Memphis is an incredible city, full of fun places to eat and play. You may be familiar with most of them, but in case you tend to stick to your own neck of the woods, we encourage you to break outside your comfort zone and check out these quintessential Memphis experiences that make this city feel like home!
Each Friday from April through September, The Dixon offers free admission to the gardens during lunch time. Food trucks are on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., making this the most delicious and relaxing way to end your week!
Ecco on Overton Park is a beautiful New American-style bistro that offers a delicious lunch and dinner menu, as well as Saturday brunch. A big plus is their sidewalk seating that offers a chance to enjoy the great weather when it’s around. (Check out our article on Ecco owner, Sabine Bachmann, here.)
The Twilight Sky Terrace atop the Madison Hotel has one of the most beautiful views of the city. Go there to watch the sunset — and fall in love with the city, once again. They have great appetizers and small plates but they’re known for their cocktails. It’s a great place to go with friends or as a gorgeous date location!
Throughout the summer, the Orpheum offers fun movies for the whole family in two locations: the historic Orpheum Theatre Memphis and at the new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. With pre-show fun and treats, this is a great way to get out and enjoy one of the city’s most-loved performing arts venues. Tickets are $8 and just $6 for children under 12 year. This runs through the end of August and is a perfect way to meet up with friend and neighbors. Movies include Clerks (July 29), Grease (August 19) and Gone with the Wind. (August 26).
On the last Friday of every month, musicians, shops and galleries are open later, at 6 p.m., and don’t close until the music ends! Often referred to as the greatest street festival in Memphis, it has been held the last Friday of every month since September, 2000. With music on the street and free trolley rides from Beale Street to G.E. Patterson, this is the place to be!
The Levitt Shell in Overton Park is where Elvis played his first paid concert in 1954. They offer multiple concerts each week throughout the summer and more than 50 free concerts each year. The unique setting can’t be beat and it’s the perfect way to spend an evening embracing Memphis history in the middle of Midtown. We’re especially excited about the October 15, 2016, concert featuring Mavis Staples, along with St. Paul and The Broken Bones!
This independent brewing company in Memphis makes great local brews, including special holiday and limited edition brews. They’re committed to raising the bar on local beer in the city — proving it with each pint poured. Find Memphis Made in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.
Aldo’s is considered by many to be the best pizza in Memphis, and we suggest being adventurous and ordering their famous vodka sauce instead of tomato sauce for your pie. Try Aldo’s at the original Downtown location, or the new-ish Midtown location. Check out our full article on Aldo’s here.
Pick-your-own orchard is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Millington. Proven fun for the whole family, Jones offer peaches, strawberries, plums, nectarines, blackberries, blueberries, pears, apples and pumpkins. If you get the peaches, do make this fabulous peach cobbler!
This 6.5-mile trail connects Midtown Memphis to the Shelby Farms Park. You can walk, run, bike and more along this trail. There are even bike repair stations along the way — just in case. With the zip line adventure now open in Shelby Farms Park, outdoor fun is better than ever!
The Cordova Farmers Market offers access to the best fresh produce in the Memphis area — straight from local Tennessee farmers — with great prices, great products and great vendors. (For all of the great farmers markets in Memphis, check out this Complete Guide to Memphis Farmers Markets.)
This last one is not so hidden anymore but it sure is fun! Loflin Yard is a bar, restaurant and event space that is in the heart of Downtown Memphis. The food is delicious, there is gorgeous indoor and outdoor seating, and it’s a great place to go.
More articles you may be interested in:
- Shelby Farms Park Like You’ve Never Imagined!
- The 5 Best Places to Hike in Memphis
- 4 Memphis Outdoor Adventures to Check Out
- 6 Great Places for Pizza in Memphis
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