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From up-and-coming to upscale, Nashville’s major areas offer something for everyone. You can discuss life over a latte in the West End, shop for cowboy boots Downtown, and catch a legend in concert in Music Valley – all in one day. The city is divided into east and west by the Cumberland River, which runs along the eastern edge of Downtown. The iconic sights, honky-tonks, and best hotels are clustered here around Broadway, the main drag that runs west from the river toward Vanderbilt University. West of Downtown Nashville, in neighborhoods such as 12South and Hillsboro Village, happening restaurants and shops abound. Across the river in East Nashville, a roster of independent stores, galleries, and restaurants has made the area a can’t-miss stop.

Nashville Neighborhoods

Downtown/The District

A surefire bet for weekend partiers, the downtown area is chock full of live music venues (including Ryman Auditorium), restaurants, and shops with local color.

12th Avenue South

A few miles south of downtown, check out trendy eateries and funky boutiques in this mecca for the city’s young and hip.

West End

Hang out with students, artists, and the elite in this neighborhood near venerable Vanderbilt University.

Music Row

Spot music stars headed into studios or offices in the hub of the country-music recording industry and gawk at the naked dancers of the large “Musica” statue.

Music Valley

The valley is alive with the sound of music from the Grand Ole Opry. That, plus the Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills shopping center make this a tourist hotspot.

Green Hills

Home to the famous Bluebird Café, this primarily residential southern Nashville community also boasts fine restaurants and upscale brand-name stores.

Hillsboro Village

If you’re itching to get out of your car and stroll, head 3 miles south of Downtown to Hillsboro Village, where great cafés, coffee shops, and boutiques abound.

East Nashville

Once considered one of the roughest areas in town, East Nashville underwent a cleanup recently when artists and musicians started to open shops and renovate old Victorian homes. Off the tourist grid, it has a small-town vibe and is as walkable as Hillsboro Village.

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