It is difficult to put a finger on what makes some neighborhoods unique and how some, like Cooper-Young, manage to develop such a unique, quirky personality. It probably has to do with people who made this city block into their home – residents consist mostly of artists, musicians, freethinkers, and lovers of beauty. If you are wondering what to do in Memphis today, this is a great place to start exploring.
Eclectic, cosmopolitan, lively, fun and artistic are just a few ways of describing this city block between Cooper and Young Streets in downtown Memphis. Most of the homes were built at the beginning of the 20th century. The neighborhood is welcoming and walkable, and it attracts not only tourists but also the rest of the town residents with its 60 galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, vintage stores, restaurants, and bars.
Take a stroll and look at the architecturally unique homes, sit at the outdoor cafés and watch an interesting mix of people, or enjoy a meal at one of the fabulous restaurants. And if you come in September during the Cooper-Young one-day festival, you will really see the city come alive.
2120 Young Ave, Memphis, Tennessee, Phone: 901-276-7222 Photo: Cooper-Young Historic District
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