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Insider's Guide to Downtown

Experience the best Downtown Knoxville has to offer by exploring our Insider's Guide. Whether you're in Knoxville for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime, dive into our helpful itineraries, top restaurants to eat and hang, and so much more.

See Downtown Knoxville like never before!

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

The Peppermint Trail in Downtown Knoxville

Discover holiday magic and delicious treats and get lost in holiday flavors!

Holiday Cocktails | 2022

Find the perfect holiday cocktail on the Peppermint Trail in Downtown Knoxville.

Peppermint Trail Treats | 2022

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

A Holly Jolly Holiday in Downtown Knoxville

Holiday magic is swirling through Downtown Knoxville!

Elf on the Shelf Adventure

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

Best Downtown Knoxville Gift Shops

Shop local in Downtown Knoxville!

Downtown Knoxville's Business Owners

Meet the friendly faces behind Downtown Knoxville's local shops!

Holiday Cards to Remember

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

10 Beer Spots in Downtown Knoxville

Map your taproom tour through Downtown Knoxville.

Discover Some Devilish Delights

Downtown Knoxville offers a treasure trove of Halloween treats and specials.

Don’t Miss a Single Wicked Moment

Make some plans to hang out in Downtown Knoxville—even the whole month of October!

Wicked Cool Cats Scavenger Hunt

Cross Paths With Some Wicked Cool Cats in Downtown Knoxville!

Be a Little Wicked 🧟‍♀️

Downtown Knoxville will be wicked cool this Halloween!

Guide to Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee

Gay Street is the heart of Downtown Knoxville with a buzz of activity day and night.

See the Fall Mural | 2022

Downtown Knoxville's newest mural is here, and it's an autumn wonder!

Fall For Downtown Knoxville | 2022

Autumn is here! See what's happening Downtown.

Pumpkin Perfection in Downtown Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville has committed to fall and ALL things pumpkin!

Spring & Summer Cocktails in Downtown Knoxville

These cocktails are refreshing, perfect for a warm day!

Always the Best Show in Town

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

Find Your Favorite Downtown Knoxville Coffee Shop

Downtown Knoxville offers lots of local coffee shops that hit the spot!

Best Burgers in Downtown Knoxville

We've rounded up a smorgasbord of consistently delightful, never-disappointing burgers in Downtown Knoxville. Try them all!

Say Hello to the Summer Mural

This Downtown Knoxville seasonal mural reminds us that summer is in full bloom.

Your Downtown Knoxville Adventure Guide: A One-Day Itinerary

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

International Culinary Tour of Downtown Knoxville

Send your taste buds on an adventure!

Your Kid-Friendly Guide to Downtown Knoxville: A One-Day Itinerary

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

Weeknight Games & Music in Downtown Knoxville

Trivia, poker, games – the fun continues all week in Downtown Knoxville.

The Waldo Hunt Is On!

The Downtown Knoxville Waldo scavenger hunt is back and bigger than ever for 2022!

Weekday Lunch Options in Downtown Knoxville

You're in walking distance to almost 100 lunch spots!

8 Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Downtown Knoxville

Downtown Knox restaurants bring big flavor to vegetarian and vegan dishes! 🌿

Downtown Knoxville's Best Patios

Gorgeous patios in Downtown Knoxville, perfect for dining alfresco.

Girl's Day Out in Downtown Knoxville

Call the ladies, and get downtown pronto!

Top 12 Reasons to Live in Downtown Knoxville

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

10 Romantic Restaurants in Downtown Knoxville

Light a spark with these romantic restaurants in Downtown Knoxville.

Your Guide to Summer in Downtown Knoxville

Families, couples, and friends, come celebrate the warm weather in Downtown Knoxville!

Grab a Quick Downtown Knoxville Lunch

Downtown has quick (and delicious) lunch options with convenient counter service and grab-n-go coolers.

Coffees, Teas, and Lemonades for Summer

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

Summer Salads in Downtown Knoxville

Lunchtime sparkles with these fresh veggies!

1982 World's Fair 40th Anniversary Celebration

The 1982 World's Fair 40th Anniversary is here! Celebrate with Downtown Knoxville specials.

10 Ultimate Comfort Food Dishes in Downtown Knoxville

We’ve created a guide to some of the best soul foods in Downtown Knoxville.

What To Do in Downtown Knoxville | Spring 2022

Tons of festivals + the best patios in the south. Yeah, we said it!

Swing Into Spring Shopping

Downtown retailers are making way for new clothes and merchandise.

Weekend Guide to Downtown Knoxville | 15 Local Favorites

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

Guys' Weekend in Downtown Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville just might surprise you!

Pet-Friendly Ideas in Downtown Knoxville

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

Wedding Venues in Downtown Knoxville

Let's plan a wedding! 💕

Valentine's Day in Downtown Knoxville

Celebrate with your special someone in Downtown Knoxville.

We're Here for the Chocolate

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

Proposals & Weddings in Downtown Knoxville

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

Girls' Night In

Squad up around some of these delectable Downtown Knox treats!

Takeout | Comfort Food in Downtown Knoxville

Order up takeout that warms the soul from your favorite Downtown Knoxville restaurants!

Reflecting on 2021

Downtown Knoxville looks back at all the businesses that opened in 2021.

9 Above Average Stocking Stuffers

Round out your holiday shopping with these perfect stocking stuffers!

Find Your Inspiration

Need a break from the workday? Whatever inspires you, you'll find it Downtown.

Top 10 Insta-Worthy Spots in Downtown Knoxville

Elevate your Instagram game with these photogenic spots.

Come See Downtown Knoxville's Fall Mural | 2021

This seasonal mural radiates Fall beauty.

We're Here for the Shopping

These local retailers are just adorable!

We're Here for the Architecture

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

We're Here for the Burgers

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

We're Here for Patios & Rooftops

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

Find Some Extra Time

Checking off your personal to-do list is easy & convenient when you work Downtown!

We're Here for the Chicken

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

Free Parking in Downtown Knoxville

New free 15-minutes spots!

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.

We're Here for the Outdoor Art & Parks

Colorful murals and green spaces are around every corner!

Kress Building

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

What Downtown Knoxville Summer Hang Out Spot Are You?

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

Fireflies Light Up Market Square in Downtown Knoxville

Celebrate warmer weather and longer days with Firefly Nights.

We're Here for the Cocktails

Craft cocktails that are even more delicious than beautiful.

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 | 2021

Celebrate love in the 💓 of Knoxville. #LoveDowntownKnox

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.

Smile for Valentine's Photo Ops in Downtown Knoxville

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.

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 in Downtown Knoxville

Order up a quick bite for lunch!

Takeout in Downtown Knoxville | Surprise Me!

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

Takeout in Downtown Knoxville | Family Time

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

Takeout | Healthy Eating in Downtown Knoxville

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 Knoxville Holiday

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

Things to Do This Holiday

Make it a Downtown Knoxville Christmas!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday 2020

Check out the deals in Downtown Knoxville!

Love of Local: Gift Ideas Not to Miss | 2020

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 Knoxville'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 in Downtown Knoxville | 2020

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

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 in Downtown Knoxville

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

The Old City is Celebrating in Downtown Knoxville (2020)

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

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 in Downtown Knoxville

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 Downtown Knoxville Insta-Worthy Spot Are You?

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

What Downtown Knoxville 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 in Downtown Knoxville

The best of both worlds is waiting in Downtown Knoxville!

What Downtown Knoxville Dessert Are You?

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

What Downtown Knoxville 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.