Moving to Nashville may have you on the hunt for the perfect neighborhood. Maybe you love the idea of walking to the grocery store or to your favorite restaurant. Nashville is filled with walkable neighborhoods offering this opportunity.

With several walkable neighborhoods found throughout Nashville, it may be hard to choose. Each neighborhood offers something a bit unique. Here's a look at some of the top walkable neighborhoods throughout Nashville.

Hillsboro Village

When you choose to live in Hillsboro Village, you'll gain easy walking access to a number of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and bars. Belmont University is found nearby making this a hot neighborhood for students and staff working at the University. Hillsboro Village is also known as one of the most fun options in Music City.

If you score a place to call home near 21st Avenue, you'll be in one of the best locations for walkability in Hillsboro Village. However, parking can certainly be a hassle in this area of the neighborhood.

Hillsboro Village is home to Fido Cafe, which is one of the top coffee shops in the area. It's also known for Pancake Pantry, which offers more than 20 pancake options. If you're looking for a great burger and beer spot, Belcourt Taps is the place to go.

In addition to the food and drink, Hillsboro Village is home to The Belcourt Theater. You'll catch plenty of independent and foreign films at this theater throughout the year.

East Nashville

If you love independent shops and restaurants, East Nashville is the right walkable neighborhood for you. It's known as a hipster spot and offers several unique boutiques. East Nashville is home to several smaller neighborhoods with Five Points providing the most walkable options and Historic Edgefield offers another great choice.

Shopping is plentiful throughout this neighborhood with The Shoppes on Fatherland and The IDEA Hatchery offering two great options. Shelby Bottoms offers a fun place if you want to go for a walk outside and you can catch live music at Family Wash.

East Nashville is also home to Smith & Lentz Brewing and The Treehouse. Several other great options for dining are found throughout. In addition, this neighborhood hosts the Tomato Art Festival every year.

12 South

A central location, 12 South offers great access to the city of Nashville. It's a very walkable neighborhood with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars spread throughout. You'll also find a bevy of salons and yoga studios throughout the 12 South neighborhood.

Living close to 12th Avenue South will put you within walking distance of the action. The neighborhood offers several side streets with apartments, duplexes and bungalows to choose from.

The 12 South neighborhood offers one of the best restaurants in the city in Josephine. If you're looking for something more casual the 12 South Taproom & Grill is a good choice. In addition, residents living here can walk to Sevier Park, which hosts the Sevier Park Fest every year. 12 South is also home to the 12 South Winter Warmer beer festival held every year.


Known as the first suburb in Nashville, Germantown offers a very walkable choice. It's one of the hottest communities in the city with easy downtown access and plenty of things to do all throughout the area. If you enjoy Victorian homes with wonderful front porches and cobblestone sidewalks, this is the Nashville neighborhood for you.

In Germantown, you can choose from luxury apartments, lofts and condos. The many housing options will put you right within the mix of the things going on. If you live close to Taylor Street or the Jefferson Street corridor, you'll be in the best area for walking this neighborhood.

Germantown is filled with culture, places to dine and nightlife. You can enjoy the City House for a meal or head to the Bearded Irish Brewing taproom for a drink. If you're looking for a great coffee shop, Steadfast offers the perfect option. In addition, you can enjoy the massive year-round Nashville Farmer's Market and First Tennessee Park (home of the Nashville Sounds); both within walking distance.

Other great choices for a walkable neighborhood in Nashville include:

  • The Gulch

  • SoBro

  • Edgehill

  • Historic Waverly Place

When you're seeking the perfect neighborhood in Nashville, you want to make sure it fits your every need. Hiring the right local real estate agent will help you find the right neighborhood for you. If you like the idea of being able to walk to restaurants, bars, shopping options and attractions, one of the neighborhoods above will likely be a good fit for you.

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