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12 South Neighborhood
The main drag through this neighborhood, 12th Avenue South, gives the area its name, and on weekends, it's the conduit that delivers the crowds. Sightseers pose for photos at the "I Believe in Nashville" mural or head for coffee at Frothy Monkey, a pioneering eatery along the strip. Other food options include Burger Up for gourmet burgers, barbecue at Edley's, and Mediterranean eats at Epice. Shoppers (and the starstruck) can stop by actress Reese Witherspoon's Draper James boutique or White's Mercantile, a shop owned by musician Holly Williams (granddaughter of Hank). In just a few blocks' stretch, this neighborhood keeps visitors busy for hours. Like a sweet finish? There's an ATM that dispenses cupcakes at Sprinkles, creative ice cream flavors by the scoop at Jeni's, and fresh, Mexican-style ice pops at Las Paletas.