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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Trail
“It has a beautiful walk along the river. It has a quarry with pretty water. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Gorgeous renovated historic downtown theatre that books every musical genre”
  • 41 locals recommend
Plaza
“Market Square is in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Every Saturday during the spring, summer, and autumn (from about 8am-noon) there are vendors from around the Knoxville area selling goods, crafts, veggies, flowers, pastries and lots more. There are also numerous restaurants that surround Market Square.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Free killer art museum with gorgeous view of World's Fair Park. Its worth a visit. They've got a cool kids area up front.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature
“Go up to the top level of the Sunsphere to see a Birdseye view of Knoxville. Best part: it’s free!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Nature
“Always something happening on the Square shopping,eating,partying parks, historical buildings”
  • 39 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“This is still one of my favorite burger joints in town for two reasons: 1. They offer an impressive selection of burgers; and 2. They execute their recipes well. And I’ll add a third reason; 3. They have the right bourbon or beer to accompany any burger. Or would that be four reasons? Don’t overlook the appetizers, though. Their pan-seared feta with honey drizzle on a baguette is delish, and the Duck Fat Fries are indulgently good. The burgers — which are generally served up as a towering behemoth of beef (but not always), bun and toppings — include The Steakhouse (topped with A1 sauce, crispy onions and sautéed mushrooms) and The Elvis, beef topped with peanut butter, fried banana and Benton’s bacon. It’s the kind of burger that makes adventurous burger lovers say, “Thank you… Thank you very much…””
  • 30 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“I really like the boots I find at Dillard's. There is a new movie theater that I would like to try, where you can eat dinner and drink wine while watching the movie. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Knoxville Zoo has created some interesting spaces for kids to learn and enjoy animals. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
“One of the best, and first local hipster coffee shops. They have a great clean chia seed pudding. And they now have bagels. The cold brew has coffee ice cubes!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“I love their Southwestern salad and blue chips and hummus. It is a fun place to sit outside and watch the people go by on Market Square.”
  • 28 locals recommend
University
“No trip is complete without visiting the big orange! Beautiful campus to walk around. Make sure to visit the UT Gardens and Neyland Stadium.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great pizza and great place to watch the game or see a great band at night.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The Old City in downtown Knoxville is the place to go for late night fun. There are many bars, clubs, restaurants, and fun things to do. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My favorite Calhouns restaurant of all! You can’t beat the atmosphere! Food is tasty too! It’s located in downtown off Neyland Drive ON the river, adjacent to the University of TENNESSEE. They have a full glass dining room overlooking the water and in summer when temperatures are warm, the outside patio is a dining option with nightly live music. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Best Sushi in Knoxville. Located downtown. 1/2 price sushi on Monday and Thursday.”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Burger Restaurant
“This is still one of my favorite burger joints in town for two reasons: 1. They offer an impressive selection of burgers; and 2. They execute their recipes well. And I’ll add a third reason; 3. They have the right bourbon or beer to accompany any burger. Or would that be four reasons? Don’t overlook the appetizers, though. Their pan-seared feta with honey drizzle on a baguette is delish, and the Duck Fat Fries are indulgently good. The burgers — which are generally served up as a towering behemoth of beef (but not always), bun and toppings — include The Steakhouse (topped with A1 sauce, crispy onions and sautéed mushrooms) and The Elvis, beef topped with peanut butter, fried banana and Benton’s bacon. It’s the kind of burger that makes adventurous burger lovers say, “Thank you… Thank you very much…””
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“One of the best, and first local hipster coffee shops. They have a great clean chia seed pudding. And they now have bagels. The cold brew has coffee ice cubes!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“I love their Southwestern salad and blue chips and hummus. It is a fun place to sit outside and watch the people go by on Market Square.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great pizza and great place to watch the game or see a great band at night.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Best Sushi in Knoxville. Located downtown. 1/2 price sushi on Monday and Thursday.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My favorite Calhouns restaurant of all! You can’t beat the atmosphere! Food is tasty too! It’s located in downtown off Neyland Drive ON the river, adjacent to the University of TENNESSEE. They have a full glass dining room overlooking the water and in summer when temperatures are warm, the outside patio is a dining option with nightly live music. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
“We love their brunch on weekends. They have 1 dollar mimosas. If you go for lunch or dinner, their potato chip nachos are a delicious appetizer. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“Listen to traditional Irish and Scottish music Live while you enjoy a drink and a meal. ”
  • 27 locals recommend

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