"Downtown is great to live in because it is walking distant to almost all variety of restaurants, Beale Street, and sports activities. The Fedex Forum and Autozone Park are right next door. Rent is almost the same as Mud Island except you don't have to get out of your building complex to get sushi or Maggie Moo's Ice cream."

-Akram Mesleh Shayeb (PGY4)

"Downtown has so much to offer! Fantastic restaurants, great bars, and live music are all within walking distance. On Saturdays you can check out the farmer's market where you can buy local produce and goods, if you're into the art scene the Orpheum has concerts and plays every week and there are several galleries located on south main, during basketball season (go Grizz!) the FedEx forum is just a short walk from Main Street, and in the spring all of the amazing Memphis festivals are just outside your door. With many new condos and apartment buildings, downtown has several housing options."

-Kim (2nd Year Med-Peds Resident)

There's always something fun and exciting to do in downtown Memphis, home of the iconic Beale Street, whether it's going to a Grizzlies game, dropping in to dance to year-round blues and live music, enjoying one of several of the area's annual festivals (including Memphis in May's Beale Street Music Festival), or exploring the dining scene among the numerous locally owned restaurants. Night life is especially vibrant with a number of bars and clubs, and there's always live music in downtown Memphis. Memphians also enjoy downtown's outdoor amenities including Tom Lee Park, which sits right next to the Mississippi River. Plans to convert the historic Harahan Bridge into a walking/biking trail that crosses over the river into Arkansas will make downtown a hub for outdoors enthusiasts as well. Many of our residents live downtown and plenty of apartment and condo options are available.

South Main Street is a unique district located at the southern end of the downtown area that is a favorite among the residents for its character, history, and charm. South Main takes on an energy that differs from the hustle and bustle of Beale. Several of Memphis' attractions are located here, including the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the Orpheum Theatre (Broadway and other well-known productions), and a number of art galleries. "Trolley Nights" are held monthly with free trolley service to highlight South Main's collection of restaurants, bars, and art galleries.

The Mississippi River

Our list below offers a sampling of some of our residents' favorite places to visit in Downtown Memphis:

The Majestic Grille
Aldo's Pizza Pies
Felicia Suzanne's
Texas de Brazile
The Flying Saucer
And many, many others

Fun things to Do:
Tom Lee Park, home to our large festivals including Memphis in May's Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
Other events in downtown area: Music and Heritage Festival, RiverArtsFest Peabody Hotel/Rooftop/visit the Peabody Ducks!
Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A Minor League Baseball team for the St. Louis Cardinals)
Memphis Grizzlies and concerts at the FedEx Forum
The Orpheum Theatre, with recent productions that include Broadway shows like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, and many others
Gibson Guitar Factory
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Sun Studios
South Main Arts District
Beale Street

Downtown Memphis

Beale Street Music Festival

Stax Studio Museum

Grizzlies win at the FedEx Forum!

Claridge House Conodminiums

Downtown Memphis

It Snows in Memphis!

Main Street Memphis

Beautiful Mississippi River Sunset

Contact Us

University of Tennessee
Med/Peds Residency Program
956 Court Ave
Room H316
Memphis, TN 38163

Phone: 1-800-733-1846
Fax: 901-448-7836

Melissa Hayes, Coordinator