12 South is one of my favorite neighborhoods in town for its walkability, food and shopping options, and overall vibe. With so many new shops opening up, it’s become a popular destination for tourists and groups of gals taking snapshots for the ‘gram, while still holding onto the local charm.
With my friends at 12 South Carriage House (the best Airbnb in 12 South – seriously, read the reviews!), we’ve put together the Xennial’s guide to 12 South – an itinerary for people of all ages who want to experience the local flavor of this special neighborhood. Read on for our tips!
Brunch – Ladybird Taco
Kick off your day with some breakfast tacos at Ladybird. Although it’s located one block over on 10th Avenue South, there’s still nowhere else in the neighborhood we’d recommend more highly. The tortillas are house-made, the brisket is delicious, and the “loaded up queso” really can’t be beat.
Next, get in some shopping at some Nashville-original shops. We always find ourselves drifting into White’s Mercantile and Imogene + Willie both for their wares and the shared artisan-industrial vibe. White’s carries home goods and gifts (although we won’t tell if that gift turns into your own souvenir) and I+W handmakes clothing with an emphasis on denim goods and what will totally be your new “old favorite tee.”
Mural Walk – Just a Few Gents and Lego Men
While you’re browsing, don’t forget to keep an eye out for Nashville’s famed murals! The neighborhood has quite a few murals to enjoy as you walk and many of them are tucked in hidden places (i.e., off the tourist radar). You can find a full list of them HERE on the 12 South Carriage House website but our two favorites are “Just A Few Gents” (12 South Tap Room) and the two Lego Men (Imogene + Willie and the alley behind Frothy Monkey)
Refuel – Portland Brew
If all that walking has your energy lagging, Portland Brew is the perfect spot for a pick-me-up. PB is one of those coffee shops that just has everything – cozy nooks for studying; bright spaces perfect for catching up with a friend; and, of course, delicious coffee, giant cookies, and a full sandwich menu. Their drinks are affordable and they offer a wide variety of options for the non-coffee drinker (one of my favorite chais in town, a great selection of teas, frappes, and even Italian sodas).
Afternoon Stroll – Sevier Park
Coffee in hand, continue down the avenue to Sevier Park. This beautiful green space is a favorite of locals and visitors alike with outdoor recreational areas such as tennis and basketball courts, playground equipment, and a paved walking path. The community center houses a gym & fitness center and the 12 South Farmers’ Market is a delicious and fun seasonal offering. Sevier Park is currently renovating several historic buildings & facilities to restore their former beauty and add some amazing upgrades!
Dinner – Epice
When it’s time for another meal, Epice is a must-do. Don’t let the restaurant’s size fool you – it is one of the most unique spots in Nashville. Small but not crowded, minimalist yet stylish, this Lebanese eatery feels on par with the trendiest New York bistro. The food is extremely flavorful, the service fantastic, and it’s the perfect spot for a sophisticated date or girls night. Reservations are highly recommended.
Post-Dinner Drinks – Josephine
To round out the day, head to Josephine for after-dinner drinks. Josephine’s sommelier has carefully curated an excellent wine list, or if you’re in the mood for something more unique, you can choose from their specialty cocktails. The vibe is intimate, cozy, and local and the perfect night cap for your day in 12 South.
Stay – 12 South Carriage House
Instead of just spending the day, turn your visit into a stay-cation and book a reservation at The 12 South Carriage House. This 1 bedroom/1 bath space is stocked with everything you need and all the extras. Located just three houses off 12 Avenue, you are literally steps from all the amazing shopping/dining/leisure activities listed here and so many more. The only thing more top-notch than the space itself is the hospitality and we promise you’ll have a 5-star experience.
12 South is just so wonderful, this guide only scratches the surface! What are some of your favorite spots – leave us some tips below so we know what to check out next!