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LOCAL RESTAURANTS & ATTRACTIONS

Knoxville and its surrounding region offer an outstanding array of sights and attractions. On this page, please find information regarding places to eat, drink, shop and stroll. For ease of reference, the city is divided into four areas for restaurants, bars, and coffee establishments: Downtown, Old City, Cumberland Avenue, and Outside Downtown. The first three areas may be reached on foot or by a short ride on public transit. Businesses listed under Outside Downtown will require a taxi or car to reach.

Information about Knoxville's extensive greenways may be found at the bottom of this page. Knoxville's greenways link to just outside the Knoxville Convention Center, course for dozens of miles, and are ideal for running, biking, and strolling. Additional information about museums, parks, and other local attractions may be found in this PDF.

Click the image above to see a map of Knoxville areas:
Downtown (red), Old City (blue), and Cumberland Avenue (green).
The Hilton is indicated by an orange circle.

Click this link for a combined PDF guide to all restaurant and drinking establishments, or download individual area guides below.

Recommended Restaurants and Bars

Downtown
Market Square Area
Bella Luna (Northern/Central Italian)
Café 4 (contemporary Southern comfort food & desserts)
Chesapeake's (seafood and bar)
Just Ripe Knoxville (local grocer and seasonal local fare)
Oodles Uncorked (Italian American cuisine and wine bar)
Preservation Pub (bar and local music venue)
Tomato Head (pizzas & sandwiches; a Knoxville institution)
Trio Café (salads and sandwiches)
Tupelo Honey Cafe (contemporary Southern cuisine; farm-to-table)

Gay Street
Bistro at the Bijou (American and Southern cuisine; bar)
Coolato Gelato (gelateria, coffee and paninis)
Downtown Grill and Brewery (American and Southern cuisine; microbrewery)
The French Market (French crêperie and pâtisserie)
Nama Sushi Bar (Japanese cuisine; sushi bar)
Sapphire (regional Southern cuisine and lounge bar)
Suttree's High Gravity Tavern (Knoxville's only high gravity beer bar)

In addition to Market Square and Gay Street, Calhoun's on the River, which specializes in barbecue and carries local microbrewed beers, is located just south of downtown on Neyland Drive, along the Tennessee River.

Click the image above for a PDF guide to downtown Knoxville restaurants, bars, and coffee establishments.
To download right-click the image and select the "Download Linked File" option.

Old City
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria (pizza and American fare; live music venue)
Boyd's Jig & Reel (Scottish American pub food and bar; live music venue)
The Crown & Goose (English pub food and bar)
Crù Bistro & Wine Bar (small plate and wine bar)
Java Old City (coffeehouse and light fare menu; free WiFi)
Knox Mason (wine bar and contemporary Southern cuisine)
The Public House (bar and light fare menu)
Remedy Coffee (coffeehouse and desserts; free WiFi)
Shuck Raw Bar & Ale (raw seafood bar)
The Underground (speakeasy and seafood/oyster bar)

Click the image above for a PDF guide to Old City restaurants, bars, and coffee establishments.
To download right-click the image and select the "Download Linked File" option.

Cumberland Avenue
Copper Cellar (steaks, seafood, and microbrewery)
Golden Roast Espresso Café (local coffee roaster and light lunch fare)
Sunspot (Southwestern and Latin American fusion; extensive bar)

Cumberland Avenue, located adjacent to The University of Tennessee (where it is referred to as "The Strip"), also has a number of chain restaurants and fast food establishments, in addition to student-oriented bars.

Click the image above for a PDF guide to Cumberland Avenue restaurants, bars, and coffee establishments.
To download right-click the image and select the "Download Linked File" option.

Outside Downtown
This is a short list of restaurants of note that require a taxi or car to reach. Information for restaurant locations may be found on the local guide PDF.

Bearden Beer Market [Bearden - 4 miles from Hilton] (outdoor beer bar)
Dead End BBQ [Marble City - 4.5 miles from Hilton] (barbecue)
Gosh [Marble City - 4 miles from Hilton] (Ethiopian fare)
The Plaid Apron [Sequoyah Hills - 4 miles from Hilton] (excellent breakfast and lunch café)
RouXbarb [Bearden - 6 miles from Hilton] (seasonal farm-to-table)
Sweet P's Barbeque [South Knoxville - 8 miles from Hilton] (barbecue and live music)


Greenways and Activities

As noted at the top of this page, Knoxville has more than 50 miles of greenways. These connect downtown Knoxville to The University of Tennessee and locations west. A portion of the greenway courses right behind the Knoxville Convention Center, passing in the shadow of the Sunsphere through World's Fair Park (where the 1982 World's Fair was held). A PDF containing an annotated map guide to the greenways is provided below.

Click the image above for an annotated map of Knoxville's greenways.
To download right-click the image and select the "Download Linked File" option.

For those interested in river activities, kayaks and canoes may be rented from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center on Volunteer Landing (see the greenway map). Also, in addition to exercise facilities at the Hilton, a YMCA is located across Clinch Avenue from the hotel.

Download the activities guide for information about local attractions, such as the Knoxville Zoo, museums (including the Frank H. McClung Museum, UT's anthropology museum), the Smoky Mountains, and Dollywood.