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Nashville Must Sees

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Looking for things to do in Nashville during QuiltCon? If you’re in the mood for exploring, the Music City MQG has compiled a list of their favorite shops, restaurants, parks, museums and music venues to keep the party going.




  • Craft Southmodern quilting fabrics, some apparel, and other fiber crafting supplies - knitting, cross stitch/embroidery, etc.
  • Children's Corner StoreBerry Hill - mainly children's prints, but also carry Liberty of London
  • Textile Fabricpretty close to Craft South/Berry Hill - mainly apparel fabrics, but have some quilting cottons and a good selection of canvas/linens
  • Stitcher's GardenFranklin - south of Nashville -  Warning: it's FULL of fabric, and slightly overwhelming, but if you're willing to dig, you can find some out-of-print gems. Cutting and checkouts here will be slow.
  • The Quilting SquaresFranklin - This shop just reopened in a new location - a bit more on the traditional side, but do have some modern designers
  • Dancing Bobbinsouth of Franklin, in Spring Hill - One of our favorites (along with Craft South) - they carry a lot of modern fabrics, patterns and notions. It's a bit of a drive, but if you're hopping to Franklin, Spring Hill is only 15 minutes south.
  • Bernina Sewing Machine Station - Cool Springs - They sell Bernina machines and have a good collection of modern quilting fabrics, a few apparel fabrics, embroidery supplies and patterns, and specialty bag-making supplies like hardware and cork. They also usually have a great sale section!
  • Stitcher's Playhouse - Smyrna - Great selection of quilting cottons!


Downtown/Midtown area

  • Crema Coffee 
  • Barista Parlorfor a fine coffee experience
  • Desano'sgood wood-fired pizza
  • Rotier'svery old-school Nashville, greasy burger place for lunch
  • Smiling Elephantfantastic Thai food
  • Hattie B's/BoltonHot Chicken - most people would tell you Hattie B's. It's definitely the most tourist-y, but it's popular for a reason (good food!). The flagship hot chicken place (Prince's) is indefinitely closed after a fire, so I'd say Bolton's for anyone looking for an "authentic" hot chicken experience. I started with the mild and it was plenty hot. 

12 South Neighborhood


  • Meridee's Bakerydowntown - great breakfast/lunch options
  • Franklin Mercantile Delidowntown - great sandwiches/soups
  • Sopapilla's/Franklin Burger Conorth Franklin - in the same building, Sopapilla's had "New Mexican" food and the burger co. is more local burgers
  • Biscuit Lovedowntown - there's one of these in the Gulch, but the Franklin one is gonna have less of a wait and the ladies' room has Dolly hair painted on the mirror and the BEST wallpaper. Also good biscuits.
  • Puckett'sdowntown - Good local BBQ/Meat and three
  • Tupelo HoneyCool Springs - Upscale Southern Food - great cocktails
  • Mantra Brewingtasting room - Maneet Chauhan's brewing company - good beer!

Spring Hill

  • The Spring Hill Bakerytiny and tucked away, but AMAZING - fresh baked goods, but they also have coffee and some savory food options, like flatbreads - very close to Dancing Bobbin
  • Johnathan's Grillewe ate here on a shop hop - decent sports bar type food

Music City area

  • Arnoldsclassic Meat & 3 (Lunch only): 
  • Peg Leg PorkerBarbecue
  • Etchfancy spot, but there's a happy hour starting at 4:00 
  • Turnip Truck (in the Gulch) - small grocery store with organic stuff, also has a salad bar/hot bar/smoothies 
  • Otaku- ramen! 

East Nashville

Finer Dining

These are all pretty upscale (but casual dress code like everywhere in Nashville), and on the pricier side, $20+ for an entree.

  • City House (Germantown)
  • Bastion- for fancy cocktails (and also nachos)
  • Mockingbirdupscale Southern with a twist
  • Chauhan Ale HouseIndian fusion with a emphasis on beer pairings
  • TansuoUpscale Chinese with a Southern flair, does also dim sum night