, Nashville!

*Other foodie pit stops: Chaatable, Double Dogs, Edley’s BBQ, Hattie B’s (famous Nashville hot chicken!), Hugh Babys, Nicky’s Coal Fire

*Best drinking spots: 51stKitchen and Bar, Tailgate Brewery, Fat Bottom Brewery (lots of space, for big groups!)

Photo credit right: Sand Bar (Instagram @sandbarnashville)

ACTIVITIES

Next up, City Heights offers a variety of activities to keep your party entertained from morning to night. RETAIL. When a girl’s gotta shop, a girl’s gotta go to OAK Nashville. Step inside this perfectly curated boutique for home goods, antique finds, rugs and all the rattan pieces of your dreams. For the more active crew, enjoy an afternoon of Climb Nashville, a premier rock climbing gym. For a one stop shop, head on down to Marathon Village. Eat and drink your way through this historic spot, with Grinders Switchy Winery, Corsair Distillery and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillary.

       

Photo credit (L-R): OAK (Instagram @oaknashville), Climb (Instagram @climbnashville), Marathon Music Works (Instagram @mmusicworks)

Finally, the best part of City Heights? It is close to EVERYTHING. It’s right off the interstate so it’s easy to get to. It’s scooter friendly for those savvy travelers. Plus, you can take an Uber or Lyft anywhere for less time (and money) than ordering a fancy cocktail downtown.

See for yourself:

  • City Heights to Downtown – 14 min
  • City Heights to Germantown – 9 min
  • City Heights to Midtown – 6 min
  • City Heights to Titan Stadium – 14 min

What are you waiting for? Book your City Heights – Stay Minty experience today.

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