Like many country artists, Canadian-born songstress Lindsay Ell moved to Nashville in 2009 to pursue her musical career. She quickly fell in love with the city’s musical community, its thriving arts scene and its Southern charm. Here, Ell shares some of the best things to see, hear and eat in her adopted hometown.

Museum musts

“The Country Music Hall of Fame is a must-see for first-time visitors. But The George Jones [bar, smokehouse and museum] has a rooftop bar with a beautiful view of the river.”,

Best fried chicken

“Hattie B’s. This spot has mild to medium to super, super hot! If you come to town for CMA Fest [held each June], the lineup for Hattie’s is always around the blockit’s that good.”

Favourite Honky Tonk

“Robert’s Western World, because they play only traditional country every night. [Whenever I go] down to Broadway, I go there.”

Neighbourhood charm

“I find myself spending a lot of time in the 12 South neighbourhood. There are cool coffee shops, cafés and juice bars.”

Grand Ole Opry tip

“Go on a Tuesday night—you can often see superstars like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood or Rascal Flatts because big acts usually travel [outside of Nashville] on the weekends.”

Live music

Bluebird Cafe is always good to check out, but it sells out so quickly. The Listening Room [Cafe] has songwriter rounds almost every night, and sometimes major artists will sit in on the shows.”

Upscale Southern fare

The Southern—they have great fresh oysters and you can pick your own cuts of meat [to grill].”