Guidebook for Memphis

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Guidebook for Memphis

Food Scene

Wonderful breakfast, lunch. 1 block from Chere's House. Home cooking, warm atmosphere, outside patio under big oaks. Home-baked goods.
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Stone Soup Café & Market
993 Cooper St
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Wonderful breakfast, lunch. 1 block from Chere's House. Home cooking, warm atmosphere, outside patio under big oaks. Home-baked goods.
1 block from Chere's House. Good coffee and goodies, eclectic atmosphere, original art. Not open before 9 a.m.
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Java Cabana, Cooper-Young's Coffeehouse
2170 Young Ave
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1 block from Chere's House. Good coffee and goodies, eclectic atmosphere, original art. Not open before 9 a.m.
Strano, quiet atmosphere, elegant interior, authentic Italian cuisine, excellent service. One of John and my favorites.
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Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar
948 Cooper St
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Strano, quiet atmosphere, elegant interior, authentic Italian cuisine, excellent service. One of John and my favorites.
A great favorite in Cooper-Young, all ages, great patio, perfect for people watching. Cold beer, great bar selections and fresh, nice food. Late morning till late evening service. Lively and fun!
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Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young Ave
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A great favorite in Cooper-Young, all ages, great patio, perfect for people watching. Cold beer, great bar selections and fresh, nice food. Late morning till late evening service. Lively and fun!
Otherlands is my favorite all time coffee shop. A wonderful, eclectic atmosphere for hipsters of all ages and persuasions. A large variety of public and private spaces. Sunny and shady, open and more private spots. A favorite for students and professors, a favorite for gathering with friends for conversations. A nice outdoor patio to enjoy coffee, sunshine and a cigarette if you prefer. Karen has run a top notch coffee shop for many years. Food available, bagels, sandwhiches, breakfast and some vegetarian choices. Often, live music on Friday evenings, enjoy a cold beer and see original music by local musicians and writers. Laid back.
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Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 Cooper St
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Otherlands is my favorite all time coffee shop. A wonderful, eclectic atmosphere for hipsters of all ages and persuasions. A large variety of public and private spaces. Sunny and shady, open and more private spots. A favorite for students and professors, a favorite for gathering with friends for conversations. A nice outdoor patio to enjoy coffee, sunshine and a cigarette if you prefer. Karen has run a top notch coffee shop for many years. Food available, bagels, sandwhiches, breakfast and some vegetarian choices. Often, live music on Friday evenings, enjoy a cold beer and see original music by local musicians and writers. Laid back.
Celtic is a favorite with an OUTSTANDING patio for ANY season of the year. Good fish and chips and shepherd's pie. Great Bar, cordial service. Often Celtic music to boot.
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Celtic Crossing Irish Pub
903 Cooper St
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Celtic is a favorite with an OUTSTANDING patio for ANY season of the year. Good fish and chips and shepherd's pie. Great Bar, cordial service. Often Celtic music to boot.
Consistently excellent progressive Pacific Rim cuisine. Try the whitefish. Wonderful bar, excellent patio, and consistent service.
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Tsunami
928 Cooper St
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Consistently excellent progressive Pacific Rim cuisine. Try the whitefish. Wonderful bar, excellent patio, and consistent service.
Consistent Asian cuisine. Good sushi.
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Mulan Asian Bistro - Young Ave
2149 Young Ave
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Consistent Asian cuisine. Good sushi.
A Cultural Arts center based in Binghamton,operates on the premise of love for all people, is on the menu with a diverse and friendly population. Always about art, diversity and community. Opportunities for service, activism, conversation. Good coffee and free wireless. Visit Onie at the Village.
Caritas Village
2509 Harvard Ave
A Cultural Arts center based in Binghamton,operates on the premise of love for all people, is on the menu with a diverse and friendly population. Always about art, diversity and community. Opportunities for service, activism, conversation. Good coffee and free wireless. Visit Onie at the Village.
20/20 offers wonderful prepared foods made fresh on site. They are wonderful to pick up a quick supper to pop in the oven. Everything is locally sourced and FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! Don't leave without buying some home made crackers.
20/20 Diner
1245 Madison Ave
20/20 offers wonderful prepared foods made fresh on site. They are wonderful to pick up a quick supper to pop in the oven. Everything is locally sourced and FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! Don't leave without buying some home made crackers.
Barksdales has a fantastic breakfast (and lunch) open early, closed early (2 p.m.) open 7 days. Locals favorite breakfast and lunch dive. Colorful, casual, good home cookin', wonderful waitstaff and cooks. Memphis at its greasy best! John and I love going here! It's kind of a grab some coffee and read the paper kind of place!
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Barksdale Restaurant
237 Cooper St
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Barksdales has a fantastic breakfast (and lunch) open early, closed early (2 p.m.) open 7 days. Locals favorite breakfast and lunch dive. Colorful, casual, good home cookin', wonderful waitstaff and cooks. Memphis at its greasy best! John and I love going here! It's kind of a grab some coffee and read the paper kind of place!

Shopping

Visit June and her sister Joyce at Loudean's a clothing store for women that features FLAX linen clothing. Exceptionally friendly and knowledgable, lovely space, great stories of their mother and family in this longtime family business. Courtyard area and visit the "girls" in the backyard. Clothing is relaxed and high quality, a small special boutique with a great back space with resale pieces.
Loudean's
2174 Young Ave
Visit June and her sister Joyce at Loudean's a clothing store for women that features FLAX linen clothing. Exceptionally friendly and knowledgable, lovely space, great stories of their mother and family in this longtime family business. Courtyard area and visit the "girls" in the backyard. Clothing is relaxed and high quality, a small special boutique with a great back space with resale pieces.
Fresh Market is a higher end grocery market with fresh produce, meat, coffee and prepared foods. About 1 mile from Chere's House and located on the Corner of Cooper and Union, it is a quick drive. Great service and selection.
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The Fresh Market
2145 Union Ave
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Fresh Market is a higher end grocery market with fresh produce, meat, coffee and prepared foods. About 1 mile from Chere's House and located on the Corner of Cooper and Union, it is a quick drive. Great service and selection.
Because Memphis is Memphis, and Midtown is Memphis our shopping gems are not malls......but there's Burke's Books founded in the mid 19th Century with new and used books, you can sit and browse and ask the amazing staff any questions about Memphis history or lore and get great answers. Be careful, they will probably ask you lighthearted questions as well! Friendly, wonderful place. A good children's section, too!
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Burke's Book Store
936 Cooper St
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Because Memphis is Memphis, and Midtown is Memphis our shopping gems are not malls......but there's Burke's Books founded in the mid 19th Century with new and used books, you can sit and browse and ask the amazing staff any questions about Memphis history or lore and get great answers. Be careful, they will probably ask you lighthearted questions as well! Friendly, wonderful place. A good children's section, too!

Arts & Culture

Jay is a longtime Memphis gallery owner with contacts across the countryand inparticular the Southwest U.S. Approachable and welcoming, his gallery features a wide variety of talented contemporary artists from the Midsouth.
Jay Etkin Gallery
942 Cooper Street
Jay is a longtime Memphis gallery owner with contacts across the countryand inparticular the Southwest U.S. Approachable and welcoming, his gallery features a wide variety of talented contemporary artists from the Midsouth.

Essentials

Curb is a new market on Cooper specializing in fresh, locally sourced grocery and meat items. Quality is good, everything is FRESH, GREEN. High Quality. Good for staples, veggies, and fruit.
The Curb Market
1350 Concourse Ave
Curb is a new market on Cooper specializing in fresh, locally sourced grocery and meat items. Quality is good, everything is FRESH, GREEN. High Quality. Good for staples, veggies, and fruit.

Everything Else

Goner because music reigns in Memphis. One of the best and oldest independent record stores in the country. Sponsers Gonerfest, an annual music celebration, hosted at some of Memphis' best music venues, brings people from all over the world. Held in summer. Visit Goner 6 days per week. 1 block from Chere's house.
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Goner Records
2152 Young Ave
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Goner because music reigns in Memphis. One of the best and oldest independent record stores in the country. Sponsers Gonerfest, an annual music celebration, hosted at some of Memphis' best music venues, brings people from all over the world. Held in summer. Visit Goner 6 days per week. 1 block from Chere's house.

Drinks & Nightlife

Overton Square is beloved in Memphis, home of many early venues, bars and night life. Recently re-invented by Loeb, they listened to what Memphian's wanted and gave it to them. A lively, wonderful square, full of great local restaurants, and hot music venues. Often live concerts, and Lafayette's a wonderful venue for Memphis Music. Ride the Roo too and from Overton square and get dropped off on the corner of Blythe and Walker right at Chere's House. A great way to visit the Square without the hassle of parking! Minimal charge per peerson.
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Overton Square
2101 Madison Ave
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Overton Square is beloved in Memphis, home of many early venues, bars and night life. Recently re-invented by Loeb, they listened to what Memphian's wanted and gave it to them. A lively, wonderful square, full of great local restaurants, and hot music venues. Often live concerts, and Lafayette's a wonderful venue for Memphis Music. Ride the Roo too and from Overton square and get dropped off on the corner of Blythe and Walker right at Chere's House. A great way to visit the Square without the hassle of parking! Minimal charge per peerson.

Entertainment & Activities

A great individual or family spot, about 1/2 mile from Chere's House. Great for work outs or family time. Excellent facility with pool and an exterior water park. Good family environment and spotlessly clean and well-staffed. You can pay a one-time visitors fee.
Salvation Army Kroc Center
800 E Pkwy S
A great individual or family spot, about 1/2 mile from Chere's House. Great for work outs or family time. Excellent facility with pool and an exterior water park. Good family environment and spotlessly clean and well-staffed. You can pay a one-time visitors fee.
Amusement park is not an accurate description of the Children's Museum, an excellent visit for families, features hands on exhibits for children including a cut-off of a FEDEX plane and multiple activities and exhibits for children. There is an excellent outdoor waterpark, the spray kind, for kids while parents chill in the shade. Great cool spot for summer fun in Memphis. Chere's grandkids love it, we go every time they visit.
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The Children's Museum of Memphis
2525 Central Ave
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Amusement park is not an accurate description of the Children's Museum, an excellent visit for families, features hands on exhibits for children including a cut-off of a FEDEX plane and multiple activities and exhibits for children. There is an excellent outdoor waterpark, the spray kind, for kids while parents chill in the shade. Great cool spot for summer fun in Memphis. Chere's grandkids love it, we go every time they visit.