Music City has a lot more to offer than iconic biscuits, beer, and cowboy boots. Here's how to take advantage of Nashville's up-and-coming wellness scene.

By By Mara Santilli
Updated: May 11, 2017

It's pretty much a given that you can experience live music just about any night of the week in Nashville, but the city's burgeoning wellness scene may surprise you. You can just as easily swap out a hot chicken leg for a Kimchi roll, and kick off your cowboy boots to throw on some leggings and sneakers (the boots will come in handy later for an obligatory stroll down Broadway). Here, the trendiest, healthiest hotspots Music City has to offer. (Related: Looking for something more tropical for your next adventure? Start planning your trip to Cancun.)

Where to Eat

  • Avo is high on the recommendation list of Nashville native Laura Lea Goldberg, a holistic chef, who loves their clean but creative vegan options, like the whole food cocktails and fun twists on Thai. "Their Kimchi spring rolls and avocado margaritas haunt my dreams," she says.
  • Nashville cuisine has much more to offer than just smoky barbecued meat. Try the new Vietnamese eatery Vui's Kitchen, which Nashville-based dietitian McKel Hill recommends for "some of the best bone broth and nutrient dense, big salads in Nashville." Hill orders the Xa Lach salad: a mix of arugula, jicama, fresh mint and cilantro, and sesame seeds, with either lemongrass tofu, lemongrass chicken, or five-spice shrimp, drizzled with a honey-citrusy dressing, and an order of summer rolls on the side. We'll have what she's having.
  • For dessert (or breakfast, no judgment) head on down to one of the three locations of family-owned Five Daughters Bakery to taste-and Instagram, duh-some vegan and Paleo doughnuts, like the gluten and grain-free SunButter Chocolate Paleo Crusher. The available flavors change each month, so there's always an excuse to try something new.

Where to Work Out

Where to Relax

Where to Explore

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