So you want to live like a local, huh? We all want to feel like a sleuth in our city, a guru of all things great going on in our backyard. Well, fret no more! We have assembled the ultimate local’s guide to Memphis. All of our tried and true resources are listed below so that you can be well versed on how and where to eat, drink, shop, plan activities, get artsy and talk like a local.

Hey, we write a LOT of content and it’s hard to keep up with it all. This guide is a handy way to access all of our best articles that keep you in the know for eating, shopping, and loving Memphis traditions! So, if you keep up with this one article, you’ll have access to all the others. Bookmark this local’s guide to Memphis, because it is the definitive guide for everything you need to know about our fair city — your table of contents for how to live local!

ultimate guide to memphis

Live like a local! We’ve assembled our lists of all the best spots to eat, drink, shop, explore and play around the 901.

Eat & Drink Like a Local

Do you stay up-to-date on the hottest spots to grab a bite to eat? Do you know where to go when you want to be extra healthy? Do you have a handle on the best happy hours and breweries around town? Check out these lists to stay at the top of your Memphis food-and-drink game!

Shop Like a Local

Skip the mall and shop somewhere that is simply Memphis. There are plenty of stellar locally owned and operated fashion boutiques, home decor shops, flower shops, gift shops and more. There’s no excuse not to love thy neighbor and hit up a local joint when shopping!

Plan Activities Like a Local

If you’ve got friends and family coming into town, or if you’re just looking for some fun weekend plans with the pals, check out these awesome activities, adventures and explorations just waiting for you in Memphis and the surrounding areas!

Get Artsy Like Local

The arts in Memphis are thriving, and it’s up to us to support them! Whether you love live music, local art or the theater, there are plenty of ways to get artsy in the 901.

Talk Like a Local

Do you sound like a local? Make sure you are up on your Memphis history, local hacks and figures of speech!

Now get out there and be the best Memphian you can be!

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