Where You’ll Be Staying: Hu Hotel

If you’re like certain staffers of this magazine, you’ve likely gotten used to Airbnb-ing whenever you head Memphis way. Here’s some advice: Don’t do that again. Now that this thoughtful, sleek hotel has taken over the South Main space previously occupied by the Madison Hotel—and has received an uber-Instagrammable makeover, care of a Brooklyn-based interior designer and a duo of enterprising architecture firms—you’ve got a place to stay. And by stay, we mean you won’t want to leave. And you won’t have to, thanks to the rooftop bar with stellar Mississippi River views and the all-day “diner,” offering clever spins on classics such as smoked-shrimp cocktail with burnt lemon and chimichurri, or fried chicken livers with apple cider sweet-and-sour. (79 Madison Ave.; huhotelmemphis.com)


Where You’ll Be Eating: Gray Canary

You know a restaurant takes its drink program seriously when dinner and cocktails get equal billing on the menu, as in: “Welcome, y’all! Here’s our dinner/cocktail menu.” This is the case at Gray Canary, an experimental South Main kitchen created by chefs-slash-restaurateurs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, a duo who’ve been making a name for their native Memphis on the national culinary scene (see also: Hog & Hominy, Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, Catherine & Mary’s) for the better part of a decade. Boldness is the name of the game here, from the red-wine-black-pepper mignonette topping the raw-bar oysters to the amara-forward cocktails. Expect playful techniques and strong, surprising flavors, all inspired by the restaurant’s namesake: the canary in the coal mine, both fearless and fragile. (301 S. Front St.; thegraycanary.com)


Where You’ll Be Playing: River Garden Park

Part of a $70 million effort to revitalize Memphis’ 6-mile riverfront, this family-friendly parkscape is the heart of the new River Line Trail. Connecting the Wolf and Mississippi rivers’ confluence to the Big River Crossing (the newish pedestrian bridge that crosses over to our side of the river), the bluffside River Garden Park is a playground for both kids and kids at heart, with human-sized birds’ nests, a tree house, hammocks and shaded pavilions. Only six months after opening, it’s already being referred to as the city’s front porch—which may have something to do with the wooden porch swings that invite passersby to stop and savor a Mississippi River sunset. Keep an eye out this summer for dockside kayak rentals. (51 Riverside Drive; memphisriverparks.org)


Where You’ll Be Supporting the Community: Global Café

Here’s a problem you’ll be happy to have: Do you choose Sudanese stuffed potato bread with lentil soup, Nepalese momo or Syrian kebab? Turkish coffee, Sudanese hot tea or—what the heck—a Syrian sangria? No matter what you choose at this Crosstown Concourse food hall-slash-social enterprise, you can rest assured it’s going to be a damn good meal with a side of inclusivity: The chefs, along with a majority of the staff, from the bartenders to the managers, are immigrants and refugees making a home in Memphis. (1350 Concourse Ave.; globalcafe.com)


Where You’ll Be Drinking: Dodici

The fact that there’s only room for 12 at Dodici, the teensy temple to craft-cocktaildom perched atop sister establishment Bari Risorante, is a coupe-glass-half-full/half-empty situation. The negative? You might have to wait to snag a seat at the bar. The oh-so positive? Your expertly crafted cocktail will make you forget all about that wait—and about most other things, too. (22 Cooper St.; barimemphis.com)