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Insider's Guide to Downtown

You can experience the best of what downtown has to offer by exploring our Insider's Guide to Downtown Knoxville. Whether you're here for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime, dive into our helpful itineraries, fun personality quizzes, top spots to eat and hang, and so much more.

Experience downtown like never before!

All Food & Drink Shop Outdoor Itineraries Takeout Around Town Property Development Just for Fun

Fall For Downtown Knox

Autumn is here! See what's happening Downtown.

Downtown Knoxville's Best Patios

Outdoor dining that's a real treat! Get familiar with these 60+ patios.

We're Here for Patios & Rooftops

A gallery of Downtown Knox's outdoor dining + rooftops.

International Culinary Tour of Downtown

Send your taste buds on an adventure!

Free Parking in Downtown Knoxville

New free 15-minutes spots!

Summer Salads in Downtown Knox

Lunchtime sparkles with these fresh veggies!

Downtown Marriott

Rebuilt from the inside out, the new Marriott is a state-of-the-art hotel campus with 300 rooms plus a 12,000-square-foot gathering area designed to cater to the city’s creative community.

Always the Best Show in Town

Downtown Knoxville is 🔥 – see what makes this downtown unlike any other.

Girls Day Out in Downtown Knoxville

Call the ladies, and get downtown pronto!

10 Beer Spots in Downtown Knoxville

Map your taproom tour through Downtown.

Your Guide to Summer

There are things to do for families, couples, and friends. Come to Downtown Knoxville to celebrate the warm weather!

Your Kid-Friendly Guide: A One-Day Itinerary

Bring smiles all around with a fun day of activities in Downtown Knoxville.

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Downtown Knoxville

Beautiful architecture, convenience, happy hour. This is what it's like to live Downtown.

We're Here for the Outdoor Art & Parks

Colorful murals and green spaces are around every corner!

We're Here for the Architecture

Look closely. You'll see that Downtown's buildings have many interesting stories to tell.

Kress Building

The Kress Building, a landmark on Gay Street since the early 1900s, is finding new life as a multi-purpose development.

Trending Coffees This Summer

The warm weather has us craving iced coffee and other yummy beverages!

Trending Cocktails This Spring & Summer

Some are refreshing, some bright, others a little naughty, but all are nice. Try these trendy cocktails!

What Summer Hang Out Spot Are You?

This personality quiz will tell you where we think you should hang out downtown in the summer!

Proposals & Weddings in Downtown Knox

Fall in love with these sweet proposals and weddings in Downtown Knoxville!

Your Adventure Guide: A One-Day Itinerary

Looking for an adventure that mixes city life and the great outdoors in Downtown Knoxville? Look no further!

Fireflies Light Up Market Square

Celebrate warmer weather and longer days with Firefly Nights.

We're Here for the Chicken

Fried, grilled, hot, bone-in, in between buns: anyway you like your chicken, Downtown Knoxville's got it.

2021 Spring Guide to Enjoy Downtown

This Spring is all about new beginnings. Get lost in our bright city!

Swing Into Spring Shopping

Downtown retailers are making way for new clothes and merchandise.

Top 10 Insta-Worthy Spots

Elevate your Instagram game with these photogenic spots.

We're Here for the Burgers

Juicy, tasty, and overflowing with toppings. Meet Downtown Knoxville's best burgers.

We're Here for the Cocktails

Craft cocktails that are even more delicious than beautiful.

We're Here for the Shopping

These local retailers are just adorable!

We're Here for the Brunch

Because nothing says "weekend" better than brunch.

Love Letters to Knoxville

Here's a peek into what you love most about the people, places, and things of our city.

State Supreme Court Site

The 1950s-era Supreme Court building, adjacent office tower and parking lot bring new life to an entire city block as flexible-term apartments and an eight-story multifamily development.

Valentine's Day Like Never Before

Celebrate love in the đź’“ of Knoxville. #LoveDowntownKnox

We're Here for the Chocolate

Get lost in Downtown's decadent chocolate desserts and treats.

Give Love for Love's Sake.

Say "I love you" in more ways than one. Give a special local gift from a special local business.

Valentine's Dining & Takeout

Celebrate Valentine's in the weeks ahead of the big day!

Smile for Valentine's Photo Ops!

Downtown has outdoor experiences you're going to love.

Color Your Heart Out!

Download these Downtown Knox coloring pages created just for you for the month of LOVE!

Give Your Hometown a Hug

Share what you love most about the people, places, and things of Knoxville.

Takeout | Date Night Spots

Who said a memorable night HAS to be out on the town?

Stockyard Lofts

The six-story apartment building transforms a two-acre site that previously served as parking lots and adds hundreds of additional residents to the Old City.

Takeout | Lunch Break

Order up a quick bite for lunch!

Takeout | Surprise Me!

Ready to try something new? Click here for takeout ideas.

Takeout | Family Time

Feed your family with an easy-to-order takeout dinner.

Takeout | Comfort Food

Order up takeout that warms the soul!

Takeout | Girls' Night In

Squad up safely around some of these delectable Downtown treats!

Takeout | Healthy Eating

Beautiful farm-to-table options, mindfully-made snacks, and nourishing meals.

Reflecting on 2020!

2020 wasn't all bad. Downtown Knoxville had some great, new beginnings!

A Magical Downtown Holiday

Take a tour of Downtown Knoxville's holiday lights, awe-inspiring storefronts, and family adventures!

12 Above Average Stocking Stuffers

Round out your holiday shopping with these perfect stocking stuffers!

Things to Do This Holiday

Make it a Downtown Knoxville Christmas!

The Elf on the Shelf® Adventure

Can you find Santa's Scout Elves throughout Downtown Knoxville?

The Peppermint Trail

Get lost in flavors of peppermint, gingerbread, and cranberry!

Holiday Cocktails on The Peppermint Trail

Find the perfect holiday cocktail on the Peppermint Trail.

Delicious Treats on The Peppermint Trail

Cookies, coffees, ice creams and more holiday-flavored downtown treats!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday 2020

Check out the deals in Downtown Knoxville!

Holiday Cards to Remember

Your Holiday Cards will stand out with a Downtown Knoxville background.

Top Gift Picks from Downtown Shops

Meet the business owners behind downtown's local shops!

Love of Local: Gift Ideas Not to Miss

Locally-themed gifts that will bring a thoughtful touch to your Holiday gift-giving.

Corporate Gift Guide: Items for Clients & Employees

Holiday business gifts that break the cookie-cutter mold AND support local!

Downtown's Top Gift Picks for Mom

Make Mom feel extra special this Holiday with thoughtful gifts, made with love.

Gift Guide for Your Gals

Shopping for a lady in your life? You've come to the right place!

Gift Guide for Your Guys

Shopping for a guy in your life? Check out these unique ideas!

Minimalist Gift Giving

Sometimes the best gifts aren't things at all, but experiences!

Take the Quiz! Where Should You Shop for Holiday Gifts?

Take the guessing out of gift-giving in 2020. This quiz will tell you where to shop for your loved ones - based on THEIR likes!

The Overlook

A true infill urban residence, the 10-unit condominium building creates a “vertical neighborhood” with flexible design and both indoor and outdoor living space.

10 Things to Spice Up Your Fall

Fall 2020 will be different than most. And we’ve rounded up fun things to do!

Cheeseburgers in Paradise (aka Downtown Knoxville)

We've rounded up a smorgasbord of consistently delightful, never-disappointing, savory burgers. We suggest you try them all!

Apple Honey Muffins from Tomato Head

The owner of Tomato Head, and their bakery, Flour Head Bakery, shares an insider recipe!

New Ways to Game Day

Keeping Big Orange traditions alive in the heart of Downtown Knoxville.

The Old City is Celebrating

It's booming in the Old City with an array of new businesses. Explore them here!

A Dog's Day Out (From Fido's Perspective)

How one special good boy feels about a day out in Downtown Knoxville.

125 E Jackson Ave

The 1930s building is being reintroduced to Downtown Knoxville, complete with structural renovations and a total of 18,000 square feet of restaurant and office space.

Tasty To-Go Cocktails & Kits

Not ready for public spaces? Spice up staying home with signature cocktails.

Thanks For Doing Your Part

Our businesses stay open because of you, so thank you.

Safely Enjoy Summer 2020

It's not the usual festival or large gathering, but we've rounded up some things even more special.

Cal Johnson Building

With ground-floor commercial space and eight apartments, the State Street project is one of many renovations undertaken to safeguard downtown’s history and character.

What Insta-Worthy Spot Are You?

Take this quiz to find out which downtown Instagram-worthy spot matches you best!

8 Ultimate Comfort Food Dishes

Just the words make us salivate. We’ve created a guide to foods that will warm your soul just like Grandma’s cooking does.

What Music Venue Are You?

Take this personality quiz to find out what music venue you are!

5 Reasons Takeout is Better Than Eating Out

Easy pick-up, easy clean up & delicious food!

5 Green Parks to Explore

The best of both worlds is waiting in Downtown Knoxville!

15 Things: A Local’s Weekend Guide to Downtown Knoxville

The can't-miss foods and activities for a weekend in Downtown Knoxville!

What Dessert Are You?

Bite into this personality quiz, and we'll tell you what downtown dessert to order!

What Cocktail Are You?

Take this quiz, and we'll tell you what downtown cocktail your personality matches!

City House

Seven luxury town homes provide amenities including two-car garages, elevators, and rooftop decks within easy walking distance of Market Square and the Old City.

Embassy Suites by Hilton

The 13-story Gay Street property, once headquarters to a national bank, is now an upscale hotel well suited for leisure, corporate and group stays.