February 4, 2019
Take a day trip to experience a new place like Clarksville. Clarksville is a 45 minute drive northwest of Nashville and is an energetic blend of history and creativity. Restaurants, outdoor opportunities and lots of shopping can easily fill your day with plenty of reason to come back for more.
Read about what to see, eat and do during a day trip to Clarksville, Tennessee.
Places to Eat in Clarksville
Yada Yada Yada Deli
Located in downtown Clarksville, Yada Yada Yada Deli is a great way to start the day. Head here for coffee, pastries, and if you’re there on a Saturday, their yummy eggs benedict. Enjoy yogurt with local honey swirled in and topped with a cranberry almond crunch, a build-your-own breakfast sandwich or a flaky croissant with local honey butter. If you’re popping in for lunch, you can’t go wrong ordering the Southwestern quesadilla, mac and cheese or the meatball grilled cheese. They also serve dinner daily from 4:30 p.m. to close and offer pizza, pasta and wings.
Roux Americajun is a newer restaurant in Clarksville that highlights New Orleans cuisine. Start your meal off with a craft beer or a glass of wine with a side Boudin balls or Corn Maque Choux – a creamy, cheesy corn and veggie dip paired with lime tortilla chips. Order entrees like shrimp and grits, jambalaya, and shrimp and crawfish étouffée. If you can’t decide what to order for dinner, choose the Bayou Sampler where you’ll get a cup each of red beans and rice with andouille sausage, jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, and boudin boulettes with French bread for dipping. Save room for dessert, though, because you won’t want to leave without an authentic beignet.
Miss Lucille's Cafe
One of the most interesting places to grab lunch in Clarksville is at Miss Lucille’s Cafe. Order the Smokehouse Nachos as an appetizer then try Fannie’s Chicken Salad Sandwich or Sadie Mae’s Grilled Cheese. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything here so bring an appetite.
Where to Shop in Clarksville
Miss Lucille's Marketplace
After having lunch at the cafe, work off your meal by walking around the marketplace to find an eclectic marketplace with more than 200 vendors. Jewelry, antiques and handmade goods that make great gifts or souvenirs from your time in Clarksville. A furniture design space also occupies the marketplace that may remind you of an affordable Restoration Hardware. You’ll find inspiration for every room of your home as you browse the couches, tables, lighting and other wares.
Journey’s Eye is a home decor store that specializes in showcasing unique pieces like musical instruments, a gorgeous chess board and other home decor odds and ends. The owners frequently travel, searching for special pieces to sell so each time you visit is guaranteed to be a different experience.
Humble Universe Distributors Used Books
If you love digging around in charming bookstores, you’ll want to stop here. You can easily spend hours discovering authors and reading up on topics like philosophy and women's issues. And, when you purchase a book, Humble Universe plants a tree in town for every 75 books they sell.
Love music? AndVinyl is the place for you. Here you’ll find new and used vinyl as well as cool band t-shirts. The vinyls are affordably priced and they have a wide selection of artists and genres from Justin Bieber to Childish Gambino. Definitely dig through and find your next favorite album. They also sell turntables, so you can either enhance your vinyl sound system or purchase your first one.
Down On The Alley Vintage
The cutest little vintage shop located on a small corner of downtown, Down on the Alley sells vintage clothing, jewelry and other novelties. There’s a story behind every piece in this shop and the employees are more than happy to share them as you browse.
Get Some Exercise in Clarksville
If it’s a beautiful brisk day in Clarksville, get outdoors! The city is home to a variety of trails that give you beautiful views of the city. The trails include open-air exhibits with historical tidbits about Clarksville’s past. Run, bike or walk the sidewalks and crosswalks that tell stories of Clarksville Marble Works, Civil War history and more.
Plan3t Extreme Air Park
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a trampoline park. When you get to Plan3t, you buy a ticket and a pair of no slip socks, put your personal items in a cubby and have fun! Plan3t has foam pits, dunk zones, a ninja obstacle course, extreme dodgeball, and an open jump area. This is a great way to get some exercise and connect with your inner child.
There is so much more to do and see in Clarksville from shopping to outdoor fun and delicious eateries. It’s the perfect blend of city convenience and outdoor scenic beauty.