How to Tour Nashville Like A Local
We recently toured Nashville through the eyes of resident cool girl and independent creative consultant Libby Callaway. To get an insider’s look at Music City, fill your agenda with Callaway’s favorite haunts. Learn more about our tour guide on her website The Callaway Report or follow her on Instagram at @libbycallaway1970.
For straight-forward delicious dining, Callaway recommends Mas Tacos Por Favor. Take your pick from $3 tacos, tamales, authentic Mexican soups and tempting sides served in a casually cool atmosphere. If you find you’re still craving Mas the next day, return for brunch.
To get a taste of the local art scene, stop into Isle of Printing. The studio does a huge amount of production, including letterpress art, laser cutting, laser engraving, stamp making and custom illustration. But don’t miss their other unconventional print-shop offerings, which include story-telling, dog therapy and always interesting conversation.
Secure one of the five rooms at The 404 Hotel and Kitchen, located not too far from downtown Nashville. You’ll feel right at home in these highly curated loft spaces, surrounded by custom and vintage furnishings and local art.
When you’re ready to shop, head to High Class Hillbilly. Though the boutique is based in Music City, the owners source from all over the US for the best vintage finds.
A home for minimalism, excellent design and quality brands, Two Son is a must-shop for home goods, menwear and womenswear in East Nashville. The brand selection is carefully curated to include Industry of All Nations, Black Crane, Helm, Ace&Jig, Le Labo, and the the in-house clothing line Two Son.
Hey Rooster General Store is Callaway’s go-to for gifts. The quirky shop proudly supports young makers—most have been in the business for less than four years—and offers small-batch food, and home and body goods. If you can, time your visit when they’ll be hosting a class in the upstairs Hen House.
For an elevated night out without any stress, pull up a seat at Bar Luca’s beautiful marble-top bar. Build your own charcuterie board, take an international tour with the wine list or rediscover your favorite classic cocktail.
Little Octopus, a neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal and local food inspired by world flavors, is the perfect place to dine to get a taste for Nashville’s culinary talent. Born as a collaboration with Chef Sarah Gavigan of POP and Otaku South, with Chef Daniel Herget, the restaurant serves honest food you can feel good about eating, with plating that may take your breath away.
Both a design and art space for home and life, Wilder was created by two artist/performer/parents who had been living in New York. Here, expect to find the eclectic in home goods, art, lighting, clothing and jewelry.