Taking a quick break out of this insane Fashion Month to reflect back on my first visit to Memphis a few weeks back. I had heard a lot of negative things about the city in the past so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I was fortunate enough to have it snow while I visited and have a few local guides to help me find some of the best spots in the city. Needless to say, I ended up having an incredible experience and certainly have a few recommendations for anyone paying a visit to this Southern city…
A visit to Memphis isn’t complete with stepping into Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Even if you aren’t a huge Elvis fan it’s still worth a visit if just for the interior design inspiration. The photos speak for themselves…which I’ve gone a little heavy on here because I couldn’t choose just a couple.
Dine at Folk’s Folly
Fact: I’ve never had as big of a filet mignon as I had at Folk’s Folly. The upscale steakhouse has to be one of the top restaurants in Memphis. I visited for a wedding reception and the food was unforgettable. The signature hot fudge brownie proved to be the perfect way to finish off the magical snowy evening. Would go back.
The Memphis Pyramid
The most iconic structure in the Memphis skyline – the Memphis pyramid sits near the Mississippi River and has been turned into a Bass Pro Shop. The shop itself is impressive – with the inside resembling Las Vegas’ Luxor towering stories up. After connecting with your inner country roots (or pretending to at least), head up the elevator for a small fee to see the insane views of the Mississippi river and downtown Memphis. There’s also a hotel located in the pyramid – definitely my plan for accommodation next time I’m in the city 😉
Drink at Celtic Crossing
Want to hang with the locals in a super cool two story Irish pub in the hipster neighborhood of Midtown? Celtic Crossing would be your place. An industrial-feeling first floor that appears to be open-air in the summer (it was snowing during my visit so thankfully this wasn’t the case then) and a second floor that feels like you’re drinking in Dublin. Not to mention live music (the genre depending on the different nights of the week) and bottomless Irish beef stew on Tuesdays…so just go. I sadly didn’t eat there but the menu is making me want to get back on a plane bound for Memphis….or Ireland I suppose.
The classic tourist destination is well worth a visit. The cute street has shops, bars, and restaurants that take you back to the days when blues music filled the Southern streets. I ate at B.B. King’s Blues Club on the street and was greeted with live blues music even in the middle of the day on a Monday. Plus the gumbo and catfish bites were out of this world.
Memphis, I was pleasantly surprised by you. I will certainly be back!