Entertainment memphistravel.com memphistravel DISTRICTS Beale Street From the moment your foot touches the cobblestones in downtown Memphis, you realise you’ve officially entered a music mecca unlike any other. Beale Street is alive with blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, soul and gospel. Its live music, outdoor concerts, clubs, restaurants and neon give you an authentic look at Memphis and its music. No other local landmark has held such mystique, intrigue, fame and infamy over the years. Broad Avenue Arts District Eat, drink, shop or create along Broad Avenue. Browse locally owned shops for art, home accessories, small batch maker goods, bikes, guitars, clothing, farm fresh restaurants and a local brewery with a fantastic outdoor space. Cooper-Young Century-old buildings are home to funky stores selling rare vinyl, vintage clothes and antiques. Coffee hangouts are just a walk away from local restaurants and bars with live music. Dine where Priscilla Presley had her hair styled – The Beauty Shop – complete with retro hairdryers and booths. Overton Square Here, it’s possible to eat around the world in one block of Overton Square. Share guacamole - made tableside - at Babalu Tapas & Tacos. Cozy up to a steaming bowl of ramen at Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar or head just down the road to The Bar-B-Q Shop and try a non-traditional dish such as their Bar-B-Q Nachos or Bar-B-Q Spaghetti. Nearby Overton Park boasts lush green spaces to play, one of the top zoos in the country, free outdoor concerts at the Levitt Shell, a public golf course, and cultural and educational exhibits at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art . All three districts are 10-15 minutes by car or taxi from downtown. Crosstown Concourse The vision for Crosstown Concourse as a ‘vertical urban village’ has truly come to fruition and you can see it for yourself when you visit Memphis. Locals live and work inside the building, but there are plenty of fun things for visitors to do (and eat!) inside the space once you’re done marvelling at the incredible architecture. Overton Square Crosstown Concourse Midtown Memphis, USA Blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll–it all started in Memphis–so pay homage to the originals. Of course you’ll explore Beale Street, but dive a little deeper into neighbourhood listening rooms, stages under the stars and intimate bars inside historic mansions. Beale Street (image by Dustin Williams) Im a g e b y B ra n d U S A Image by Holly Whitfield