Best things to do in Memphis

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
122local recommendations
Jamey & Michelle
Jamey & Michelle says “Noted as one of the nation's premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum...” ·
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2. Overton Square
2101 Madison Avenue
82local recommendations
Michelle
Michelle says “This neighborhood hangout is just a mile from the house (North on Cooper toward Madison Ave.) There ...” ·
3. Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
85local recommendations
Timothy & Jessica
Timothy & Jessica says “The Memphis Zoo has been named as one of the best zoos in the country. Visit Teton Trek which bring...” ·
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4. Central BBQ - Midtown
2249 Central Avenue
92local recommendations
Alison And Andrew
Alison And Andrew says “Central BBQ has been ranked in the top 3 BBQ restaurants in Memphis since 2003 and has taken top hon...” ·
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5. Graceland
Elvis Presley Boulevard
90local recommendations
Nika
Nika says “Take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world: Gracelan...” ·
6. Overton Park
1914 Poplar Avenue
70local recommendations
Annie
Annie says “Less than a five minute walk from the apartment is the crown jewel of Memphis. Overton Park features...” ·
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7. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
310 South Front Street
68local recommendations
Geoffrey
Geoffrey says “Go before 3:30/4p or call it in to go, or plan to wait a LONG time. This place is literally world-fa...” ·
8. The Peabody Memphis
118 Union Avenue
57local recommendations
Denise
Denise says “The Peabody Memphis is a luxury hotel in Downtown Memphis. The hotel is known for the "Peabody Ducks...” ·
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9. Lafayette's Music Room
2119 Madison Avenue
57local recommendations
Ashley
Ashley says “Very accessible music venue and restaurant in a newly renovated part of town. Just down the street f...” ·
10. Shelby Farms Park
50local recommendations
Lena
Lena says “At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Located in Memph...” ·
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11. Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
1 Bass Pro Drive
42local recommendations
Nika
Nika says “Not your typical Bass Pro Shops- What is unique about this location is that there is a free standing...” ·
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12. Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 Cooper Street
59local recommendations
Monique
Monique says “Great place for meetings and to work on your laptop. There is music playing in the background, but i...” ·
13. FedEx Forum
191 Beale Street
48local recommendations
Rachel
Rachel says “You can do it all here! They charge a fee to get onto Beale St. during the night, summer months and ...” ·
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14. The Beauty Shop
Cooper Street
50local recommendations
Timothy & Jessica
Timothy & Jessica says ““Look Good. Eat Good.” are the words emblazoned on the front windows at the Beauty Shop. This hip ...” ·
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15. Levitt Shell
1928 Poplar Avenue
46local recommendations
Virginia
Virginia says “Experience more than 50 free concerts and events each year in our beautiful, open-air facility. Perf...” ·
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16. The Arcade Restaurant
540 South Main Street
46local recommendations
Timothy & Jessica
Timothy & Jessica says “The Arcade is the oldest restaurant in Memphis. The Arcade (opened in 1919) is a third-generation f...” ·
17. Sun Studio
48local recommendations
Nika
Nika says “Delve into more than 50 years of fascinating history on your guided tour of Sun Studio. Step back in...” ·
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18. The Rendezvous
52 South 2nd Street
44local recommendations
Alison And Andrew
Alison And Andrew says “For over 60 years, the Vergos family has been serving their signature dry rub ribs in a basement thr...” ·
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19. Muddy's Bake Shop + Coffee
585 Cooper Street
47local recommendations
Timothy & Jessica
Timothy & Jessica says “Muddy's Grind House in Midtown serves homemade cakes, pies, cookies and to-die-for cupcakes in flavo...” ·
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20. Earnestine & Hazel's
531 South Main Street
45local recommendations
Cailyn
Cailyn says “Quite possibly the coolest (and maybe oldest) bar in Memphis. Located in South Main, Earnestine & Ha...” ·
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21. Brooks Museum
1934 Poplar Avenue
50local recommendations
Pixie And Richard
Pixie And Richard says “Located in Overton Park, Brooks is a must see if you are an art lover. It's permanent exhibits comp...” ·
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22. Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young Avenue
39local recommendations
Alison And Andrew
Alison And Andrew says “Great dive bar and diner! Large beer selection, both on tap and bottled. Pool tables, foosball, and ...” ·
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23. Central BBQ (Downtown)
147 East Butler Avenue
42local recommendations
Cailyn
Cailyn says “THE BEST PULLED PORK IN MEMPHIS (in my opinion)! My favorite item on the menu is the BBQ Pork Nachos...” ·
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24. Orpheum Theatre
203 South Main Street
38local recommendations
Nika
Nika says “Catch the latest Musical, Play or concert at the Orpheum Theater, a quick walk from my place. ”
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25. Mollie Fontaine Lounge
679 Adams Avenue
37local recommendations
Nika
Nika says “Funky, Extraordinary, Eclectic, Soulful, Artsy, Avant-garde atmosphere ; these are some of the words...” ·
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26. The Fresh Market
2145 Union Avenue
37local recommendations
Alison And Andrew
Alison And Andrew says “Local grocery store that brings back the old-world charm of the market that focuses on supporting lo...” ·
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27. Paula & Raiford Disco
14 South 2nd Street
33local recommendations
Andrew
Andrew says “Two-story night club that is well known for its great DISCO and Soul Music along with the famous lea...” ·
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28. WISEACRE Brewing Co.
2783 Broad Avenue
36local recommendations
James
James says “WISEACRE is a brewery committed to top quality, uniquely flavorful beer that appeals to passionate &...” ·
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29. The Bar-B-Q Shop
1782 Madison Avenue
35local recommendations
Alison And Andrew
Alison And Andrew says “According to Food Network, The BBQ Shop’s ribs are the best in America! The show “Top Five Restauran...” ·