This hip area in the city core -- known as the funky, artsy area -- is perhaps the most diverse neighborhood in Memphis. You’ll find grand, historic homes with wraparound porches and stately columns on one street, and rundown apartments just a few streets over. Midtowners are passionate (and even a bit pretentious) in their love of the neighborhood.
Who lives here: Hipsters, political progressives, aging hippies, and artists of all stripes
Average one-bedroom rent: $650/mo
Bar and restaurant scene: Midtown is home to Overton Square, a quirky collection of bars and restaurants ranging from the laid-back New Orleans-themed Bayou Bar & Grill to the classy Bar Louie, to the live music venue Lafayette’s. You’ll also find dive bars like The P&H Cafe, the Buccaneer, and The LampLighter filled with crust punks and artists. Midtown is known for having the most diverse food scene in the city. Try the Korean-style ramen at The Crazy Noodle, the fried tofu buffet at Pho Binh, the upscale Italian fare at Bari Ristorante, pizzas topped with local meats and produce at the Trolley Stop Market, or the classic curries at Bhan Thai.
Added bonus: Overton Park, often called the “crown jewel of Midtown,” is a 342-acre public park with a natural forest area, running trails, a dog park (called Overton Bark), a lake, a golf course, the Levitt Shell amphitheater, and plenty of green space for picnics, Frisbee, soccer games, or simply hanging out on the grass.