Graceland - Elvis Costumes. Photo Credit: David Meany
Elvis Costumes at Graceland. Photo Credit: David Meany

Memphis Cheat Sheet

Must-Dos, Must-Sees, and Must-Eats

Elvis Costumes at Graceland. Photo Credit: David Meany.
 

1. GET A DOSE OF MEMPHIS MUSIC HISTORY

If you’re an Elvis fan, or you have an afternoon to spend, a pilgrimage to Graceland is the perfect choice.

If you don’t have the time/budget for Graceland, I recommend a visit to:

 
 
Photo by David Mean
 

 

2. EAT BBQ

Barbecue is the official cuisine of Memphis. Try:

For non-barbecue dining recommendations, keep reading.

Elvis Mic at Sun Studios. Photo Credit: David Meany
Beale Street Landing. Photo Credit: Holly Whitfield
Grizzlies play at FedExForum. Photo Credit: Holly Whitfield

3. PHOTO OPS AND HISTORY

4. ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

5. WILD CARD

This one depends on your interests. Here are some options for a choose-your-own-adventure in Memphis:

During spring, summer, and fall, catch a free concert at the Levitt Shell. Beale Street has a ton of live music as well.

High Cotton Brewery photo by Holly Whitfield 

6. PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN MEMPHIS

Find extensive brunch guides for downtown, midtown, and East Memphis here, here, and here, respectively.
Most restaurants in Memphis offer vegetarian options, and there are quite a few that cater to those looking for healthier choices.

If you’re looking for choices by neighborhood, read on:

Downtown:

Felicia Suzanne photo by Justin Fox Burkes
Midtown:

Red Eye Pizza from Hog n Hominy by I Love Memphis Blog











Hog & Hominy Red Eye Pizza 
Photo by Holly Whitfield 

East Memphis:

7. EVENTS

Chances are, there will be a festival or event going on while you’re in Memphis. Check out our calendar of events.