Germantown held our little Airbnb refuge. It is the quaintest little area of town appropriately named for the German immigrants who build up this enchanting neighborhood. I spent many a morning working away at the little coffee shops and many an evening strolling to grab dinner or a brew with Nate. Below are our favorite recommendations:
I went to two of the three Barista Parlor locations (one in Germantown and one on Gallatin Ave.). The Barista Parlors have this effortlessly cool vibe and an incredibly open layout. The coffee shop almost looks like it was a mechanic shop at one point with big garage doors that open up to outside. Miraculously, the temperature inside the shop is neither too hot nor too cold. Speaking of temperature, this is going to sound so petty and impatient but, besides their ability to exude this rebel without a cause vibe, they also calculated some formula to make their tea the perfect temperature. In other words, your beverage is not boiling hot when you get it. Now, they are not the fastest to get your coffee (part of their obvious chill charm) so this would be a great spot for a Saturday morning coffee or spot to get some work done. This was certainly my favorite little work spot!
If you walk down a street a bit, you’ll run into Red Bicycle. They also have good tea and coffee but the real draw here is their crepes. If you are a crepe fan, this is a great little lunch spot. They have all kinds of interesting crepe concoctions. If they have it as a special, I would recommend the Hot Chicken Crepe.
Bearded Iris & Jack Brown's Burgers
On my last night in Nashville, Nate got out a little late so he picked up burgers from Jack Brown’s Burgers and we had a little picnic at Bearded Iris Brewery, which lets you BYO-Food. Jack Brown’s has incredible burgers like my second favorite in Nashville and they also have these fried Oreos, which I didn't want but Nate ordered four of them anyway. They were amazing. They taste like Oreo beignets.
As for Bearded Iris, this was my absolute favorite Nashville brewery. I am a sucker for a good Saison and they had two incredible Saison options. They also had the funkiest art and an eclectic design. My only complaint, I don’t think it is air conditioned which made it a little hot in the brewery. I’m certain it would be perfect in the fall or winter.