Vanderbilt is conveniently located in the center of West End Avenue minutes away from some of Nashville’s most famous attractions.
As a city of education, Nashville boasts 14 colleges and universities, attracting some 30,000 students from around the country and around the world (about one-third of them to Vanderbilt) along with impressive mix of public and private elementary, middle, and high schools.
Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques, and restaurants perfect for a day's stroll. The Village is a collegiate, young adult neighborhood. Older homes, most notably 20th-century bungalows and four squares, surround the village. This quaint Nashville neighborhood has rejuvenated the community and attracted young professionals for living and playing.
If hungry customers are hoping to rub elbows with Music Row execs or simply want to eat something from the extraordinary half-price late night menu, look no further than the venerable Sunset Grill. A long-time staple of Nashville's dining landscape, Sunset Grill offers a great wine menu, inspired entrees and a cool atmosphere. Across the street is the popular Cabana, a versatile restaurant and bar. This mellow restaurant morphs into an upscale hot spot, with live music and DJs in the evening. Behind Sunset Grill is the trendy Jackson's Bar and Bistro. Specializing in French Bistro style food, as well as eclectic European fare; this neighborhood bistro encourages patrons to come as they are and be themselves. Across the street is arguably Nashville's most famous restaurant. A Nashville breakfast tradition, the Pancake Pantry boasts a menu with 21 pancake selections. Combining some surprising ingredients with family flapjack recipes, the ending results are pancakes that melt in your mouth. (Try chocolate chip or sweet potato flavors.) Saturday and Sunday mornings are especially popular at the Pantry, and the waiting line usually wraps around the building down 21st Avenue. For Parisian-style fare, Provence Breads and Cafe offers gourmet sandwiches and decadent baked goods in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere.
In the center of the Village is one of Nashville's local breweries. Bosco's brews handcrafted beer and has won many awards for its Tennessee original, Flaming Stone beer. There are more beers on the menu, too, suited to every beer taste imaginable, plus a variety of pasta dishes, oven-fired pizzas and great sandwiches. Sam's Sports Bar & Grill is a fully functioning sports bar with great food. A bit younger crowd than at the other Village spots, Sam's is a place where patrons can feel comfortable dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. Across the street from Sam's Place is Fido. This funky coffeehouse is the heart and soul of Hillsboro Village. Fido draws a mix of Vandy students, Music Row execs, musicians and neighborhood locals. Coffee is the main attraction, but large sandwiches and all-day breakfasts are also crowd pleasers. Just across the street is the historic Belcourt Theatre. In operation for over 75 years, the Belcourt Theatre is a unique venue offering the best of foreign, independent, and classic films.
Hillsboro Village may seem small, but it is home to a plethora of unique boutiques and specialty stores. From industrial espresso makers to egg timers, Davis Cookware carries a myriad of kitchen items. BookMan/BookWoman Used Books offers more than 150,000 used volumes and a search service to help you find what you need. You can even turn trash into treasure at Nashville Lights, where almost anything can be made into a lamp. Pangaea, Fire Finch and A Thousand Faces each offer their own varied selection of art, jewelry, office accessories, furniture and gifts. For unique gifts or rare finds, these stores are a must. Posh Boutique offers a wide selection of the latest styles with prices ranging between $10 and $200. Even glasses aren't spared by this neighborhood's chic style. SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements) features unique European designer eyewear.
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