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Things to do in Memphis

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“The Botanic Garden of Memphis is massive in size as it contains 31 speciality Gardens such as the pre-historic plant trail where you will visit the stone caves, look at buried fossils and learn about the history of dinosaurs. You will have a transformational sensory experience at the fragrance garden where the power of smell will make your soul dance. The well-known Japanese Garden is a crowd-puller because of its serene Koi ponds and you will learn about the practices regarding the preservation of plants from Japan.”
  • 32 locals recommend
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“Great sandwiches, pool, and Foosball in the Cooper-Young area. Open 11 a.m. - 3 a.m.”
  • 42 locals recommend
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“My favorite breakfast spot in Memphis. The coffee is great. Potatoes are awesome. Arrive early and expect a wait. It’s worth it. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
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“An art-deco spot located inside a historic Victorian house. A trendy nightspot that caters to both locals and visitors. The lounge offers martinis, tapas & sing-along piano plus DJs & bands.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“A bit of a drive to Midtown but well worth the hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Nightclub
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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.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Food
“Great local beers - I prefer the amber Fireside! Midtown has great restaurants and bars - this would be good for a half day (at least) visit. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
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“Central BBQ and Rendezvous get all the attention, but BBQ Shop has the best ribs in town, imo. (Get a dry rack, and add their sauce as you go). Eric runs the place and is the nicest guy ever.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“My what you can do with metal! Beautiful sculptures, and other objects d’art! While you’re here, try Bluff River Crossing! ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Where all the music and bbq festivals are held here in Memphis. Beautiful river views 😁”
  • 20 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Man the is the best and healthiest seafood and salads in Memphis,TN with a twist of Bluff city soul on it.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“This South Main-area gastropub offers a sophisticated spin on pub food and an extensive list of inspired cocktails. But unlike some other high-end bars, S.O.B., as it's affectionately called, has more of a welcoming, low-key ambience. Sangria (prepared with whatever fruit is in season) is always on offer, or try something more inventive, such as the Not Your Grandmother's Lemonade (barrel-aged whiskey with homemade lavender-infused lemonade). Balance your booze intake with eats from the daily snack board (fried deviled eggs, seasonal hummus, cheeses, house jam, candied pecans, and crispy flatbread).”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
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“The original location of this now local coffee chain and serves up Illy coffee, and customers can order it prepared by drip, cold brew, or French press. The specialty coffee menu offers up unique drinks -- often with Memphis-inspired names. The shop offers plenty of working space and a separate room for private meetings. There’s a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu of wraps, salads, burgers, and gourmet hot dogs. It's best known for its creamy baked mac & cheese, which is loaded with feta, Parmesan, and bacon. Try it in the Devil’s pot pie stuffed with mac & cheese and spicy chicken) for a real treat.”
  • 34 locals recommend
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“Go here especially if the whether is nice! Great place to eat, drink, and play...”
  • 27 locals recommend
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“Great menu, also a micro-brewery. A stone’s throw from the “Studio on the Square” movie theater. Open until 2 a.m. daily.”
  • 22 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum is a building dedicated to the history and legacy of Memphis musicians who pioneered and furthered the evolution of “the Memphis sound.” The museum was created through the combined efforts of The National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institute. Among its many displays, the museum hosts The Smithsonian’s “Rock n’ Roll: Social Crossroads” exhibit. The museum chronicles the evolution of rock and roll music as well as soul, beginning in the 1920’s and gradually moving into the current era of music. The museum also provides a collection of over 100 songs recorded in the greater Memphis area during the 1930’s and moving into the 1970’s. It also boasts an informative catalog of information containing over 300 minutes of material concerning the musicians, labels and pioneers who have operated in Memphis throughout its history. It is not the largest museum in Memphis and it is more directly oriented towards visitors who are interested in the history and evolution of Memphis music. However, it is very possibly the most informative museum in the city and visitors will leave with an enhanced understanding of music history and Memphis music’s effect upon American music and culture.”
  • 17 locals recommend