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Considering Memphis prides itself on being the capital of the barbecue world, it’s nothing short of a big deal that locals say Central BBQ is the best place to enjoy the mouthwatering cuisine in the city. It serves all the southern barbecue delicacies you could possibly stomach, from creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, ribs served wet or dry and traditional banana pudding.
Central BBQ
Considering Memphis prides itself on being the capital of the barbecue world, it’s nothing short of a big deal that locals say Central BBQ is the best place to enjoy the mouthwatering cuisine in the city. It serves all the southern barbecue delicacies you could possibly stomach, from creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, ribs served wet or dry and traditional banana pudding.
Go to Earnestine and Hazel’s for the real soul food experience and stay for the jukebox operated by ghosts. That’s right, in downtown Memphis Earnestine and Hazel’s is a dive bar on the grounds of an old haunted brothel. It’s home to several locally famous ghouls and the equally well-known ‘soul burger’, which costs just $6 and has gained national notoriety for its mouthwatering ‘soul sauce’.
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Earnestine & Hazel's
531 South Main Street
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Go to Earnestine and Hazel’s for the real soul food experience and stay for the jukebox operated by ghosts. That’s right, in downtown Memphis Earnestine and Hazel’s is a dive bar on the grounds of an old haunted brothel. It’s home to several locally famous ghouls and the equally well-known ‘soul burger’, which costs just $6 and has gained national notoriety for its mouthwatering ‘soul sauce’.
A converted East Memphis home featuring several cozy dining rooms and a rustic minimalist bar area, this eatery serves as the flagship restaurant from famed local chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. The menu is a uniquely Southern-meets-Italian fine dining experience focused on fresh, handmade pastas, creative pork preparations and seafood dishes paired with fine imported wines and craft cocktails.
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Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
712 W Brookhaven Cir
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A converted East Memphis home featuring several cozy dining rooms and a rustic minimalist bar area, this eatery serves as the flagship restaurant from famed local chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. The menu is a uniquely Southern-meets-Italian fine dining experience focused on fresh, handmade pastas, creative pork preparations and seafood dishes paired with fine imported wines and craft cocktails.
Memphis chef Kelly English combines his New Orleans background with his appreciation for modern Southern cooking at this cozy-house-turned-fine-dining-spot near the bustling Overton Square. Impeccable service in comfortable quarters are paired with flavorful dishes like the lobster knuckle sandwich and a fried oyster and blue cheese stuffed New York strip. Yum.
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Iris
2146 Monroe Avenue
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Memphis chef Kelly English combines his New Orleans background with his appreciation for modern Southern cooking at this cozy-house-turned-fine-dining-spot near the bustling Overton Square. Impeccable service in comfortable quarters are paired with flavorful dishes like the lobster knuckle sandwich and a fried oyster and blue cheese stuffed New York strip. Yum.
A faded, hand-painted sign and cornflower-blue awning greet guests of this charmingly shabby-looking BBQ joint downtown. The Cozy Corner serves Memphis barbecue classics like ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, but the restaurant truly shines when focusing on other unique offerings. Go for the barbecue cornish game hen slathered in sauce, the barbecue spaghetti and the delectable banana pudding—you won’t regret it.
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Cozy Corner Restaurant
735 North Parkway
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A faded, hand-painted sign and cornflower-blue awning greet guests of this charmingly shabby-looking BBQ joint downtown. The Cozy Corner serves Memphis barbecue classics like ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, but the restaurant truly shines when focusing on other unique offerings. Go for the barbecue cornish game hen slathered in sauce, the barbecue spaghetti and the delectable banana pudding—you won’t regret it.
This swanky Cooper Young restaurant is located in the former beauty shop where Priscilla Presley styled her beehive. The 1950s style hair dryers, washing sinks, mirrors and mint-green mod features are still on display. The menu offers a truly eclectic mix of international and Southern cuisine that includes a watermelon and hot wings plates, daily crepe specials, grilled whole fish dinners and a popular cosmopolitan brunch.
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The Beauty Shop
Cooper Street
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This swanky Cooper Young restaurant is located in the former beauty shop where Priscilla Presley styled her beehive. The 1950s style hair dryers, washing sinks, mirrors and mint-green mod features are still on display. The menu offers a truly eclectic mix of international and Southern cuisine that includes a watermelon and hot wings plates, daily crepe specials, grilled whole fish dinners and a popular cosmopolitan brunch.
Those who know Memphis quirkiness won’t be surprised to find delicious eats in a humble building in a Lowe’s parking lot, nor will they bat an eye when sitting at picnic tables to enjoy the big flavors of Elwood’s huge menu. Think fish tacos made with steelhead trout, a 7-Up biscuit sandwich stuffed with bacon and pimento cheese, grilled beef franks slathered in BBQ sauce and blue cheese jalapeño slaw, and the must-try barbecue ribs and brisket.
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Elwood's Shack
4523 Summer Avenue
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Those who know Memphis quirkiness won’t be surprised to find delicious eats in a humble building in a Lowe’s parking lot, nor will they bat an eye when sitting at picnic tables to enjoy the big flavors of Elwood’s huge menu. Think fish tacos made with steelhead trout, a 7-Up biscuit sandwich stuffed with bacon and pimento cheese, grilled beef franks slathered in BBQ sauce and blue cheese jalapeño slaw, and the must-try barbecue ribs and brisket.
This colorful soul food restaurant may remind you more of the family dining room than a popular downtown lunch destination, and that’s part of the charm. Look around while you wait for a table, as owner BJ Chester-Tamayo personally greets diners with a hug before taking orders and cooking the meals herself. The menu is full of mouth-watering Southern comfort food like fried chicken, catfish, yams, spaghetti (as a side) and meatloaf.
Alcenia's
317 N Main St
This colorful soul food restaurant may remind you more of the family dining room than a popular downtown lunch destination, and that’s part of the charm. Look around while you wait for a table, as owner BJ Chester-Tamayo personally greets diners with a hug before taking orders and cooking the meals herself. The menu is full of mouth-watering Southern comfort food like fried chicken, catfish, yams, spaghetti (as a side) and meatloaf.
The fifth Memphis eatery from James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, The Gray Canary's mix of industrial modern and Old World decor is the perfect background to a menu focusing on small plates inspired by the chefs’ Italian roots and the use of local ingredients. A raw bar and classy cocktail program round out the stellar experience.
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The Gray Canary
301 S Front St
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The fifth Memphis eatery from James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, The Gray Canary's mix of industrial modern and Old World decor is the perfect background to a menu focusing on small plates inspired by the chefs’ Italian roots and the use of local ingredients. A raw bar and classy cocktail program round out the stellar experience.
Folk’s Folly is a beloved Memphis steakhouse boasting a traditional atmosphere and fresh prime cuts of succulent steak paired with sides and appetizers that shine, like the she-crab soup and au gratin potatoes. The skilled staff and their impeccable preparation techniques (try the popular bone-in filet and New York Strip) make this a spot for celebrations large and small.
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Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
551 South Mendenhall Road
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Folk’s Folly is a beloved Memphis steakhouse boasting a traditional atmosphere and fresh prime cuts of succulent steak paired with sides and appetizers that shine, like the she-crab soup and au gratin potatoes. The skilled staff and their impeccable preparation techniques (try the popular bone-in filet and New York Strip) make this a spot for celebrations large and small.
This ramen spot that started as a weekend pop-up now has a permanent space on a busy corner in midtown, with plans to expand. Lucky Cat’s pork broth is made with local Marmilu Farms pork bones, simmered for days and seasoned with barrel-aged soy sauce imported from Japan. Choose classic or special ramen bowls, or go for the inventive steamed buns like crispy pork belly bao or octopus with fried tomatoes.
Lucky Cat Ramen
247 Cooper St
This ramen spot that started as a weekend pop-up now has a permanent space on a busy corner in midtown, with plans to expand. Lucky Cat’s pork broth is made with local Marmilu Farms pork bones, simmered for days and seasoned with barrel-aged soy sauce imported from Japan. Choose classic or special ramen bowls, or go for the inventive steamed buns like crispy pork belly bao or octopus with fried tomatoes.
Sightseeing
Elvis Presley got his start in this small studio just east of downtown Memphis. Today, you can tour Sun Studios, learn all about Memphis’ musical lore from local artists who serve as tour guides, and even stand at the microphone where the King of Rock & Roll himself made history while crooning, “That’s All Right.”
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Sun Studio
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Elvis Presley got his start in this small studio just east of downtown Memphis. Today, you can tour Sun Studios, learn all about Memphis’ musical lore from local artists who serve as tour guides, and even stand at the microphone where the King of Rock & Roll himself made history while crooning, “That’s All Right.”
On the surface, Beale Street may seem like a regular tourist destination. But stay a little longer and you’ll experience some uniquely Memphis things: find the Irish jumping goats at Silky’s, take in a world-class concert at the historic New Daisy Theater, scoop up a sundae at A. Schwab Old-Fashioned soda counter, eat a burger cooked in 100-year-old grease at Dyer’s and oh-so-much more.
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Beale Street
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On the surface, Beale Street may seem like a regular tourist destination. But stay a little longer and you’ll experience some uniquely Memphis things: find the Irish jumping goats at Silky’s, take in a world-class concert at the historic New Daisy Theater, scoop up a sundae at A. Schwab Old-Fashioned soda counter, eat a burger cooked in 100-year-old grease at Dyer’s and oh-so-much more.
Built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel immerses visitors in the struggles involved in achieving civil rights from slavery through the 1960s movement and today. Experience first-hand accounts of events through artifacts, special displays, video presentations and more.
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
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Built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel immerses visitors in the struggles involved in achieving civil rights from slavery through the 1960s movement and today. Experience first-hand accounts of events through artifacts, special displays, video presentations and more.
Divine abilities are not required to walk across this body of water, as you can use the Big River Crossing’s bike and pedestrian bridge to travel across the Mississippi to West Memphis Arkansas. Take in sweeping views of the river and the downtown skyline while enjoying the bridge’s seasonal light displays.
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Mississippifloden
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Divine abilities are not required to walk across this body of water, as you can use the Big River Crossing’s bike and pedestrian bridge to travel across the Mississippi to West Memphis Arkansas. Take in sweeping views of the river and the downtown skyline while enjoying the bridge’s seasonal light displays.
Take a trip to Soulsville in southern Memphis to visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Built on the site of Stax Records, the museum offers a fun and music-filled look at the origins of Memphis soul focusing on legends like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. You can also get a close-up look at Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated, fur-lined Cadillac.
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave
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Take a trip to Soulsville in southern Memphis to visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Built on the site of Stax Records, the museum offers a fun and music-filled look at the origins of Memphis soul focusing on legends like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. You can also get a close-up look at Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated, fur-lined Cadillac.
Each day at 11am, a small but mighty parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel across the lobby to the marble fountain, where they spend the day. Led by their red-coated Duckmaster, the feathered friends then return upstairs at 5pm. Kids get front-row seats to the march and adults can enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar. How cool?
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The Peabody Memphis
118 Union Avenue
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Each day at 11am, a small but mighty parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel across the lobby to the marble fountain, where they spend the day. Led by their red-coated Duckmaster, the feathered friends then return upstairs at 5pm. Kids get front-row seats to the march and adults can enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar. How cool?
A list about Memphis would be incomplete without the well known home of Elvis Presley: Graceland. Learn all about the artist’s origins and see his '70s home decor—including the famous Jungle Room. Across the street, find a relatively new museum featuring Elvis’ collection of classic cars, next to several cafes and other museums dedicated to music.
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Graceland
Elvis Presley Boulevard
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A list about Memphis would be incomplete without the well known home of Elvis Presley: Graceland. Learn all about the artist’s origins and see his '70s home decor—including the famous Jungle Room. Across the street, find a relatively new museum featuring Elvis’ collection of classic cars, next to several cafes and other museums dedicated to music.
Why is there a pyramid in Memphis? Why is it an outdoors supply store? Can I get to the top? Find out the answers to all of your burning questions when you spend time inside the enormous glass pyramid and ride the nation’s tallest freestanding elevator to the observation decks. More than just an outdoors store, Bass Pro is home to aquariums, a bowling alley, a luxury hotel, a fudge shop, restaurants, shooting ranges and more.
Bass pro pyramid Memphis
Why is there a pyramid in Memphis? Why is it an outdoors supply store? Can I get to the top? Find out the answers to all of your burning questions when you spend time inside the enormous glass pyramid and ride the nation’s tallest freestanding elevator to the observation decks. More than just an outdoors store, Bass Pro is home to aquariums, a bowling alley, a luxury hotel, a fudge shop, restaurants, shooting ranges and more.
The Memphis Redbirds Triple-A baseball team gives you a chance to see pro players in action before they’re called up to the big leagues. Grab a local Ghost River brew and some barbecue nachos, enjoy the game and stick around afterwards for Saturday night fireworks at the ballpark.
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AutoZone Park
200 Union Avenue
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The Memphis Redbirds Triple-A baseball team gives you a chance to see pro players in action before they’re called up to the big leagues. Grab a local Ghost River brew and some barbecue nachos, enjoy the game and stick around afterwards for Saturday night fireworks at the ballpark.
FedExForum—just steps away from Beale—is where you’ll find the local sports fans during basketball season. Memphians cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies, an NBA team, and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, called Memphis Tigers, in this state-of-the-art arena that also hosts world-class concerts and tours.
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FedExForum
191 Beale Street
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FedExForum—just steps away from Beale—is where you’ll find the local sports fans during basketball season. Memphians cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies, an NBA team, and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, called Memphis Tigers, in this state-of-the-art arena that also hosts world-class concerts and tours.
In the daylight, Raiford’s looks like little more than a basic storefront on Second Street. At night, the place comes alive with a red carpet entrance, bright lights, disco balls, a light-up dance floor, a fog machine and the absolute best dancefloor to step on. Don’t forget your “sexy” stamp from club owner Paula Raiford.
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Paula & Raiford's Disco
14 South 2nd Street
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In the daylight, Raiford’s looks like little more than a basic storefront on Second Street. At night, the place comes alive with a red carpet entrance, bright lights, disco balls, a light-up dance floor, a fog machine and the absolute best dancefloor to step on. Don’t forget your “sexy” stamp from club owner Paula Raiford.
The Malco Summer Drive-In is one of a few outdoor drive-in theaters still operational in the country. Every month, the staff on premise hosts the Time Warp, an all-night movie marathon of cult classics. Pull up, roll down your windows and enjoy favorites like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, The Neverending Story and Jaws.
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Malco Summer Drive-In
5310 Summer Avenue
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The Malco Summer Drive-In is one of a few outdoor drive-in theaters still operational in the country. Every month, the staff on premise hosts the Time Warp, an all-night movie marathon of cult classics. Pull up, roll down your windows and enjoy favorites like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, The Neverending Story and Jaws.
Go where the locals go on sunny days (Memphis has plenty!) and enjoy the outdoors at Shelby Farms Park. One of the largest urban parks in the nation, Shelby Farms offers miles of paved and unpaved trails, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boating, a state-of-the-art playground, a Go Ape! Adventure ropes course, horseback riding, The Kitchen restaurant and a herd of buffalo. What else could you ever wish for?
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Shelby Farms Park
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Go where the locals go on sunny days (Memphis has plenty!) and enjoy the outdoors at Shelby Farms Park. One of the largest urban parks in the nation, Shelby Farms offers miles of paved and unpaved trails, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boating, a state-of-the-art playground, a Go Ape! Adventure ropes course, horseback riding, The Kitchen restaurant and a herd of buffalo. What else could you ever wish for?
A local favorite, this outdoor amphitheater in the heart of picturesque Overton Park hosts 50 free concerts every year and families flock from all around town with their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy live music coming from the same stage where Elvis first publicly performed.
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Levitt Shell
1928 Poplar Avenue
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A local favorite, this outdoor amphitheater in the heart of picturesque Overton Park hosts 50 free concerts every year and families flock from all around town with their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy live music coming from the same stage where Elvis first publicly performed.

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Song takes Soul
Memphis is synonymous with music, and no discussion about this city would be complete without acknowledging the key role that music plays. After all, why do you think Memphis is mentioned in more songs than any other city on the planet? Sure, you’ve heard about the giants who changed the way the world listens to music. Elvis, BB King, Otis Redding – these are household names in Memphis, but the legacy of sound they created is so much more, and it keeps evolving every day. It’s the traveling artists rolling through Memphis to take part in that legendary sound, the rich sound of instruments tha
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Best BBQ in the WORLD
Yes, we have THE best barbeque in the world, but it takes more than pulled pork sandwiches (served Memphis style with slaw on top) and rib meat that falls right off the bone to be named the “Best Food Town in America.” From our fusion food trucks to our James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Memphis brings flavor like few other cities can. Avocado paleta, ‘prozac’ cupcakes, ‘soul burgers’ and sno cones, Memphis food is funky, and these flavorful food experiments are what define our city’s taste buds. Next time you’re in these parts, why not drop by the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest,
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Music as an art
Music has been the soul of Memphis for generations, to the point that our city has actually changed the way the world views music. As a matter of fact, we’re confident you’ll recognize the passion, joy and energy with which Memphian residents and transplants perform whenever you see it—after all, you need look no further than Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King, to name just a few local legends who tapped into the Memphis vibe and shook the world by creating new sounds in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and more. Although Memphis continues to attract musicians and fans from across the globe who flock
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Plenty of activities to ENJOY :)
Memphis is also full of opportunities to get active outdoors. If you take a walk in Tom Lee Park, something will get you moving. RiverFit was created to get people active and whether it’s children playing on the monkey bars, elderly couples walking or families playing catch, the area is full of activity and has created a real sense of community. Overton Park, a 342-acre public park, sits in the heart of Memphis, offering plenty of activities for Memphians to enjoy and serves as another great outdoor space where people have the opportunity to stay active and healthy.