Midtown and Beyond Midtown
The wrought-iron archway in Midtown’s Overton Square that reads “Midtown is Memphis,” may best
describe this part of Memphis that sits between Downtown and everything east. Midtown is arguably
the most diverse and eclectic part of the Mid-South, Memphis’ version of New York’s Greenwich
The borders of greater Midtown are vast, starting as far as Cypress Creek, well past Rhodes College to
the north, as far south as parts of E.H. Crump Blvd and Central Ave, and extending almost into
Downtown Memphis. But the heart of Midtown is locally recognized within the borders of North
Pkwy (north), Central Ave (south), East Pkwy (east), and Highway 240 (west). It contains some of
the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods in all of Memphis, including landmarked Evergreen,
Cooper-Young, Annesdale, and Central Gardens.
Midtown is the home to a diverse crowd of single Millennials, families and long-time Memphians,
and some of the most prestigious churches in the city. Its central location makes it ideal for short
commutes into Downtown or to the campuses of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. It is also
home to some of the best dining in all of Memphis, from fried chicken and Brooklyn-style delis and
pizza to high-end Asian, Italian, German, Tapas-style, Mexican and Southern-inspired cuisine.
Residents are a walk or a bike-ride from Memphis’s own historic Overton Park, and can enjoy live
rock, soul, country and blue-grass music any day of the week, in Cooper-Young, Overton Square,
Minglewood Hall, or in the famous Levitt Shell, where a local resident named Presley held his first
public performance in 1954. Midtown truly is Memphis.
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