Memphis for Anyone
Collected by Leo Johnson
Memphis is a city with character and soul. It can be found in its beloved blues and the rock 'n' roll that was born here and the food that feeds it all. The best part? Most of the fun is in the Downtown district and reachable by foot.
567 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
From April through October, much of Downtown Memphis’ residents—not to mention those who live throughout the region—can be found at the Memphis Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings. Farmers and producers from around the Mid-South region bring...
531 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Looking for a dive bar where you can drink with ghosts in a former brothel? Earnestine & Hazel's is the spot. The longtime Memphis favorite is a quintessential dive bar complete with one of the best burgers in town, the Soul Burger. Pull up a...
706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The birthplace of rock and roll—it’s that simple to describe what makes Sun Studio significant. In the summer of 1954, a young, unknown truck driver picked up a guitar during a session at 706 Union Avenue and made history with his recording of “...
251 Riverside Dr, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Beale Street Landing has taken years to come to fruition, but the riverboat docking facility is a welcome sight for those wanting to photograph the beautiful Mississippi River. In the planning and construction phases for about 10 years, the...
450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The National Civil Rights Museum symbolizes one of the darkest moments in the history of Memphis while serving as one of its great tourism points of pride. The museum opened in 1991 at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King...
409 S Main St 3rd floor, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Visiting Memphis on the last Friday of the month? Head to the South Main Historic Arts District, where from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the South Main Art Trolley Tour makes the neighborhood jump. The historic warehouse district's resurgence began with...
147 E Butler Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Want to witness a "heated discussion" among Memphians? Ask five people for a favorite barbecue joint, and the answers are sure to be five different restaurants. But there is one spot most Memphians agree is at least on their list of finalists, and...
83 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Automatic Slim’s Restaurant was one of the trendy dining spots in Downtown Memphis before the neighborhood had fully begun making its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The restaurant is in a funky and eclectic space filled with works...
288 S 4th St, Memphis, TN 38126, USA
One of the city’s more obscure and geographically isolated restaurants is also one of its best. Lunchbox Eats, located a block south of FedExForum at 288 S. Fourth St. near Pontotoc Avenue, serves good down-home cooking in a nondescript building....
4458, 505 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Looking for a quiet spot Downtown to relax with a hot cup of coffee, maybe work on the Great American Novel? Bluff City Coffee is a shop frequented by residents and employees of the hip South Main neighborhood. The coffee is good; the setting is...
109 GE Patterson Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The merchandise at Hoot + Louise is part vintage, part new, part handmade, and all fun. Or at least that's the way my wife seems to feel every time she sets foot in the Downtown Memphis boutique, which is pretty often. It's her favorite shop in...
149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Remember all the cool black and pink clothes Elvis Presley wore in his early rock 'n' roll days? If you need a refresher, just head over to Lansky Brothers, a historic apparel store located at The Peabody Memphis. Current owner Hal Lansky's...
105 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Flying Fish is a dive specializing in, you guessed it, fish. I recommend the catfish basket and a beer by local brewery Ghost River. Poor boy ("po boy") sandwiches and salads are also on offer for the health conscious. Chow down before a night at...
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