This forum gets a lot of repeat questions and very few trip reports in return. As someone who is surely guilty of the former, I thought I might contribute a trip report in thanks and hope that it helps someone else out with ideas. Lately, we've been visiting quite often. We stayed at an AirBnB in the Riverfront Condos along 1st Ave North. Not my first choice, but the original condo we booked near Belmont was purchased by the university a week before our arrival and plans for demo were immediate, so we had to scramble to find a new place (keep in mind this is when the Preds were still in the play offs so booking was $$$$). It was a convenient location and we used Lyft to get to each unique neighborhood we visited.
Dropped bags at condo around 11:00 a.m. Thursday & headed to 12 South. We put our name on the list at Bartaco and did some browsing. I love Moda Boutique because it has some really great perfumes that aren't available to me locally. Got our text from Bartaco and proceeded to devour the guacamole, salsas, pork belly tacos and ceviche. Also tried a roasted mushroom taco this time and it was seriously my favorite. Of course, margaritas happened. After lunch we browsed Draper James (this is Reese Witherspoon's store). The clothing is a bit much on the wallet and not particularly my style, but the store is cute and friendly and you're given complimentary sweet tea as you browse. We continued to some other boutiques, most notably White's Mercantile which is always a must for me. They have great natural skincare, unique perfumes, odd gifts, great gifts for guys. Picked up some of my favorite cedar scented candles, a notebook and some other items. It was a HOT day so after this, we went home to clean up for dinner. A pre-dinner drink at Henrietta Red. Cute spot, menu looked good. Dinner - reservations at City House. Sat at the pizza bar and had an amazing dinner of the best kale salad and pizza around.
Friday morning: Lyft to Hillsboro Village for breakfast and coffee at Fido. We wanted to get some walking in before the heat got terrible, so we strolled a few blocks before looping back around when the shops opened up. I love the kitchen store (David's I think?), and I can't come to Nashville without visiting Pangea. After this we took a Lyft to SoBro and did some walking, made some purchases in Hatch Show Print. A really nice shop in a beautiful spot. We walked around the general area of 2nd Ave and Broadway because it's something we literally never do when we visit Nashville, and we were overdue. We visited the Johnny Cash museum which was nice, and a ticket purchase grants you entry "for life". Lunch at the Southern was really good, and there's something for everyone on the menu. After some more strolling, it was late afternoon and Broadway was getting feisty. We got a window seat at a bar (no idea what it was called - they run together for me) and enjoyed a drink and some people watching before heading back to clean up for dinner. This night we had drinks at Kuchnia & Keller - a beautiful space, and I can't wait to go back here for food - and dinner at Geist. I was on the fence about trying Geist, and I'm so glad we went for it. A really cool, relaxed space with excellent food and drinks. Don't go here without trying the cauliflower dish or the mushroom pot pie. Service was friendly and they have a super cute "champagne garden" with outdoor seating as well. After a long dinner, we called it a night. Saturday morning we checked out of the condo and got coffee from Barista Parlour before hitting the road. It was a fun and successful trip and I satisfied my curiosity on several new-to-me restaurants.