Downtown is home to more than 14,000 residents, 78,000 employees, and 600 merchants and retailers. Whether you live, work or play here, downtown Nashville has something for everyone when you explore all the unique, walkable urban neighborhoods that make up our city’s center. From luxury high rises in the downtown core to the boutiques of Capitol View; from the riverfront views of Rolling Mill Hill to the trendy eateries of the Gulch, you can take your pick of how and where to soak in sights and sounds of downtown.
Capitol View/North Gulch
Just northwest of the downtown core and behind the Tennessee State Capitol is a bright, bustling new neighborhood. Capitol View welcomes visitors and locals alike to parks, farmers markets, trivia nights at a locals’ favorite watering hole, M.L. Rose, and blocks of shopping and amenities. Grab the whole family for a full afternoon exploring Capitol View – and don’t forget to bring the pooch – Frankie Pierce Park has a fabulous dog park!
Core/Central Business District
Yes, the Core of downtown is where the lights of Broadway shine bright. But the Core is also home to 3,700 residents and serves as the economic engine of Davidson County and Middle Tennessee. For residents, Broadway is a backyard that offers a full spectrum of dining experiences, from prime seafood flown in daily, to a $3.75 fried bologna sandwich, and everything in between. Those who work in the core enjoy a full range of amenities within a short walk, and visitors revel in world-renowned attractions like National Museum of African American Music or Ryman Auditorium.
The Gulch is dynamic mixed-use LEED certified community in the heart of Nashville with a strong focus on connectivity, walkability and public transportation. Conveniently located on the southwest border of Nashville’s Central Business District just two blocks Music City Center, this vibrant neighborhood is home to the very best in urban living: creative office space, luxury hotel brands like Thompson Nashville and W Nashville, and a diverse array of locally owned boutiques like E.Allenand Blush.
Progressive in every way, Hope Gardens is the residential urban signature of downtown Nashville. Located north of Capital view and west of Sulphur Dell, Hope Gardens gives residents access to all amenities of downtown Nashville, while enjoying a quiet neighborhood comprised largely of single family homes. The progressive combination of sustained vintage homes that preserve the great history of the area, new apartments and condos offers diverse residential options to all. Rated as one of Nashville’s “best places to live”, Hope Gardens has a home for everyone with quick access to destinations like the Farmer’s Market and other trendy neighborhoods like Germantown.
Rolling Mill Hill
Come get your Nashville skyline selfie and visit one of Nashville’s most unique redeveloped historical sites. The Trolley Barns have been preserved into a mixed-use community bringing together the creative class, locals, business class, and visitors alike, in an upscale environment overlooking the Cumberland River. Enjoy the pedestrian life along the streets, stroll through Rolling Mills Greenway, have fun at one of the amenities at Pinewood Socialor many other businesses in the neighborhood.
In between the SoBro and Rolling Mill Hills neighborhoods lies a Music City Gem. Rutledge Hill offers the ideal city life, mixing residential, business, arts, and music in one area. Visit places like The Listening Room Café, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill to listen to local artists, or wine and dine yourself at Husk, a restaurant credited for putting Nashville on the culinary map. Your Rutledge Hill adventures may also take you to enjoy a performance at the Nashville Children’s Theater, the oldest continually operating professional children's theatre company in America. With something for everyone, Rutledge Hill is a perfect slice of Music City life.
Just south of Broadway, extends the iconic Music City life in SoBro. SoBro is Home of The Country Music Hall of Fame, City Winery, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, The Comedy Bar, House of Cards, multiple live music venues, equisite dining and hotel options, unique entertainment and recreational experiences like House of Cards and BadAxe Throwing Nashville, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center that is the home of GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. With so much to offer, SoBro is the kind of place you can spend an entire day and night!
This beautiful, historic neighborhood sits just north of Tennessee State Capital and south of Germantown. The neighborhood was home to a Civil War-era baseball stadium where Union soldiers taught Nashville citizens how to play the “northern game,” and today is home to First Horizon Park where you can catch a Nashville Sounds baseball game. Come grab some fresh fruit, veggies, or a delicious meal at the Nashville Farmer’s Market and take a stroll through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, which offers stunning views of the State Capitol. With a growing number of residential options, bars, restaurants and the new Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Sulphur Dell neighborhood is a must-do!