What you must see and do in Knoxville, Tennessee

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Although I have only been here for three years, I call Knoxville home because of the joy and opportunity it gives me and keeps me here. Whether you're just passing through, coming to visit or stopping to stay a while; I recommend exploring everything Knoxville has to offer.

Here is a full guide of fun ways to fill your experience in Knoxville and help you feel at home.


Start your morning at Remedy Coffee located in the Old City and be sure to check out Maker's Donuts next door.

Head to OliBea for a delicious brunch that's sure to butter your biscuits.

Swing by SoKno Taco Cantina for my favorite Thai portabello tacos.

Pair them with the Sweet and Spicy Margarita, it's my favorite!!

Grab some sweets and my favorite cookies around from Moonshine Mountain Cookie Company.

While you're here, you must have the southern staple, BBQ from Archers BBQ.

Get fancy and reserve your table at the Lonesome Dove.

Indulge in the lobster Mac n Cheese from Cafe 4, located in Market Square.

Enjoy a sweet treat or savory snack at the French Market Crêperie and don't leave without trying the beignets.


Sip a martini at one of my favorite spots, Sunspot.

I always get the spicy peach martini on Martini Monday.

Wind down with a glass (or two) of wine at the Old City Wine Bar.

Sip a beer and socialize with locals at Balter Beerworks.

Hit up Happy Hour at Downtown Grill and Brewery from 4-8 for $4 house wine, $2.50 pints, and free doubles on well liquor!

Love speakeasy vibes? Visit the Peter Kern Library in the Oliver Hotel to enjoy a Southern spirit.


Get a view of the city from the Sunsphere in Worlds Fair Park.

Book your cruise on the Volunteer Princess and enjoy Knoxville from the water.

Enjoy a concert at the Mill and Mine.

Dress up and attend a show at the historic Tennessee Theatre.

Hit up Market Square on First Friday and check out the local art.


Take a bike ride along the greenway and stop by the UT Gardens.

Hike your way through Ijams Nature Center.

Drive up Cherokee trail to enjoy a view of the city and watch the sunset from the Bluffs.

Rent a board from Billy Lush and try paddle boarding on the Tennessee river.

I hope this list adds a little extra fun to your experience in Knox!

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