100 Places You Need to Go in Memphis

May 21, 2012 1:48 pm56 commentsViews: 24716

Making a list of 100 Things to Eat in Memphis was easy for the Memphis Yelp community, so they made a second list, this one of 100 Places to Go in Memphis.

Mind you, there are more than 100 places to go in Memphis, but these are some of the best. Some of them are super familiar (like Graceland), but there are plenty that might be uncharted territory for you.

How many of these places have you been? Which ones are next on your list?

1. Earnestine & Hazel's
2. Crystal Shrine Grotto
3. Dyer's Burgers
4. Memphis Botanic Gardens
5. The bluff walk

The Bluff Walk, Memphis, Tenn.

6. Peabody Hotel Lobby (The people watching is excellent.)
7. Meeman-Shelby State Forest (Stop by the general store, get a burger and see their giant leftover-loving rooster.)
8. Shelby Farms Park
9. National Civil Rights Museum
10. Memphis Zoo
11. Woodruff-Fontaine House
12. The Shrine to the Gods of Keepin' 'Em on the Rail

Shrine to the Gods of Keepin' Em on the Rail, Memphis, Tenn.

13. Chicasaw Heritage Park mounds
14. Martyr's Park
15. Court Square
16. Peabody Hotel Rooftop
17. FedExForum for a basketball game
18. Flashback (The best place in town for vintage clothing, housewares and oddities.)
19. Pink Palace Museum
20. Maggie's Pharm
21. Center for Southern Folklore
22. Levitt Shell (Most of the concerts and film screenings at the Shell are completely free.)

Levitt Shell, Memphis, Tenn.
23. AutoZone Park
24. Beale Street
25. Brooks Museum of Art
26. The P&H Cafe
27. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art
28. Cooper-Young
29. Booksellers at Laurelwood
30. Mollie Fontaine Lounge
31. Mud Island Amphitheatre
32. The Rendezvous
33. Tiger Lane
34. Gibson Guitar Factory
35. The bar at Bosco's
36. Sun Studio
37. Tom Lee Park
38. Graceland
39. South Main Arts District (Especially on the last Friday of every month for Trolley Tour.)
40. Lichterman Nature Center
41. Rock'n'Soul Museum (If you only have time for one Memphis music museum, make it this one – it's the best of all of them rolled into one.)
42. House of Mews
43. Clark Tower (Have a drink in the Tower Room on the 33rd floor.)

Clark Tower, Memphis, Tenn.

44. The Arcade
45. A. Schwab's
46. Wild Bill's
47. Pilgrim House Hostel
48. The Greenline (It runs from Walnut Grove and Tillman to Shelby Farms – bring your bike.)
49. Dixon Gallery and Gardens
50. Goner Records (Drop a quarter in the Elvis shrine.)
51. Huey's
52. Shangri-la Records
53. Overton Park Greensward (aka, the huge field in the middle of the park.)
54. Elmwood Cemetery (The final resting place of all sorts of notorious Memphians.)

Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

55. Mt. Carmel Cemetery
56. Bettis Family Cemetery
57. Summer Drive-In
58. Stax Museum of American Soul Music
59. The Lamplighter
60. Ardent Recording Studios
61. Fire Museum
62. Children's Museum of Memphis
63.The Memphis room in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
64. Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market
65. Chucalissa
66. Ghost River Brewery
67. Jerry's Snow Cones
68. National Ornamental Metal Museum
69. Melrose High School football stadium
70. Joe's Liquors (Go at night to see the Sputnik in action.)

Joe's Liquors, Memphis, Tenn.

71. Oaklawn Garden
72. Old Forest at Overton Park
73. Hi-Tone Cafe
74. The Remed Mural on Broad Ave.
75. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
76. University of Memphis Art Museum (especially their Ancient Egyptian collection)
77. Old Philadelphia Cemetery
78. Rhodes College Library
79. Stereo Alley
80. Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop
81. Wolf River Harbor

Wolf River Harbor, Memphis, Tenn.

82. The Buccaneer (Memphis' original pirate bar.)
83. Pete & Sam's
84. Gibson's Donuts (The earlier in the morning, the better.)
85. Playhouse on the Square
86. Hickory Hill Buddha
87. Tad Pierson's Indoor Trailer Park (A private venue, but if you can get into a party there, GO.)
88. Orpheum Theatre
89. City of Memphis skate park (Wear a helmet, ok?)
90. Sushi Gas Station
91. VINI
92. The "new bridge" (Or, if you're not a local, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge)
93. Broad Ave. Arts District
94. Public Earthquake Research Center
95. Easy Way
96. Memphis International Airport gate B-17
97. The Warehouse (Also a part of a private residence, but the public parties and events there are some of the best in town.)
98. Al Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle
99. Burke's Books
100. Xanadu Music and Books (Home of the Lowebow!)


  • I was so glad to find your list of unique places to see in Memphis! We loved the Crystal Shrine Grotto (so unique and so lovely) and Gibson's Donuts. Why can't I have those up North??

  • Where is the best place to stay in Memphis? I want a nice and safe place for my three granddaughters and I to enjoy the best of Memphis. We need a swimming pool too. What should we be sure to see? Which places are interesting for 9 year old girls? I looked at your list, but wondered what we should be sure to include considering their ages. We are going to Graceland and the Sun Records.

  • What about Slave Haven, part of the underground railroad?

  • Overton Square

  • Davies Manor Plantation

  • Victorian Village District

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