The beautiful country music city of Nashville has a lot to offer but The Gulch Neighborhood is by far our favorite. You can find all sorts of restaurants, stunning street art murals, and many things to do. In this travel guide to The Gulch I’m going to be sharing with you the best places to eat, best things to do, and best places to stay at along with a fun weekend itinerary. Make The Gulch Neighborhood your next fun weekend getaway.
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TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE GULCH IN NASHVILLE
In this travel guide to The Gulch in Nashville you will find the best things to do, best places to eat at, gorgeous murals to take pictures at, best places to stay at, and even some of my favorite shopping stores. Nashville has a lot to offer so even if you are wanting to explore other parts of Nashville, don’t miss out on making this neighborhood a part of your Nashville adventure.
THE GULCH: BEST INSTAGRAM-WORTHY MURALS
Nashville has many murals painted by some very amazing artists. The Gulch has some of the most iconic ones in the city in my opinion. You can find all sorts of murals from abstract murals to the famous #WhatLiftsYou wings that everyone wants to take a picture with… even me.
IAN ROSS MURAL
The Ian Ross Mural is a green and blue abstract mural painted on the side of a building across Milk and Honey. The parking lot located on this mural is where we usually park at when we visit The Gulch.
ADDRESS: 251 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
ACOUSTIC SKYLINE BY ALLISON JOHNSON
This is another beautiful mural but sadly we didn’t get a chance to make our way to it. The mural is of a guitar with the top of the guitar is the Nashville skyline.
ADDRESS: 915 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
JASON WOODSIDE MURAL AKA LEGO MAN MURAL
This is another beautiful abstract and colorful mural. It is located in the same parking lot as Ian Ross Mural but on the right side (if you’re facing the murals). You can’t miss it. This mural was painted by Jason Woodside is it is also known as the Lego Man Mural. Probably because some of the aspects of the mural look like Lego pieces.
ADDRESS: 299 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
CHRIS ZIDEK WHISKEY KITCHEN MURAL
This is another abstract mural painted at the top peak of the Whiskey Kitchen Bar and Grill. It’s not as huge as the other ones but it is still beautiful. I love all of the blue tones in this one.
ADDRESS: 118 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
WHAT LIFTS YOU WINGS BY KELSEY MONTAGUE
This is one of the most loved murals in The Gulch. During busy weekends you can find a line of people waiting to take pictures with the iconic What Lifts You Wings by Kelsey Montague. There is even a small set of wings for the kids to take a picture too if the bigger wings are too large.
ADDRESS: 230 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
NATHAN BROWN MURAL
the Nathan Brown mural is another colorful abstract mural that can be found in The Gulch neighborhood. It is very pretty and definitely one that you should check out if you’re into finding mural artwork in the city.
ADDRESS: 601 Overton St, Nashville, TN 37203
BEST RESTAURANTS TO EAT AT THE GULCH, NASHVILLE
One thing that The Gulch is popular for is eating. The Gulch neighborhood provides a good variety of restaurants, different foods, coffee shops, juice bars, breweries, and more. I have been lucky to try some of these restaurants with my family while exploring this beautiful neighborhood in Nashville.
I am going to break this up into 3 different sections for restaurants. The best ones for breakfast and brunch, the best for lunch and dinner, and the best places to get coffee, juice, and baked treats. Coffee shops and bakeries are definitely some of my favorite places to visit when exploring a city such as Nashville.
BEST BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH RESTAURANTS AT THE GULCH, NASHVILLE
I love to start the day with a delicious breakfast and a good cup of coffee. However, during travels, it can sometimes be a hit or miss when finding the best place to go to. Not no more! Here are the best places to go eat breakfast and brunch at in The Gulch.
If you love biscuits then this is the place to go. Their entire menu is of different dishes made with delicious buttermilk biscuits. Buttermilk biscuits are my favorite! Don’t worry though, they have some dishes without biscuits on their menu as well so they have something for everyone.
ADDRESS: 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
MILK AND HONEY
Milk and Honey is a delicious brunch location that is open all day. It serves delicious coffee and cold pressed juices along with bakery treats, chicken and waffles, salads, sandwiches, and wood-fire pizza. If you would eat breakfast at any time of the day like me then this is one place you want to check out. Plus they have a good variety on their menu so if you travel with someone who wants something more dinner
ADDRESS: 214 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
BEST LUNCH AND DINNER RESTAURANTS AT THE GULCH, NASHVILLE
The Gulch has a restaurant for every meal of the day. Most people look for the best restaurants for lunch and dinner so I am featuring the best restaurants that you have to try.
One of the restaurants we went to in The Gulch was Burger Republic. We absolutely loved the food here and their milkshakes. I got a delicious burger and my husband got their chicken sandwich.
ADDRESS: 420 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
THE 404 KITCHEN
This culinary delight at the 404 Kitchen has a wide menu to satisfy everyone. They have from burgers to steaks and even a full vegetarian menu. Looking for a 21+ drink? Check out their cocktails, delicious wines, and whiskeys.
ADDRESS: 507 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The Pub in a London themed restaurant with various dish options such as burgers, sandwiches, soups, and more. However, The Pub is known for their alcoholic drinks. You can find a good variety of draughts such as Scottish Ale and Bourbon along with other beers, wines, cocktails, and spirits. They also serve a brunch and lunch menu for those like me that needs to eat breakfast even if they wake up at noon.
ADDRESS: 400 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The Whiskey Kitchen is another dine in restaurant to check out during your travels. They provide a fine dining experience along with some of the best bourbon whiskey in the area. They have been featured in multiple articles for their gorgeous patio and top of the notch whiskeys. On a family friendlier side of things, they have a some very tasty meals for brunch, lunch, and even dinner that are perfect for the family.
ADDRESS: 118 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE
I first tried Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe during a blogger’s event in Nashville hosted by Blogger Xchange and fell in love with their food. I highly recommend this restaurant as well. Their food is delicious and the environment is definitely family friendly as well as their menu.
ADDRESS: 230 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Pizza for the win! If you are looking for a top of the notch pizza joint then Emmy Squared is the place to go. They have the best pizza in The Gulch along. Their menu also includes some delicious appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and much more.
ADDRESS: 404 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
OTHER RESTAURANTS THAT MAY INTEREST YOU
- Peg Leg Porker BBQ
- Party Fowl
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop
- Rudy’s Jazz Room
- Saint Anejo
There are many more as well but these are some of the ones I’ve tried along with a few others that have been highly recommended to me by friends I have in the Nashville and Clarksville area.
BEST PLACES TO STAY AT THE GULCH, NASHVILLE
There’s not many options of places to stay in The Gulch but Nashville in all has a wide variety of resorts and hotels for you to choose from. The Gulch is not too far from other neighborhoods that may have more hotel options so don’t hesitate to take a look. I’ve personally never stayed at any of these hotels since I only live about 40 minutes away but I’m going to share the top ones with you to make your travel planning easier.
THOMPSON NASHVILLE HOTEL BY HYATT
This luxury hotel is a little on the higher end but so beautiful. Perfect for a couples romantic getaway or honeymoon hotel. Thompson of Nashville has different styles of rooms for you to reserve making it perfect for your travel budget. From regular sized rooms to luxury suites and even a penthouse. Thompson Nashville hotel is part of the Hyatt hotel chain so if you are a member of Hyatt’s program then you can qualify for additional discounts and more.
401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
LOCALE: NASHVILLE | THE GULCH
Looking for an hotel with rooftop access and that feels more like home? Locale offers apartment styled rooms for you to rent. They come with a fully stocked kitchen, on-site laundry, rooftop access overlooking Nashville, all the essentials that you need. They also offer different styles. Some have a studio layout perfect for couples or a solo trip as well as 1 or 2 bedrooms making it perfect for families with kids.
ADDRESS: 320 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES – NASHVILLE DOWNTOWN / THE GULCH
This family friendly hotel has rooms for everyone. It is perfect for families, solo trips, and even couples or a girls weekend getaway. It is reasonably priced and nothing high-end or super luxurious but definitely comfortable. When we travel we usually stay at a Fairfield Inn or another hotel similar to these and they never disappoint.
ADDRESS: 901 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
THE UNION STATION HOTEL
The Union Station is right outside of The Gulch neighborhood but it’s literally a short walking distance from it. This resort is one of a kind historical hotel located in Nashville Yards right next to The Gulch. You can see it from the Ian Ross Mural and even walk to it in a few minutes from there. Because it is such a unique and beautiful hotel and how close it is to The Gulch, I decided to include it in this travel guide.
The Union Station hotel is actually a grand train station that was built in the 1900’s. This historical train station offers a unique style to the hotel along with architectural designs that are one of a kind. It joined the Marriot Autograph Collection back in 2012 because of it’s unique features and style. This grand train station now offers the hotel guests gorgeous rooms and suites along with delicious food from their restaurant.
You can learn more about The Union Station here.
ADDRESS: 1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
THE BEST SHOPS AT THE GULCH IN NASHVILLE
I love checking out new local shops when I travel. The Gulch definitely had a wide variety of shops to see. Nashville being music city and all you can be sure to find some music stores featuring vintage guitars. You can also find some outdoor stores such as Patagonia and even some very cute boutiques. There is definitely a shop for every style and taste.
- Two Old Hippies
- Blush Boutique
- Carter Vintage Guitars
- Epiphany Design Studio
- Urban Outfitters
- and more…
BEST THINGS TO DO AT AND NEAR THE GULCH NEIGHBORHOOD
Nashville has a lot to offer but I wanted to highlight some of the best things to do in and near The Gulch.
- Try new foods.
- Go shopping at the local shops and boutiques.
- Check out the murals.
- Check out the local coffee shops.
- Attend a local event for good entertainment.
- Grab a drink at a local bar.
- Grab a treat or delicious dessert.
- Listen to local music.
- Explore downtown Nashville which is a short walk from The Gulch.
- Explore the other surrounding neighborhoods in Nashville.
- Enjoy the nightlife at a rooftop lounge.
- Visit a Jazz Room and enjoy some music, food, and drinks.
HOW TO GET AROUND AT THE GULCH IN NASHVILLE
There are numerous ways to get around The Gulch. People usually go by foot but you can also rent a scooter, a bike, ride your own bike around the neighborhood, or even take the bus. You can also do Uber if you plan to get to further destinations in Nashville during your travels.
NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR THE GULCH IN NASHVILLE
Planning to stay longer in Nashville? Feel free to travel to the surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy more of what Nashville has to offer. Some of the local neighborhoods that are a good walking or scooter driving distance from The Gulch include:
- Music Row
- Rutledge Hill
- Downtown Nashville
SUMMARY: EXPLORING THE GULCH NEIGHBORHOOD IN NASHVILLE
The Gulch has something for everyone to see and enjoy! I hope that with this travel guide you can make the most of your visit to this beautiful growing neighborhood in Nashville. With fun for the entire family, art along the street walls, delicious food, and a good vibe, The Gulch will definitely make for a fun weekend getaway.