From the exhibits to the gift shop to the cafe and art garden, programming and events, it's a great space with fantastic finds, plus the programming is outstanding.
2 Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St., 601.354.6573)
I like to visit the farmers and see what's fresh each Saturday.
3 Tara Yoga (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood, 601-720-2337)
Tara Blumenthal and her teachers create an awesome community at the studio.
I can eat, drink, shop and play all in a funky, walkable neighborhood.
5 Kats Wine & Spirits (921 E. Fortification St., 601-983-5287)
The friendly staff is super helpful and gets to know your tastes so they can point you to new things. Plus, they stock a big selection of 90-plus point wines at $20 or less, with discounts if you post your review of a bottle on social media.
6 Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601-576-6000)
It's a bargain. Watch for interactive events to meet animal friends.
7 BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111, bravobuzz.com)
It's always a good go-to for takeout or dinner, and service is consistently great, but my favorite things at BRAVO! are the regular wine tastings on Sunday afternoons.
8 Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St., 601-948-0888)
I love the family feeling of the place that the next generation is carrying it on and the live music in the restaurant on a weeknight.
9 Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.944.0907)
The place holds special memories from when I lived downtown and moonlighted as hostess. But aside from that, its revamped incarnation brings back a cool space for authentic blues.
10 St. Andrew's Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St., 601.354.1535)
The Cathedral in the City is special with a rich history. It's beautiful, and I love the courtyard as a quiet place to sit and reflect, as well as the weekday noon Eucharist.
11 Thimblepress (113 N. State St., 601-351-9492; 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 144, 601-345-3352)
Whenever I go in the downtown shop, I find a few things I can't resist, whether it's a greeting card, push-pop confetti or art print—some to share, some for myself. It's also always a mood booster to get to play with one of the Thimblepets, as they're known, since the place is a dog-friendly work environment.