Prince's Hot Chicken

5055 Broadway Place, Nashville, TN 37203
Prince’s is Nashville’s original hot chicken establishment. Legend has it that in the 1930s, Thornton Prince was running around on his girlfriend, who made him some chicken that was extremely hot. She intended the chicken as a punishment; turns out, Thornton loved the heat and found it delicious. Now, Nashville is famous for its hot chicken!


513B Fisk Street, Nashville, TN 37203
A 100% vegan cafe specializing in plant-based soul food, Vegelicious is a local favorite with lunch and dinner options.

The Cupcake Collection

1213 6th Avenue N., Nashville, TN 37208
Founder and CEO Mignon Francois has earned the titles of “Woman of Legend and Merit” by Tennessee State University, “Emerging Business Leader of the Year,” and Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Family Business of the Year” Award. Stop by the bakery or order delicious cupcakes to your hotel room!

Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish

624 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206
Nashville is famous for hot chicken, and there are plenty of good options in town. One still-somewhat-hidden gem, however, is Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish in East Nashville. Bolton’s is in a small building with hand-painted signage; make no mistake, this is a local joint, but the food is consistently fabulous every single day. When celebrity chef David Chang visited Nashville for his Netflix show Ugly Delicious, he went to Bolton’s to get hot chicken.

HiFi Cookies

733 Porter Road, Nashville, TN 37206
This specialty shop includes traditional cookies, sandwich cookies, stuffed cookies, and brownies/bars. There’s something for everyone, including several vegan and gluten-free options.


Farmer’s Market or 900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208
A lunch at Jamaicaway is the next best thing to a trip to the Caribbean! Specialities include jerk chicken (or salmon), curry chicken (or goat), callaloo, sweet potatoes, and fried plantains.

Maple Street Biscuits

2407 8th Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37204
Located in the Berry Hill neighborhood in South Nashville, this casual restaurant specializes in biscuit sandwiches with specialty gravy or homemade jams. Don’t forget to add a maple mocha coffee on the side!

Kernels Popcorn

2501B Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
From chocolate drizzle to sweet heat, this gourmet popcorn is a local favorite! Visit this family-owned business in East Nashville during John Carroll Weekend, or order some online to indulge at home.

City Farm Co.

1407 Clinton Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Family owned and operated, this brunch-and-lunch spot draws crowds in North Nashville’s Marathon Village. Popular choices include the waffle and fruit, bacon jam sandwich, and locally sourced fish and grits.

Alkebu-Lan Images

Visit Nashville’s only Black-owned bookstore to browse a collection of books, clothing, jewelry, art, and more. According to the website, products are sourced, where possible, from other Black-owned businesses to “shine a light on a market that is both under-served and under-valued.”

Jefferson Street Sound Museum

2004 Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37208
Legends like Jimmy Hendrix, Little Richard, and many more played on Jefferson Street. This nonprofit was established to preserve the music of Jefferson Street while uplifting local public schools and community organizations. Support their efforts by touring the museum, a tribute to the influential entertainers who played there.

Soul of Music City Tour

Operated by the Soul of America group, this three-hour sightseeing tour emphasizes the influence of African Americans on the city’s past, present, and future. Stops include TSU, Fisk, Meharry, civil rights sites, historic markers, Black Wall Street of Nashville, Jefferson Street, Music Row, and more.

JW Marriott

201 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203