Memphis Mojo

Our Recommendations for Memphis Travel

If you are visiting Memphis you probably already know some, if not all, of our history.   Memphis has been one of the most influential musical cultures around the world and most people know exactly where to visit to see pieces of that history (Graceland, Sun Studio, Stax, Beale Street and certainly don't forget to visit the St. Blues exhibit at the Rock n Soul Museum).   But a lot of people ask us "What else is there to do?" & "Where do Memphians go?" and especially, "What is the best Bar B Q  joint in town?" because in addition to being the musical center of the Universe, Memphis is also the place where real bar-b-q comes from.

Well, here are some suggestions from us locals that you may not have heard about.


The Bar-B-Q Shop $

These guys have been around for 50 years and have managed to create some of the best gourmet sauces out there.   They are known for their hot sauce, though you can get any degree of heat you want.   They also have the coolest T-shirt with the Dancing Pigs.

Central BBQ $

Great Bar-B-Q also.  We like their dry ribs, but everything is good here.  It has a young crowd and music on the weekends, sometime.

Dyer's Burgers $

Founded in 1912 Dyer's still uses it's "famous grease" to make these world famous burgers.

The Arcade Restaurant $

Billing itself as “Memphis’ Oldest Café,” The Arcade Restaurant has been at the corner of Memphis’ South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Boulevard since 1919.    The restaurant has seen its surroundings rise, fall, and rise again with the fortunes of the city.  Once the bustling heart of Memphis’ downtown, the neighborhood around the Arcade fell into decline in the 1970s and ’80s.   By the time Jim Jarmusch arrived to shoot his 1989 film Mystery Train, hard times had overtaken what had become an especially seedy part of town.   Today you can order a nice hardy breakfast or any number of sandwiches that still have the Grecian feel.

Trolley Stop Market $

Trolley Stop Market in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Enjoy their locally grown breakfast, lunch and dinner and shop at our year-round indoor farmers market.

Off the Beaten Track

Graceland Too $

Graceland Too is the real deal!

Goner Records

A great record label & record store in the Cooper Young District.

National Ornamental Metal Museum

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the preservation and promotion of fine metalwork.

Elmwood Cemetery

Elmwood is the most historic ground in this part of the world. The dramatic Entry Bridge, the Carpenter-Gothic Office Cottage– the entire 80-acre cemetery – are all on the National Register of Historic Places, and Elmwood is also an official Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum.

 Gettin' Around

Memphis Hop

Hop On. Tune In. Rock Out.  Get on the bus and take in Memphis’ unique and vibrant culture. From the Jungle Room Graceland to jungle cats at the Zoo, soulful bass lines at STAX to base line drives at AutoZone Park, the Memphis HOP introduces you to the best in Memphis cultural attractions. The Memphis HOP lets visitors and residents discover the arts and culture at your own pace, hopping on and off to see the sites that appeal to you. Explore great family entertainment, a look at our authentic history, and a celebration of the unique Memphis Sound.