Memphis — home of the blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll! But Memphis isn’t just known for its soulful community and mouthwatering barbecue. To locals, the city is also known for its abundance of history, art and, most importantly, our city pride. And nowhere can you see this vibrant spirit more clearly than in the Bluff City’s colorful murals and iconic landmarks. So, whether you’re a local or just visiting, keep reading to find out where to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy pic to wow your followers!
The Most Instagrammable Spots in Memphis
The Sound of Memphis
LOCATION: On Main Street across from Aldo’s Pizza (100 S. Main St., #101, Memphis, TN 38103)
The Sound of Memphis mural displays an African-American man carrying a guitar case with colorful stickers all over it. The stickers showcase many Memphis landmarks, sports teams, logos, restaurants and more, displaying the versatility that Memphis has to offer.
‘I Love Memphis’ Mural
LOCATION: West of the Leonard Drive entrance to the Greenline
Whether you’re a local or visitor, the Greenline holds something special for everyone — including this mural! The long-distance, multi-use trail continues throughout Shelby County and beyond, so grab your running shoes or bicycle and take a ride along the Greenline, but don’t forget to stop along the way to enjoy this fabulous mural, which was designed by Siphne Sylve with help from local volunteers. Painted on the side of an old railroad tunnel, it was created in conjunction with the series of “I Love Memphis” murals (see below) co-sponsored by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Memphis and also supported by grant funds from ArtsMemphis.
Hope Will Lead Us There
LOCATION: The backside of Streets Ministries on Pontotoc Avenue and Main Street
This mural brightens this Memphis neighborhood with its inspiring message painted right into the core of the mural: “Hope Will Lead Us There.” It’s colorful, it’s fun, and it instills a visual reminder of positivity into the local community. Artist Erin Miller Williams was sponsored by Street Ministries to complete this mural
LOCATION: South Main Street and Vance Avenue
This mural shows a high-contrast image of black and white behind a grey pixelated photo of a man. This piece was designed for Jimmy Lindsey, known as Jay Reatard, a musician who passed away in his late 20s.
“I Love Memphis” Mural
LOCATION: Cooper and York, near 768 Cooper St.
This is another part of the “I Love Memphis” series of murals. The bright red wall is a popular attraction and is “Insta-famous” among younger Memphians. If you’re in town with some friends, grab your camera, venture over to Cooper-Young, and take memorable photos at this bold must-see!
The Water Pavilion
LOCATION: 2532 Broad Ave., Memphis, TN 38112
“Find us at the water tower!” The Broad Avenue Arts District is a street dedicated to locally owned small businesses with aims to revitalize the urban core of Memphis. Broad Avenue is home to many restaurants, shops and public art, including one of the tallest and most welcoming of them all — the 150-foot colorful water tower. The water tower consists of a colorful mural and an evening light show.
“Choose 901” Mural
Adorned with the ultimate Memphis tagline and quintessential hashtags, this simple circle mural offers the perfect place to pose for a quick shot showcasing your Bluff City pride.
LOCATION: STAX Museum, 926 East McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN 38126
Located at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, this uber-cool marquee looks fabulous when lit up at night. It’s also a fun place to pay tribute to the musical icons and spiritual founders of soul music. Groove through their thousands of artifacts and interactive exhibits, then step outside and snap a pic!
LOCATION: City & State, 2625 Broad Ave., Memphis, TN 38112
Well, hello! Grab a coffee for this one. This spot at beloved Broad Avenue coffee and gift shop City & State is the perfect backdrop for your smiling mug AND your coffee mug, an uplifting morning greeting for all of your followers.
LOCATION: Beale Street
“The King of Rock” stands high over Beale Street for all of his biggest fans to adore. Right in the heart of downtown, this legend stands as a reminder of all of the great music he produced as well as his deep roots in Memphis’ history. How can you not smile around him?!
Jerry’s Snow Cones
LOCATION: Jerry’s Snow Cones, 1657 Wells Station Road, Memphis, TN 38108
A picture at Jerry’s Snow Cones is on our bucket list! Whether it’s the pink walls, a snow cone in hand or the “Before I die … ” wall, this favorite Memphis snow cone and burger shack offers picture-perfect moments.
The Peabody Rooftop
LOCATION: 149 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
The South’s Grand Hotel has many areas to explore and snap pictures, but The Peabody rooftop beats them all. No matter what time of day, it’s one of the best places to view the Mighty Mississippi in town, and the iconic red sign is not to be missed.
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