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The Pinch District, known as Memphis’ first neighborhood, began as a melting pot, its population made up primarily of Irish immigrants escaping the potato famine of Ireland in the mid-1800s. The area got its name because of the appearance of a “pinched gut” on the hungry residents who lived there. In addition to being the first Memphis neighborhood, it was also the city’s first commercial district.

Today, the Pinch District is a vibrant neighborhood, packed with plenty to see and do – here’s a guide to some of our favorites, updated in January 2022!

The Pinch District is still continuing to grow.

Be sure to grab a photo in front of this stunning mural in the Pinch District. Image: Downtown Memphis


The Lookout at Bass Pro Outdoor World

1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 620-4630

Have a one-of-a-kind dinner at The Lookout at Bass Pro Outdoor World. Kick off your experience here by riding a free-standing elevator 28 stories to the top of this Bass Pro location’s signature pyramid. Once at The Lookout, you can enjoy an array of food and unique beverages while soaking in the totally unique view.

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill

1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 291-8000

Located inside Cypress Lodge, aka the Bass Pro Shop Pyramid, this is undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill will have you feeling like you’re swimming in the deep, blue sea. Not only is the food delicious, but their cocktails will blow you out of the water!


346 N. Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 543-8646

With a menu that ranges from sandwiches and burgers to gumbo to steak, Westy’s has something on the menu for just about everyone, and they’ve been around for decades, so the menu is tried and true. Westy’s also offers “blue plate specials,” serving up a taste of country fare. Their best seller? Catfish nuggets.

Enjoy this warm weather while you can!

Enjoy a seat on the picnic tables at Westy’s. Image: Westy’s


317 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 523-0200

Chicken. And. Waffles. Need we say more? Open for breakfast, lunch, and Saturday brunch, Alcenia’s serves up some solid soul food. From chicken and catfish to veggies, beans, and homemade desserts, Alcenia’s is a must for comfort food. *UPDATE: As of January 27, 2022, Alcenia’s is temporarily closed for renovations. Be sure to check their website for updates! 

Ferraro’s Pizzeria and Pub

111 Jackson Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 522-2033

Offering homemade pizza with fresh ingredients, Ferraro’s Pizzeria and Pub feels authentically Italian. Not in the mood for pizza? Give their stromboli a try — it’s made fresh every morning. *UPDATE: As of January 27, 2022, Ferraro’s is temporarily closed for renovations. Keep an eye on their website for updates! 

RELATED: 12 of Memphis’ Most Epic Breakfast Sandwiches


Big Cypress Lodge

1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 620-4600

There’s nothing quite like staying inside the pyramid at Big Cypress Lodge — especially one that offers tons of activities, a Bass Pro Shop, a hotel, spa, and two restaurants. The Big Cypress Lodge is the only hotel of its kind in Memphis. It combines the great outdoors with an elegant twist that features fireplaces, screened-in porches, and handcrafted furniture. If you’re hosting a private gathering, stay in the Governor’s Suite, which has a full kitchen, wrap-around balcony, and breathtaking view. Worth noting, Big Cypress Lodge also offers meeting spaces.

How stunning is this room?!

When you step inside Big Cypress Lodge, you’ll forget you’re inside a pyramid! Image: Big Cypress Lodge

This view of this Mississippi River is so beautiful!

This is a view we never get tired of. Image: Big Cypress Lodge

Balinese Ballroom

330 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 522-1144

Constructed in 1876, Balinese Ballroom is filled with character and can adapt to any type of celebration. Whether your event aesthetic is chic, rustic, or modern, this is the Pinch District’s go-to. Host a wedding, reunion, work function, anniversary, or birthday party — they offer three different spaces to suit a variety of party sizes and styles.

Host your next event at Balinese Ballroom. Image: Balinese Ballroom

Located right outside of Balinese Ballroom, you can snap a picture in front of this mural painted by Sam Reeves Hill. Image: I Am Sam Art


Comeback Coffee

358 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 860-4215

Comeback Coffee first started as a way to give back to Memphis. Their motto, “Stay awhile,” is a genuine invitation. Grab a cup of coffee, a pastry, and settle in for anything from conversation with friends to catching up on work, to diving into a good book.

Your cup of morning Joe will never be the same!

Stay awhile at Comeback Coffee. Image: Comeback Coffee

Pyramid Wine & Spirits

120 A.W. Willis Ave, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 578-2773

In business for over a decade, the Pyramid Wine & Spirits vision is to bring you the best wine and spirits at an affordable cost. They also offer a Growling Station, where you can taste and try some of Memphis’ craft and local beers. Whatever your poison, they’ve got you covered.


The African Palace

581 N. 3rd St, Memphis, TN 38105 • 901-524-0800

The African Palace offers a wide variety of African imports including clothing, personal care products, spiritual supplies, prints, jewelry, and more. They also have a cafe and rental venue!

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

 826 N. Second St., Memphis, TN 38107 • 

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum features a secret cellar and trap doors that offered refuge to runaway slaves. The tour provides information on the horrors of the slave trade and the workings of the Underground Railroad.


Big Cypress Spa

1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 620-4600

Enjoy a single treatment or a full luxury spa day with all the bells and whistles at Big Cypress Spa. They offer traditional services like manicures, pedicures, body treatments, and facials, plus a selection of skincare products for purchase.

Ah, a day full of relaxing is definitely on the agenda.

Treat yourself to a day of self-care at Big Cypress Spa. Image: Big Cypress Lodge

Epiphany Salon and Gallery

726 North Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 406-3026

Epiphany Salon and Gallery has one goal: to make you look and feel your best. What’s not to love about that? From the time you arrive, you’ll be made to feel comfortable and pampered, and you’ll leave with shiny, silky-smooth locks.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

62 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 595-3300

There’s a special place in the heart of each Memphian when it comes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Host to various fundraisers throughout the year, including the famous St. Jude Marathon, we are grateful this world-renowned healthcare facility is right here in our backyard. Founded by Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a hospital unlike any other. They’re dedicated to curing childhood cancer, and they refuse to turn any child away. While you’re taking a tour or driving through the campus, stop by the St. Jude Gift Shop!

We are truly grateful that this nonprofit resides in our own backyard!

The campus of St. Jude is truly special. Image: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Get out and explore this historic neighborhood that means so much to Memphis! 


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