Enjoy the culture of Memphis with great food and great history
Great food, great vibes, with an even better history.
Memphis is more than the Blues and Barbecue, visit some of the local’s favorites spots while you’re in town.
1Memphis’ Magical Museums
This is the perfect time to pay a visit to Graceland! Elvis Week kicks off August 11-19 to celebrate the music, movies, life, and legacy of Elvis Presley on the 40th anniversary of his death. The week includes events such as the opportunity to hear what it was like to record in the studio with Elvis from people who were there to experience it during the Conversations on Elvis: In the Studio event. There will also be an appearance from Priscilla Presley during the ELVIS: Live in Concert: 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert Event with Full Symphony Orchestra Boxes. The week will be full of festive things and opportunities to learn more about Elvis than ever before. Check out the full list of events here.
Address: Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis TN 38116
National Civil Right Museum
While you’re out visiting the city, take a step back in history at the National Civil Rights Museum. The exhibits have over 40 films, 260 artifacts, interactive media, with over five centuries of history in one place. One of its most famous exhibits features the details of Dr. Martin Luther King’s last hours, which includes a tour inside of the Lorraine Motel where he was assassinated. There will also be plenty of events during the month of August at the Museum including the MLK50 Drop The Mic Poetry Slam. For more information about the museum and exhibits click here.
Address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis TN 38103
Memphis Rock N Soul Museum
The Memphis Rock N Soul Museum is a must see for music lovers. Making a stop here will include a lesson on the complete Memphis music history, which isn’t a surprise considering it’s located on the music-filled Beale Street. The museum’s mission is to continue to perpetuate the rich music history instilled in Memphis, and they even have educational PDF’s for all ages to study.
Address: 191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103
2Memphis' Unique Food Spots
The Beauty Shop Restaurant
Despite its name, the only thing that will get done while you’re under their hooded Belvedere hair dryers, will be whatever delectable dish you’ve selected off the menu. The Beauty Shop is formerly Priscilla Presley’s beauty salon turned into a 50s-nostalgic trendy restaurant that wants you to “look good” and “eat good”. One of their famous dishes is the chicken wings and watermelon, and although it’s an interesting combination, patrons can’t get enough of it. Not only are they famously known for dinner but their brunch is also a must try because of their unique spin on brunch favorites, such as the Beneduck, which will keep you wanting more.
Address: 966 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
The Four Way Restaurant
Visit the Four Way Restaurant when you’re looking for some authentic, down-home, southern soul food. Even though their fried chicken and daily turkey and dressing is something special, the restaurant holds its own piece of history. From the 1940s-1960s, this popular eating spot was also a safe place for civil rights activists to come and meet up. They have served some of America’s famous freedom fighters such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Address: 998 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN 38126
If you’re looking to have a nice meal that’s more on the exquisite side, that’s not too pricey, Restaurant Iris should be added to your to-do list. However, make sure you book reservations. The French-Creole restaurant is a little house that sits in the historic Overton Square of Midtown, owned by the award-winning Chef Kelly English. It has been named one of Memphis’ best restaurants, so it’s totally worth the try. Some of their dishes include the lobster “knuckle sandwich,” American Kobe short rib, grilled lamb loin, and more. Click here to view the menu.Address: 2146 Monroe Ave Memphis, TN