How to Spend a Day in 12 South

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There are so many neighborhoods around Nashville that are full of great food, live music, and tons of things to do. Whether you’re visiting the city, or just moved here, figuring out what to explore can get overwhelming being somewhere with so much going on.

Lucky for you, we have come up with the best way to Spend a Day in 12 South. Whether you want to check off everything on the list, or mix and match one afternoon, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list! Keep reading to find out how to spend a day in 12 South.


There’s a reason Frothy Monkey coffehouse is always packed. That’s because it’s simply the best! From locally roasted coffee right here in Nashville, to a wholesale bakery, there’s not much more we could ask for. 

Come try a taste of the northwest at Portland Brew. If you’re looking for a more quiet spot to get some online work done, then this is going to be the spot for you. All you have to do is grab a table, and a brew for a peaceful spot.

You might know White Bison Coffee as the place inside of Twice Daily, but have you actually stopped to try it yet? If not, that you really have been missing out! This Coffee shop keeps simple and sweet, and it sure it delicious. 


Bartaco is your perfect stop for a quick lunch, or a casual dinner. There are many great restaurants at 12 South, but we always find ourselves coming back here! Between the tacos, drinks, a white-washed interior, and incredible decor, you just can’t beat the culture here.

This family owned Bar-B-Que restaurant has been around the Nashville since 2011, and it just keeps on growing! Edley’s has been awarded Best Bar-B-Que in Nashville for 4 years by the Nashville Scene. The meats here are smoked low and slow, and everything is made from scratch. This a must-try if you have not been!

Burger joints are hard to pass up, so you might want to add Burger Up to your list of eats in 12 South. The menu is sourced from local farms, and the food is incredible! This burger joint does have limited capacity right now, so if you want to skip a wait, then be sure to check in on Yelp, because they do not take over-the-phone reservations. 

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We always get excited when we get to mention shopping! What better way to start off this section than mentioning this adorable store, founded by Reese Witherspoon. Draper James has that Southern Charm, and classic American style. When you stop in, be sure to check out the accessories, we can never get enough!

Amelia’s Flower Truck is not only adorable, but the best place to go for all of your bouquet needs! Amelia’s flowers provides all you need to make your own bouquet, including making it just for you. If you read Amelia’s blog, she gives tips and tricks on things like how to make bouquets last! Snap a pic by the truck when you get your flowers for the best shot on Instagram!

Finnleys is one of our weaknesses, because we just HAVE to step in every time we walk by, and it sure is tough to get just one thing! This shop has such trendy pieces, and is also affordable, making the shopping experience so enjoyable. If you can’t decide which piece is for you, ask a worker to help you decide because they are so friendly, and also know their product!

End the day with some pictures in front of the murals!

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