Vegetarian / Vegan Friendly Guide to Nashville

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Megan Stout

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  • USA

  • Nashville

  • Tennessee

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Domestic Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Vegetarian

  • Local's Guide

  • Sightseeing

city skyline at nighttime
Curator’s statement

While Nashville has become known for bachelorette parties, rowdy late nights, and hot chicken, there is so much more to explore in Music City. Here’s a vegetarian-friendly, authentic off-the-beaten-path guide to experience Nashville without setting foot near a pedal tavern. On this three-day itinerary, you’ll visit hidden local hot spots and one-of-a-kind shops that showcase the artsy soul of the city and have some fun at more well-known (but worth the stop) music venues.

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Thompson Nashville by Hyatt

A chic boutique hotel offering luxury accommodations and curated experiences in the heart of Music City.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

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Conrad Nashville

A stylish stay in an unbeatable location, complete with a farm-to-table restaurant, sleek cocktail bar and rooftop pool.

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The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville

An epitome of opulence featuring bespoke services, exquisite accommodation, and a rich blend of Nashville's cultural heritage with sophisticated design.

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Parks & outdoors

Radnor lake with an aesthetic orange skyline

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: This is a botanic garden with something for everyone. There is an expansive children’s area and an elaborate toy train display, historic mansion, walking trail, and multiple gardens.

Radnor Lake: There is a flat trail that goes around the lake or a more moderate hike through the trees that offers beautiful views.

Percy Warner Park Steps: Stop at the Belle Meade entrance to Percy Warner park, and walk the historic steps that date back to the 1930s. This is a hidden local favorite!

Centennial Park: An expansive park including a replica of the Parthenon. You can pay to go into the Parthenon, but you’ll get a feel for it just from wandering the perimeter. There are plenty of quiet areas to recharge if you need a minute to rest and refresh.


Brown concrete building of ryman auditorium

Blue Bird Café - If you only want the original, check out Blue Bird located just outside the city in Green Hills. This is an intimate venue and was frequently featured in the show “Nashville.” Tickets are hard to come by… but if you do get in, you’re in for a treat.

Listening Room Café: Similar to the famous Bluebird Café, but tickets are much easier to get, and the space is not as cramped. The hour-and-a-half show hosts some of the hottest singer-songwriter,s and is fun for music enthusiasts and casual listeners alike.

Pins Mechanical Co.: Old-school arcade games and pinball machines fill about half of the space while bocce ball, bowling, and lawn games cover the rest. They don’t serve food at Pins, but Emmy Squared Pizza (creative, delicious, & vegan friendly!) is right down the street and delivers straight to the Pins lobby

Notes: Bring cash because the pinball and arcade games require quarters. This is all ages until 8pm when it becomes 21+. While this is in the heart of downtown, street parking never seems to be a problem if you’re willing to walk a block or two.

Grand Old Opry - The tour is engaging, historical and corny (but in the best way) even if you’re not a huge country music fan. Make sure you snap your picture on the Opry stage! (If you’d like to see a show, they run most nights with a variety of guests).

The Ryman Auditorium. This Nashville treasure is one of the spots that define the city.

Fairlane Hotel’s Penthouse Pop-Up Bar The theme changes seasonally, but never disappoints, and themed drinks, snacks and treats are available. If a table isn’t open when you arrive, take a minute to check out the wraparound terrace - you’ll get a great view of the city!

Shopping neighborhoods

Neighborhood 12 South during evening

These walkable neighborhoods showcase the city’s different personalities.

East Nashville: Artsy, eclectic & alternative

12 South neighborhood: Trendy and young, filled with murals and tourists

Downtown Franklin: Quaint hometown vibes about 20-minutes outside of the city

The Gulch: Higher end shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Sylvan Park: Brimming with one-of-a-kind locally owned shops & restaurants

Broadway: Home of honkytonks, bars, and party buses.

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly snacks & coffee

A cup of coffee in a white cup near a green salad.

Hanna Bee’s Coffee – bonus - this is connected to The Bookshop… which is definitely worth a stop.

Dose Coffee – the ultimate cozy coffee shop with locations in West End and East Nashville.

Matryoshka Coffee- A relatively new hidden treasure, Matryshoka is a welcoming, vibrant and magical place. (If it is nice out, borrow one of the blankets and grab a seat on the lawn!)

Frothy Monkey – Serving coffee and casual meals at multiple locations around the city

Bongo Java – Multiple cafes around the city including Fido and Game Point Cafe

Guerilla Bizkit – Vegan buttermilk biscuits.


A dining restaurant in Nashville

Avo: A plant-based gem on the west side of the city serving sit down meals.

E + Rose: Smoothie bowls, grab-n-go lunches, and locally sourced vegan treats.

BE-Hive Deli & Market - Enjoy plant-based versions of your favorites like crunchwraps, sub sandwiches, and chicken tenders.

Barcelona Wine Bar - Barcelona offers cozy vibes in Edgehill, and small plates that caters to all types of diets. Waiters are eager to help decode the menu and offer suggestions on the wine.

312 Pizza – Casual Chicago-style pizza place where everything can be made vegan.

East Side Bahn Mi- Offering traditional and vegetarian/vegan options of classic Vitetnamese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.

Need to Know

Looking for more Nashville travel tips? Check out this guide by Fora Advisor Claire Herzog: Girls Weekend Guide in Nashville, Tennessee.

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