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Nashville is a vibrant, dynamic, ever-evolving city that grows by leaps and bounds each year. From its variety of impressive and welcoming neighborhoods to the slew of new businesses and restaurants set to open in the coming year, there’s always plenty to enjoy — plenty more to look forward to.

One of our favorite Nashville neighborhoods is the Gulch. We love it so much, in fact, that you can book a “Nashville Neighborhoods” tour with Signature Limousine and experience the fun of the Gulch firsthand. With its multitude of cool shops, great restaurants and sleek high-rises, your time in the Gulch is sure to be fun.

Need a little inspiration for your next night out of weekend off? Here are some of our favorite places in the Gulch that are so worth checking out.

Restaurants

Watermark Restaurant

507 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Watermark never ceases to amaze with its increasingly impressive menu of elevated Southern fare. One taste of their roasted pork chop, ribeye or Atlantic salmon — or virtually anything else on their menu — and you’ll understand why the restaurant has become a Nashville favorite in such a short amount of time.

Nothing goes with your entree as well as a glass of vino from their long wine list or one of their decadent desserts. Watermark’s contemporary, chic ambiance is perfect for intimate romantic dinners or a meal with friends.

Peg Leg Porker

903 Gleaves Street, Nashville, TN 37203

In the South, barbecue is a way of life, and Nashville has its fair share of outstanding barbecue joints. In the Gulch, the clear barbecue star is Peg Leg Porker, a restaurant that, despite opening in 2013, has quickly earned a reputation for some of the tastiest barbecue, brisket, and ribs in Nashville. You won’t be disappointed, whether you treat yourself to the BBQ nachos, dry ribs, yard bird platter, Southern sides or one of their infamous Kool-Aid pickles. Peg Leg is the place to go for mouth-watering barbecue in the Gulch.

Shops

Two Old Hippies

401 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Two Old Hippies is the brainchild of, you guessed it, two old hippies who have a passion for selling guitars, apparel and other unique gifts. Their prime location in the heart of the Gulch makes their store perfect for a quick stop during your day out. Their selection of art, odds and ends, instruments and clothing make great gifts for someone else… or yourself.

e. Allen Boutique

312 11th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203/em>

E. Allen is a beloved boutique with locations in Nashville and Murfreesboro known for its chic designer collections for women, luxury denim and great accessories. The two-story shop is a great place to pick up unique items you just can’t find anywhere else. Plus, they also offer personal styling services.

Lucchese Boots

503 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

With a history that spans 150 years, Lucchese Boots is a must-see during your visit to the Gulch. With only seven locations in the country, Nashville is lucky to have a store on 12th Avenue South that features the timeless leather boots, shoes and handbags Lucchese is known for.

Wherever you go in the Gulch, there’s something to see, something to buy and somewhere to eat. The area is growing rapidly, and new restaurants and businesses seem to be opening all the time. Perhaps the next time we report on the best shops and restaurants in the Gulch, we’ll have a whole new crop of options to choose from.

*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2014 and has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.

image: Boston Public Library via flickr

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