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Market Square, Knoxville

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Located in the center of downtown, Market Square is the bull’s-eye of the city in every sense. Founded as the regional farmers' market in the 19th century, the square was a common ground where locals and visitors from all walks of life congregated. After a period of decline, the area was revitalized, and today it’s a bustling pedestrian mall, dotted with restaurants, bars, and shops. Try some of the local or international cuisine, see a concert or street performance, and admire the works of resident artists and craftspeople.The historic square is also the perfect place to stroll with your pet or sit and people-watch. To visit Market Square and get the most from your holiday in Knoxville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Knoxville day trip planning app .
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  • October 4, 2017
    There was not much going on late afternoon on a weekday, but it looked like a nice area with evidence that there are street performances. A nice stroll among historic buildings.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    There are many local owned shops and cafes. The square is often decorated with seasonal themes.. The local farmers are also often present  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    A always a great farmers market and many other vendors on Saturdays. Parking easy in the garage. Great eating places that serve fresh farm to table food. And the best hair salon in marketplace is Barn...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Fantastic variety of restaurants and fun shops. Easy in street parking. A great experience. We will surely come back again.
  • July 8, 2017
    This is one of my favorite places in Knoxville. There is always something to see and do. I love the shops and restaurants, and the farmer's market is a great place to get fresh local produce.
  • June 6, 2017
    The place to be if you're visiting. Eats and shopping of all kinds ranging from cafes to Subway to high-end casual dining to 3 level bars with rooftop patios. Great place to start and/or end your day any time of the week.
  • July 7, 2017
    Several of my favorite restaurants in Knoxville are on the Square including Stock and Barrel. Shopping options are varied and interesting. I love to visit, and near-by parking is free on nights and weekends.
  • May 5, 2017
    Always a good time and there is usually something (or someone) interesting to see! Perfect place for great food, entertainment, shopping and drinks all within walking radius. Bring the kids, the dog, grandma, your date...there is something for everyone. Parking can be a pain in the butt so I recommend looking on the outer blocks for parking garages. They are usually free in the evenings and weekends!

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A high concentration of popular hotel chains are grouped downtown. These are all located within walking distance of the city's major attractions. A handful of quirky hostels offer economy lodging with character, as do the bed and breakfasts located in the Old City. The city's website provides a comprehensive list of all the city's lodging options, along with their locations and contact information.
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