One of my most popular posts to date is my Nashville photo series. I documented each hour of what turned out to be a 15 hour road trip (in one go, I might add) from New York to Nashville. I came up with the idea a few days before our trip, and told my friend the game plan upon getting into the car the morning of. We were going to be switching off driving so I needed her to assume the role of photographer for a few hours, which she did graciously. Although I can’t lie, Falon did 75% of the driving and I embraced being DJ. Taking the photos actually made the time go faster — we’d be like wow it’s already time for hour 8’s photo? I remember everyone thought Falon and I were crazy to drive, let alone do the drive in one day, but it was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.
As much as I love writing, I definitely want to do some more creative photo-based posts like that in the future. However, today is not that day. Strangely enough, I never shared anything else from that trip to Nashville, and I’m not sure why. So today, in true Esra Sevgi fashion, we’re doing “a weekend in”! As many of you know, my days of gluten are behind me; however, at the time of this trip it was not an issue. It would be an absolute shame not to include the wonderful, albeit gluten-filled, foods of this trip, so they’ll be shown and recommended in all their glory.
Spend some time in 12 South
12 South has my Nashville heart. It is hands down my favorite neighborhood in Nashville. Our Airbnb was actually a 5 minute walk from the heart of 12 South, which was incredibly convenient. There’s a long, yet cozy strip, of quaint stores to explore and restaurants to eat at. We’re actually going to break down this recommendation into a subset:
○ Imogene and Willie
If you’ve done any research into Nashville, this store is practically always mentioned. Of course, I did zero research before our trip because Falon had visited before so I let her take the lead. Wonderful interior, super friendly staff, and quality items. I bought one of their classic Nashville shirts, which has been extremely well loved since.
○ Amelia’s Flower Truck
Often parked right outside Imogene and Willie, Amelia’s Flower Truck is iconic (however it does move around so I recommend checking their website for the schedule). It’s a flower shop on wheels and they hand craft extraordinary bouquets. We didn’t buy any flowers because we didn’t exactly have anywhere to put them, but part of me wishes we did anyway.
○ “I Believe in Nashville” street art
Does this even need further explanation? It’s huge and so aesthetically pleasing. Taking a picture although not required, is highly recommended.
○ Burger Up
It still surprises me that Burger Up made it into my Nashville recommendations mainly because I’m not a big burger person by any means. However, Falon and I had a craving and I’m so happy we did because it ended up being one of my favorite meals of the entire trip. I got a turkey burger, Falon got a fried chicken sandwich, and they were both fantastic.
* HEY apparently the have GF buns! Score.
Stop for coffee at Barista Parlor
I’m a sucker for a good coffee shop aesthetic — something Barista Parlor completely nails. Not only was the atmosphere great, but so was the coffee (the important part). Coffee shop food can be really hit or miss, but I had the peach waffles (nothing like southern peaches) and they were fantastic.
Take a walk down Broadway
Broadway strikes me as the Times Square of Nashville; tons of neon signs and lined with bars (seems to be super popular among bachelorette parties). I wasn’t 21 at the time of our trip so we went during the day and it was really cool to see. You can walk from downtown to the pedestrian bridge that spans the Cumberland River. It’s really beautiful both during the day and at night — I wish I had a picture of the bridge, or the view from the bridge, to share with you guys, but I surprisingly didn’t take any!
Get your biscuit fix at Loveless Cafe
Ah, Loveless. It is on every guide to Nashville that has ever existed/probably will be on every future guide to exist as well, and for good reason. Their biscuits are heavenly. I mean, just look at them. It’s not technically in Nashville, but the drive outside the city is more than worth it.