An Essential Guide To Germantown

What you need to know about finding your way around one of Nashville's most historic neighborhoods.



Charming Victorian-style homes, old-school cobblestone sidewalks and an evolving restaurant scene have put Germantown on the map as a go-to Nashville neighborhood. The small, north Nashville neighborhood has worked hard to maintain its character and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. Day or night, shopping or dining, Germantown never fails to offer up Instagram-worthy scenery and relaxed vibes.



Crepe and a coffee at Red Bicycle

Catch some shade on Red Bicycle’s cozy front patio and order up one of the coffee shop’s savory or sweet crepes. A perfect spot to people watch – and watch the day slide by.

1200 5th Ave N Ste 104, Nashville, TN

Brunch at Germantown Cafe

Serving as a neighborhood fixture for lunch, brunch, dinner and drinks, you really can’t go wrong dining at Germantown Cafe at anytime of the day. For brunch, it’s all about the classics here: Omletes, French toast, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

1200 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN
(615) 242-3226


It’s where strangers become family. Monell’s family-style seating offers a unique dining experience along with hearty, old-fashioned Southern food. Dont’ forget to brush up on your table manners before you go.

1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN

Pizza and a beer at 312 Pizza

Come on, baby don’t you want to go? 312 Pizza is all about authentic Chicago deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches and enough Chicago sports memorabilia to make Bill Swerski’s Superfans jealous. (P.S. It’s pronounced “three, one, two” after the Chicago area code.)

371 Monroe Street, Nashville, TN
(615) 730-7888

Dinner at City House

James. Beard. Award. Are you sold yet? Awesome. Now go make a reservation and get the belly ham pizza.

1222 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN




Butchertown Hall

Hit up the outdoor patio and order the oak-smoked beef brisket or one of the sausages (made in house). Choose from Butchertown Hall’s wide-variety of craft beer from local breweries to wash it all down.

1416 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 · ~13 mi
(615) 454-3634

Mad Platter

In 1989, Craig and Marcia Jervis opened this corner restaurant and catering service. Twenty-six years later, The Mad Platter is still serving up a menu with an emphasis on seasonal eating all within a charming environment.

Big Al’s Deli (Salemtown) 

Slow-cooked chicken cooked to perfection and served up fast. Pay Big Al a visit for lunch and leave feeling full and happy.

1828 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
Phone number (615) 242-8118

5th and Taylor

Chef and restauranteur Daniel Lindley embraced the rustic aesthetics of this warehouse when he molded the concept for 5th and Taylor and warmed it up with low-lighting, custom furniture as well as an eye-catching statue of General Francis Nash, which is the focal point of the restaurant. And you can bet that the same amount of attention to detail goes into the menu as well.

1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN

Rolf and Daughters

Plenty of praise has been given to this Germantown dining hot spot housed inside the century-old Werthan Mills Factory. An innovative cocktail menu along with the housemade pasta keep foodies flocking back to Rolf and Daughters.




The Skillery

Whether you’ve got a side hustle that you’re ready to jump into full time or a freelancer looking for new co-working digs, The Skillery is your jam. This Germantown co-working space is filled with resources for entrepreneurs, designers, writers, creators, makers and dreamers.


Looking to work some like-minded, creative peeps? Take a tour at Germantown’s co-working and event space, Deavor. If you like the vibe, Deavor offers three different membership levels as well as a coffee bar, studio space, printing and copying and plenty of work space so you can take your business idea to Zuckerberg heights.




Steadfast Coffee

Steadfast Coffee

Steadfast’s simple, clean interior creates a chilled-out vibe for its guests. Coffee is an art form here and the recently expanded menu with lunch, dinner, cocktails and wine is the pièce de résistance.

603 Taylor Street Nashville, TN 37208

Bearded Iris Brewing

Longtime friends Kavon Togrye and Paul Vaughn have created the perfect spot to pre-game before a Nashville Sounds game as well as a comfy space to drink a cold craft beer on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Kick back on a couch or chair and drink up.

101 Van Buren St.
Nashville, TN 37208

Tempered Cafe

Visit Tempered Cafe Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during “The Green Hour” and fly away with “La Fee Verte,” also known as absinthe. The staff will demonstrate a traditional absinthe drip, served with a fountain or brouilleur along with a sugar cube.

1201 5th Ave N
(615) 454-5432



Buchanan Street Arts District (Salemtown)

Ninth and Buchanan Street, Nashville, TN

A few minutes north of Germantown’s core in nearby Salemtown you’ll find the emerging Buchanan Street Arts District. It’s here where a long-abandoned supermarket at the corner of Ninth and Buchanan Street was transformed into a vibrant space for makers and artisans. Located at 906 Buchanan St., Kidd Epps Art Shop specializes in one of a kind, handmade furniture and decor. Along with Epps’ custom products, the shop’s sleek, modern and open interior is also a sight to behold.

Next door, high-end, handmade leather goods shop Emil Erwin can be found as well as fashion and lifestyle brand Nisolo. And if you’re in the mood to feel dapper, stop by Otis James, who will stitch you up a custom necktie. Or cruise around Nashville on a custom made skateboard from Salemtown Board Co.. Trust us, Buchanan Street is well worth the trip.

The Square

4th and Madison St., Nashville, TN

Swing back over to Germantown and check out the shops at The Square at 4th and Madison. Boutiques like ABEDNEGO offer up stylish goodies for women and men as well as interior accessories. Then check out Rich Hippies’ clothing line for babies and youngsters, which will make your kid the coolest on the block.

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