Things to do in Memphis Tennessee

Memphis is the second largest city in Tennessee and it has a big reputation for the Blues, Elvis, and the best barbecue. Here are the top things to do in Memphis Tennessee.


The first thing you want to do when you get here is to have some barbecue. Memphis is known for its barbecue cuisine and one of the best restaurants to go to is the Rendezvous. This is a popular basement BBQ restaurant that has been in business for 70 years. It was started by Charlie Vargas in 1948 and passed down through the family. The Rendezvous is famous for its ribs and dry rub spices.

Central Business District

You can decide to explore the downtown core which is the central business district and is located along the Mississippi River. Getting around is so easy, you can take a trolley horse-drawn carriage or if you really want to work out explore by bike. Memphis has a new bicycle program called the Explorer Bike Share, and it’s a great way to discover the city and stay fit.

Food Options

Food is another important part of Memphis food culture and no place does it better than Alcenia’s. Not only are the portion sizes massive, but they also make you feel right at home. The owner BJ Chester Tamayo even greets everyone with a kiss on the forehead.


You would definitely not want to miss this city’s nightlife. Memphis is the unofficial home of rock, soul, and blues music and the iconic Beale Street is where locals go to hear live music and party. Rail Garden in Midtown is another fun place to go to. This funky restaurant has an outdoor seating area with a DJ and a bunch of other cool stuff you just have to see. This former rail yard is now a Tiki bar live music venue and a playground where you can even play volleyball.

Memphis’s Colorful Street Art

This can be found throughout the downtown core and you can learn a bit of history behind Memphis’s music scene at the Rock n Soul Museum. If all this exploring gets you hungry yet again, you can make a stop for dessert at a beauty shop – Priscilla Presley’s former hair salon turned mid-century American eatery. The cakes here are divine and the decor is pretty quirky.

The National Civil Rights Museum

This museum tells the story of the civil rights movement and it is built at the very site that the movement’s leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It’s very impactful, and it’s definitely a place to visit.

I am a Man Monument This is located right up the street. This Memorial Plaza is dedicated to the 1300 sanitation workers who went on strike back in 1968 in a fight for equal pay treatment and rights