Over 100 years ago, the ebb and flow of the Mississippi River left a gift in its wake, right in the Memphis harbor. Created by sand, mud, and gravel — and possibly with some help from a U.S. warship stuck in a sandbank — Mud Island has seen some changes in the intervening years. Today it is the setting of a vibrant neighborhood filled with beautiful homes, upscale apartments, a school, and a marina. The views of the river and downtown Memphis are spectacular, the food options are outstanding, and the walking trails beckon. Join us as we take a look at all Harbor Town has to offer!

Lake in Harbor Town neighborhood

A stroll through  Harbor Town‘s walking trails is absolutely breathtaking. Image: Henry Turley Co.

Aerial view of marina in Harbor Town

The marina has more than 50 boat slips available to residents — and wonderful views for everyone! Image: Chris Porter

Your Updated Guide to Harbor Town

Where to Eat & Drink

A mainstay of Memphis fine dining for more than 40 years, Paulette’s brings the ambiance as well as delicious, well-prepared food from the creative mind of Chef Don Walker. Located in the River Inn, the award-winning restaurant offers tasty lunches, romantic dinners, and a stellar weekend brunch. Trust us, you’ll want to try the freshly baked popovers with strawberry butter.

Crab cakes from Paulette's in Memphis

The Low Country Crab Cakes at Paulette’s are served with lima bean hummus, cherry tomatoes, and lemon aioli. Image: Jay Adkins

8-ounce filet from Paulette's in Memphis

Consider ordering the juicy 8-ounce filet, grilled to perfection, served with asparagus, charred onion demi-glace, leek butter, and potato puree. Delicious! Image: Jay Adkins

K-Pie from Paulette's in Harbor Town

Every Memphian knows to order the K-Pie at Paulette’s! The Kahlua-Mocha Parfait Pie is a decadent way to end the evening. Image: Jay Adkins

With spectacular views of the Mississippi and the downtown skyline, Terrace at the River Inn is the perfect place for a handcrafted cocktail and a yummy meal. The dishes are a modern twist on classic favorites; choose from the large plates menu, or share a few small plates with friends. Just across the street, Tug’s Casual Grill is just that – a casual meeting place with hearty hometown favorites on the menu, including delicious burgers, fried catfish, and the “Best Gumbo North of New Orleans!”

River Rum Punch from Terrace at the River Inn

Located on the rooftop of the River Inn, Terrace offers beautiful views and delightful drinks like the River Rum Punch, made with Kraken dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and tropical liqueurs. Image: Jay Adkins

Lamb sliders served with a Moscow Mule at Terrace at the River Inn

Enjoy lamb sliders with feta cheese, shallot jam, lettuce, and mint yogurt on a brioche bun. A refreshing Moscow Mule makes a wonderful accompaniment. Image: Jay Adkins

Fried thin catfish from Tug's Casual Grill in Harbor Town

Try Tug’s bayou fried thin catfish with creamy cornmeal breading, hush puppies, fries, coleslaw, and a choice of tartar sauce or Remoulade. Image: Jay Adkins

Pizza, wings and burger from Tug's Casual Grill

Tug’s specialty pizza is handcrafted by Chef Judd Grisanti. Image: Jay Adkins

If you want a tasty breakfast any time of day, check out Café Eclectic. With a tempting array of classics, lighter fare, pancakes, waffles, omelets, and scrambles, the menu is sure to satisfy both your hunger and your taste buds. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are also available, and Café Eclectic offers seasonal specials to take advantage of fresh local ingredients. Add in an extensive, well-curated coffee bar and an old-fashioned soda fountain with shakes, sundaes, and floats, and you’ll see why Café Eclectic is so popular.

Tucked inside Cordelia’s Market is Cordelia’s Table, where you’ll find delectable home cooking. Breakfast options include breakfast burritos, breakfast pizzas, and warm cinnamon rolls. For lunch or an early dinner, build your own sandwich from several premium meats, breads, and cheeses, or choose one of Cordelia’s favorites.

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Kale salad from Cordelia's Table in Harbor Town

Made in-house, the kale and quinoa salad at Cordelia’s Table is justly famous. Image: Natalie Schuh

Chris' Chipotle Sandwich at Cordelia's Table

Chris’s chipotle sandwich is a yummy bestseller. Image: Natalie Schuh

Breakfast burrito from Cordelia's Table in Harbor Town

The breakfast burrito is a delicious way to start the day. Image: Natalie Schuh

Where to Shop

No trip to Harbor Town is complete without a stop at Cordelia’s Market. This specialty grocery store is well-stocked with fresh produce, local treats, and specialty items. The floral department offers both fresh-cut blooms and potted plants, and you can’t go wrong choosing from the handpicked wine and beer selection. There’s even a butcher on hand to help you choose the perfect cut for your next meal.

Exterior of Cordelia's Market

Welcome to Cordelia’s Market! Image: Natalie Schuh

Fresh produce at Cordelia's Market in Harbor Town

Fresh, healthy produce lines the shelves at Cordelia’s Market. Image: Natalie Schuh

Additionally, while shopping may not be the main reason to visit Harbor Town, you are just a stone’s throw away from Bass Pro Shops in the Pyramid, one of the largest retail experiences in the world.

What to Do

Harbor Town was built to be walkable and seamlessly incorporates nature trails into the landscape. Leafy green public squares provide relaxation, and three playgrounds allow children a safe and fun place to blow off a little steam. The well-maintained walking trails meander past ponds that are small havens for waterfowl and other birds. Harbor Town is closely adjacent to Greenbelt Park, which lies along the Mighty Mississippi, and the Wolf River Greenway. The area is truly a walker’s paradise!

Once you complete your walk, reward yourself with a manicure and pedicure at Nail Bar & Co., or treat yourself to a little pampering at Harbor Town Day Spa. Looking for cardio and strength training or a group fitness class? Harbor Town Fitness has you covered!

Activities and venues such as Mud Island Park, Mud Island Amphitheatre, and the Mississippi River Museum are nearby, too.

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View of river and trees from a Memphis walking trail

The beautiful trails of Harbor Town take you past lovely water features. Image: Henry Turley Co.

A couple strolling through Harbor Town

Residents and visitors alike enjoy strolling on the well-maintained trails. Image: Henry Turley Co.

Where to Stay

If you’re craving a staycation, a night at the River Inn at Harbor Town is a delightful option, with 28 beautifully appointed rooms and suites. The AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel overlooks the Mississippi River as well as the charming core of Harbor Town Square and boasts luxurious touches such as fine woodwork, high-quality bath amenities, and comfortable four-poster beds with plush pillows. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a glass of wine or champagne — an elegant welcome we can appreciate! Paulette’s is located on the ground floor, and Terrace at the River Inn provides a very enjoyable rooftop experience.

Exterior of River Inn

Welcome to the River Inn at Harbor Town! Image: Jay Adkins

Four-poster bed at the River Inn in Harbor Town

Sink into the comforts of a four-poster bed, a luxurious bathroom, and outstanding views. Image: Jay Adkins

River Inn’s Admiral Penthouse Suite

If you really want to treat yourself, book a stay at River Inn’s graciously appointed Admiral Penthouse Suite. Image: Jay Adkins

Enjoy exploring this lovely and inviting Memphis neighborhood!

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