Nashville’s oldest neighborhood is one of the best when it comes to eating, drinking, shopping, and walking around. In many areas, the architecture dates back to the 1830s, which is one of many reasons the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Beautiful shade trees and historical buildings are the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll where you can stop and pick up snacks or souvenirs along the way.
WALKING TOUR: GERMANTOWN
START: Steadfast Coffee
FINISH: First Tennessee Park
TIME: 2 to 3 hours
BEST TIMES: If you want to finish with a Sounds game, on a weekend
WORST TIMES: Rush hour, Mondays
- Steadfast Coffee: Start your day with a specialty espresso and a fluffy scratch-made pastry on the clean, minimalist patio of this coffee shop. Head northeast on Taylor Street toward 6th Avenue North. Turn right onto 6th Avenue North. Turn right onto Monroe Street.
- Poppy & Monroe: Pop in this local beauty shop and grab some handcrafted jewelry or locally made CBD oil balm. Walk southwest on Monroe Street toward 7th Avenue North. Turn left onto 7th Avenue North.
- Assumption Church: Stop and admire this beautiful cathedral, which was fully restored after it was pillaged in 1864 by soldiers during the Civil War. Walk southeast on 7th Avenue North. Turn right toward Madison Street, then turn left toward Madison Street. Turn right onto Madison Street. Turn left onto Rosa L Parks Boulevard.
- Tennessee State Museum: Explore 137,000 square feet of Tennessee history, starting with a video telling the story of prehistoric times. Walk southeast on Rosa L Parks Boulevard toward Locklayer Street.
- Nashville Farmers’ Market: Walk through the flea market, check out the plants in the nursery, and stop into the permanent shops inside for a variety of lunch options. Walk out the back door of the food court and across the street.
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: Take a leisurely stroll through Tennessee’s best outdoor museum, complete with a 200-foot-long granite map of the state. Walk southeast. Turn left toward 5th Avenue North. Turn left onto 5th Avenue North. Turn right onto Jackson Street/Jr Gilliam Way.
- First Tennessee Park: Finish up your tour of Germantown with a Nashville Sounds baseball game or a Nashville Soccer Club match at this park with a view of the skyline. Want to make a full day out of Germantown? Walk back across 4th Avenue North and grab dinner at Henrietta Red, City House, or Rolf and Daughters.
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