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.
Photo by David Mean
2. EAT BBQ
Barbecue is the official cuisine of Memphis. Try:
- Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous for ribs or the sausage and cheese plate
- Central BBQ for a pulled pork sandwich or barbecue nachos
- The Bar-B-Q Shop for ribs and a side of barbecue spaghetti
- Corky's BBQ for ribs dry or wet and banana pudding for dessert
- Payne's BBQ for the bbq bologna sandwich
For non-barbecue dining recommendations, keep reading.
3. PHOTO OPS AND HISTORY
- Stop by Beale Street Landing and Tom Lee Park for views of the mighty Mississippi and the iconic bridge.
- The historic Peabody Hotel has a beautiful lobby, a rooftop with a great view, and two daily duck marches that the kids will love.
- Take a daytime stroll on historic Beale Street, then stop in A. Schwab for a sundae. At night, enjoy live music and drinks, and watch the Beale Street Flippers do their thing.
- Take a photo in front of an I Love Memphis mural. Check out the full list here.
4. ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS
- Memphis Zoo, consistently rated #1 or #2 in the country
- The National Civil Rights Museum, an interactive museum focused on the Civil Rights movement
- NBA team the Memphis Grizzlies play home games at FedExForum, adjacent to Beale Street in downtown Memphis
- Backbeat Tours (musical sightseeing bus tours; walking ghost tours)
- Memphis Hop is a hop-on, hop-off shuttle with 10 stops
- Historical Haunts (ghost tours)
- A Tour Of Possibilities (van tour focuses on Civil Rights and African American history)
5. WILD CARD
This one depends on your interests. Here are some options for a choose-your-own-adventure in Memphis:
- If you’re the outdoorsy type, go to the Bass Pro Pyramid
- If you’re looking for the live and mostly local music scene, try:
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.
If you’re looking for choices by neighborhood, read on:
Felicia Suzanne photo by Justin Fox Burkes
- Beauty Shop (fusion food in a swanky atmosphere)
- Second Line (New Orleans-style food and craft cocktails)
- For breakfast: Cafe Eclectic, weekend brunch at Celtic Crossing Irish Pub & Restaurant
- For bar hopping/late-night eating: Young Avenue Deli, Alchemy, Sweet Grass Next Door, Schweinehaus, Local on the Square
- Soul Fish Cafe (soul food in a casual atmosphere)
- Aldo’s is a pizza joint next to Memphis Made Taproom
- Bounty (upscale farm-to-table)
Hog & Hominy Red Eye Pizza
Photo by Holly Whitfield