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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
“Hiking to enjoying the outdoors, go see the beauty that Ijams Nature Center has!”
  • 87 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.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature
“You can ride the elevator up the iconic sunsphere from the World's Fair Park to overlook the entire city. Gorgeous at night!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Gorgeous renovated historic downtown theatre that books every musical genre”
  • 40 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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
Nature
“Always something happening on the Square shopping,eating,partying parks, historical buildings”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“10 minute drive to shopping, lots of restaraunts and the Pinnicle movie theater”
  • 18 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
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
Burger Joint
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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…””
  • 29 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“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
Sushi Restaurant
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“Best Sushi in Knoxville. Located downtown. 1/2 price sushi on Monday and Thursday.”
  • 24 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
Movie Theatre
“Most current movies playing .... also fantastic shops, restaurants and bakeries nearby!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Stadium
“It’s great to be a Tennessee Vol! We live 20 minutes (add for traffic) from the University of Tennessee. Don’t forget about Thompson Boling arena. So whether you love Big Orange or the team they are playing, our prices can’t be beat. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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
“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
Burger Joint
“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…””
  • 29 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
Sushi Restaurant
“Best Sushi in Knoxville. Located downtown. 1/2 price sushi on Monday and Thursday.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“American style Mexican food. Very eclectic neighborhood food scene. Lots of outdoor seating. Bar open till late. Right around the corner from Airbnb. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you are near downtown Knoxville this place is so fresh and yummy. Table side gauc, specialty margaritas, and they make their own white corn tortillas. I love the 'pick any 3" tacos - I have never had one I didn't care for yet!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Delicious southern COMFORT FOOD in downtown with a super creative menu. Everything here is fantastic and you can't go wrong! ”
  • 15 locals recommend

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