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’s so much good shopping. The first obvious stop is the behemoth Mall at Green Hills, which houses necessities like the city’s only Apple Store (currently closed for renovations), decent department store showings from Nordstrom and Macy’s, and popular brands like Kate Spade, Madewell, Coach, and Brooks Brothers, all under one roof. For a more boutique shopping experience, the nearby Hill Center offers up Hemline, Posh, and local musician Holly Williams’ H. Audrey—plus decor destinations Pottery Barn and West Elm. Lizard Thicket women’s boutique is just around the corner, if you’re looking for something fashionable but more affordable. 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, Impeccable Pig, Revv, 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 Pangaea and Hey Rooster General Store.
12 South is rapidly growing as a hub for local specialty makers, like the iconic Imogene + Willie (denim), Peter Nappi (leather accessories), 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: Make a transaction at Sprinkles’ Cupcake ATM before finishing your shopping spree at White’s Mercantile—another local retail spot opened by Holly Williams.
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, luxurious leather accessories at Peter Nappi’s flagship location, and—if you’re in the market—the perfect wedding gown at The Dress Theory. 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), Rusty Rats (funky antiques), and The Trunk (womenswear). In nearby Five Points is the Idea Hatchery, another cluster of unique shops, like the vintage-focused Goodbuy Girls, Alegria gift shop, and local designer Maria Silver’s namesake store. And slightly farther north, at Eastland Avenue, are the newly expanded Her Bookshop and a pair of addictive women’s boutiques: Kitty Nashville and Vinnie Louise.