Market Square is a popular spot for shopping and community activities. ((courtesy, Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation))

Market Square is one of the oldest and most happening spots in Knoxville. It was established in 1854 as a place for local farmers to meet and sell their goods. During that last half of the 19th century, it was the center of life in the city, with a thriving market and many famous saloons. Although the square fell into disrepair with the illegalization of alcohol in the early part of the 20th century, it was revitalized in the 1950s and '60s. Today, it's not only a prime shopping district but also a key cultural center that hosts community events such as concerts and political rallies. Its stores include everything from furniture and jewelry shops to art galleries and clothing boutiques. There are also a number of fine hotels in Market Square, including the Hotel St. Olivier and the Crowne Plaza, and many acclaimed restaurants, including Nama Sushi Bar; La Costa (known for eclectic dishes such as Latin Rubbed Pork Ribeye, Peppered Jumbo Shrimp, and Flat Iron Steak); and Oodles Uncorked, an Italian restaurant.

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Market Square
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901

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Telephone Number: (865) 224-6732
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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