Just in time for Small Business Saturday, Airbnb has partnered with premier food magazine Edible Nashville to release “Eat Like a Local,” a restaurant guide featuring 80 locally owned restaurants across 12 Nashville neighborhoods.
In Nashville and cities across the world, Hosts on Airbnb are an important part of the small business community — approximately 40 percent of Hosts in Nashville are small business owners themselves and take pride in sharing their favorite shops and restaurants with guests.1
A 2022 survey of our Host community found that 99 percent of Hosts in Nashville recommend local restaurants to guests, and 96 percent of Hosts recommend places in the neighborhood of their Airbnb listing.2 With guests in Nashville spending, on average, $85 per day on restaurants, Hosts drive welcome revenue to restaurants across the city and help ensure Nashville’s small business community continues to grow and thrive.3
Sharing my favorite restaurants with guests ensures they have an authentic Nashville experience and helps support local businesses — especially ones that are unique to or born out of Nashville. Most of my guests are very pleased with my restaurant recommendations and say they never would have found them if I hadn’t recommended them.
—Mark, Airbnb Host in Nashville, Tennessee
Over the years we have covered many local restaurant owners, farmers and small business merchants who are also Airbnb Hosts, and we know how committed they are to their communities. We were thrilled when Airbnb approached us with this partnership. Locally owned restaurants are essential to the local business community and the fabric of our neighborhoods.
—Jill Melton, Editor in Chief, Edible Nashville
The “Eat Like a Local” project is one of many ways Airbnb and our Host community have supported small businesses and neighborhoods across Nashville. Earlier this year, we helped renovate the Parkwood Ballfields in North Nashville, participated in a Habitat for Humanity build, and sponsored local farmers’ markets. We also supported major conservation projects with the Cumberland River Compact, Harpeth Conservancy, Tennessee Environmental Council and Metro Water and sponsored the Tree Foundation’s Tree Fest, giving away 2,000 trees to local homeowners.
The “Eat Like a Local” guide includes details about each neighborhood and restaurant, as well as a printable map to help Nashvillians and visitors alike discover some of Nashville’s best restaurants. The guide can be viewed and downloaded on Edible Nashville here: https://ediblenashvilleevents.com/airbnb-local-restaurant-guide.