Spring has arrived! Celebrate by picking up a beautiful bouquet from Bloom. This adorable flower and gift shop is in the Belmont/12 South neighborhood, just around the corner from some of our favorite eats like Martin’s BBQ and Bartaco. Whether you’re looking for a DIY flower project to spruce up your home or beautiful arrangements for a wedding, Bloom has got you covered.
Decorating your home or designing a new space? Southeastern Salvage has everything from kitchen cabinets to outdoor furniture to cowhide throws – you’ll find what you’re looking for and at a fraction of the cost of other homegoods stores. You’ll find certain types of items in stock each time you shop – think outdoor pillows, lighting, bathroom rugs, mirrors – but you’ll also find a wide range of knick knacks and surprises. During our last visit, we found a portable bar made from the front of a TaTa bus, talk about unique!
The Post East is popular with the locals for fresh cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and a darn good cup of joe. When you walk in, you’ll see the fridge stocked with cold-pressed juices that are sure to get your day started right. or something a little heartier, try the smoothie route. 100% whole food smoothies are packed with fresh fruit, almond milk, nuts, chia seeds, and more. But don’t stop with the sips – The Post East has a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as an assortment of baked goods that are healthy and delicious.
The Pharmacy has the cure for whatever ails you! This East Nashville burger and fries beer garden is right around the corner from Holland House and Mas Tacos, two of our other fave hangouts in the neighborhood. From beef to falafel, the Pharmacy has a solid range of burger options. We are big fans of the Farm Burger and the Black Bean Burger – both burgers were bomb! We opted for arugula, muenster cheese, and tomato on our Black Bean Burger. The farm burger comes with country ham, bacon, fried egg, and maple mustard – yum! And of course, you have to have tots or sweet potato fries with your burger for the full effect.
Flyte World Dining & Wine is a member of Nashville Originals with a locally sourced menu and lengthy wine list. The menu changes seasonally but always includes a wide variety of fish and meat options. We started our meal with one of the best Caesar salads we’ve had in a long time. We know what you’re thinking: it’s hard to do a bad Caeser. But it’s way harder to do such an amazing one! Flyte’s is a delightful blend of crisp and cool lettuce, creamy dressing, shaved parmesan, and a soft egg.
Noshville has been one of our go-tos since our college days. While we’re sad the Midtown location closed, we’re willing to make the drive to Green Hills for our Noshville-fix. Most importantly, they have breakfast all day. Need we say more? If you’re not convinced that you should check it out after those three words, you may want to reevaluate your food priorities! But, if breakfast isn’t your thing, Noshville is still a sure bet.
You can find just about anything and everything once a month at the fairgrounds when the Nashville Flea Market takes over. Yes, there is a TON of junk, but that makes the treasure you find that much better. On our last trip, we wandered through the booths on a Sunday afternoon soaking in the old fashioned trinkets, reworked furniture, beautiful posters, record collections, and racks of vintage clothes. Our very favorite thing to sift through is the many tables of costume jewelry.
Otaku Ramen opened their highly anticipated brick and mortar location in the Gulch after a very successful run as a pop up shop (Otaku South) housed in POP Nashville. Nashville’s only ramen shop specializes in exactly that – hearty, fresh ramen. For any ramen dish, be sure to check out the add ons – they are flavorful and add an extra kick to your ramen bowl. Needless to say, Otaku Ramen is the place to go in Nashville if you’re looking for a serious step up from the college boxes of ramen from days past.
If you have been to just about any coffee shop or boutique in Nashville, chances are you’ve spotted the signature Olive & Sinclair chocolate bars by the checkout. You can’t go wrong with their traditional Southern Artisan Chocolate bars, but if you’re a first timer, we recommend trying the Mexican-Style Cinnamon Chili bar for a sweet treat with a kick. Looking to be a bit more adventurous? Duck fat or sea salt and vinegar caramels have your name on them. Sweet, salty, Southern goodness at it’s finest!
Sometimes, you just need to slow things down for a minute and enjoy a relaxing massage. When you’re stressed from work, family, relationships, you’ve earned something you worked towards for awhile, or you just want a day to celebrate yourself, a massage is always the perfect way to treat yourself! Mokara Spa in the Omni Hotel downtown is a seriously awesome place to relax. They offer body and facial treatments, massages, and salon services. We treated ourselves to the Mokara Massage – a house specialty that incorporates essential oils and lotions into your massage to get your winter skin hydrated.