The smell of barbeque draws visitors from all corners of the world to Memphis, Tennessee. Beale Street offers blues for the ears and food for the soul. But what does this mean for a vegetarian visiting the land of ribs and brisket? Fortunately, we are not out of luck and there are options outside of the traditional offerings. Here are some of my favorite spots in Memphis:
Where to stay:
Beale street is fun, but we stayed in an Airbnb in the Cooper-Young area. This is a trendy area with a younger crowd. There are coffee shops, restaurants and bars all within walking district. The homes have personality and it offers a chance to step off Beale street and experience a different area.
If you are going for a downtown experience and don’t mind dropping some cash, The Peabody is a lot of fun. They are known for their Peabody Ducks who parade around the lobby.
Coffee shops are one of the most important aspects of a trip to me. My favorite was Otherlands Coffee Bar. They have an eclectic cafe and breakfast options.
Another top contender was Muddy’s Bake Shop and Coffee. They have a great porch and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Closer to downtown, there is Tamp & Tap, which offers a more modern atmosphere.
To my surprise, there is an entirely vegan restaurant in Memphis. Imagine Vegan Cafe offers vegan options for all traditional barbecue meals. I had a chopped BBQ sandwich and it definitely satisfied my craving.
For a drinks and appetizer option, Alchemy is perfect. I got the brussel sprouts (without bacon) and they were insane.
Brother Juniper’s has a fantastic selection for brunch with plenty of vegetarian options!
Paula & Raiford’s Disco is a must-see for your first trip to Memphis. It is almost impossible to describe, but imagine walking through a cloud of pink smoke and entering the 70’s. Although they only serve beer, the experience is unlike anything else.
Lafayette’s Music Room is in a great area (Overton Square) and was absolutely packed. they had a great cover band, but be warned it is shoulder-to-shoulder. However, there is a second level that is a little calmer.
Young Avenue Deli is a more relaxed atmosphere with pool tables and music. It’s great for music, food, drinks and seems to be a local hangout.
For the artists out there- Art Center offers a wide selection of products. The staff is very helpful and you are sure to find your staple materials there.
Overton Square offers niche boutiques, but also tons of restaurants and a fun area to walk around with the family.
If you are looking for a way to treat yourself while visiting, check out Calming Influence for massages. They were affordable and we had a great experience.