This historic neighbourhood is iconic in Memphis. It’s trendy, happening and yet somehow still totally relaxed: a winning combination for travellers who want to explore like a local.
How Do I Get There?
A short drive from Downtown, or hop on one of the many buses for a straight shot into the district.
What’s The Vibe?
Historically hip, which sounds like an oxymoron but Cooper-Young has found the balance between traditional and cosmopolitan. The casual vibes exist naturally next to trendy, up and coming arts, eats and lifestyles.
Who Hangs Out Here?
Progressive professionals, artistic hipsters and a growing LGBT community. Anyone who values authenticity and informal experiences really.
What Are The Locals Eating?
Locals love Young Avenue Deli for the french fries. They might sound simple but they are award winning and perfectly paired with their American style sandwiches.
Where Can I Grab A Coffee?
Java Cabana is a local favourite that unlike a lot of cafes, wants you to stay a while! While waiting for your morning cup of joe be sure to check out the vintage posters and see when the next live music or poetry reading is on.
What Does My Cocktail Look Like?
Skip the cocktail, Cooper-Young is all about craft beer and one of the best can be found at Hammer and Ale. With 24 rotating taps of local and regional brews, they’ll happily let you sample a few before committing.
How Do I Spend An Afternoon?
Plan your afternoon around seeing where the neighbourhood began and discovering why it’s so loved by locals. Be sure to check out the cute bungalow style architecture and the one-of-a-kind Cooper-Young Trestle, a metal streetscape sculpture along an abandoned rail track, featuring miniature versions of homes in the neighbourhood.
What’s My Ultimate Must Do?
You can’t leave Cooper-Young without experiencing some art or live music. If you’re lucky enough to be there for Gonerfest or the Cooper-Young festival, you’ll be in cultural heaven.
Should I Plan An Evening Here?
Definitely. It’s a great alternative to bustling Beale Street and has a great singles scene. Great eats are often mixed with live music and delightful drinks, so find a place that offers them all, such as the Celtic Crossing Irish Pub, to start the night.
Got more time?
Hop across to the South Main Street neighbourhood (Memphis’ first suburb) for true legendary Memphis vibes. It’s where rock and roll first hit the airwaves, the first arts district and the locals here are savvy, innovative and progressive.