Not sure where to take Dad for Father’s Day? Think about a morning in Hillsboro Village in West End. This area, surrounding Vanderbilt University’s beautiful campus, is peppered with shops, restaurants, and murals! Start the day at The Pancake Pantry (1796 21stAve S) for 23 varieties of made-from-scratch pancakes. If the line is around the block or you're looking for a healthier option, wander up a block to Fido (1812 21stAve S). It used to be a pet shop, now converted into a funky café featuring gourmet espresso drinks and elevated food. Once you’ve ‘fueled-up’, grab a pic with a can’t-miss mural: The Hillsboro Village Dragon (1801 21st Ave S). A bit of history to impress Dad: this colorful creature was originally painted by David Glick and Adam Randolph in 1995, but was restored in 2015 by artist Andee Rudloff.
After The Dragon, it’s time to catch a flick at the famous Belcourt Theater (2102 Belcourt Ave). The nonprofit film center features the best of independent, documentary, repertory, and classic cinema. Or, simply wander around 21st Ave S and stop in the trendy boutiques. If Dad is ready for a beer and some sports go to Double Dogs Restaurant (1807 21stAve. S). They have over 100 different beers to choose from plus delicious bar food favorites.
Heading a bit further north, you’ll go through the middle of Vanderbilt’s campus to San Antonio Taco Co. (416 21stAve S). A Nashville tradition, enjoy completely-customizable tacos and enchiladas on the deck. Before the food coma sets in, its time to head over to our next mural location – Three Brother’s Coffee (2813 West End Ave). Conveniently, you can grab a delicious craft coffee or seasonal drink. While enjoying your beverage, take-in the unique designs of The Heiroglitches Mural by Adrien Saporiti.
A great way to wrap up the day would be to cross the street and stroll through Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave). Gaze at the beauty of Nashville’s Parthenon and walk around Lake Watauga. The park features easy walking paths, a Civil War memorial, a performing arts studio, and a World War I monument. If your Dad is into music, and not afraid of the dive scene; extend the fun by catching a show at either Exit/In (2208 Elliston Place) or The End (2219 Elliston Place).
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