You can easily guess how the Germantown neighborhood of Music City got its name. The 18 square-block just north of downtown can trace its roots back to 1786, when James McGavock and his son David from Virginia purchased land on both sides of the Cumberland River. When this specific area was incorporated in the Nashville City Limits in 1865, a large number of German immigrants counted this part of town home, living in some of the largest homes in the area at that time.
You can see the area has thrived and changed, but today it is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the city. With such rich history and so many fab food choices, what’s not to love about Germantown? Let’s explore the best of eats, shopping options, and activities in the thriving north neighborhood of Nashville, shall we?
Breakfast / Brunch
Monell’s country breakfast is served 7 days a week – and who can refuse a morning meal that includes Monell’s famous skillet fried chicken?
Serving coffee and crepes during morning hours daily, Red Bicycle simply satisfies the craving for sweet OR savory while transporting you to the streets of Paris in one bite.
Rumor has it the breakfast at Tempered Café & Chocolate is one of the best-kept secrets in the city. They serve breakfast sandwiches all day, and no one will judge you for ordering chocolates (or sipping on chocolate) at breakfast-time inside those walls.
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch at Silo – a Southern-influenced neighborhood bistro that has homemade poptarts, crab cake eggs benedict, and of course, biscuits.
Lulu serves toasts, grain bowls, salads, arepas, and sandwiches – making it an ideal lunchtime destination in Germantown.
Butchertown Hall is a rustic-chic American spot serving a varied and approachable menu for any palate.
Warm up with a piping hot bowl of pho, at the new Germantown location of Vui’s Kitchen.
Dine like you’re in Munich at Oktoberfest at Von Elrod’s – don’t miss the sausages made in house. The Chicken Parm one is ridiculously good.
Happy Hour Picks
I already listed Germantown Café next for dinner, but it’s worth a mention for Happy Hour as well, with a variety of appetizers and cocktails priced at just $5, daily from 3-7pm at the bar.
$3 shots of the day make Little Donkey a destination for HH as well.
I remember Germantown Café fondly from the first time I lived in Music City, and it’s still well worth a visit. The menu is more traditional and straightforward than many in town, and each dish is well-executed.
5th and Taylor is newer in these parts, Chef Daniel Lindley’s homage to the American family meal.
You can’t go wrong with dining at Monell’s any time of day. It’s a classic.
Find a true slice of Chicago at 312 Pizza Company (if you’re not into waiting, call and pre-order before you head in to dine). Or, drink wine/cocktails/beer (heck, all three if you want!) and wait for your expertly crafted deep dish pizza.
After dinner, head again to Tempered for The Green House. On Thursdays from 8pm-midnight, and on Friday/Saturday from 8pm-2am, the green light in the window is lit, which means their traditional absinthe drip and cocktails are available. You can also enjoy chocolates and other café items during the late hours.
Pay a visit to Marathon Village – a creative community of retail shops and other local business housed in the former Marathon Motor Works building.