My Mini Guide To Downtown Memphis

When friends and family come to visit me in Memphis there are a few spots I always suggest. Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, Shelby Farms, a Memphis Grizzlies game and Beale Street. I’ve been to all of these spots a handful of times, usually to show my guests or to enjoy it myself. Luckily, if you are headed downtown you can hit a few of these spots at once. 
I have been to all of the above mentioned places a handful of times so I usually let people go visit them on their own. Unless it’s my friends who came to visit me, then of course I will show them around and a good time! Either Friday or Saturday we will go to a Memphis Grizzlies game, they are full of energy and entertainment plus I get to watch my hubs! If you plan on going to a game you should head downtown early to enjoy what Memphis has to offer. 
The Lorrain Motel is walking distance from the FedEx Forum. If you don’t have time to walk through the National Civil Rights Museum you can drive up to the Lorraine Motel and see it while staying in your car. From your car you are able to see the large white wreath that hangs in front of room 306 where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The feeling you get standing where King was shot is hard to explain, it is very surreal. If you can walk around you really should, you can even see where it is believed the shot that killed King was fired.

When my hometown friends visit I love t take them to the world-famous Beale Street before games. To be honest, I typically go straight to the games and straight home after. When friends are in town I gotta step up my social game. Beale Street is a very unique place, you can go in to any bar and grab a drink and continue walking the street. There is always a variety of entertainment and live music somewhere on the street. I have never been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans but I have heard many people compare the two, Beale Street being much smaller. 
If we are grabbing a beer before the game you can stop into any spot including the first floor of Club 152. Make a note I said the first floor. I have been to the third floor which is a nightclub called The Shadows. The first and third floor are pretty much night and day from one another. 
When we want a bite to eat before the game I like to go to Alfred’s because of their rooftop patio. You have a great view of Beale Street while sitting and enjoying drinks and food. 
After the games we often go to Itta Bena which is located above B.B. King’s Blues Club. It’s quite and private just the way we like things. 
 Another place I enjoy downtown is Main Street. There are great restaurants and shops and it’s an easy place to walk around. You can always catch the trolley to help you get from point A to point B. Mud Island is another cool spot. I have lived in Memphis for seven years and went to Mud Island the first time last year, then I went 3 times in one month! On Mud Island is Harbor Town which has everything a little town would need. It is a very cute spot. 
The Breakdown:
If you plan on venturing around downtown Memphis where comfortable shoes. Sneakers are fashionable now giving us plenty of options to dress well and be comfortable. Memphis in the fall feels like the summer in the midwest where I grew up. Short shorts can be worn well into September, maybe even October! I went with denim on denim for my sneaker look. If you are nervous to wear denim on denim start with different colors. I started with black jeans and a denim shirt the first time. Eventually you will feel more comfortable wearing closer shades of blue or even overalls! How awesome if my phone case? There is a spot in the back to hold my drivers license and cards and the strap detaches!
top | Joe’s Jeans
shorts | Paige Denim
belt | Gucci (similar)
sneaker | Gucci ‘Ace Lace High-top Sneaker’ 
watch | Jord ‘Frankie 35’ in navy and zebrawood
phone case | Bandolier ‘Emma Cross Body Case’ (designer)
Live votre rêve!


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