Nashville, a history-rich city, is dotted with iconic places, and new hip ones as well, all of which serve as fabulous backdrops for photos. From the stately entrance of Percy Warner Park to the neon lights of Pinewood Social’s bowling alley, we rounded up a list of places to pose with a gathered group this holiday season or to simply document your location with a shameless selfie. Here are some of our favorite signs, murals, landmarks, statues and steps to strike a pose. So grab your iPhone and travel with us from Bellevue to Riverfront Park to see the sites!
The Loveless Cafe
This famous Southern eatery has a vintage sign that can’t be beat, and their biscuits aren’t half bad, either! If you have a Saturday morning with time to spare, pull your family out of bed and head to The Loveless Cafe for a hearty country breakfast and a quick snapshot!
the germantown inn
Very recently opened, the germantown inn has a handful of spots perfect for pictures. From the presidential posters and custom-made wall paper to the Andra Eggleston curtains, every corner has a photo-worthy backdrop. We especially adore the walls of the building, which showcase the historic home’s original architectural features. Each room has a presidential portrait. A second floor bedroom is dedicated to Jefferson and is home to the portrait below.
Love Circle is a residential street located just off West End that offers some of the best views of the city. Drive up and park (and tell John Rich hello!), and then make the steep climb up the hill for one of the best views of Music City. The skyline makes for a pretty cool backdrop.
Rolf & Daughters
The wall outside this Germantown restaurant makes for the perfect backdrop. The mural was spraypainted by Shantell Martin in 2013 and has been a destination for photographers ever since. Grab dinner at Rolf & Daughters after snapping a few pictures.
Painted in July 2013 by Mark Palen, the sunflower mural is a defining feature of the Sylvan Park neighborhood. The brightly colored mural is eye-catching, and the debate about whether there is a certain word found in the sunflower stems has everyone talking.
Herakut dog mural
Part of the Nashville Walls Project, this mural, located on the Cornerstone Square building, was painted by German street artist duo Herakut. The imagery tugs at your heart, while the pups massive size is something to behold.
House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill
Dolly Parton isn’t the only face you will see on the fence outside House of Blues Studios. Artist Scott Guion’s murals feature iconic musicians including Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog and The Beatles.
Amelia’s Flower Truck
Amelia’s Flower Truck can be spotted on the streets of Nashville, oftentimes in 12South outside imogene + willie or White’s Mercantile. Pose in front of the truck and fresh flowers for a very Nashville photo.
AVO Nashville is a plant-based restaurant on Nashville’s west side. We love their fresh, feel-good food almost as much as their playful exterior, which is painted with avocados, making it hard to miss!
Percy Warner Park steps
Percy Warner Park is always packed with dogs, families, friends, fitness junkies, outdoor enthusiasts and the occasional celebrity. The entrance to the park is marked with gorgeous stone steps that provide a butt-busting workout, as well as a beautiful backdrop for family portraits and casual snapshots. Grab your pup and enjoy some of Nashville’s finest scenery.
The “I Believe” mural
Show your city pride and pose in front of the patriotic mural in 12South. The “I Believe in Nashville” mural was conceived by artist Adrien Saporiti, founder of East Nashville company DCXV, in 2012 as a unifying symbol for the city Nashville. His murals can be found all over Nashville, but the original in 12South has since become a sought-out backdrop for countless Christmas cards, Facebook pictures and Instagram posts.
The train in Centennial Park
Centennial Park is filled with numerous architectural and commemorative treasures. This antique steam locomotive, originally known as a Yellow Jacket, was manufactured by the American Locomotive Company in 1942, then donated to the park in 1953. Now adorned with a seasonal wreath, it’s a great spot to snap a picture of your kids over the holidays!
Barista Parlor, an ultra-hip coffee lounge that was once a garage, has retained the automotive charm of its predecessor. The shop’s loyal patrons love to share pictures in front of its graphic signage and bright red doors. Snap a selfie in front of this colorful backdrop, and all of your friends will deem you an East Nashville regular. Barista Parlor has three locations, all with photo-worthy spots.
Pinewood Social’s bowling alley
Pinewood Social is a dining and social concept housed in the trolley barns on Rolling Mill Hill. A great place to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail, Pinewood Social has a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, a karaoke lounge and a bowling alley. The neon signage above the retro lanes has become a popular destination for pics with friends.
The Hermitage Hotel’s men’s bathroom
Outfitted with radiant black and green tiles, a terrazzo floor, two polished chairs and a telephone that connects to the front desk, the men’s bathroom at The Hermitage Hotel is a symbol of luxury. The Art Deco-style restroom has been voted one of the best in America, and it’s a wonderful place to snap a picture, when it’s not occupied, of course!
Any spot at Le Sel is perfect for a picture. As if the oyster bar, pink booths, silver textured wall created by Jeff Stamper and the black-and-white painted floors aren’t enough, Le Sel has graffiti-like walls by Alic Daniel and a sea-diving dog, created as a tribute to Max Goldberg’s dog, Jolene, by Jeff Stamper.
The Thompson Nashville’s rooftop restaurant and bar is set against the backdrop of the city. Views from this spot in the Gulch are breathtaking. In addition to the views, the hotel features eye-catching designs on the floors and walls. Although you might not be ready to strike a pose similar to that of these Nashville Ballet dancers (see more pictures here), the hotel’s details make for great photo ops.
Printers Alley has been known for its thriving nightlife since nightclubs opened in the area in the 1940s. Steps from Broadway, the area that was once home to printing and publishing companies is now home to karaoke and blues bars. The iconic sign and historic architecture of the buildings are all photo worthy.
Three Brothers Coffee
Grab your friends and grab a coffee for a picture in the alley outside Three Brothers Coffee. The coffee shop is connected to Cumberland Transit and partners with Bongo Java Roasting Co. to serve 100% organic and 100% fair trade coffee.
Union Station Hotel
Union Station Hotel was originally a train station that opened in 1900. The hotel’s most recent restoration and renovation project was recently completed, and the stunning décor and architecture will steal the show of any group pic, but that is just fine by us.
Bicentennial Mall State Park
This park sits at the edge of Germantown just before reaching downtown. The 19-acre park is home to a 200-foot granite map, a World War II memorial, a 95-bell carillon, a Pathway of History, the Rivers of Tennessee fountains and a 2,000-seat amphitheater, which offers unbeatable views of Capitol.
Hillsboro Village mural
Andee Rudloff is to thank for the colorful mural that covers the side of Kay Bob’s Grill & Ale and Pizza Perfect in Hillsboro Village. Also in Hillsboro Village you will find the dragon mural by David Glick and Adam Randolph. Both works of art are colorful, creative and quintessential Nashville.
Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James is a destination for Southern-style apparel, accessories and gifts. Since the store’s opening in 2015, it has seen a steady stream of shoppers, but that is not all folks come for. The playfully painted striped exterior and window covering make for fun photo ops.
Enjoy the city during the holidays … it’s the most wonderful time of the year!