There’s no designated shopping district in Nashville, but certain neighborhoods have a better-than-average selection of retail offerings. From department stores to tiny boutiques, here’s where to go for a satisfying shopping spree in Music City.
The Best Shopping Neighborhoods in Nashville
Maybe there’s so much traffic in Green Hills because there are so many stores. The first obvious stop is the behemoth Mall at Green Hills, which houses necessities like the city’s only Apple Store, department store showings from Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom, and Macy’s, and popular brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Madewell, Coach, and Burberry, all under one roof. For a more boutique shopping experience, the nearby Hill Center offers up Hemline, Posh, and local musician Holly Williams’ White’s Mercantile and H. Audrey—plus decor destinations Pottery Barn and West Elm. And while you’re in the area, you might as well stock up on groceries at either Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Still have energy? A visit to indie bookstore Parnassus, across from the mall, never disappoints.
If you’re looking for a new outfit, you’ll likely find it somewhere in Hillsboro Village. Women’s boutiques in this ever-changing neighborhood include Posh, Revv, Molly Green, Scout & Molly’s, and Native + Nomad, while guys can check out Onward Reserve; there’s also Arcade for kidswear. Don’t overlook UAL, which sells designer inventory at up to 90% off. For gifts or quirky decor, make sure to stop in A Thousand Faces or Hey Rooster General Store.
12 South is rapidly growing as a hub for local specialty makers, like the iconic Imogene + Willie (denim), and Judith Bright (jewelry). Curated women’s boutiques along this bustling strip include Hero, Emerson Grace, MODA, Vinnie Louise, and Reese Witherspoon’s sweetly Southern Draper James. Speaking of sweet: Get an ice pop at Las Paletas before finishing your shopping spree at White’s Mercantile—another local retail spot opened by Holly Williams. Some national shops have joined the 12 South lineup as well including Outdoor Voices, Madewell, and Marine Layer. Lastly, if you’re into vintage items and clothing, Savant Vintage, is a must-visit in this neighborhood.
In addition to being a hotbed for award-winning restaurants, Germantown has a thriving indie retail scene. Browse men’s and women’s items at Abednego and Alexis + Bolt, trendy womenswear at Pieces, home goods at Wilder, and—if you’re in the market—the perfect wedding gown at White Dresses. FYI: The Nashville Farmers’ Market, stocked with produce, plants, flowers, and more, isn’t far from here.
Upon entering East Nashville, make a beeline for the Fatherland District—this is where you’ll find The Shoppes on Fatherland, which includes Project 615 (local apparel), Longevity (activewear), Gift Horse (gifts and knicknacks), Abode Mercantile (bath products), and Rusty Rats (funky antiques). In nearby Five Points is the Idea Hatchery, another cluster of unique shops like the vintage-focused Goodbuy Girls. You can also find several vintage shops in east Nashville such as Old Made Good and Fanny’s House of Music.