We opened our newest community in Nashville, LC Germantown, earlier this year, and when we first visited, I was blown away by the vibrant neighborhood. It’s absolutely full of amazing new restaurants, established local favorites, and some of the coolest specialty shops and boutiques in the city - and new things are popping up all the time.
Bordered by Rosa L. Parks Blvd. to the west, 2nd Avenue North to the east, and Hume and Jefferson Streets (north and south, respectively), Germantown is one of the more walkable areas of Nashville, and an ideal destination for a weekend spent exploring your own city. A few weeks ago, that’s exactly what we decided to do. Here are some of our favorites, all within walking distance. (Pro tip: you’re going to want to wear flats for this one.)
1308 Adams Street
If you’ve lived in Nashville for any amount of time, you likely already know of the meticulously crafted shoes by Peter Nappi. The brand launched in Nashville in 2011 on a foundation of craftsmanship, family tradition and timeless style, and man, do they deliver. Their studio showroom is right off Adams Street in a former industrial boiler room, and the airy and light-filled space is mesmerizing. Add to that the walls of handmade Italian leather boots, shoes, bags, and leather-goods and you have everything you need for an idyllic shopping trip. Honestly, it’s worth a visit just to experience the beauty (and the real leather smell) of the showroom. They’re really good at what they do.
Kuchnia + Keller
1300 3rd Avenue North
Kuchnia and Keller might be new to the scene, but don’t mistake their newness for inexperience. Since officially opening in Germantown in late 2017, the restaurant has been serving Eastern European-inspired dishes that have us wishing for seconds (or thirds). An impressive cocktail, wine and beer list certainly doesn’t hurt either, with the latter featuring local beers from Yazoo and Bearded Iris, and national players like Threes Brewing and 3 Floyds.
The interior has a great vibe, too, with large open seating areas that give it a community feel. Chef Aaron Clemins is a master at his craft, and a perfect representation of his talent lies in the beef goulash. Please, please order this when you visit. You will not be disappointed.
Alexis + Bolt
506 Monroe Street
You can easily spot this boutique thanks to the giant blue whale mural on the east side of the building, a stunning visual display by Ian Lawrence and Sterling Goller-Brown of Eastside Murals. The inside of the shop will impress you, too. Alexis + Bolt opened its doors in early 2017, offering a selection of men’s and women’s apparel, home goods and gifts in a charming home decorated with impeccable style. The adorable store pups roaming room-to-room certainly don’t hurt, either. It’s a great spot to stop in and grab a glass of wine or local beer and treat yourself to something new. You deserve it!
101 Van Buren Street
Speaking of beer, have you been to Bearded Iris, yet? This place is a must-visit. It has a really eclectic atmosphere with chandelier lighting, black and white checkered flooring, and lots of seating (bar stools and chairs). Plus, the taproom is kid-friendly and BYO food, and pets are allowed to hang outside with you on the patio. Bearded Iris, founded and operated by Kavon Togrye and Paul Vaughn, is perhaps best known for its Homestyle IPA, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a bad one on the list. If your taste buds can brave the Double IPAs, we highly recommend them.
Little’s Fish Company
1234 6th Avenue North
No neighborhood is complete without a local fresh market - this one just happens to specialize in fish and seafood. For over 60 years, Little’s Fish Company has been serving the Nashville area with fresh fish. It’s like one of those things you didn’t know was a necessity in your life until you had it, and now you can never go back. They have so many varieties (including wild game and specialty meats like alligator, frog legs, quail and rabbit), it’s hard to keep track, but you can always call ahead for special orders or to see what they have in stock.
Rolf and Daughters
700 Taylor Street
It’s fitting that the acronym for Krajeck’s restaurant is R.A.D., because that’s exactly how we would characterize his genius take on food. In all honesty, food isn’t even the right word to describe the American South-meets-Italy menu he presents. Krajeck spent the better part of his childhood in Belgium before attending a Swiss hotel-culinary school where he learned how to make pasta from the Italians working alongside him.
He opened Rolf and Daughters in a renovated loft building in late 2012, and the Nashville culinary scene hasn’t been the same since. His goal of serving dishes highlighting whole-animal butchery, seasonal produce, and rustic pastas is realized in a menu that you have to sample to believe. We recommend starting with the Cecamariti, cultured butter and black pepper pasta dish. You might just want to order two - for yourself. If you’re looking to try more from Krajeck, experience his new concept, Folk, in East Nashville.
While not technically located in Germantown, we just had to include the Farmers’ Market and Bicentennial Mall. You can reach both by foot from Germantown in a quick 15-minute walk, and they’re open nearly every day of the year. Gardens of Babylon is one of our favorite spots at the market, located at the south end of the Farm Sheds. So. Many. Plants. When you’re done spending all of your money on greenery, you can walk out to your right and down to the Bicentennial Mall. It’s so scenic and beautiful and arguably one of the best spots for people watching. Highly recommend.
So, what do you think are some other great spots in Germantown? Where should we go next? Feel free to share them with us by tagging @lifestylecommunities on Facebook or Instagram.
Britt is a Content Marketing Manager for Lifestyle Communities (LC), who enjoys sharing the stories of cities and neighborhoods. With communities throughout Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville - Germantown, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro and SoBro (coming soon) - LC is committed to bringing people together to form meaningful connections. It’s not about building apartments, restaurants, pools and gyms - it’s about building places for people to engage, to connect, and to be themselves. It’s about building a place to call home. Learn more at LifestyleCommunities.com or on Instagram, @lifestylecommunities.