Knoxville Snapshots + Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

After our hike in the Smoky Mountains, Austin and I spent the night in Knoxville, Tennessee on our road trip from South Carolina to Kentucky. We wanted a few hours to explore Knoxville before finishing our drive to Lexington, so we woke up bright and early and found our way to Remedy Coffee. (Because finding a good coffee shop is an absolute must any time we visit a new city.)

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

A place for coffee and conversation. A place to meet new friends and gather with old friends. A place to sit and relax. A place to be. The “third place” is a term coined by Ray Oldenburg in his influential book, “The Great Good Place”. Third places are where people can regularly visit to take it easy, meet with friends and neighbors and whoever just happens to show up. That’s our goal…to create a space where you can meet your neighbors, start new friendships, discuss ideas, interact with others, and enjoy delicious coffee and tea.

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Knoxville Remedy Coffee

It was early on a Sunday morning and it wasn’t very busy so we struck up a conversation with our barista. Austin and I were admiring the space and he informed us that the location used to be a children’s theatre before it became a coffee shop. We loved the exposed ceilings, wide open floorpan, and the huge windows that let in tons of natural light.

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Such a beautiful rainbow of colored syrups.

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Remedy Coffee has a wonderfully simple menu and once we had our drinks, Austin and I made our way over to a couch so we could sit and savor them.

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

It’s not often I see London Fog Lattes on a coffee shop menu. When I saw it on the menu at Remedy Coffee, I couldn’t resist. (I usually make my own London Fog Lattes.)

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

Knoxville Remedy Coffee

After our coffee (and tea) we made our way to World’s Fair Park and Market Square to walk around and stretch our legs before getting back in the car.

Knoxville Remedy Coffee


The weather was sunny and in the 90s, but it felt so good to be outside and soaking in the sunshine at World’s Fair Park.



The Sunsphere is an 266 foot high hexagonal steel truss structure, topped with a 75 foot gold-colored glass sphere that was constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair. During that time, it served as the symbol of the Fair and, today, it remains as one of only two remaining structures from that World’s Fair.


Our next stop was Market Square. Established in 1854 as a market place for local farmers, the square has since developed to an outdoor shopping mall that provides gathering place for artists, musicians, families, activists, and more. Since it was still morning time, most of the shops were closed, but Austin and I still enjoyed taking in the sights and admiring the old buildings and beautiful architecture.


All too soon, it was time to say goodbye to Knoxville and to our brief time in Tennessee so we could continue making our way to our new home (for the next few months) in Kentucky. We loved our time in Knoxville, though, I and would love to go back for a longer visit and experience more of the rich history and thriving community of the city.

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  • Greta Hollar

    I live in Nashville and love Knoxville. I need to make more trips there since it’s only 3.5 hours away. Market Square is the best!

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  • I live in Georgia and love Chattanooga and Nashville (especially Nashville – one of my favorite southern cities!). You know, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Knoxville, and after reading your post (and see the great pics), now I want to go!

  • Elly Leavitt

    That latte art though (your trip looks incredible!)

  • That is the cutest coffee shop! Every time I’m in Tennessee, I’m either in Nashville or Chattanooga. I would love to visit Knoxville one day!

  • What a great little coffee shop! I could definitely hang out there for a while.

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  • Karin Rambo

    Such a cute coffee shop! Is it weird that I’d like to live in a space like that?!

  • That coffee shop is so cute! I love the array of all the syrups! So cool

  • Remedy Coffee is a kool looking spot! Very hip! Now I want to visit Knoxville.

  • Such cute suggestions! I have a friend who loves in Knoxville and now I’ll know exactly where to go if I ever get the opportunity to visit 😉

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    Wow! These are awesome shots and I loved the coffee house. So cool!

  • Great pics. I love finding new coffee shops, especially when exploring a new city. – Katy

  • Ummm… can I LIVE there? Just make a little blanket fort and smell the coffees all day?? Ahh!

  • That coffee shop looks divine as are your photos! I’ve never been to Tennessee but it is now on my list! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Such a cute coffee shop – we have some ones in Phoenix with similar atmospheres!

  • I haven’t been to Knoxville but I’m pretty sure friends have mentioned Remedy. I didn’t realize the World’s Fair was in Knoxville or even still existed in the 80s! Oh and London Fogs are so good. I can’t wait to have them again this fall/winter (it’s a bit too much caffeine for me at the moment!).

  • How fun?! I’ve been to Knoxville several times, but I’ve never been to this part of town. That coffee shop looks lovely! I’ll have to go there next time we visit.

  • Such an awesome place to hang out to have a cup of coffee.

  • Janna C.

    How cute is this coffee shop! Love the photos!

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    What a delightful little coffee shop! The colored syrup probably looks really awesome when the light shines through the bottles.

  • Obsessed with this, of course. Love the aesthetic – everything looks amazing!

  • Oh my goodness, this coffee shop is absolutely beautiful! I love how clean and minimalist it is! <3