Every city has a beating heart, whether that heart is a single restaurant or bar or even a whole street. For Knoxville, this beating heart is without a doubt Market Square- a pedestrian mall right in the center of town surrounded by shops and eateries.
Market Square is the go-to for many locals looking for a morning cup of coffee, after work drinks, or a wide variety of eating options. After a long day hiking in the Smokies or exploring the Urban Wilderness trails, nothing beats the energy and possibilities of this open-air boutique shopping and dining park. If you're lucky you may get to watch a free concert in the amphitheater or simply enjoy the street performers that often use Market Square as their stage.
During the months of May through November, the Market Square Farmers Market provides a fantastic resource for the community. Local produce, pastries, breads, meats, dairy, crafts, entertainment, and so much more are always available and always a treat.
Market hours are..
Wednesdays- 11 am to 2 pm
Saturdays- 9 am to 2 pm
Parking is available throughout downtown, but the Market Square Parking Garage on Wall Avenue is the best bet- free on weekends and evenings.