1. GET A DOSE OF MEMPHIS MUSIC HISTORY
If you’re an Elvis fan or you have an afternoon free, 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 barbecue 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
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:
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