Shop Till You Drop: 5 of the Best Shopping Areas in Nashville

Nashville has some of the best places to shop in the entire country and trust me, there’s something for everyone here. Whether you’re sifting through a rack of vintage clothes in East Nashville, or you’re figuring out which Louis Vuitton bag your credit card will max out with, you’re sure to find some great new items for your closet.

We’ve provided a list of the 5 best districts to check out while you’re treating yo’ self. Everybody loves a little variety in their life!

1. East Nashville

The Hip Zipper

I’ve been all around the world and let me tell you, there’s no thrift store or vintage shop like the ones in East Nashville. Eastside is home to some of the hottest hipsters that you’ll ever see, even though they wouldn’t define themselves that way, that’s okay. We know what they are. Or what you are. There’s no shame in being a hipster. It just means that you’re a stylish millennial, who only buys clothes that are more than 10 years old. And you kind of like to dig through a lot of trash, just to find one solid piece of clothing.

Like I said, perfectly okay. Everybody loves a bargain! And it’s almost physically impossible to not become a hipster for a few months when you live here. Ask me about my hat phase.

Nashville is full of small vintage boutiques and thrift shops, but East Nashville is where you’ll find most of them collectively.

Must-visits are:

  • The Hip Zipper
  • Goodbuy Girls
  • Old Made Good
  • Hang the Moon (still regretting not buying an awesome jean jacket here)
  • Local Honey
  • Any Old Iron

That should get you started finding leather jackets, denim jackets, jackets with patches on them, jackets that don’t have patches on them, and other items that are not coats or jackets. It’s a hipster rule that you have to have a solid jacket/coat with almost every outfit.

2. The Gulch

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The Gulch is a great place to visit for a day full of shopping. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, literally, go here. I know when I do a full day of shopping, I have to take a break at some point during the day or else I’ll become hangry (hungry + angry) and want to leave. Avoid hanger by beginning your morning at Biscuit Love, walking around to all the different shops, and ending the day with a few cocktails at Bar Louie.

What else could you ask for? Food, new clothes, and drinks kind of sound like an ideal day.

For restaurants/drinks in The Gulch, try:

  • The 404 Kitchen (make a reservation)
  • Barista Parlor 
  • Biscuit Love
  • Otaku Ramen
  • Pour House
  • Sambuca
  • Virago
  • Whiskey Kitchen

While shopping, drop by:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Two Old Hippies
  • Lucchese (seriously, these boots)
  • Frye Boots
  • e.Allen Boutique
  • Apothecary 
  • Blush Boutique

You get free parking for one hour, so be sure to check back in and pay for more parking if you’re planning on an all-day affair. This place will suck you into it’s vortex of good times!

3. Green Hills

The Mall at Green Hills

Alright, here’s where things get serious. If you are wanting to drop some serious doll-hairs, you go to Green Hills. The Mall at Green Hills is really the only place in Nashville where you can find the big hitters like, Louis Vuitton, David Yurman, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Tiffany’s.

If those names put your bank account in a cold sweat, never fear. There’s also a few department stores and “normal people” stores that won’t have you forking over your entire paycheck for this month.

The mall is both an indoor and an outdoor mall, so don’t forget to check out some of the satellite stores and restaurants around.

Altogether, you’ll find other places like:

  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Lush
  • Apple
  • Macy’s
  • Nordstrom 
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Free People
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Madewell
  • White House | Black Market
  • J. Crew

There’s a plethora of stores here, so view this page for the complete details!

4. Hillsboro Village

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Hillsboro Village is conveniently located around the Vanderbilt and Belmont area. This is the perfect place for college kids to hang out and shop with their families when they come to visit. There’s a ton of cute little boutique stores lined across the front of these old buildings, which makes for a lovely day of shopping.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the famous Pancake Parlor, which is located in this area. You’ll normally see a line all the way down the block on a Saturday or Sunday, but their breakfast is life changing.

There’s a ton of restaurants in the area like: Fido, Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop, Cabana, Aladdin’s, Belcourt Taps, and Jackson’s.

As for shopping:

  • A Village of Flowers (wonderful flower shop!)
  • Native + Nomad
  • Pangaea 
  • Impeccable Pig
  • Posh
  • Revv
  • Scout and Molly
  • UAL
  • SEE
  • Tennessee Chic

These are all very close together and within walking distance from one another!

5. Downtown

Hotel Preston

Nashville is known all around the world for its country music. Shopping for a pair of genuine leather cowboy boots is just part of the experience when you’re here. Guys wear them, girls wear them, and at some point in time, if you stay long enough, you’ll be wearing them too.

Exploring the Downtown area is a must for locals and tourists a like. There’s a ton of great bars, restaurants, and shops to visit in this particular area, so why not kill three birds with one stone?

Shops that you’ll need to visit are:

  • American Apparel 
  • Boot Country
  • Nashville Cowboy
  • Karma Boutique 
  • Betty Boots
  • Manuel (his shop is amazing. He’s designed clothes for Jack White, The Killers, Kenny Chesney, Sylvester Stalone, Jack Nicholson, Randy Travis, the list goes on!)

Souvenirs and keepsakes are also accessible in this area of town if you are only visiting and looking for something to bring back home to remind you of our wonderful city! 

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