Rutledge Hill and SoBro, south of downtown, are Nashville’s hottest new neighborhoods. Both areas continue to be revitalized, bringing in hip new businesses and urban condo developments like CityLights. The area flaunts some of Nashville’s coolest gathering spots, award-winning restaurants and premium live entertainment venues.
While we could fill up several days with exciting activities in Rutledge Hill and SoBro, we’re giving you a sample two-day itinerary to get you started.
Start your morning at Crema on Hermitage Avenue for a cup of the best specialty coffee you’ve ever tasted. Crema serves artisanal coffee and snacks out of its airy, industrial space overlooking town. Grab a seat on the sunny patio for the best view of the John Seigenthaler Bridge and downtown Nashville.
Grab a drink and some shared appetizers at Pinewood Social in SoBro and take in the hip atmosphere. Try one of their seasonal cocktails like the “Tranquil and Serene” made with infused spirits and fresh fruit. Before you leave, check out the bowling alley, pool and bocce ball court.
Plan your weekend around a show at the Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville’s newest outdoor park and amphitheater. So many great performers are coming to Ascend this summer including: Journey, Ray Lamontagne, The Goo Goo Dolls, Meghan Trainor and Heart with Joan Jett. Pro tip: only low beach chairs or blankets are permitted inside the venue. No stadium chairs or tall chairs are allowed.
If you’re so inclined, stop for a post-concert fourth meal at the iconic Hermitage Café, Nashville’s best greasy spoon. The café, known for its breakfast food, burgers, and fries, is open until 1:30 a.m.
Venture to Husk to experience one of Nashville’s best Sunday brunches. Share the homemade biscuits and gravy and try Husk’s signature Shrimp and Grits with peppers and bacon. Or if you’re craving something sweet, try the buttermilk pancakes with strawberry compote and vanilla whipped cream — yum!
Walk off the calories you just consumed at brunch at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. Cross the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge for one of the best views of Nashville and the Cumberland River — the perfect way to cap off your fabulous afternoon in downtown Nashville.
Once you’ve walked off your brunch, change into your Sunday best to catch an evening show at the Nashville Symphony. The Nashville Symphony plays concerts year-round at the exquisite Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
SoBro and Rutledge Hill are two of Nashville’s most vibrant neighborhoods and continue to thrive. While 48 hours in these neighborhoods isn’t nearly enough time, it will give you a sense for their unique local flare.
CityLights is perched atop Rutledge Hill and is walkable to downtown Nashville.