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“Honest, Darling - Old City Java made me do it...”
Review of Old City

Ranked #22 of 171 things to do in Knoxville
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Owner description: Rejuvenated section of town with lots of live Jazz, blues and rock music.
Reviewed November 27, 2017

While probably not the smartest excuse for being late to your own Wedding, anyone who's spent any time at Old City Java will understand what you mean! So fear not, Dear Reader, you'll be excused...

This hidden gem is located right in The Old City of Knoxville, Tennessee, where the clocks and the traffic move as slow as molasses going uphill in January. When the Knoxville heat is in full effect, lounging in Old City Java is a favorite past time for just about everyone - the interior has hanging art on the walls - ever changing - that is always a bit above most gallery showings, and the back wall has a space for local music posters - a fantastic up-to-the-minute calendar of what's what in Knoxpatch...

But the great thing is the coffee and the pastries at the counter... there's a big room on one side, chairs out front on the N.Central sidewalk, chairs in the alley across from the counter where you can grab your coffee, a croissant and step into the alley for a chair and a little table. Assurances, Loyal Readers, no one will ever find you.

Yes, this is hipster heaven, and there are a ton of hipsters roaming around in their tight jeans, beards and thin ties, but get past that and it's a fabulous treat for the eye and tastebuds...! The counter teams are always pleasant, always perfectly polite, never rush your order and make, talk and think excellent coffee!

Knoxville is musical ground zero for Bonaroo and so other many Festivals during the year, that just about everyone has meetings in Old City Java which adds significantly to its overall hipness levels and raises the coolness factor to, well... how about off the chart? Music, coffee, art, Festivals... that's all you'll need to get fortified and Java'd up!

1  Thank EricS4595
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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Our son & his girlfriend rent an apartment on Gay street! Very quaint and we loved the architecture! Walking around with our dog was great because the city is very pet friendly. Highly recommend.

Thank JulieMac M
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

A reviilized part of town with buildings converted to pubs and restaurants. I wasn’t overly impressed but then again we had already eaten. Good part is its serviced by the free trolley

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

I walked all the way from Market Square and was sorry and tired. Not worth it as they're working on buildings and there just isn't much to see.

Thank Jane T
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Reviewed October 17, 2017

There are so many good restaurants and pubs to choose from, and often groups of people of all ages seeking fine dining and shopping from any of the eclectic art shops. There is an authentic Scottish Pub (Scotch Eggs) a creperie and newer upscale corner restaurant and more! The architecture is interesting, too. I love strolling on an evening, reading menus and taking my time selecting where to eat.

1  Thank Shannon P
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