Memphis, Tennessee, is famous for the influential blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll talents who originated there. You can visit the legendary Sun Studio where B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion stands today as a popular attraction. There’s also the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
While incredible, these attractions lean to the side of things tourists like to do. If you’re looking at Memphis houses for sale and making a permanent residency within the city, odds are you want to know more about the places locals like to go.
It’s got its share of tourist-like things to do, but Beale is also lined with shops, clubs, museums, galleries, and places to eat that you’ll find local folk at.
Hit up the famous Dyer’s Burgers, which boasts ageless cooking grease. That’s right, the same grease is strained over and over again and used daily to cook the burgers, which many say lend them their incredible taste.
Music lovers who want to browse a great selection can head to Memphis Music where they can browse a huge collection and vinyl and chat with highly knowledgeable store employees.
You can catch a concert or sporting event at FedEx Forum, which anchors one end of Beale Street. It’s the biggest arena in Memphis and home to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers.
This neighborhood in midtown Memphis blends the traditional and trendy for an area that holds something to do for everyone.
Grab something sweet at Muddy’s Bake Shop, or swing by Burke’s Books, which has been in Memphis since 1875.
The Railgarten is a unique hangout in an old rail yard that has a tiki bar, diner, a volleyball court, and an array of live music that graces its stage.
You also can’t miss out on Hattie B’s Hot Chicken to grab a famed hot chicken sandwich that comes in heat levels ranging from Southern to Shut the Cluck Up.
Broad Street Arts District
Artisan shopping and dining abounds here. Head to Wiseacre Brewing Company’s tap room to experience the coffee milk stout Gotta Get Up To Get Down, or Memphis Sands, a beer that leans on the fine drinking water in the city for its taste.
The Five In One Social Club is a great place to not only shop but learn new artistic skills. It sells things like retro T-shirts and wood prints, but also hosts jewelry-making, printing, and other DIY workshops.
City & State Coffee shop carries not only great cups of joe, but locally made jewelry and other artisan goods for those on a coffee break to peruse.
South Main holds quite a bit of history among the local spots: The National Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.
You can take the Main Street Trolley for a dollar and zip through the neighborhood, potentially landing at South Main Market, the city’s first food hall.
End your day at The Gray Canary, a bar restaurant inside an old distillery.