The Vanderbilt University crowd, students and professors alike, flocks to this artisanal coffee spot for its custom brews and laidback lounge atmosphere. Claim a leather couch or cozy table in the big, sunny back room and you can sip your latté for hours, flipping through a novel or discussing politics with a likeminded soul. It goes without saying that the crema itself, that foamy layer of heaven, at this hotspot is the cream of the crop.
15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville TN
Third Man Records
Jack White’s rock haven was originally founded in Detroit in 2001. The Nashville offshoot is a tiny wonder cabinet of musical creativity that includes a record store, a record label, photo studio and darkroom, and an analog recording booth with a live-music space. Our favorite part? The dancing Dia De Los Muertos skeletons staring down on it all, like protective spirits of rebellion and revelry.
623 7th Avenue South, Nashville TN
The Hip Zipper
Root around Rock City’s fashion enclaves for long enough and you will ultimately be led to the heart of vintage at this tiny space packed with insanely authentic cowboy boots, silk neckerchiefs, gloriously gaudy pendant necklaces and more. Best of all, the prices make the likes of Brooklyn’s thrift haunts look like Bergdorf Goodman’s haute couture floor.
1008 Forrest Avenue, Nashville TN
Who knew Nashville was the new mecca for exquisite American foodie-ism? James-Beard-Award-Winning Chef Sean Brock brings his southern style of artisanal everything to this beautiful antebellum brick building. Expect to savor extinct crops that Brock has painstakingly resurrected via a seed bank at his nearby farm, Bells Bends. And whatever you do, do not leave without ordering everything on the menu that begins with the word “heirloom”.
37 Rutledge Street, Nashville TN