Peppermint Trail Treats
Downtown Knoxville's Peppermint Trail is the epicenter for epic holiday treats! After shopping Downtown's local stores, you might be in the mood for a sweet pick-me-up. Sign up for your Peppermint Trail Pass to explore coffees, cookies, ice creams, and more. Now through January 2nd! Cocktails more your thing? Click here.
The Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain
Start the Peppermint Trail at The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain with loads of ice cream treats, like Peppermint Stick Sundaes, Scout Elf Shakes with peppermint and hot fudge, Sleigh Bell Shakes with eggnog, specialty ice creams, and so much more. The soda fountain atmosphere takes you back in time, while you savor each bite with family and friends. You might want to plan more than one trip!
Nama Sushi Bar
Head over to Nama this season for more than delicious sushi. They are offering a Peppermint Bark Truffle Dessert almost too pretty to eat. This house-made chocolate truffle is covered in crushed peppermint bark and garnished with chocolate Pocky sticks, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and a peppermint. Ask about their Peppermint Trail cocktail, too.
Celebrate the season with Status Dough! Order up a Peppermint Chocolate Cake Doughnut or a Chocolate Glazed Old Fashioned paired with a peppermint mocha, and you're in for an afternoon treat that will get you through that holiday shopping hump! Plus, go home with a dozen of your favorite buttermilk old fashioned, glazed, or flavorful cream-filled doughnuts for your guests at home.
Proper Popcorn has popped up a delectably crunchy red, white, and green Festive Mix made with classic red cherry, green apple, and candied vanilla popcorn. It's perfect for a Christmas party! Another fan-favorite is the Reindeer Munch with popcorn, candy, pretzels, and cereal, all covered in white chocolate. All with the help of their Scout Elf, Poppy!
Mahalo Coffee Roasters
Jingle over to Union Ave for a Merry Mint Mocha from Mahalo Coffee Roasters, where the coffee is delicious and the baristas are the sweetest. They are also serving a special Cinnamon Cardamom Latte that is sure to warm you down to your toes! Order their lattes in their pretty cups -- it just tastes better that way.
Step inside the already festive red-and-white Cruze Farm Ice Cream for holiday ice cream flavors like Candy Cane, Blimey Limey Grinch Sorbet, and Santa's Milk 'n Cookies. This year, their specialty shakes are Gingerbread Man and Peppermint Bark. Oh and did we mention fresh eggnog, eggnog lattes and peppermint hot chocolate?
The French Market
The French Market Crêperie's Peppermint Sweet Cream Crêpe is filled with a sweet, homemade cream cheese mixture and topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Pair it with their Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Hot Maple Buttered Rum, or an Eggnog Latte for a really special treat this holiday season. Trust us, you have to try this!
Ruby Sunshine's Winter menu specials will warm you up with holiday flavors, like their Chocolate Brandied Cherry French Toast stuffed with chocolate mascarpone cheesecake, plus a Chocolate Gingerbread Latte. It's a brunch dish you won’t want to miss on the Peppermint Trail!
Coffee & Chocolate
Just around the corner from Market Square, grab adorable Christmas Chocolates from Coffee & Chocolate. This Snowman has a dark chocolate shell filled with creamy white chocolate ganache infused with French vanilla. They've also perfected a winning peppermint combo of Chocolate Peppermint Truffles with Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Enjoy your treat on their outdoor table as you people-watch the shoppers headed from the Square to Gay Street.
Awaken Coffee is the king of seasonal coffees – and a must-stop destination with more holiday flavored drinks than you can try! We love the White Peppermint Wonderland Latte and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, but you also have to try the Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, and The Grinch – a twist on the matcha green tea latte. Not only will these warm drinks make your taste buds tingle, but the holiday decorations and the Christmas Tree will warm your heart!
Kilwins is dripping in sweet, sweet peppermint with fan-favorite peppermint stick fudge, a delightfully sweet and slightly crunchy treat! They also have peppermint ice cream, bark, squares, and candy canes, and other yummy goodies like apple pie caramel apples, chocolate-covered pretzels, marshmallows, strawberries, fudge, hot chocolate and Santa and Mrs. Claus-decorated candies.
Petro's Chili & Chips
Visit Petro's on Market Square for Peppermint Dusted Rich Hot Chocolate, which tastes all the merrier after a hearty Petro Bowl with chili, chips, and toppings. Aren’t the holidays better with something oh-so-hot chocolatey?
Hello Tea House
After a day of holiday shopping, head over to Hello Tea House for a well-deserved reward from their holiday menu including Hot Cocoa with Boba or a Peppermint Bubble Milk Tea. This new tea house on Gay Street also has cakes, crepes, coffee, fresh fruit teas, cheese foam tea, and more! It's a Peppermint Trail stop sure to surprise you!
The Tomato Head
What's a holiday season without crackle cookies? Grab one (or a dozen) homemade, "snow-dusted" Peppermint Crackle Cookies from the Tomato Head. The warm flavors of chocolate and peppermint will satisfy your holiday sweet tooth – and make all your holiday guests feel welcome!
Jacks of Knoxville
Don't miss this season's holiday coffees at Jacks! Try their smooth Peppermint Mocha, the decadent Nutcracker Latte with hazelnut pecan syrup, or the Gingerbread Latte with brown sugar, ginger, and molasses. Plus you'll find loads of holiday gifts from candies, candles, books, bubble baths, and more.
Snuggled in an alley off of Gay Street, Café Vicolo is serving up tons of peppermint -- Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs, Brownies, Cupcakes, Donuts, and more. It's a heart-warming, homemade stop on the Peppermint Trail.
A must-stop on the Peppermint Trail! Ham'n Goodys is baking up Peppermint Cupcakes that will leave you wanting a dozen more! After grabbing a cupcake, get your picture made in front of their festive storefront mural. They also carry homemade pies, cakes, and of course, lemon cookies, for your holiday gatherings.
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop is the sweetest place on Market Square. You’ll find the most delicious selection of nostalgic candies, quirky sodas, and the latest brands of toys and sweets from around the world. A must stop on the Peppermint Trail for peppermint sweet treats, stocking stuffers, and a whole lot of sugary fun.
K Brew Coffee & Bagels
Stop by K Brew in the Embassy Suites on Gay Street for a caffeine boost while holiday shopping. Their Peppermint Mocha makes us so happy this time of year, because nothing goes better together than the flavors of peppermint, chocolate, and coffee!