24 Hours in JXN

Only here for a hot minute? Worry not. There’s plenty you can pack into a one-day Jackson itinerary.

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.

Also worth checking out: Cups

a colorful and captivating gallery at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum tells the story of our state and how Mississippi was center stage during the Civil Rights movement.

Soulful Culture and History

Through our state-of-the-art museums, learning becomes entertainment. The acclaimed Two Mississippi Museums - The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History - impeccably tells the story of our state as a whole and how Mississippi was center stage during the Civil Rights movement.

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.

A poboy sandwich is shown with tomatoes, lettuce and shrimp on bread.
Credit: Ben Hon

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.

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

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Downtown Fondren. Image: 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 for women’s apparel, End of All Music for a top-notch selection of vinyl, Swell-O-Phonic for sneaks, skates and cheeky tees, and Interiors Market, Hunt the Shop or Holland & Williams Home 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

A plate of food - fish, potatoes and green beans
The "Redfish Anna" at Walker's Drive-In

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!

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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.

Also: The Apothecary at Brent's Drugs

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