While Nashville is probably most well-known for it’s country music scene, there is a section of 12th Avenue that boasts a funky neighbourhood with vintage stores, cafes, bars and restaurants as well as some of the most amazing street art.
We visited 12 South during our second day in Nashville, and easily found some parking down Paris Ave. First stop was lunch at the famous Burger Up which offers a huge range of burgers and sides as well as veggie alternatives. It was so busy when we arrived it took a moment to get a seat but it was worth the wait.
After lunch our street art pilgrimage began immediately across the road with the Make Music Not War mural on the side of United Apparel Liquidated building.
There was also this field of flowers on the adjacent wall, but I believe that they have been painted over now.
As we headed north back towards Paris Avenue we saw this striking image on the side of the building. It shows wildlife hiding and watching over construction sites in the distance.
On the next block over is the Halcyon bike shop with a friendly reminder to drink water!
The next street over is Halcyon Ave which is where the cute little bar called the Filling Station is tucked away. You can get your growler filled up, or try a local brew.
Right around the corner is the Draper James blue and white building, and the I Believe in Nashville sign. These are some of the most popular artworks and were buzzing with people.
We continued walking down as far as the Frothy Monkey (Sweetbriar Ave) where we decided to turn around. Once we reached Dallas ave we saw this amazing Nashville sign against the Madewell building. Google Street View is now showing this has been painted over with plain pink, so I’m not sure what is covering this wall now.
It was then time to finish up our little tour of 12 South and head back into the Downtown area. If you are a huge fan of street art like me, or just looking for a nice stroll in the sun then I think you will really enjoy a visit to this part of Nashville.
Have you visited 12 South?