Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Directly South of Honky-Tonk heaven Broadway, Nashville's SoBro used to be a run-down area of empty buildings and dilapidated streets, but the arrival of the $585 million convention venue, Music City Center, is quickly changing that. This months debut of the Omni Nashville Hotel lends the perfect jumping-off point for your SoBro exploration. Here's six of our favorite stops

1. Crema

Billed as a coffee brewtique, this rustic cafe sits near the Cumberland River on the cusp of SoBro. The beans are small-batch roasted, and the shop doesn't shy away from experimenting with drinks such as its Coffee Soda ($4.50), served carbonated and iced.

2. Husk Nashville

Charleston wunderkind Sean Brock expanded his empire in May to include a Nashville outpost for his famed restaurant. The menu changes daily and offers a Tennessee-centric take on his style. Start with the fried chicken skins ($9) with hot sauce and honey, and don't skip the vegetable plate ($25), because, as Sean says, "In Charleston, it's all about the sea; in Nashville, it's about the dirt."

3. Pub5

12 South Taproom, the beer pub at the helm of trendy 'hood 12South, opened a second location in SoBro this year complete with a rooftop patio. Start with a round of local Yazoo beers before settling down with a sobering plate of chimichurri wings ($11). For a nightcap, try the Rude Boy cocktail ($12) made with George Dickel, Chartreuse, and Jack Rudy tonic.

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

4. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The museum—home to Hatch Show Print and The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country exhibition running now through December 31, 2014—got $75 million to double its space by next spring.

5. The Johnny Cash Museum

Find handwritten lyrics and high school report cards among the 1,000-plus-item collection at this homage to the legend, opened in April.

6. The Southern Steak & Oyster

Diners rave about the double-cut smoked pork chop ($28) at The Southern, but drinks like the blackberry moonshine sweet tea cocktail ($8) keep us coming back.

Did we miss anything? Tell us your favorite stop on Nashville's South Broadway in the comments below.