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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.
Museum
“A must see attraction in downtown Memphis that tells the history of the civil rights movement in the US.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Zoo
“This is a world-class, award-winning zoo with natural habitats and a wide variety of species. The zoo entrance is about a mile’s stroll through Overton Park from the bungalow. Early mornings, when walking along the path behind the zoo, you may hear the chillingly haunting sound of the wolves howling in concert. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Museum
“Graceland welcomes over 500,000 visitors each year, is one of the five most visited home tours in the United States, and is the most famous home in America after The White House. In 1991, Graceland was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2006, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Overton Park has just about it all. Urban forest, check. Golf course, check. Award winning zoo, check. Levitt Shell with it's free concert series, check. Ample opportunities to exercise everything, from your muscles, to your mind, and your canines. Supported by the Overton Park Conservancy, you don't want to miss Overton Park if you are any bit outdoors inclined, right in the heart of the city. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
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BBQ Joint
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“My recommendation for best BBQ in Memphis. There's one downtown also, right by the Civil Rights Museum. Get the ribs (dry not wet) and thank me later.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
“Overton Square is a multi-block entertainment and dining district in Midtown Memphis which includes theaters, restaurants, art, music and more.”
  • 73 locals recommend
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Restaurant
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“Over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt created something amazing – fried chicken that could unite a community. In an era of divisive racial attitudes the residents of Mason found that they could all – black and white – agree on how much they loved Na’s fried chicken. Such an amazing feat did not occur overnight. After experimenting for several years in a local tavern, Na and his wife, Ms. Maggie, began selling their chicken, sandwiched between two slices of white bread, out of the back door of the tavern. As demand grew, Na and Maggie were encouraged by local residents to build a freestanding restaurant. Unfortunately, the Vanderbilt’s were of modest means and could not afford such an expansion; however, generous, chicken loving locals offered to supply them with the materials necessary to build their own restaurant. Na, a skilled carpenter, built the restaurant on a piece of land he and Ms. Maggie owned on Highway 70 in Mason. Maggie’s Short Orders opened its doors in 1973. The building still stands today and still serves Na and Maggie’s amazing fried chicken.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
“While you're downtown you can experience shopping and local foods from Memphis. You can go solo or with a group.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Record Shop
“I can't make a list and not include Beale. The history is incredible. Now it's mostly neon and bars. Lots of bars, restaurants, and live music that they think tourists would like. I go maybe once or twice a year. You can have an open container on the street and I think they serve til 5 or 6 AM. It's fun to walk with a drink in your hand. LOTS of great souvenir shops.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This small but wonderful Art Gallery and Museum is a must-see! The restaurant is just delightful for lunch and has an expansive view that reminds me a little tiny Tavern on the Green. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“The famous Peabody ducks!! If you have kids they will really love seeing the ducks. The hotel is gorgeous and you can sit and have a fancy evening cocktail. Rooftop parties also!”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“More than just a city park, it's a huge, wide open green space where people go for lake activities, dog walking, frisbee golf, picnics, and tons of other stuff. There is also a resident herd of buffalo.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Museum
“ Our tour guide was energetic, funny, and really gave us an appreciation of Memphis music and the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended! ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Always great music from musicians from all around the United States. Good food and good times.”
  • 56 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“A Memphis favorite and one of the oldest barbecue joints around. You don’t want to miss this!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Memphis’ oldest cafe founded in 1919 and still family-run. Historic part of downtown Memphis and still has a vintage feel. Great place for breakfast. The sweet potato pancakes are not to be missed. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“My recommendation for best BBQ in Memphis. There's one downtown also, right by the Civil Rights Museum. Get the ribs (dry not wet) and thank me later.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt created something amazing – fried chicken that could unite a community. In an era of divisive racial attitudes the residents of Mason found that they could all – black and white – agree on how much they loved Na’s fried chicken. Such an amazing feat did not occur overnight. After experimenting for several years in a local tavern, Na and his wife, Ms. Maggie, began selling their chicken, sandwiched between two slices of white bread, out of the back door of the tavern. As demand grew, Na and Maggie were encouraged by local residents to build a freestanding restaurant. Unfortunately, the Vanderbilt’s were of modest means and could not afford such an expansion; however, generous, chicken loving locals offered to supply them with the materials necessary to build their own restaurant. Na, a skilled carpenter, built the restaurant on a piece of land he and Ms. Maggie owned on Highway 70 in Mason. Maggie’s Short Orders opened its doors in 1973. The building still stands today and still serves Na and Maggie’s amazing fried chicken.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Always great music from musicians from all around the United States. Good food and good times.”
  • 56 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“A Memphis favorite and one of the oldest barbecue joints around. You don’t want to miss this!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Memphis’ oldest cafe founded in 1919 and still family-run. Historic part of downtown Memphis and still has a vintage feel. Great place for breakfast. The sweet potato pancakes are not to be missed. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of the locals favorite BBQ restaurants. It has a sweeter sauce. Served wet or dry. Has a variety of menu items”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is O-MAZING. The vibe is great. With 1970's beauty shop dećor this place is hopping , the food is great and they have the coolest people working there. Reservation is probably going to be needed...”
  • 46 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“One of the best dive bars in the world. It used to be a bordello, but now there's live music, burgers, cheap drinks, and private parlors.”
  • 48 locals recommend

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