Shopping in NashvilleEdit This
Nashville’s most famous outlet mall, you are sure to find your favorite upscale store here, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Opry Mills has over 200 stores, an aquarium, themed restaurants, and a movie theater. After shopping, treat your kids to the Ray Petting Zoo and the aquarium! For lunch or dinner, go to the Rainforest Café, a unique dining experience. After you are done shopping and eating, go across the street to the Grand Ole Opry to catch a musical.
The District: Downtown Nashville
You haven’t seen Nashville till you’ve visited the district, the best place for country music fans to shop. At the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, founded by Tubb, the legendary Texas Troubadour, grab a few country sounds, books or videos. Also check out Gruhn Guitars, a legendary shop located at 400 Broadway Street since 1973, if you want to begin your career as a guitarist, or if you just want to purchase a vintage guitar to display in your home. And, of course, there is the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville’s most popular venue, featuring concerts, country music gear, and gifts. Also check out the unique shops on Second Ave Historic District. Here you will find the Wildhorse Saloon, a world-famous club where CMT often films its stars. Hungry? Go to the Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood.
Hillsboro Village, a two block area, consists of antique shops, art galleries, coffee houses, a gourmet cookware shop, stationary store, gift stores, a used book store, and many restaurants. The first Sat of each month is the Village Market, a side-walk sale with closeouts on many merchandise. The Greenhills Mall is also in Hillsboro Village. Similar to Opry Mills, Greenhills has the popular upscale shops. The Greenhills Mall bookstore, David Kidd, is a must-see. With over two floors of books, games, cards, and small gifts, you can surely spend a few hours browsing. Personally, I think the mocha’s in the café are the best anywhere – rich, foamy, and chocolately. Also check out 12South, where you will find a yoga facility, a Mexican popsicle shop.
Situated just outside of downtown Nashville, Franklin offers a wide variety of antique and locally owned shops. You’ll find an independent ice cream store (Ben & Jerry’s), a Starbucks, an old-fashioned watch shop, a bookstore, specialized botqiues, and a few upscale (“The Mushroom”) and cheap restaurants. Visit the Factory at Franklin, a 1929 building that once served as the Dortc Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company. The factory has over thirty little shops and eateries. But the chocolate shop is not to be missed!
Want to escape the bustling city? Go to Cool Springs shopping area, just five minutes south of downtown Nashville. Cool Springs features many shops, including: Borders, New Balance, Gap, Linens & Things, Circuit City, Best Buy and Ann Taylor. You can also find cheap eats here, such as Atlanta Bread Company, Chipotle, and Backyard Burger.