I spent 3 weeks in Memphis and this is the list of must sees, eats, and dos in the city of blues and bbq...
There are a few locations in Memphis I went to the downtown one and just a heads up be ready to wait (but it's totally worth it!!). A simple restaurant where the hardest decision you have to make is how many pieces of chicken and if you want light or dark meat. It's straight up southern. Disclaimer: our waitress told us she gain 26 pounds after working there a year and her dog gained 10 pounds. It's THAT good.
Memphis is overflowing with BBQ and everyone has their favorite place. I like Central BBQ. Also, BBQ nachos are the thing in Memphis and Central does this RIGHT. Do what the locals do and ask for nachos on the homemade potato chips. Whoa.
A hip gastro pub with 2 locations in Memphis. Local has a great beer selections and some fun twists on southern food. My favorite was the fried mac and cheese. Amazingly cheesy and heart attack inducing delight.
Legit Venezuelan food in Memphis?? If you don't believe me that try it for yourself.
A beautiful european style cafe on main street. A great place for a sandwich, coffee, or fun afternoon cocktail on the sidewalk.
This was my favorite hang out spot in Memphis...this may be due to it's rustic pnw vibe filled with deep leather chair, local art and tree stump tables. T & T makes their own unique simple syrups like thyme and lavender which they turn into delicious drinks like the "it's honey boo boo thyme" latte (honey thyme latte) or a homemade lavender soda. Although if you want coffee go straight for their cold brew - so good. They also serve a good variety of rotating locals beers (any wiseacre is a good bet).
Good local beer. The Anada is a nice hoppy IPA and Tiny Bomb is a winning summer beer.
Have you ever wanted to go to a swanky cocktail house party?? Well here is your chance. Molly's is a beautiful Victorian 3 story house located in a random neighborhood in midtown. Two bars, funky art, vintage furniture, and bourbon. It feels like that sophisticated college house party you never went to with all the gay men of Memphis.
This is honestly the most beautiful, educational, moving museum I've ever been too!! They just reopened after an long renovation and it's amazing. Full of interactive video and audio that tell the untold stories that need to be heard!
This is a small museum but offers a great collection. Dali had a visiting exhibit while I was there. It's only $3 for students and they offer a free audio tour.
One of the only museums in the United States dedicated to the preservation of traditional art and craft of metal work. This is a unique experience. The museum is small but more interesting is its beautiful setting right on the Mississippi river and the working resident metal artists.
They call themselves kindergarten for adults, it's a small husband and wife ran business that offers fun/funky/odd low-cost art classes. We made tissue paper stained glass candle holders...with stick fingers and tissue paper stuck to our fingers, clothes, and shoes it indeed felt like kindergarten all over again.
Take the elevator up to the rooftop and see where "the ducks" live and enjoy the best view of Memphis. In the summer they even have live concerts and happy hours up there.
If you are looking for a unique view of the Mississippi then this is the place. See below (too bad it was a stormy day).