24 Hours in The City With Soul

Only here for a hot minute?

Worry not. There’s plenty you can pack into a Jackson day.

The City With Soul is easy and quick to navigate, so you can make the most out of your time here. Let us help you get a quick dose of the arts, culture, eats and fun that make Jackson one of the most soulful places around. 

Breakfast at Brent’s. Ben Hon

Start the Day the Right Way

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and here, it’s also a great way to experience one of the oldest and most beloved institutions in Jackson – Brent’s Drugs. Opened in 1946 as a pharmacy and soda fountain, Brent’s offers a classic diner breakfast. Dive into eggs your way, breakfast potatoes, or a satisfying fried chicken biscuit. Raise a glass of Brent’s Remedy Blend by locally-roasted Northshore Coffee. 

655 Duling Avenue, Fondren | brentsdrugs.com 

Also worth checking out: Cups

Two MS Museums. Courtesy of PORTICO Jackson

Soulful Culture and History

Through our state-of-the-art museums, learning becomes entertainment. The acclaimed Two Mississippi Museums impeccably tells the story of our state as a whole and how Mississippi was center stage during the Civil Rights movement. It’s a visit you won’t soon forget. 

Welty House. Drew Dempsey

Jackson is known for our thriving arts scene and rich literary history. See both firsthand at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Eudora Welty House & Garden. At MMA, you’ll engage with Mississippi artists of all mediums. At the Welty House, hear the story of Jackson native and lifelong resident, Eudora Welty, who rose to literary fame while drawing inspiration from her hometown. 

Two Museums: 222 North Street, Downtown | mdah.ms.gov/2MM

Museum of Art: 380 South Lamar, Downtown | msmuseumart.org

Welty House: 1119 Pinehurst Street, Belhaven | welty.mdah.ms.gov

Lunch with Local Flavor

Hal & Mal’s is a Jackson staple. Opened in 1985 by brothers Hal and Malcolm White, this family-owned and operated establishment is known for tasty food, live music, and some of the nicest people you’ll meet. For lunch, you can’t miss their classic gumbo or red beans and rice. 

200 Commerce Street, Downtown | halandmals.com 

Also worth checking out: Bully’s, CS’s

Downtown Fondren. Drew Dempsey

See why Fondren is Funky

Afternoons are for strolling, and Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood is one of the best spots for wandering. In Jackson’s beloved arts district, you’ll find a throng of locally-owned galleries, restaurants, shops, and more. Don’t miss Treehouse Boutique and Blithe & Vine for women’s apparel, End of All Music for a top-notch selection of vinyl, and Interiors Market or Hunt for unique home goods and gifts. And, don’t forget to check out the plethora of public art in the neighborhood!

Fondren: Start at 2906 North State Street | finditinfondren.com

Enjoy a Leisurely Meal at Walker’s Drive In 

Once you’ve sauntered to your heart’s content, treat yourself to dinner at Walker’s Drive In. With James Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Derek Emerson leading the way, you won’t be disappointed. Try the restaurant’s classic dish, Redfish Anna, a delicious glass of wine, and finish it off with a fluffy helping of tiramisu or fried pie. 

3016 North State Street, Fondren | walkersdrivein.com

Also worth checking out: Mayflower Café, BRAVO!

Library Lounge at The Fairview Inn

Time for a Nightcap! 

Raise a glass to the literary legacy you learned about with The Library Lounge’s Eudora Welty cocktail, made with Cathead vodka, cucumber, Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda, and ginger liqueur. Located at the historic Fairview Inn, The Library Lounge’s atmosphere is as delightful as the cocktails. 

734 Fairview Street, Belhaven | fairviewinn.com