Like many of Nashville’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Hillsboro Village has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Defined by a short but bustling main drag lined with restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores, the neighborhood draws both locals and visitors with its eclectic charm. Though we’ve had to say goodbye to a few local favorites — neighborhood staples like Provence Bakery, Pangaea, Jackson’s, Arcade, and BookMan BookWoman — we’ve still enjoyed watching the area’s evolution. Here’s an updated guide to where to eat, drink, shop, and explore in Hillsboro Village!
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WHERE TO EAT
With Hillsboro Village being the brunch mecca it is, your biggest challenge may be choosing where to indulge. From breakfast (can you say, “Pancake Pantry”?) to dinner and everything in between, there’s no shortage of great spots to satisfy your culinary whims.
- Báhn Mì and Roll: A Vietnamese eatery with boba tea, this sandwich joint offers a tasty lunch and then some. Try a vermicelli noodle bowl and enjoy it in a casual atmosphere with a full bar.
- Biscuit Love: This place is the jam — pun intended. Enjoy delicious biscuit sandwiches, housemade jams, and tasty Bonuts (fried biscuit dough tossed in sugar).
- Central BBQ: Smoked hot wings, BBQ beef nachos, and full slabs of ribs dominate this menu! Go hungry.
- The Co-op Frosé & Eatery: Sure, this is your go-to spot for summer libations … after all, frosé is darn delicious. But don’t sleep on the “eatery” menu here either! From breakfast items to sandwiches and salads, The Co-op has plenty to choose from.
- Crumbl Cookies: By now, you’re likely familiar with this sweets mecca that’s popping up all over the South. Head in for a dose of gooey cookie goodness with traditional and seasonal flavors that delight.
- Double Dogs: A longtime Hillsboro staple, you can find happy hour specials, sports on the screen, and a menu that features everything from chicken wings and cheeseburgers to draft beers and a kids’ menu.
- Dumpling House: A fast-casual spot specializing in … you guessed it, dumplings — from peanut butter pork-filled dumplings to pork and shrimp “pizza” dumplings. You can also get Asian pickled cucumbers, cold noodles with peanut sauce, and more.
- E3 Chophouse: A two-story steakhouse featuring menu items like beef tartare, King Crab legs, a caviar bar, and plenty of prime steak cuts. There’s also a rooftop bar!
- Fido: This pet shop-turned-coffeehouse has been serving up its famous Bongo Java coffee and breakfast staples for decades. Grab muffins, a caffeine pick-me-up, and a perfect seat for people-watching.
- Grain & Berry: This “superfood café” emphasizes healthy eats, with açai bowls, pitaya bowls, spirulina bowls, and more.
- Greenery Co.: Located in the space formerly occupied by Provence, this healthy, fast-casual restaurant brings lighter options to the area, with salads, snacks, and some dessert options, too.
- The Grilled Cheeserie: The name says it all. This is your go-to spot for soul-filling grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Hopdoddy Burger Bar: From the burger of the month to boozy beverages, this laidback joint is a great spot to fill up on food and fun.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: If you know, you know. James Beard Award-winning ice cream maker Jeni Britton is serving up her renowned flavors like Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Brambleberry Crisp, and Gooey Butter Cake.
- Kay Bob’s Grill and Ale: A fast-casual spot for shareable plates like wings, hummus, flatbreads, wraps, grilled protein platters, soups, and salads.
- Meet Noodles: Noodles, noodles, and more noodles! This is your spot if you’re looking for a quick Asian-inspired lunch. Enjoy everything from noodle bowls with scallops, clams, squid, and bok choy to spicy-sour noodles featuring ground pork, sweet potato noodles, and a spicy-sour broth.
- Pancake Pantry: Arguably the most iconic Nashville breakfast spot, you’ll often find a line of hungry customers winding around the corner here. Look forward to a stack of the scratch-made pancakes they’ve been serving since 1961! (And get there early — particularly on the weekends.)
- Pizza Perfect: This pizzeria offers up more than just pies. Stop in for calzones, subs, and pasta, too.
- Rock N Roll Sushi: Crispy wontons, jalapeño poppers, and sushi rolls galore — from simple salmon or tuna rolls to decadent options featuring seared filet mignon and even Cajun seasoned crawfish.
- Ruby Sunshine: Grab some French Toast Bites (little pillows of happiness that melt in your mouth) and various renditions of eggs benedict. Try the Eggs Cochon, which boasts slow-cooked apple-braised pork, or the One Tomato, Two Tomato, a vegetarian-friendly Southern spin with fried green tomatoes and grilled tomatoes. Don’t forget to order a “Morning Margarita” to accompany your meal.
- Sushi 88: This fast-casual Japanese eatery is open for lunch and dinner, with menu items like sushi rolls, pork shu mai, fried rice, and ramen.
- Taco Mama: Tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, seasonal margaritas … this place has everything you need for a festive fast-casual lunch.
- Urban Juicer and Eatery: On the healthier side, grab fresh juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and light breakfast or lunch items, including avocado toast or the curry chicken wrap.
WHERE TO DRINK
Whether you’re looking for a quick dose of caffeine at a local cafe, a dive bar where you can throw back a cold brew, or somewhere loungy to sip a cocktail, Hillsboro Village has you covered.
- Bar Moxy: Located in the Moxy Nashville Downtown hotel, this bar is open AM and PM for cocktails. You can also head to the rooftop for a skyline view, food and beverages (like hard-to-find whiskeys and local craft beers), and live music.
- Barista Parlor: From tea and coffee to tasty eats, you can get a caffeine boost, bagels, breakfast burritos, and even a CBD-infused cold brew at this popular coffee joint.
- Villager Tavern: This local watering hole has been around since 1973 — an iconic old-school joint with po’boys, beer, and just the right dive-y vibe. Oh, and it boasts one of the best dart leagues around. No, really. They’re serious about their darts!
WHERE TO SHOP
A shopping excursion in Hillsboro Village will have you perusing everything from vintage jewelry to trend-setting fashion. The weekends are certainly a busier time, but don’t let that keep you from hopping from shop to shop to discover the latest in fashion and accessories.
- Altar’d State: Cute, comfy, stylish women’s clothing with a side of jewelry, shoes, accessories, and decor items.
- Dress Up: From skinny jeans to rompers and cowboy boots, this boutique has clothing for work and a night out.
- Hester & Cook: Your go-to entertaining mecca, with everything you need for seasonal tablescapes, stationery, lighting, and even party games.
- Impeccable Pig: Shop casual, contemporary, stylish apparel and accessories for women.
- J. Marie: A mix of classic Southern style and on-trend looks, you can find colorful prints, embroidered dresses, and more.
- Molly Green: You can’t miss the bright pink storefront! Inside, you’ll find women’s fashion — from basics and accessories to outerwear and shoes.
- The Nash Collection: This shop is all about Nashville-centric apparel, accessories, and gifts. Find etched wine glasses, tailgate gear, clothing, and more.
- Peacock Jewelers: This fine jewelry purveyor offers vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry ranging from Victorian to contemporary.
- Posh Boutique: Browse designer clothing for both men and women — from loungewear and denim to date-night ensembles.
- Rebecca James Clothing: Everyday wear abounds, from athleisure to kimonos to fun graphic tees.
- See Eyewear: Shop fabulous frames and sunglasses, or stop in for an eye exam.
- The Spice & Tea Exchange: As the name suggests, you can find spice blends and teas in spades at this shop of gourmet goodies. You can also find grilling essentials, infused salts, olive oils, and more.
- United Apparel Liquidators (UAL): Browse discount men’s, women’s, and children’s designer clothing and accessories.
- A Village of Flowers: Snag gorgeous floral arrangements, single stems, and more.
- Wilder: This locally owned boutique offers fashionable clothing, accessories, and giftables.
OTHER PLACES TO EXPLORE + PAMPER
For all of its wonderful restaurants and shopping, Hillsboro Village has a few other memorable places also worth exploring.
- AB: Formerly Anzie Blue, a café with memorable food from Chef Star Maye and a plethora of CBD-infused products, this business recently transformed into a music venue and event space.
- Belcourt Theatre: We would be remiss to omit this beloved Hillsboro Village landmark. Originally a silent movie house, which opened in 1925, the Belcourt has been a mainstay for nearly a century, witnessing several reincarnations.
- Blo Blow Dry Bar: Whether you’re prepping for your wedding or headed out to paint the town red, stop in for a blowout, extensions, braids, color treatments, makeup, or other services.
- Chao Nail + Bar: Located near the Moxy Vanderbilt Hotel, this nail bar offers plenty of opportunity for some TLC — like manicures and pedicures with a side of champagne.
- Fannie Mae Dees Park: Often referred to as “Dragon Park” thanks to its iconic art installation and play structure, this park is located at 2400 Blakemore Ave and makes for a fun spot to enjoy your coffee and snag a photo.
- H-Cue’s Upstairs Pool Room: Open since 1997, enjoy a fun night of billiards in a smoke-free space.
- Luxe Nails: From acrylics and gel polish to dip powder, your manicures and pedicures take an artistic spin.
- Moxy Hotel: Open since 2020, this hotel is the first in the area, offering modern amenities and the ability to walk to everything else Hillsboro Village has to offer!
- South Nail Bar: Sit down for some pampering — from waxing to nail designs.
- The Chloe: New Orleans boutique hotel The Chloe is slated to open a Nashville location in Hillsboro Village in 2024. Like the New Orleans location, the new hotel will feature a bar and restaurant designed with Southern hospitality in mind. Follow along here for updates.
- Flight 2121: Rumor has it this international café will occupy the former Savarino’s Cucina location on Belcourt Avenue and feature cuisine from Indonesia, the Middle East, Thailand, Italy, India, and beyond.
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