From street art to historical landmarks and brunch cafes, Musement shares 11 of the most Instagrammable places in Nashville.
The “Music City”, known for its lively atmosphere and music history, is one of those cities worth a visit all year round. With numerous outdoor concert venues, Nashville is the perfect place for a romantic getaway to sway to the music with your loved one.
Filled with street art, cute cafes, and a fun nightlife scene, it’s also a very photogenic city so make sure your camera is always at the ready. Without further ado, here’s a list of eleven of the most Instagrammable places in Nashville.
1. Five Daughters Bakery
If you have a sweet tooth, then a stop here is a must. With three different locations throughout the city, the family-run bakery has turned into an Instagram sensation, especially the one in the 12 South neighborhood. From the “I love donuts” mural on the outside to its pastel-colored exterior and contemporary interior, Five Daughters Bakery is surely ‘gram worthy. Stop inside and try some of the freshly baked goods, from sweets to different seasonal pastries and the famous 100 Layer Donut, a mix of a croissant and doughnut, yum!
2. The Parthenon
You don’t have to go to Athens to see this Greek masterpiece. The full-scale replica brings the ancient Greek life, along with a 42-foot Athena statue, to the middle of Centennial Park. What was originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition by architect William Crawford Smith, is now a hot tourist attraction. Housing Nashville’s art museum, the Parthenon consists of a permanent collection and temporary shows and exhibits. Pay a visit to this iconic landmark at night when the columns are lit, making for the perfect backdrop to your Instagram flick.
3. National Museum of African American Music
It wouldn’t be a true visit to “Music City” if you didn’t do a music themed activity. Established in 2019, the National Museum of African American Music can be found between Fifth and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Six different permanent exhibits will help you learn about the different musical genres that were inspired, created, or influenced by African-Americans. Have your cameras ready to take pictures of over 1,500 artifacts, ranging from Alicia Keys’ kimono, Keb’ Mo’s guitars and other different African instruments.
4. “I Believe In Nashville” Mural
One of the best Nashville Instagram spots belongs to the fantastic mural found in the 12 South neighborhood. Designed by Adrien Saporiti, the “I Believe in Nashville” mural is painted in classic American colors with the Tennessee flag logo located in the center. The mural has become such a hit that smaller renditions were created in other locations. There are usually lines to pose in front of this mural but don’t miss out on the photo op here!
5. Pinewood Social
Looking for some fun in Nashville? Then look no further. Pinewood Social is jam packed with fun activities for those looking to socialize. From brunches, to hopping on the mic and singing karaoke, or competing in bocce or some bowling, there is something for everyone. Stop by the coffee bar or sit down and enjoy Nashville’s signature dish, the spicy chicken sandwich. The cursive, neon blue “Pinewood Social” sign and blue gutters at the bowling alley will give your snap the perfect touch.
6. John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Take a scenic stroll over this historic bridge that connects downtown to the suburbs of East Nashville. The bridge spans more than a half mile in distance, making it one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. Catch impressive views of the Nashville skyline, the Cumberland River, or admire a beautiful sunset from the bridge. Easily one of the most instagrammable places in Nashville.
7. Cheekwood Estate and Botanical Gardens
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to this 1930s Georgian mansion. The estate includes over 50 acres of gardens and an art museum dedicated to the ‘60s, making it a must visit. Twelve gardens and a 1.5-mile-long woodland trail to choose from, you will have plenty to choose from to liven up one’s feed. Make sure to pay a visit during the autumn and see the Cheekwood Harvest to get in the Halloween spirit. Or, if you prefer light displays, then check out the estate around the holidays and be amazed!
8. Madame Tussauds Nashville
Come meet your favorite music icons! Madame Tussauds Nashville is the first and only all music-themed wax museum that will bring you on a musical journey through time with your favorite singers. Shake your hips with the King Himself, Elvis Presley, go Crazy in Love with Beyonce, or jam out to your favorite country tunes with Luke Bryan and more. This attraction is open from 11 am to 7 pm every day of the week except Sunday when it opens at noon and closes at 6 pm.
9. Liberty Common
Brunch and Nashville seem to go hand in hand and this artsy café definitely deserves a spot on the Instagram feed. Located in the SoBro neighborhood, Liberty Common serves a variety of food on the menu. Including a mix between Southern comfort cafe and classic French cuisine, your tastebuds will be dancing when you dine here. With its baby blue booths and trendy detailed tiled floors, the chic café includes a full bar and a patio, so if you had your photo ops on the inside, you can always take the party outside.
10. L.A. Jackson
For those who want spectacular views of the city from up above, L.A. Jackson is the spot to be. Situated at the top of the Thompson Nashville Hotel in the Gulch neighborhood, the indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, offers stunning 360° panoramic views of downtown Nashville. Whether you decide to visit during the daytime or at night, the skyline will steal the show as the backdrop to a flawless Insta-shot.
11. “What Lifts You” Mural
Spread your wings and fly away! A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t get your wings, so make sure to stop by the “What Lifts You” mural in the famous Gulch neighborhood. Created by Kelsey Montague in 2016, the mural consists of two sets of wings, a large pair with different musical instruments incorporated in them and a smaller pair that can be used for children or pets. So step in, and snap a pic with those wings!