Peppermint Trail Downtown Knoxville
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Art Market Gallery
The Art Market Gallery is a vibrant marketplace on Gay Street showcasing original art and fine crafts from more than 50 East Tennessee artists. Swing by the store for inspiration, wonderful handmade gifts, paintings, pottery, clothes, and more.
Handcrafted coffees, pastries, waffles, and burritos are available at Awaken Coffee in the Old City. They have a cozy, quiet atmosphere; a good spot for work outside the office. Order their most popular drink, the Honey Bear Latte, and you’re sure to love all their seasonal drinks as well.
Babalu’s menu is chock-full of delicious lunch items that will bring bold flavors to your lunch hour. Spice it up with a variety of tacos, try the popular cuban sandwich, or the hearty and healthy Black Bean Bowl. All served up on Gay Street.
Balter Beerworks has a huge lunch menu with over 10 sandwiches, and plenty of entrées and salads to keep you happy. Order the Tillamook Burger with extra sharp cheddar, bacon, and bbq avocado ranch. Or, heat things up with the hot chicken salad and cool off with a key lime taster for dessert.
Bernadette’s will add some sparkle to your season. The crystal-themed bar with twinkling rooftop overlooking ice skating in Market Square, has a cocktail menu full of holiday fun. You’ll find Peppermint Prosecco, Peanut Butter Brandy Alexandria, Chocolate Espresso Martini, and a White Cranberry Cider Cocktail. One of each, pretty please!Show more
Bistro at the Bijou
Fresh farm-to-table food meets daily lunch specials that will blow you away. Try the Veggie Plate (fresh from the garden), the Black + Blue Cheeseburger, or a Soup and Sandwich Combo. Chef and owner Martha Boggs knows what she's doing at Bistro at the Bijou!
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
Grab your coworkers for a fun lunch at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery, a locally-owned favorite, offering gourmet burgers, fresh salads, delicious flatbreads, and pizzas. Try the Blackhorse Combo pizza! It’s loaded with meats and veggies and great for sharing. Looking for something lighter? We suggest the Sweet Summer Salad with fresh spinach, bleu cheese crumbles, strawberries, and granny smith apples. They’ve got it all!Show more
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes
Get festive at Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes with tons of Red-and-White Clothing, Accessories, and Holiday Decor! There's something for everyone to get in the holiday spirit.
The Birthplace of Tennessee is in on the Peppermint Trail action! Visit Blount Mansion for a a history lesson, a peppermint treat, and a sweet deal on the Blount Mansion Christmas ornament.
Boyd’s Jig and Reel
Stay toasty this season with an Irish Coffee and Sticky Toffee Pudding, the best
combo for the holidays! Jig & Reel also has a Pecan Old Fashion, Harvest Apple
Mule, Peppermint Hot Cocoa, and Hot Apple Cider to warm you up after a brisk walk
in the Old City.
combo for the holidays! Jig & Reel also has a Pecan Old Fashion, Harvest Apple
Mule, Peppermint Hot Cocoa, and Hot Apple Cider to warm you up after a brisk walk
in the Old City.
Throughout the holiday season Brother Wolf will transform with nostalgic holiday décor for Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar launched in 2014 in New York City. Their signature cocktail will be the Snowball Old-Fashioned with Rye Whiskey, Gingerbread Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Wormwood Bitters. They have also have a complete festive holiday cocktail menu to check out! Stop by for some holiday cheer.Show more
Snuggled in an alley off Gay Street, Café Vicolo is an Italian eatery that cooks fresh meals and bakes sweets daily. It’s an exciting adventure wondering what they’ll come up with next – Mexican pork stew, chimichurri steak sandwiches, lemonade cupcakes, and more. Check out their grab-and-go cooler filled with tasty options too!Show more
Calhoun's On The River
One of the best lunch views is Calhoun’s on the River. Catch some Vitamin D from the sunshine while overlooking the Tennessee River and noshing on Grilled Chicken Calhoun basted with BBQ sauce. Delish!
Affordable, fresh seafood during your lunch hour is possible in Downtown Knoxville. The lunch menu at Chesapeake’s is filled with shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, salmon, and more. Finish off a decadent lunch with Key Lime Pie.
Chivo is a funky taco bar on Gay Street with a menu filled with unique street tacos that locals argue are the best in town! Not just tacos though, their Chicken Quesadilla with a side of street corn has a high reputation. You don’t want to miss this lunch spot.
Christopher Robin Arts
Husband-wife duo Chris and Robin Rohwer opened a charming studio at the back of the Historic Phoenix Building on Gay Street to showcase their photography and paintings. It is a beautiful display of our beloved city and a great spot for inspiration, gifts, and home décor.
Citifid-O offers unique pet products to keep your companion happy and healthy. Your pets will be treated like royalty with food sampling, curbside delivery for pet food, and loyalty programs that treat you too!
Coffee & Chocolate
Coffee & Chocolate is perfect for a quick coffee run, especially right before work. Conveniently located in between Market Square and Gay Street, they also serve handmade chocolates, macarons, and waffles. Order their Dirty Chai; it’s a fan-favorite!
Corks Wine + Spirits
Corks Wine and Spirits’ mission is finding the best beverages at every price point, so that you get the most value for your buck. Pick up a new-to-you bottle of beer, wine, or spirit with the help of their friendly staff in the Old City.
Cruze Farm Ice Cream
Cruze Farm is a locally owned family dairy farm in East Knoxville that has been voted "Best Ice Cream in Tennessee". They make fresh churned ice cream with milk from their own Jersey cows, with local favorites like Sassy Cow and Sweet Cream dipped in chocolate and topped with caramel and sea salt. Stop in for a Cookies n Cream Shake or an afternoon swirl. A perfect afternoon pick-me-up!Show more
Culture Hair Studio
CULTURE is a creative and innovative hair studio located on Gay Street with sustainability as a top priority. Their services include cuts, color, weddings, and waxing. Book a haircut during your next lunch hour.
Downtown Grill & Brewery
Downtown Grill and Brewery is one of Knoxville's favorite gathering spots for lunch. There’s something for everyone on the menu, including pasta, pizza, salad, and one of our favorites: build-your-own sandwiches. Start with a protein (vegetarian options included) and add toppings, like onion rings, cheese, and BBQ sauce!
Earth To Old City
Earth to Old City is a bright and colorful shop on Market Square adorned with large stars, umbrellas, and other fun items hanging overhead. You can find clothes, jewelry, gifts of all kinds, kitchenware, soaps and bath bombs, books, and more. A shopping pick-me-up for some mid-day motivation.
Eddie's Health Shoppe
Eddie’s Health Shoppe promotes strength, health, and well-being selling protein powders, pre-made meals, supplements, and more local items. Buy the delicious ZenEvo Energy Chocolate or protein peanut butter cups, created by Eddie himself!
Embassy Suites Market
The Off the Wall Market at Embassy Suites is participating in the Peppermint Trail with a variety of items! You’ll find festive holiday mugs to enjoy XO’s deliciously decadent Peppermint White Hot Chocolate, a variety of hand-crafted Poppy Popcorn including Chocolate Pretzel and Reindeer Crunch, Bradley’s White and Dark Peppermint Bark, and Bang Candy’s Hot Chocolate on a Stick. You can also treat yourself to some holiday pampering with bath bombs, lotions, and soaps in Christmas fragrances from Old Whaling Company’s. Plus fun holiday apparel with Christmas themed sweatshirts, t-shirts and a collection of Tennessee Volunteer gift ideas.Show more
Get in the spirit with a Peppermint Mudslide from Fat Tuesday! Festive peppermint schnapps meets Hershey's syrup for a delightful holiday drink. And you're not going to want to miss this – Cajun Eggnog. Certainly sounds like a holiday!
Five Thirty Lounge
Celebrate the season at Five Thirty Lounge on the rooftop of Hyatt Place Hotel. Try a Mint Condition cocktail including candy cane infused Wheatley Vodka, PostModern Cacao Liqueur, crème, with a peppermint dusted rim – served with a spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains. Guaranteed to chase away the winter blues and put you in the holiday spirit!Show more
Fizz is a funky store that boasts their own unique jewelry line! They sell clothing for all ages and sizes and have bold accessories for every holiday. Check out their store on Market Square.
French Market Creperie
The French Market is known for their crêpes and for good reason. They use flour imported directly from France, so they are authentic and delicious. They also serve up croissants, sandwiches, and soups to round out a lunch menu you need to experience. The Brie & Apple Baguette is a local favorite.
Fruit Jar Alley
Pop in Fruit Jar Alley’s beautifully decorated Market Square store for a relaxing shopping experience, where you’ll always find something new and unique! Shop home decor, jewelry, trendy clothing, and children’s items.
Good Golly Tamale
We could eat Good Golly Tamale’s hand-rolled tamales every day and not get tired of them, nor feel guilty! Fast, delicious, and nutritious, plus many vegetarian and vegan options. It might be the perfect lunch spot. And don’t miss the freezer where you can grab tamales to take home.
Nothing will score you more “brownie” points than bringing a dozen Ham’n Goodys famous lemon cookies or tea cakes back to the office. The bakery is just a quick walk away on Gay Street, so it’s an easy visit for sweets and grab-n-go lunches.
Hello Tea House
The delightfully fun Brown Sugar Bubble Tea from Hello Tea House will brighten up your day (and give you a boost of energy). The Gay Street location serves up boba, fresh fruit tea, over-the-top sweet and savory crepes, coffee beverages, and more!
Follow the Peppermint Trail to the Hilton Knoxville to celebrate the season! Enjoy $129/night, a complimentary Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate, and sit fireside in the lobby or cozy up outside at the Firefly's firetable in an Adirondack chair. Use group code MINT when making a reservation.
J.C. Holdway is wrapping up peppermint with liquors for a special holiday treat. The humorous cocktail, Avoiding the In-Laws, will have Vodka, Cointreau, Peppermint, and Chocolate Syrup for a sweet before or after dinner treat. Or maybe both, depending on your in-laws! And try a holiday classic, Eggnog or Elf Fell Off the Shelf. All of these delicious drinks in a festive holiday setting.Show more
Jacks of Knoxville
Located on the 100 Block of Gay Street, Jacks of Knoxville is a local gift and coffee shop that sells a little bit of everything. Buy live plants to brighten up your office, or Knoxville-themed art, tea towels, mugs, and notebooks. Grab one of their seasonal coffees and catch a breath of fresh air on their secluded patio out back.Show more
K Brew Coffee & Bagels
Nestled right inside Embassy Suites, K Brew is a quick stop for coffee and a handheld breakfast bagel on the way to the office. They also have chairs and tables in the lobby of the hotel, which can be a convenient spot to meet with a client. Download their app to earn points and order ahead!
Sweeten up your afternoon with a chocolate treat from Kilwins. From bite-sized truffles to chocolate-covered strawberries, rice krispies, pretzels, apples, chocolate fudge, and more, you’re bound to find a confection (or two) you’ll love. Plus, 32 flavors of ice cream!
Knox Box Karaoke
Get in the spirit singing holiday karaoke songs with your friends and family at Knox Box Karaoke on Gay Street! Nothing spreads holiday cheer like singing loud for all to hear!
Knox Whiskey Works
Stop by Knox Whiskey Works for some Peppermint-Inspired Cocktails from their tasting room. While you're there, stock up on locally-made spirits to add some cheer to your holidays - and check off those folks on your gift list that have been good this year!
Knoxville Fine Violins
Find unique holiday ornaments at Knoxville Fine Violins! Mention the Peppermint Trail and receive 10% off any instrument purchase or 1st month free for any instrument rental.
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts
As the name suggests, Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts is known for their large selection of wonderfully fragrant candles. Owner Jodi Bowlin hand picks every gift item in the store with 40+ vendors represented. Drop in for a warm welcome and beautifully crafted gifts and home decor!
Knoxville Visitors Center
Drop by the Visit Knoxville Visitors Center for all types of Knoxville info as well as Knoxville-inspired art, gifts, and food items from more than 40 local makers. The Visitors Center is also home to the WDVX Blue Plate Special – a live performance radio show that takes place Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays at noon. It’s always free and you’re welcome to bring a lunch.Show more
Head to the counter at KoPita and you might find Chef Avi Zenatti taking your order. He brings bold Mediterranean flavors to Gay Street sharing his Moroccan/Israeli family recipes. Two of our favorites are the Classic Kebab Pita and the Vegan Shwarma Pita with seitan. And, the mezze platters are perfect for sharing.
Eat, drink and be merry at Lonesome Dove this holiday season. Warm up with their Handcrafted Hot Chocolate made with Bailey's and peppermint, or the Smoked Bourbon Butterscotch. Both perfectly complement the festive fare of wild game and hand-cut steaks in their unique western holiday atmosphere at the corner of Central and Jackson in the Old City.Show more
Head over to the Lost Tavern after a day of holiday shopping to drink a well-deserved and cleverly named ClausMopolitian, their festive take on the popular cosmo. It's an exceptional choice for holiday merrymaking!
Lox Salon is a no waste, cruelty free, and vegan hair salon in the Old City. They offer hair services, along with waxing, facials, and lash extensions. Book an appointment for rockin’ hair for everyday wear!
Mahalo Coffee Roasters
Bright, natural light illuminates Mahalo, where you'll often find people working and friends chatting. They serve seasonal lattes, burritos, pastries, and grab-and-go snack on Union Ave. Try their Nitro Cold Brew for a jolt of energy to kickstart your morning.
Bowling ball in one hand, winter cocktail in the other! Maple Hall is serving up festive holiday cocktails sure to be crowd pleasers. The Peppermint Dude consists of vodka, coffee liqueur, house-made peppermint syrup, Cruze Farm milk, decorated with a candy cane. The Gingerbread has rum, house-made gingerbread syrup, squeezed orange, Cruze Farm milk, and topped with a sweet little gingerbread cookie! The Fernet Grasshopper brings it with Fernet Branca, Jim Beam Bourbon Cream, creme de menthe, and Cruze Farm milk. And to top all that off – exclusive to the Maple Room – don't miss the Eggnog with spiced rum, house-made vanilla syrup, cream, and egg. It's going to be a jolly holiday!Show more
Mast General Store
Go back in time when you enter Mast General Store on Gay Street. Shop barrels of vintage candy, canned jams and relishes, comfortable clothes, toys, and kitchenware upstairs. Then head downstairs for shoes, outdoor gear, and more!
Matt Robbs Biscuits
Serving up brilliant biscuits and artistic coffees with a barista that always knows your name. Order a biscuit from the secret menu at Matt Robbs, and make sure to go early on your way to work, because they run out! They’re located in the veranda of the courthouse on Market Street.
Merchants Of Beer
Merchants of Beer will have a festive selection of winter cocktails for the Peppermint Trail. Try their Gingerbread Old Fashion with an orange garnish, or the winter-perfect Gingerbread White Russian. And of course, they have rotating seasonal taps with winter beers galore!
Nama Sushi Bar
Stroll over to Nama on Gay Street for a fun lunch with friends. Their lunch-priced sushi rolls come with miso soup and a salad. Under the hot nama section of the menu, we recommend The Bowl with tons of veggies, a sweet soy vinaigrette, and wonton strips. Yum!
Nothing Too Fancy
Stroll down Union Ave and pop in Nothing Too Fancy, a family run shop specializing in a variety of screen-printed items. The super comfy t-shirts are designed and printed right here in Knoxville. You'll find something new every time you walk in!
Old City Medspa
Old City MedSpa provides anti-aging services for the whole body. They have everything a spa could offer, from facials and spray tanning to medical weight loss and non-invasive face lifts. Ask about the Emsculpt Neo Treatment – OCMS was the first in Knoxville to offer.
Drop by the Oliver Royale for a choice of specialty cocktails including this year's Peppermint Trail treat – Get Blitzed! With peppermint infused vodka, house made chocolate liqueur, espresso liqueur, vanilla yogurt, mint bitters, and simple syrup, it’s sure to warm you right up.
Painting with a Twist
Join one of many holiday classes at Painting with a Twist! Escape the busyness of the season and go home with your own festive painting like "Christmas Love Board" with cookies, hot cocoa, and peppermints.
Peter Kern Library
Celebrate the holidays at Peter Kern Library with this season's specialty cocktail, the Francis Xavier Cross. This cocktail is as complex as its name with whiskey, port wine, Branca Menta, and Xocolatl mole bitters. Guaranteed to spice up your night and convert you to a believer in the magic of the speakeasy.
Petro's Chili & Chips
Petro's has the perfect patio for a weekday lunch before a stroll through Krutch Park. Dive into an original Petro® piled high with chili and toppings and wash it down with a Hint-of-Orange sweet tea. They also have wedge salads, loaded potatoes, and BBQ chicken nachos right on Market Square.
Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain
Stop by The Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain, a full-service pharmacy and artisanal soda fountain in the heart of Gay Street, for a hand-spun milkshake and an experience unlike any other. The authentic atmosphere will instantly transport you to simpler times, and their specialty sundaes, ice cream floats, creative sodas are local, homemade, and out of this world.Show more
This year the talented bartending elves at PostModern Spirits have created the most delicious Peppermint-Cacao Martini to help spread their Holiday Cheer. Featuring PostModern Spirits newly released Whiskey Barrel Aged Cacao Liqueur, this holiday martini is chock-full of delicious chocolate and peppermint. Stop in for cocktails, spirit tasting, or pick up the Perfect Stocking Stuffer!Show more
Visit Pour Taproom on the Peppermint Trail for pay-by-the-ounce holiday cheer - their Peppermint Beer! They also carry a variety of seasonal brews. Want something to warm you up? Try their Spiked Peppermint Hot Cocoa.
While enjoying friends, family and great music at Preservation Pub, order up a festive Candy Cane Cocktail with a red-and-green sugar rim. It's a beautiful, delicious cocktail you can't miss!
Pretentious Beer Co
Fairy Floss is back at Pretentious Beer Co! Don't miss this double blueberry and blackberry fruited sour with vanilla and marshmallow. Served in a hand-blown glass to make it an extra special winter treat.
Pretentious Glass Co
See Pretentious Glass Co’s staff in action when you take a walk down Central Street. It’s a working glass studio and gallery selling spectacular art pieces and incredibly unique hand-blown glasses for your favorite beverages.
Proper Popcorn on Market Square isn’t just a popcorn shop, it's an experience. Pop in and try a classic flavor like Movie Theater, or opt for something decadent like Zebra Drizzle. Popcorn bags make great gifts for clients, employees, bosses, and coworkers to show your appreciation!
Radius Rooftop Lounge
Visit the Radius Rooftop Lounge at the top of Embassy Suites for a cocktail stop on the Peppermint Trail! Their signature peppermint drink is the Peppermintini, which includes vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, Bailey’s, peppermint schnapps, and a candy cane garnish. This is the stop for holiday drinks and a view!
Rick Terry Jewelry Designs
Rubies and diamonds are the best kind of peppermint! Drop by Rick Terry Jewelry Designs for beautiful jewelry, quality craftsmanship, a personalized shopping experience, and a free peppermint treat!
Rocket Fizz is a soda pop and candy shop on Market Square filled with vintage candies, traditional and weird soda flavors, and we bet you’ll find something here that you’ve never seen before. Grab a handful of taffy or your favorite childhood candy. We predict you’ll be going back for more!
Whether you’re hungry for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Ruby Sunshine on the corner of Market Square will not disappoint. Ruby doesn’t lack options. There’s something for everyone. Order a creamy Vanilla Spiced Latte to-go or sit down and enjoy one of their famous benedicts.
Nothing goes together better than coffee and doughnuts! Swing by Status Dough's Gay Street location for a Honey Lavender Latte and a Dark Chocolate Ganache Covered Old Fashioned. Always a solid combo! And keep an eye out for their seasonal flavors.
Stock & Barrel
Stock & Barrel is famous for their scrumptious burgers, but did you know? They also have delicious salads, a chicken and waffle sandwich, a salmon burger, pimento cheese dip, and other surprises on the menu. Plus, you can sub any burger for a veggie patty and order a gluten-free bun. Win-win!
Tall Man Toys & Comics
This is a spot that's sure to pop on the Peppermint Trail! Tall Man Toys has holiday-themed items around every corner. Mention the Peppermint Trail at checkout for special deals and treats! Start or add to your Pop collection this season, but don't miss this stop!
Take a tropical vacation to the Tern Club and enjoy a break with their holiday cocktail menu featuring Menta Clause with vodka, coconut milk and cold brew coffee, Rum Rum Reindeer with house spiced rum and pineapple, and It's a Wonderful Spice with bourbon and maple brown ale spice! Enjoy delicious libations on their outdoor patio or inside their stylish bar. Merry, merry!Show more
A crowd favorite! Everyone will find something to love at The Tomato Head. Hot pizzas from the oven, loaded salads, tasty sandwiches, hearty soups, homemade breads, dips, and sauces. All super fresh and tasty! Something for everyone from the meat lover to the vegan. You have to check this Market Square restaurant off your list.
Tommy Trent’s is a sports bar on Market Square with hearty lunch specials like loaded pub fries, Brunswick stew, and signature Scruffy Dogs and Tommy Burgers. Try “the curve” wings tossed in a tangy apple butter BBQ sauce. Everything on the menu is over-the-top and crazy good.
Tree & Vine
Looking to spice up dinner? The Tree & Vine is a locally-owned shop that works with European suppliers for the best-tasting olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Stop by to sample their traditional aged balsamic plus check out their gourmet foods including pastas, soups, sauces, spices, and more.
A famous Market Square patio and newly-renovated cafe, Tupelo Honey is a must-try for lunch. Their lunch combo includes your choice of half sandwich and two sides to create the ultimate Southern lunch break. We’re eyeing the Bacon & Avocado Melt with mac & cheese and collards.
Head underground on the Peppermint Trail to the Vault, where you need to order up the Night Before, made with espresso, peppermint, PostModern Spirits' Cacao Liqueur, Jägermeister, and peppermint crème.
Vida is bringing the heat! Try their Mexican Hot Chocolate topped with peppermint froth. It's a combination of milk, warm spices, cayenne pepper, chocolate, whipped cream, and peppermint marshmallows.
Wake Foot Sanctuary
Indulge in a foot soak from a one-of-a-kind spa on Gay Street, Wake Foot Sanctuary. Their soaks fill your senses with essential oils and detoxifying salts for a relaxing 45-minute experience. Massage add-ons elevate the experience even further.
William & Wylie
Specializing in custom menswear, William & Wylie has a mission to properly fit all of Knoxville. They’ll be happy to help with a custom suit or shirt, or assist in finding the perfect jeans, polos, sweaters, ties, and accessories. Shop this special spot on Clinch Ave.
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Celebrate with the basketball fans in your life! The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will have a sweet deal on WBHOF Tumblers packed with peppermint candy. Mention the Peppermint Trail for special pricing. Don't miss out on their Holiday Bear Trivia Scavenger Hunt for children with WBHOF admission!
Downtown’s YMCA is a convenient place to take care of your overall health and wellness. You can go for a swim, grab a quick workout, or play pickle ball with friends; attend Yoga, Zumba, Spin, or other programs offered! With a YMCA Membership, you never miss a beat.