Waverly/Melrose/8th Ave South

Waverly/Melrose/8th Ave South

The Waverly neighborhood near 8th Avenue South is defined by bungalows, Tudors, frame homes, and brick cottages dating from 1890 to 1930 nestled in Nashville’s antique district. Development in this area really took off in the 1880’s when a streetcar line was installed on 8th Avenue. Interstate 65’s construction tore down some of the historic homes and buildings, prompting the neighborhood association to apply to be zoned as a historic district. Now renovations on many buildings in this region must be approved by a historic preservation board to sustain the old-town feel.

In addition to Zanie’s, Nashville’s only comedy club, this district is also home to an abundance of antique and retro furniture shops. The 8th Avenue Antique Mall is the oldest and largest on the block, but tons of smaller, unique thrift shops and antique stores line both sides of the street in what has been dubbed Nashville’s “Antique Row.” A must-have meal in this area would come from Fiddlecakes, with a mouth-watering case of baked goods as well as menu of salads, sandwiches, and breakfasts made fresh daily.


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