East Nashville is an up-and-coming area east of downtown Nashville across the Cumberland River. The area is mostly residential and mixed-use areas with businesses lining the main boulevards. The main thoroughfare is Gallatin Avenue and Ellington Parkway with smaller arteries interconnecting the neighborhoods.
East Nashville is an area of creative and artistic flair. It has a trendy progressive atmosphere and after ten plus years of a slow and steady rise, the neighborhood has managed to keep its eclectic, artsy vibe while welcoming a diverse mix of newcomers.
Like it attracted many in the late 19th century, it continues to attract young urban professionals and liberal minds because of the easy-going environment and quaint neighborhood qualities. There are many coffee shops and art galleries interwoven within the neighborhoods making it a bikers’ or walkers’ paradise.
Unique and notable restaurants include Margot Cafe, Marche Artisan Foods, Batter’d and Fried, Pied Piper Creamery and Pied Piper Eatery, and Sweet 16th Bakery. The Tomato Art Fest is a popular summer festival in East Nashville specifically at the Five Points, where Woodland, Clearview and 11th streets intersect. There are many other festivals and fairs throughout the year also.
East Nashville has many smaller neighborhoods, each with their own character and housing styles. Historic houses fill these smaller neighborhoods, along with some residential redevelopment in the outer neighborhoods since it has been spreading from the Edgefield area and more young people are calling it home.