If you’re like most people in Music City, you’re go-to Nashville photo ops involve murals with wings and stars and stripes. There’s nothing wrong with those beautiful backdrops, but we want to help new residents find the lesser-known photo ops that tourists might not know about.
If you’re willing to explore inside cafes and restaurants, Nashville will give you plenty of opportunities to find the perfect backdrop for your next profile pic. Whether you’re into neon lights or rooftop views of downtown, we think you’ll enjoy the popular photo ops on the list below!
If you want to do more than just snap a pic and walk away, we recommend paying a visit to Pinewood Social. You can swim in the pool next to an old Airstream, knock down pins at their retro bowling alley, or play bocce ball on their outdoor patio. This place was designed with Instagram in mind, which means you’ll find plenty of neon signs, string lights and murals to use as backdrops for your pics!
In addition to the activities mentioned above, Pinewood Social is a great spot for breakfast, lunch dinner and cocktails. The menu offers everything from Vietnamese chicken wings to lobster rolls, so bring your appetite and snap a pic of your plate before you dig in!
Few Nashville photo ops offers better views of downtown than the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. You can snap pics of downtown or take pictures of the bridge itself, which is over 110 years old and has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Cars aren’t allowed on this gorgeous steel structure, so you don’t have to worry about blocking traffic while you find that perfect angle.
There’s a lot of history behind this bridge that rises high over the Cumberland River one mile south of Broadway. It’s one of the longest pedestrian-only bridges in the world, and the first bridge in North America that was made using arched concrete trusses.
Whether you want pics of downtown, the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge or Broadway, you can get them all from the rooftop deck at Acme Feed & Seed. This 3-level bar and restaurant has one of the most beautiful rooftops in Nashville, and it doubles as a live music venue! You’ll probably want to grab a pic and a sip of their famous Mule Kicker cocktail, which is mixed with frozen lemonade and moonshine.
Most cities have botanical gardens in some shape or form. Usually, you’ll see a Japanese Garden, an indoor conservatory, and a few well placed flowers. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is a little different, in that it’s best photo backdrops can be found next to a massive Georgian mansion.
This property is home to one of the most best photo spots Nashville has to offer — a 9-bedroom, 12-bedroom mansion filled with antique furniture from the 17th century. One of this estate also has an art museum, a sculpture garden, and 13 different garden spaces with filled with fauna.
It’s not every day that you get your morning coffee in a renovated auto shop, but that’s what you can do at the Germantown location of Barista Parlor. Whoever designed this coffee shop paid attention to every aesthetic detail, right down to the coffee mugs adorned with anchors and motorcycles. According to their website, Barista Parlor works with “local Nashville artists, farms, businesses, and bakeries” to create a space that’s 50% cafe, 50% museum and 100% Instagrammable.
It’s not hard to find Nashville photo ops, but the spots listed above are most worthy of your time! We hope you get the chance to check ‘em out, and that you have time to swing by Vertis Green Hills afterwards! Whether you schedule a tour ahead of time or pop in next time you’re in the neighborhood, one of our leasing agents will gladly show you around our new community of luxury apartments in Nashville.