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Nestled in the sweet spot between mountains and the winding Tennessee River, Chattanooga has long enthralled outdoor enthusiasts with its scenic splendor, challenging peaks and diverse paddling. While you’ll find generous opportunities to hike, bike, paddle and climb, the city puts its own spin on things. The Block, for instance, a multi-use facility covering (you guessed it) a city block, is upping Chatt’s street cred as a happening town. Don the ropes yourself and scale the outside of this downtown building for an exceptional view of Broad Street or simply enjoy the efforts of other brave climbers as you watch from a more grounded position. Pack your mat for yoga in Sculpture Fields, an outdoor sculpture garden of international scope. The once gritty Southside now features culinary stars like Alleia as well as treasure hunters’ delights, Estate of Confusion and the vast Chattanooga Market. With the powerhouse Hunter Museum of American Art and nearby Bluff Arts District, Chatt has plenty to keep you occupied on a lazy weekend. But don’t stop there–it’s a lovely trek over the pedestrian bridge to Northshore’s shopping district. If you haven’t been beguiled by this city, you haven’t seen what we have.

Southside

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Sculpture Fields at Montague Park  Take your dog. Walk right into the massive sculptures. Go for a free yoga class amid international artists’ powerful work. Find out more here. 1800 Polk St. (D)

Works…A Gallery  If you haven’t made it out to Pamela Henry’s gorgeous new contemporary gallery, make a plan to do so, stat. The gallery features sculptures, paintings, mixed media works and photographs from renowned artists with whom Henry has a personal connection. The backstories you’ll hear are equally as intriguing as the pieces themselves. Open Tuesdays through Thursdays 10-4 or by appointment. 1100 E. 16th St.in the historic NickaJack Hosiery Mill (D)

Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio  So much happening at the gorgeous Annie Hanks Studio–they’re hosting the Summer Pop-Up Collective for First Friday’s art walk, July 1st from 4-9 p.m. You can also join the Southerly Flower Farm CSA and get amazing fresh petals to liven your week along with one beautiful Annie Hanks vase. 1810 E. Main St. Suite 100 (S)

Set in Stone/SIS Studios  This “small bespoke concrete design company” might make you rethink your life choices, or at least your design ones. While we’d like to drop some dough on a concrete table or sink post haste, we can always quell our yearning with their super cool Irene Ipad tablet stand in the meantime. They teach maker classes in concrete casting and mold building, too. Huzzah. 1220 E. Main St. (S)

Merchants on Main  For those of you who can’t resist poking around antique booths, Merchants on Main is here for you, right in your favorite hood. Plenty of gifts, decor, novelties, and gourmet food, including locally made Hoff and Pepper hot sauce. Be sure to stop by the Refinery423 Mercantile booth for small batch men’s grooming supplies, Bean and Bailey planters, and dapper pocket silks. We are completely digging the solid cologne tins from Bawston & Tucker. 607 E. Main St. (S)

Cycle Sports Concept is Chatt’s Specialized bike shop. Shop for a sweet new ride, get your bike serviced or take your game to the next level with a Body Geometry Fit. 516 E. Main St. (S)

Velo Coffee Roasters  Tucked away on the less trafficked side of Main, Velo has been quietly making a name for itself. You’ll find their beans around Chatt (delivered by bike), but we suggest you stop in the understated roastery and pull up a stool. Owner Andrew Gage is hatching up plenty of inventive means to stretch your palate. Try their now infamous Niterider Nitro cold brew. Grab a delicious Cortado from the Modbar or a coffee tonic if you’re feeling adventurous. Velo does cuppings for one, too. 509 E. Main St. (E)

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The Granfalloon event space hosts an experimental and classical music open mic. “Open Air” is on Monday nights from 6-10 p.m.– “providing a nurturing alternative space for instrumentalists of all ages to try out new material or cover tunes with their own instruments.”  Be sure to keep a lookout for Flashlight Shows, lining up great gigs on a regular basis at The Granfalloon. 400 E. Main St. Suite 120 (D)

Main Street Farmers Market  Every Wed. 4-6 p.m. April-November and 4-5 p.m.December through March. Eat right! Support your local farmers. 325 E. Main St.(S)

Slick’s Burgers is slinging house-ground beef, lamb or turkey burgers on Niedlov’s buns. “Love, Peace and Burger Grease.” Live music on Old Time Wednesdays. Go for the pepper jelly. 309 E. Main St. (E)

Estate of Confusion is our favorite place to mill around for industrial accents. Hunt for something strange and wonderful in this antique and architectural salvage shop. 301 E. Main St. (S)

Main Street Meats  This neighborhood butcher works “with local farms from the Tennessee Valley who are good stewards of the land and water and are deeply committed to animal quality and care.” The house burger is a rite of passage. Charcuterie fans, this is your mecca. 217 E. Main St. (E)

Niedlov’s Breadworks  You’ll find this traditional artisan bakery’s bread at all your favorite hangs in the Noog, but don’t stop there. Head down to Niedlov’s for breakfast or lunch–because brioche addiction is a real thing. 215 E. Main St. (E)

Conga Latin Food  Your search for pupusas ends happily at Conga. They serve terrific empanadas, both sweet (guava) and savory. If you’re looking to sample their Latin fare, try the Bandeja from the region of your choice: Caribbean, El Salvador, Mexico, Pacific, or South America. 207 E. Main St. (E)

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Zarzour’s Cafe just made Southern Living’s Burger Bucket List. Their tower of meaty deliciousness should make yours too. Zarzour’s is open 11-3:30 during the week. 1627 Rossville Ave. (E)

Tacqueria Jalisco  Tamales, pupusas, street tacos…yes, yes, and yes. 1634 Rossville Ave. and in Miller Plaza 850 Market St. Suite 102 (E)

The Crash Pad  There is so much we love about this “boutique hostel and outdoor community hub.” For starters, the green building is groovy, clean, and constructed using reclaimed and renewable resources. You’ll notice the mark of many local craftsmen throughout, including a green roof. Further, it is just a cool place to be. Hang by the fire pit and discuss which peak you’ll be scaling tomorrow, or pop next door to  Flying Squirrel without having to scope out parking. It’s all good. The friendly and open vibe will make you wonder why you didn’t check them out sooner. 29 Johnson St. (D)

Flying Squirrel  It is not just the Cuban tacos and shaded patio that draw fans of the Squirrel from far and wide–though the pork belly is delightful. Sure, it’s a no-fail brunch destination, and their cocktails are spot on. The soaring rustic architecture somehow lifts your spirits after a long day. The Flying Squirrel’s commitment to the community is ever present with their weekly non-profit fundraiser nights. Industry nights attest to their respect for fellow hospitality folks. The Squirrel makes the most of a great space you’d want to call your “third place.” 55 Johnson St. (E)

Hart Gallery  We dig Hart Gallery’s mission “of offering homeless and other non-traditional artists an opportunity to create and sell their artwork for their benefit.” Get down there and check out the great work being done, buy some art, be inspired, go out and do more good in the world. 110 E. Main St. (S)

Ember Studios  You’ll dig the light filled gallery on Main opened by ceramic artist Seth Cathy. With dozens of local artists’ pottery and a smattering of mixed media work, you’ll be pining to expand your collection. Everyone knows coffee tastes better in a handsome hand-crafted mug. 36 E. Main St. (S)

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Area 61 Gallery  Score some art made by local craftsmen in this eclectic Southside gallery. You’ll find hand-carved wooden benches and bowls, up-cycled lamps made from found objects, unique jewelry, and more culled from over forty area artists. Be sure to check out Dave Dyer’s illuminated metal signs, including the famed Stan Marsh of Southpark. 61 E. Main St. (S)

Bluegrass Grill  This is the place for a cooked-from-scratch breakfast at 6:30 in the morning–on a weekday no less! Corned beef hash, blintzes, tender wheat biscuits–we’d get up for that. Don’t worry late risers, they are open until 2. Bluegrass Grill rests on Sunday and Monday. 55 E. Main St. (E)

Cotton and Twine  This sassy little women’s clothing boutique hails from Dalton, Georgia, but we know the ladies of Chatt will quickly take it under their metaphorical wings. Cotton and Twine carries spunky shoes and accessories too that will have ’em wondering how you look so fly. 45 E. Main St. (S)

The Local Juicery + Kitchen  If anybody could persuade you to treat your body right, it’s these folks. Local  lists the healing benefits of their mylks and juices right on the menu. With a commitment to cold-pressed and local, organic produce, they’ll have you glowing from the inside out before you’ve even left their seductively hip juice bar. 48 E. Main St. (E)

The Sweet and Savory Classroom  Has it been a minute since you’ve learned something new? Sign up for one of Sweet and Savory’s hands-on cooking classes and muss up an apron in front of witnesses. These lively classes will have you bonding with complete strangers (or bring a date and play house). C’mon, don’t you want to add the perfect croissant to your repertoire? 45 E. Main St. (D)

Mainx24  This year’s Southside celebration is Dec 3rd. You never know what community mayhem they’ll be planning. Mark your calendars.  It’s 24 straight hours of “parades, pancakes, art, small shops, restaurants, artisans, poetry, caroling, music, dancing, food and fun,” with a little sumo wrestling thrown in. Good times.

Pop-Up Collective: a sweet caravan of shops bringing hand-made artistry to Chattanooga, Nashville and Atlanta. Chatt-based vendors include: ceramist Annie Hanks, Temperate Clothing, Love Virginia Ruth, Fiber Farm, Jonsey Wood Designs, Rangemark, Revel Pastry Company, Root + Coco, Wheeler’s Orchard and Vineyard, Twenty Two West, Southerly Flower Farm and Wooden Spoon Herbs (plus Scout, H. & Clark, KarmaDeefa Design, and Olive Juice Press out of Nashville). Stay tuned for future happenings here. Summer Pop-up Collective is Friday July 1st at Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio, 4-9 p.m. 1810 E. Main St.

Alleia  This elegant eatery in the Southside serves rustic Italian cuisine you will pine for, truly. Indulge in their incredible handmade pasta like the Papparadelle with Braised Veal; Hand-dipped Ricotta Bruschetta with Truffle Honey; Grilled Swordfish with Purple Beans and Brown Butter Vinaigrette; or the Benton’s Bacon, Ricotta, and Rosemary Pizza fired in their brick oven. Finish your meal with a devilish slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake served with Housemade Cinnamon Gelato. 25 E. Main St. (E)

Swine Project and Event Space, inside Cine-Rama, is a gallery on hyperdrive. Expect tons of collaborations, art installations, pop-ups, music shows and the like. Swine aims to expand Chatt’s artistic horizons by offering an outlet for creatives to “bring their ideas into the public sphere.” Righteous. 100-A W. Main St. (D)

Mean Mug Coffeehouse  Enjoy Velo Roaster’s coffee, comforting baked goods, and a cute patio to while away your mid-morning slump. 114 W. Main St. (E)

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Clyde’s on Main  Get your good time on at Clyde’s. If you are in a shy, retiring mood, this is probably not where you want to be. As for us, everyday is an opportunity to refine our table tennis skills in hopes of one day being dubbed “King of Clyde’s.” Goals. Have a frosty beverage on one of the leather Chesterfield sofas, get some smoked wings with a redonkulous array of sauces, or take some heat on the ping-pong tables (if shuffleboard is your thing, we won’t hold it against you). Clyde’s has dope live music on the weekends. 122 W. Main St. (E)

The Feed Co. Table & Tavern  One of the newer additions to Southside, The Feed Co. in the old Chatt Seed-Feed Supply building deserves your attention. Serving the casual, farm fresh food you crave without the drive for Tremont’s burger or 1885’s wings. Standouts like their Fish and Chips, Brussels Sprouts, and Fried Pickled Green Beans will remind you why you like this neighborhood so much. Their Short Rib Pot Roast is amazeballs. Feed’s covered patio has a great view of Lookout Mountain, too. 201 W. Main St. (E)

Chattanooga Brewing Company  The Hot Mama Imperial Pilsner for the win. Wash down the tasty habanero-infused beer with an equally satisfying Spent Grain Pretzel and Chickbock beer cheese. 1804 Chesnut St. (E)

Southside Social  If you are the type that can’t sit still, this is the bar for you. No need to make awkward conversation, just order some drinks, line up for horseshoes, bowling, cornhole, giant Jenga, etc., and let your competitive nature take over. Make sure to check out the antique Airstream all dolled up as a cigar lounge. 1818 Chesnut St. (D)

Chattanooga Pints and Pedals  This is your chance to work off the copious amounts of toxins in your system pedaling to various Nooga hotspots with 15 of your friends or friendly strangers. You can even BYOB, as long as it’s in a can. Good times.1818 Chesnut St. (D)

Chattanooga Boutique Warehouse  Twice a year cue up for the big pop-up warehouse sale featuring all your favorite boutiques and makers to benefit the Connor Pullen Foundation. The fall event will be held at Stratton Hall, August 11-13. 3146 Broad St. (S)

Chattanooga  Market at Ross Landing First Tennessee Pavilion  Your Sunday afternoons are now spoken for. “Fresh produce. Local Art. Live Music.”  11-4 p.m. Details here. 1829 Carter St.

Chattown Skate Park  Bust out your baller moves on the ramps. $8 a day. 1785 Reggie White Blvd. next to the First Tennessee Pavilion (D)

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Good Fortune Soap & Spa  Get your essential oils, scrubs, soaps, and natural spa treatments. Make a custom-scented beard oil or goat milk lotion. We are groovin’ on Good Fortune’s shaving mugs, made locally, and boar’s head shaving brushes. Their sumptuously-scented VivVere soy candles, inspired by far flung locales, are reason enough to stop in, but don’t stop there. Your skin is begging you for the “real stuff.” 2644 Broad St. (S)

Koch’s Bakery  Kick it old school with a big fat donut from Koch’s. 1900 Broad St. (E)

Imbibe Wine and Spirits  The owner of St. John’s brings you a swanky liquor store that is well…everything, as the kids say. Let them drop some knowledge on ya with tastings and demos on Thursdays for beer and spirits, and regular wine tastings on Friday evening and Saturday afternoons. Imbibe has twenty taps of your soon-to-be favorite hard to find craft beers, too. We’ve seen them run buy 2, get 1 growler fill for a penny on the weekends. Booyah! 1616 Broad St. (S)

Terminal Brewhouse is everyone’s favorite wedge-shaped building in Chatt, maybe because it holds Pot Roast Nachos and their White Shadow Belgian beer inside. We’ve made it to prime patio season, so stake a claim on Terminal’s rooftop deck. The air is good for you, and you’ll have grass under your feet (really). Besides, Terminal’s “green as we can be” initiative makes us super happy. Be sure to cheers to that with one of their hand-crafted beers before you roll over to Track 29 to catch a show. 6 E. 14th St. (E)

Gallery 1401  With its stained concrete floors and shifting light, Gallery 1401 is just the type of space that invites you to linger. Representing over forty nationally and internationally recognized artists working in varied medium, Gallery 1401 has a wide range of contemporary art. 1478 Market St. (D)

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Blue Orleans  Feelin’ like you need a little creole magic to set you right? Head down to Blue Orleans. Get the Oyster and Bacon Pops. From the Big Easy seafood platter to the Alligator tacos, Blue Orleans can cure your itch for good cajun eating. Finish with the Who ‘Dat Chocolate Shot or Voodoo Cheesecake. 1463 Market St. (E)

Star Line Books  This independent bookstore right across from Terminal Brewhouse beckons with a savvy collection of new titles to delight, intrigue, and elevate. Star Line Books hosts local author signings as well as evening poetry readings. Climb into a book today. Metaphorically… we mean metaphorically.1467 Market St. (S)

Stir was voted one of the 50 Best Places in the South Now by Southern Living magazine. We’re partial to a touch of heat in our cocktails, so you very well may find us bellied up to the oyster bar with an Viva La Astral in hand marveling at the masterful blend of tequila, citrus, ginger, cucumber and jalapeno. Yes, that is artisanal ice in your glass sculpted by their in-house ice chef. Stop in for their $7 weekday cocktail special during Happy Hour, 4-6:30. 1444 Market St. (E)

Tennessee Stillhouse  Go by the home of Tennessee Whiskey and sign up for a distillery tour and tasting. Their 1816 Reserve just earned an impressive Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 1439 Market St. (D)

The Southern Star  Because banana pudding. This traditional meat and three restaurant is a local fave. 1300 Broad St. (E)

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The Hot Chocolatier has insanely delicious chocolate, why yes. But the same can be said of everything in their pastry case. 1437 Market St. (E)

Urban Stack Burger Lounge is known for their Smokin’ Hot Pimento Dip with house cut potato chips, extensive whiskey list, and killer burgers. 12 W. 13th St. (E)

The Open Press is a “letterpress, printmaking and book arts non-profit providing access to a unique and under-utilized artistic resource in Chattanooga, and aims to build a community of fine artists and craftspeople. Book Arts @ TOP allows members to “create collaborative projects in a supportive environment through a range of processes and techniques.” Take a class or workshop, become a member, or rent the equipment–get creative in 2016. 1271 B Market St. (D)

St. John’s Meeting Place (St. J Mtg. Pl.) Chef Rebecca has mad culinary skills. We don’t know where else you will find such beautiful plates of food that teeter between comfort and wild abandon. Consider the baller move of serving Duck Confit Funnel Cake with Foie powdered sugar and strawberry jam. Jazz on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and Very Happy Hours during the work week are comprised of $5 craft cocktails, $6 small plates, and $10 burgers. 1274 Market St. (E)

For an expanded menu of food as art, dine in the adjoining, elegant St. John’s Restaurant. 1278 Market St. (E)

Warehouse Row

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Public House  Break up your week with their Tuesday oyster and bubbly special. Why not? Chatt’s take on the Southern meat and three is a refined and comforting all at once. Try the Raw and Roasted Veggie Plate with Sriracha Bean Dip and Lemon Yogurt. The Deviled Eggs with bacon brittle, the Fried Chicken Livers with grits and Tabasco butter–you get the picture. Don’t miss their wonderful local produce and incredible fish. 1110 Market St.Suite 101 (E)

The Social  Every urbanite needs to know where to get a great cocktail, preferably in a stylish hideaway with appropriately demure lighting. Small plates are 5 bucks during happy hour–huzzah! Pot Roast Nachos or Smoked Trout Dip from Public House. Wednesday is Hump Day Hacienda–enjoy $12 pitchers of margaritas and $2 tacos, or drop in for Keepin’ It Local Thursdays with $2 chicken biscuits, draft specials and live acoustic music. 1110 Market St. Suite 103 (E)


Shadowbox Paperie has lovely stationary, paper goods, tasteful gifts, and one secret cabinet stocked with saucy cards for the naughty-minded. Not us, certainly. 1110 Market Street Suite 113 (S)

Revival Home is the design shop to wander about and fool no one about how much you lust over the decor. 1110 Market Street Suite 206 (S)

Two Ten Jack is Chatt’s Izakaya and Ramen house. Mochi! Tasting Table named chef one of best of 2015.1110 Market St. Suite FC4 (E)

UT/MLK

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Granola Handcrafted Gear  Awesome chalk bags and backpack line made to last by two brothers in beautiful Scenic City. You’ll find their quality gear all over town (and on the backs of the cool kids). Check out their product line here823 1/2 Central Ave. (S)

Townsend Atelier is a visual arts school and art materials supplier. Known for their molds, Townsend Atelier also offers fabulous artist workshops including Portraiture classes, Block-Printing, Gouache Painting, Charcoal drawing instruction, and much more. The massive wood beams, high ceilings, and natural light in their space is enough to convince us our muse will be there. Practice painting from a live model during their open Life Drawing Studio every Thursday evening. More info. here. 301 E. 11th St. (D)

Two Sons Kitchen and Market  Nate Flynt’s highly anticipated brick and mortar is open ya’ll. Let the madness ensue. Famous Nater’s World Famous Food Truck will take a back seat as you hunker down to a perfectly composed BBQ sandwich or Smoked Fried Chicken biscuit with honey lemon kale. Don’t even get us started on his Apple Cinnamon “pancake.” 1120 Houston St. (E)

Uncle Larry’s Hot Fish  Get a big plate of cornmeal crusted fried fish with turnip greens, yes sir! Try the smack um sauce. 736 E. MLKing Blvd. (E)

Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken  Fortys and Fowl is what’s up. Champy’s down-home divey-ness, and epic fried chicken keeps ’em coming back for more. The patio is kickin’ year round. The chicken is fried to order, so amuse yourself with your beverage of choice as you soak in the party atmosphere. 526 E. MLKing (E)

Hutton & Smith Brewing Company  This nascent brewery is only a year old but has quickly won Chatt’s heart. Check out their collab with Big River Brewing Company perfect for summer tipping, Tangerine Kolsch. Have them fill a few crowlers for your poolside hang. They can do growlers too, naturally (but no sneaking them where glass is not allowed). 431 E. MLKing Blvd. (E)

Bitter Alibi is the epic Chatt hang: banging food, smooth cocktails, hip vibe, all the beers you really want to drink and a fun crowd–always. Besides, how cool do you feel walking around to the back basement door? Their brunch is so fly, they serve it all week upstairs; that’s right, weekday brunch, people. Get some. Don’t jet without checking out their spanking new bitter bar on the third floor, The Fix. 825 Houston St. (E)

The Coin-Op  This sweet little barcade might be your new favorite hang, if it isn’t already. Vintage and newer arcade games, a plethora of pinball, craft beer, snacks and a friendly vibe make The Coin-Op a welcome distraction from adulting. 233 E. MLKing Blvd. Suite 100 (D)

Yes, you can play all day. Tell your mother we said so. The Coin-op on MLK Chatt. Good times.

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JJ’s Bohemia  Nooga’s “favorite weird little venue since 2007.” Go and see obscure bands that you can brag to your friends about. Open Mic Comedy on Wednesdays or borderline hostile Heavy Metal Bingo on Tuesdays will shake up your week. 231 E. MLKing Blvd. (D)

The Camp House is not an ordinary coffee shop. Firstly, it is swankier than you might expect. Secondly, there is Counter Culture coffee. Hurrah. They serve really tasty eats as well, including Saturday brunch. If you’ve only stopped in during daylight hours, you may not know this is an entirely different beast once the sun goes down, and we mean that in the best way possible. The Camp House in association with the Lookout Wild Film Festival sponsors Adventures and Ales, a monthly film series aimed at bringing together Chatt’s outdoors lovers. There’s Songwriter Showdown, Theology on Tap, and plenty of live music sandwiched between rousing discussions and community events. Oh, did we mention local craft beer on tap? 149 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. (E)

Chattz Chattanooga Coffee Co. roasts beans for your morning cup everyday. Fresh coffee is tasty coffee. Go get some. 1010 Market St. and multiple locations (E)

The Honest Pint  This beloved Irish eatery and music venue is a good place for an Irish whiskey or any combination of Guinness you might fancy. There’ nothing like Honest Pint’s corned beef hash to kick off your lazy weekend. Check out their new Comedy Fights on Sundays. 35 Patten Parkway (E)

Universal Joint  Could this be one of the best patios in the city? We think so. Maybe it’s the cornhole, the Gatsby-esque peepers (sans spectacles) staring at us, the interesting selection of craft beer–whatever the draw, we’re happy to park our carcasses and take in the neighborhood with a cold one. 532 Lookout St. (E)

Cress Gallery of Art  The University of Tennessee’s Cress Gallery hosts visiting artists with national and international reputations each year through the Diane Marek Series. Its aim is to “provide the region with a provocative level of exposure to contemporary artists and artistic production encompassing a full range of media and aesthetics. This exposure spans demographics and geographic boundaries to address the broader essence and significance of today’s artistic investigation, practice, and expression.” Learn more here. 752 Vine St. (D)

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UTC Theatre Company  Go see some burgeoning talent stretching their creative wings. 752 Vine St. (D)

Apothecary Gallery is “a contemporary arts project space supported by Art Department at UT. ” Weird stuff happens here, and we mean that in the best possible way. 744 McCallie Ave. (D)

Yellow Deli   Hey, we’re down for the hippie vibe. Besides, there’s swell sandwiches and homemade soup. Open 24/5 Sunday at noon until Friday at 3 p.m. Good to know. 737 McCallie Ave. (E)

Artifact Studio and Gallery is home to Bean and Bailey Ceramics and E. E. Ironworks. This artist collective hosts gallery shows and events periodically. 1080 Duncan Ave. (S)

Barking Legs Theater  Now primarily a music venue, Barking Legs Theater also hosts a monthly pop-up, Gallery for a Night, where you can score some rad local art (at fire sale prices) and chat with artists. Check out their event schedule here. 1307 Dodds Ave. (D)

Bea’s  This down home all-you-can-eat restaurant is a ways further out. But hey, if it’s good enough for Erik Niel, it’s good enough for us. There’s fried chicken dipped in honey and a big ‘ole Southern spread on a lazy susan. Solid. 4500 Dodds Ave. (E)

Crabtree Farms  Not only do they supply some of the best restaurants in town with veggie goodness, Crabtree also hosts a summer farm camp for the little ‘ens. Pick up your weekly bounty at their farm stands. Once berries come in season, you should definitely head out to the u-pick patches. Check out their CSA cooking classes, too. Learn more here. 1000 E. 30th St. (D)

Sugar’s Ribs BBQ  Men’s Journal ranked them of the 25 Best BBQ Spots in America. Their smoked meats are nirvana “for all bbq purists.” We highly recommend the wood-grilled okra/onions combo and the fire-roasted jalapenos. When they bring out the hot towels, order up Jesslyn’s Banana Pudding and say hello to the baby goats out back. 2450 15th Ave. (E)

Downtown/City Center

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The Palace Picture House  The Mise En Scenesters finally have a permanent home for their Arthouse theater “dedicated to screening independent, classic, cult, genre and obscure cinema of all types.”  Home of the epic Chattanooga Film Festival, check out Cine-Rama’s swanky new digs and become a Palace Patron to receive invites to exclusive screenings experience, plus discounts on movies and concessions. They’ll be exhibiting local art in Palace’s on-site gallery, Err Space. 818 Georgia Ave. (D)

Terra Mae  Located in the hip Dwell Hotel, formerly the Stone Fort Inn, Terra Mae’s new menu is a globe trotting adventure through world cuisine, and we’re delighted to tag along. Field Greens Ravoli; Halibut with Pear Kimchi, Sunchokes and Turmeric Cream; Fresh Garbanzo Tagine with Couscous, Harissa, and Greek Yogurt–yes, yes, yes! Brunch is fabulous, as one would expect from Terra Mae, but we’re always left with the inevitable struggle of savory vs. sweet.Please don’t make us choose between the Scallop Hot Pot and Feather Bread, a marvel of almond and cream cheese stuffed brioche, berries, and maple syrup. 120 E.10th St. (E)

Matilda Midnight is Dwell’s retro-fabulous cocktail bar serving small noshes and clever libations everyday until midnight. (Yes, you night owls, even on “school nights.”) With drinks named after cards in the tarot deck, your night is sure to get a bit more intriguing. Matilda’s Snacky Hour is Mondays 5-7, where you’ll score two drinks and three snacks for only ten bucks. 120 E. 10th St. (E)

Community Pie is our happy place. There’s nothing better than stopping in for a Home Slice and a beer after a long day. Mind you, we’re not opposed to group gatherings. But on occasion, their slice of the day is the panacea we’re looking for. New York and Neapolitan style pizza all made with top of the line ingredients like house-made San Marzano tomato sauce, 40 craft beers on draft, gelato from Milk & Honey–how could you go wrong? Though the swanky leather booths are cozy, we’d opt for the covered patio area. The combination of a prime downtown location and open air seating makes for some excellent people watching. 850 Market St. (E)

Tivoli Theatre  This 1920’s movie house is a stunning venue for national tours and home of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Soak in the architecture of this downtown jewel. 709 Broad St. (D)

Cupcake Kitchen  Each cupcake is a sensory experience from the spiral cloud of frosting with candy garnish, to the delicately-flavored cake. The friendly folks at Cupcake Kitchen make a mean cake truffle, too. Try the mini-cannolis. 500 Broad St. (E)

Chattanooga WorkSpace encompasses artist studios and a collaborative space. WorkSpace members’ artwork is showcased in the first floor gallery. Join them on First Fridays every month for Open Studio Nights, 5:30-8. 302 W. 6th St. (D)

Maple Street Biscuit Company  It’s a good thing the Noog is surrounded by woods and water because we’ll need to log some serious outdoor time to work off our Squawking Goat biscuits. Not gonna lie, we have no regrets (except that we are not scarfing one down right now). 407 Broad St. (E)

Lupi’s Pizza Pies was voted Best of the Best by Times Free Press readers five years running. Choose from white, gluten-free, or whole wheat hand-tossed crust and over thirty toppings. Their massive calzones will satisfy even the hangriest of your squad. 406A Broad St. and other area locations (E)

High Point Climbing and Fitness at The Block   Declared “the country’s coolest gym” by Climbing Magazine, High Point’s outdoor climbing wall in the middle of downtown is like that big kid staring you down. Challenge accepted. Hey, there’s lots of coolness inside too: yoga, spin classes and 30,000 square feet of wall (inside and outside). We’re just sayin. 219 Broad St. and their Urban Rocks Gym 1007 Appling St., Riverside (D)

Easy Bistro & Bar  Chef Erik Neal is kind of a big deal. With a national rep for his modern take on “upscale comfort food,” Neal delivers gorgeous plates of French fare inspired by local ingredients. We’ll take whatever he’s serving from the Crawfish & Artichoke Dip to the Profiteroles. Make it a point to stop in Thursdays for 50 cent oysters from the raw bar. End with an after dinner cocktail while you’re planning which night you can return. 203 Broad St. (E)

Scenic City Supper Club  The serious malady, fear of missing out, may have originated right here in Chatt. Don’t suffer FOMO; follow Scenic City Supper Club on social media and don’t risk skipping one of their seasonal shindigs. Good people and good eats make for a happy community. More info here.

L2 Outside has sweet rental deals on SUPs and kayaks during the week, so you don’t have to wait until the weekend to get on the water. L2 also sells awesome paddleboards, ski and skate gear, plus outdoor apparel. Get on it! 100 Market St. (S)

Local 191 and Blue Plate  Your pancakes give us life. 191 Chesnut St. (E)

TNKR Labs is ratcheting up the coffee culture in Nooga. Find their pop-ups currently in the Edney Innovation Center at 1100 Market St. or Green’s Eco Build & Design,1510 Riverside Drive. Hit them up for tremendous coffee or some Q & A (education and collaboration is their thing). Coffee lab is in the works…stay tuned.

Bluff View Arts District

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Rembrandt’s Coffee  This European cafe and coffee shop located in charming Bluff View is a Chatt staple. Wind your way out to the garden terrace and relax with an espresso and something from the pastry case or a Jack Daniels truffle. 204 High St. (E)

Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria was made for carb loading. What could be better than Tony’s fresh, hand pulled pasta and bread hot from the oven? How about some traditional Italian meatballs? Mangia, mangia. 212 High St. (E)

River Gallery  Wander through this 1900 Italianate house and view nationally and internationally recognized artists. 400 E. 2nd St. (D)

Back Inn Cafe  You don’t have to be coupled up to enjoy the Back Inn Cafe. Grab your posse and sign up for one of their wine tastings. 512 E. 2nd St. (E)

Hunter Museum of American Art  Saunter through the permanent collection for free and special exhibits for five bucks during Hunter Museum’s Throwback Thursdays, from 4-7:30 p.m. Examine works from Mary Cassatt, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and more.10 Bluff View Ave. (D)

Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge  Money can’t buy happiness, though you might want to stuff a few dollars in your pocket for an espresso or one of Julie Darling’s Donuts on the other side. Stroll the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and gaze out over the Tennessee River. Carpe Diem. This is seriously one of our favorite things to do in Chatt. 1 Walnut St. (D)

Traverse the gorgeous Holmberg Pedestrian Bridge to the Tennessee Aquarium. This glass engineering marvel connects the Bluff View District to all the hub bub on Walnut Street. (D)

Riverview

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1307 Gifts and Home  We wouldn’t dream of winging through Riverview without a brief stop-over in this charming shop. Pick up clever cards, hand-blocked tea towels, throws, lamps, lotions, books and more. Nosh on a home baked cookie while you aspire to domestic greatness. 1307 Hanover St. (S)

The Clay Pot  Revered for their stunning floral arrangements, The Clay Pot is a fun stop to stoke your creative spirit with a new vessel, cloche, or earth-centric gift. While you’re there, pick up some stems to breathe life into your home or office. They offer workshops too.1311 Hanover St. (S)

Verde will add a little edge to a ladylike wardrobe.1100 Hixson Pike Suite 104 (S)

Hanover Blue stocks Dopkits, needlepoint flasks, Yeti coolers, Billy Reid shirts and other manly goods for when you feel like looking presentable. 1100 Hixson Pike Suite 112 (S)

Alice Blue  This women’s boutique carries vibrant clothing that is a little bit progressive, a little bit Southern and a whole lot of sass. 1100 Hixson Pike (S)

Il Primo is a festive stop for a Limoncello or Sangria at the bar with some antipasti or apertivo. They feature weeknight specials and 1/2 price off appetizers on weekends after 9 p.m. 1100 Hixson Pike (E)

Natural Body Spa  Go, because your body needs pampering now and again. Use the real stuff. 1202 Hixson Pike or 300 Broad St. Downtown (S)

Tremont Tavern  Beer and Burger night is Thursday. While this is very important information, it wouldn’t stop us from happily consuming Tremont’s juicy burgers and sampling a few of their 100 bottled beers any other night of the week. Let’s be fair, their sandwiches rock too. This friendly neighborhood tavern has  21 rotating taps, trivia on Mondays and live music on Fridays. We suggest you become a regular. 1203 Hixson Pike (E)

Southern Sqweeze  For delicious cold pressed, organic juices, milks and smoothies, get to Southern Sqweeze and feel every cell in your body rejoicing. They’ve got juice cleanses too, plus frequent buyer memberships. Happy face. 1209 Tremont St. and 850 Market St. #120 (E)

The Daily Ration  Matt Skudlarek and Jason Bowers of Bitter Alibi are bringing their magic beans to the neighborhood. We know you’ve been waiting to feast on their casually awesome eats, and now you can. They’ve got a kick-ass coffee program too. Open 7-2 for the breakfast/lunch crowd and on weekends, 5-midnight. We can’t pass up Dublin’s Hash in the morning! Meet you on the patio.1220 Dartmouth St. (E)

Northshore

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Aretha Frankenstein’s is legend. Winding through this hilly Northshore residential neighborhood is half the fun. What can we say to the uninitiated? They sell their own pancake mix, so we’ll let that speak for itself. Besides, it will take you nearly as much time to take in your surroundings as it will to conquer the fluffy tower that is a Slim Stack. 518 Tremont St. (E)

Opa  This relaxed, sunny Greek cafe in Coolidge Park serves colorful, fresh, tasty plates of traditional Greek fare. There are just a few tables and troves of adoring patrons, so do the math. It is completely worth the wait for mounds of succulent lamb and Opa’s baklava topped chocolate cake. 249 River St. (E)

Outdoor Chattanooga  There’s a reason Chatt’s been voted best outdoor town two years running. Beyond being idyllically situated between river and mountains, the folks at OC are working hard to get you to enjoy it. Promoting all play done in air, water, or on land, Outdoor Chattanooga hosts a myriad of “programs, special events, educational seminars, conferences, races and workshops” with one end in mind–celebrating the magnificent Tennessee River Valley and surrounds. Bone up on your skills from kayak rolling lessons to negotiating the singletrack trail. More info. here. 200 River St. (D)

Pure Vida Organic Juice Bar and Cafe  We’re stoked to find an avocado toast hook-up. Yeah, we’re a little addicted. But that’s not all, Pure Vida has a full cafe menu featuring plenty of gluten free and vegan wholesomeness. Try one of their granola bowls complete with bee pollen, coconut flakes and goji berry or an After Party Shot of ginger, lemon, agave, cayenne and tumeric–no questions asked. Bring your own bottle the next time you order one of their juices made from local seasonal produce. 163 River St. (E)

River Street Deli  Sometimes you just want a good sandwich. River Street knocks it out of the park on the daily. Don’t overlook their phenomenal specials either. Our mouths are watering for thin meat piled high dressed like a boss on Niedlov’s fresh bread. 151 River St. (E)

Coolidge Park Carousel  Take a spin on a restored 100-year old carousel. 150 River St. (D)

Cashew  Stop in on the weekends to stock up on their phenomenal cashew cheese and fuel your inner warrior with plant power. Don’t skip dessert either, Cashew has long been known to rock the pastry case. They also serve local Blue Indian kombucha. Open Thursday 11-4, Friday 11-8, and Saturday 11-4. Sign up for one of their monthly 5-course dinners, too. 149 River St. (E)

Sushi Nabe  Kick back on the covered patio with some sake and the sushi voted Nooga’s favorite 7 years in a row by Times Free Press readers. Midweek is prime with selected rolls half-off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 110 River St. inside Coolidge Park (E)

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Totto’s Sushi and Grill  Slurp your Soba bowl under dramatic lighting. Totto’s all you can eat buffet is perfect for the indecisive or famished sushi fan. We can’t resist their Bento boxes. Bulgogi seekers will delight to find Totto’s. 330 Frazier Ave. Suite 124 (E)

Plum Nelly is Nooga’s gift whisperer. You’re sure to find inspiration here: tableware, stationary, candles, local art and jewelry, kitchenwares, and more. We’re gaga for the colorful Wauhatchie glasses and tiny wooden salt cellars. 330 Frazier Ave. Suite B (S)

Frankie & Julian’s  This popular Northshore boutique will keep you fashionable for any occasion. With a fresh crop of minis, denim, rompers, crops, coverups and more, you’ll be on your game this summer. Frankie & Julian’s stocks plenty of effortlessly chic dresses, shoes and accessories, too. 330 Frazier Ave. Suite 116 (S)

Brewhaus  After hauling your cookies up and down the avenue, the breeze from Brewhaus’ back patio is sure to revive you. Well, that and the beer…throw in some Spaetzle and a few Kraut Balls, and you’ll be good to go. 224 Frazier Ave. (E)

Mayfield’s All Killer, No Filler Records  A brother and sister duo own this small, but mighty vinyl store. Their tagline should give you an inkling what they carry, but be prepared for some surprises.199 River St. (S)

Julie Darling Donuts  Life is short. Eat the donut. Or throw caution to the wind and order Julie Darling’s version of an ice cream sandwich, soft serve nestled between two halves of a glazed yeast donut. 121 Frazier Ave. (E)

Belle Rive Boutique has lace trimmed jumpers, floppy hats, breezy tunics and more to keep you casually stylish this summer. Belle Rive also carries gifts, accessories, and locally-made jewelry. 113 Frazier Ave. (S)

Collective Clothing and Inherent Records  This place is packed to the gills with “vintage, modern and obscure” clothing for guys and gals. Your patience will be rewarded. Try not to elbow your fellow shoppers diving into the racks for a retro button-down or wide-lapeled jacket. Inherent Records is a Tennessee-based label; you’ll find their releases plus some other choice vinyl inside Collective Clothing. 40 Frazier Ave. (S)

Winder Binder Books, Art and Music  Folk art is our jam. Winder Binder understands. Not only do they have a massive collection of new, used and antique books including a tres adorbs children’s section, they also kill it with primitive art, vinyl and cds. When on the Northshore, put Winder Binder on heavy rotation. 40 Frazier Ave. (S)

Good Dog  House-made sausages, all-beef and veggie dogs, plus hand-cut frites and an insane list of toppings make Good Dog a local weenie institution. Sit. Stay. Eat. 34 Frazier Ave. (E)

Blue Skies  Chatt-town is enamored of this joyful gift shop on the Avenue. Their artful window displays will instantly put you in a festive mood. Blue Skies is packed with quirky accessories, tongue-in-cheek cards, graphic socks, mod jewelry, kid stuff, and more. 30 Frazier Avenue (S)

AVA Gallery Association for Visual Arts  There’s so much going on with this mighty non-profit! Sure, you can (and should) check out their diverse gallery shows on the regular, but have you heard of their Applied Media Studio? You can rent their photography clean room and equipment, employ their media expertise for your project, or sign up for Adobe classes. Gallery Hop is sponsored by the Association for Visual Arts and happens every fall. AVA also heads up Capture, a community-sourced 48 hour film project as well as the epic 4 Bridges Art Festival held each year in April at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Learn more here. 30 Frazier Ave. (D)

Clumpies  Legendary. As if the creamy perfection of Espresso Chocolate Chunk, Lavender Rose, Avocado, or Bailey’s ice cream (just the tip of the proverbial iceberg) wasn’t enough to bring us running, now Clumpies adds specialty macarons. We’re sunk. 26B Frazier Ave. (E)

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Homegrown Silver and Stone is the spot to pick up a few more stacking rings or gemstone studs. The Full Moon Karma Circle Necklace is going to be perfect for with your tees all summer. Gentlemen, take note. 22 Frazier Ave. (S)

Beast + Barrel  This Gastro Smokehouse is talking our language. Their Southern Anti-Pasta Platter–mounds of perfectly smoked pulled pork, their jerky of the day, house-made sausage & salty ham, cheese, and a scattering of pickles–is the perfect protein-heavy nosh for cocktail time. Beast + Barrel’s Chickpea Burger is giving us the feels, and we’re not even vegetarians. We’re suckers for great pastrami, so their brunch House Hash is all we needed to see. Meet you in front of the Mimosa/Bellini Bar. 16 Frazier Ave. (E)

Revelator Coffee  Its sparse decor and mod vibe might get you feeling all zen, but make no mistake it’s their coffee that pulls top billing at Revelator. It doesn’t hurt that they carry pastries from Revel Pastry Company either; we’re not going to lie. For those times you need something some more substantial, they’ve got a fantastic charcuterie board via their collab with Main Street Meats. Try their new specialty drink, The Weekender–tangerine juice, half & half, sparkling water and a dash of vanilla, topped with a shot of espresso. 10 Frazier Ave. (E)

McClain Made Jewelry and Metals  Their Dagger Earrings are fierce. McClain Made’s carbon line inspired from the organic textures of banana peels, seed pods, peanuts and beans will start more than a few conversations. The Banana Cuff is all we want to wear right now. 105 N. Market St. (S)

Taco Mamacita is living out loud. Go to this exuberant taco spot and sit on the covered patio if you can. You might be overlooking the most frustrating parking lot in Chatt, but who cares? There’s Mango Jalapeno Salsa and tequila flights! 109 N. Market St. (E)

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Milk & Honey  Yeah, there’s a gelato happy hour just when your afternoon is starting to tank. Skip out of whatever you’re doing and get down to Milk & Honey between 3 and 4 p.m. for half-price gelato. Priorities, people. They serve breakfast and lunch, too. Try a craft coffee beverage like their popular Burnt Sugar or Matcha Honey Latte. 135 N. Market St. (E)

Four Bridges Outfitters  Need an affordable option for gear? Four Bridges sells new and used outdoor equipment. They’ve got snazzy duds too. You can even trade or consign your stuff. See the friendly folks, talk gear and get yourself set for your next adventure. 315 N. Market St. (S)

Sophie’s  This is our instant mood lift store–always something gorgeous, clever or inspiring around every corner. Visit this fetching home and gift boutique to freshen your abode or grab something wonderful to give to your bestie. 401 N. Market St. (S)

K: A Boutique by Katherine Roberts  From the striped boyfriend shirt you’ll pair with everything to a sophisticated cami dress and Italian wedges, K will have you dressed impeccably for everywhere you roam. 200 Manufacturers Rd. Suite 103 (S)

Rock/Creek is more than a place to buy a new Eno hammock. While you can certainly purchase a sweet one at Rock/Creek, you can also find out why the staff is so crazy about them. Rock/Creek is an outfitter filled with folk who love the outdoors and want to share their expertise with you, from the best gear and clothing to their favorite cargo rack. They also sponsor the grueling Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50K for you diehards out there. We are huge fans of RootsRated, their online platform “connecting users with the best outdoor experiences hand-picked by locals,” curated by city. If you haven’t bookmarked their site, get to it. You’ll be returning often. 301 Manufacturers Rd. and multiple area locations (S)

Willa Collection is our style sensei. Where you go, we will follow Willa. They are always completely on trend and timeless all at once. If it were possible to give our closets a complete chic transfusion, we’d head to Willa Collection first to peruse their collection of designer clothes, hip jewelry, bags and accessories.  307 Manufacturers Road Suite 109 (S)

The Baggery will have you swooning over their array of handmade leather and artisan bags. The Baggery stocks Hobo, Fyre, Savannah’s own Satchel, handsome Will Leather Goods, and more. Your travels deserve their roll up leather backpack. Want. 313 Manufacturers Road Suite 118 (S)

Root Kitchen and Wine Bar serves nourishing Southern dishes sourced from nearby farms. From Wild Boar and Lamb Ribs to Vegan Lasagna, Root prepares each dish to allow every element to shine. Join them for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. 313 Manufacturers Road Suite 119 (E)

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Embargo 62 Rum Bar  If you can’t make it to Cuba this summer, there’s another local option to give you a taste of Havana. From the marlin hanging over palm tree wallpaper to the cigar humidor lining the wall, Embargo 62 aims to transport you to the Republic. This authentic Cuban cantina carries over 75 rums and a full menu of delicious Cuban specialties. We are all about the empanadas and their Truffle Mariquitas, fried green plantains finished with a drizzle of white truffle oil. Live music on Saturdays (to make you want to shake your bon-bon). 301 Cherokee Blvd. (E)

Heaven and Ale has 27 rotating taps of craft beer to choose from for Fresh Fill Mondays featuring 15% off growlers to go. Join them for Brew&Q Fridays: $10 two sliders, one side, and 16oz of craft beer. $1 off flights & cocktails from 5pm-7pm. Go investigate some new brews, and fill up that punch card! 304 Cherokee Blvd. (E)

Suck Creek Cycle  Their tagline, bikes and friendly advice, makes us like them even more. Join them for a group ride on the Five Points trails or their Ladies Beginner No Drop Ride. Suck Creek has demo bikes for every brand they carry which is the only way to go in our opinion when it comes to finding the perfect ride to suit your needs. Their expert techs specialize in suspension maintenance and repairs. Oh, and there’s craft beer on tap for your post ride pleasure. 321 Cherokee Blvd. (S)

Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Cafe is Chatt’s vegan mecca. Huge plates of fresh, tasty plant and grain-based goodness await you. We dig that they have specials like Burger and Beer (and boy, can they rock a veggie burger!) Vegan brunch is served 12-3 on Sundays. 501 Cherokee Blvd. (E)

Food Truck Watch: Rolling J’s Mobile Bistro; Grilled Cheese Emergency; Missing Link; Cuban Soul, California Smothered Burritos; Rusty’s Nutz; monkey town donut co; famous nater’s world famous

Red Bank

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Sofa King Juicy Burger  Shell out the extra two bucks for local grass fed beef. Put whatever floats your boat on it. Oh..and most importantly, order a Liquid Nitrogen shake (because chemistry is fun). LN2 shakes come in all manner of delish including the Moonshaker, featuring the infamous Chattanooga born Moon Pie. 1743 Dayton Blvd. (E)

Big Frog Brewing Company  Base Camp is open, folks! Stop by Big Frog’s tasting room for all your faves: Rivercity Black, Shield Maiden Rye, Golden Gate Cream Ale, Walnut Street IPA, Swamp Mule Brown Ale, River Rat Porter, and Big Frog Pale Ale. 2122 Dayton Ave. (E)

Harvested Here Food Hub bridges the gap between farmers and hungry Chattanoogans. The Hub “provides storage, marketing and distribution services to farmers within a 120 mile radius of the Chattanooga area, connecting them to regional restaurants, retailers, and institutional kitchens.” Learn more here.

Historic St. Elmo and further afield

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Boccaccia Ristorante Italiano  This cozy Italian spot is just the kind of place that inspires you to linger over a second glass of wine. Boccaccia’s divine housemade pasta and silky tiramisu are worth the extra mile or two in your running shoes. 3077 Broad St. in the Southern Saddlery building (E)

Moccasin Bend Brewing Co.  They’ve moved, but MBBC is still cranking out the weirdness, in a good way. From their New South Chocolate Stout to the summer all star, Saur Blu, a lager with notes of blueberry and grape, MBBC has plenty of variety to please. 3210 Broad St. Suite B (E)

Mt. Vernon Restaurant  The kind of place you’d go to get chicken livers, unironically. 3535 Broad St. (E)

Mojo Burrito  This beloved Tex Mex place will roll up the freshest ingredients with a smile. Come hungry, but don’t come indecisive. That long line of regulars behind you can only stay polite for so long. But no worries, it’s all good. Mojo Burrito is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Grab a craft beer, sit on the porch with some Loaded Queso or guac and chips–nirvana. 3950 Tennessee Ave. plus other area locations (E)

1885 Grill  Consider this your little get away from the bustle downtown, patio dining right in the center of St. Elmo. Whether you’re a wing man or you came for the sangria flight (that’s cool, you can admit it), 1885 Grill is the ticket. Start with the Pimento Cheese and Fried Okra. Steak Frites, NC Rainbow Trout, Shroom and Grits–it might be best to divide and conquer this menu. We suggest you return for brunch. 3914 St. Elmo Ave. (E)

Tennessee Bouldering Authority  With “nearly 3,000 sq/ft of world-class indoor rock climbing walls and dedicated training space” and 16 years experience, you can trust TBA to take your climbing game to new heights.  3804 St. Elmo Ave. (D)

Hillbilly Willy’s BBQ  Leave your fancy pants at home and get the ribs. 115 Browns Ferry Rd. Near Ruby Falls (E)

Acropolis Mediterranean Grill has been voted best dessert in Chatt 7 years in a row. But we really think you should have some protein to start; flaming cheese should do it. 2213 Hamilton Place Boulevard (E)

Carnitas Carmelitas  Get your torta or street taco on, folks. 204 Amnicola Hwy. (E)

Making Us Proud: Pure Sodaworks; Granola (backpacks and climbing accessories); Bean and Bailey Ceramics; Off the Grid Juice; Rangemark Textiles (organic, hand-printed textiles for the home); Alchemy Spice Company; Jonesy Wood Designs; Moss + Elm

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga  Go see some live professional theatre. Stay up with Ensemble’s current projects here. (D)

Get Out of Doors

They don’t call it the Scenic City for nothing…get out and take in the view.

Wild Trails can get you up to speed about everything you need to know concerning trail running in the area. Check out their website and consider volunteering to help with trail stewardship.

Stringers Ridge Overlook  This beloved 3 mile looping trail is right in North Chatt and offers a dynamite view of the city. Tip: download a trail map; there are some directional trails. 301 Matlock St.

Nooga is great for exploring by bike. Find out more about those trusty blue bike stations here: Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System.

Enterprise South Nature Park  Previously the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant, you’re likely to stumble upon one of the concrete bunkers they stored explosives in–not to worry, they’re sealed. Enterprise South has a network of wooded trails for hiking and mountain biking. 8015 Volkswagon Dr.

Enjoy flat water paddling on the Tennessee River or tube down the Ocoee.

Mullins Cove Loop  This moderately strenuous hike is totally worth your exertion when you hit Snooper’s Rock Overlook. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the 10 mile Mullins Cove Loop.
…or to experience your Indiana Jones moment on a swinging bridge run the Suck Creek Road to Mushroom Rock route. Climbers will love the affectionately named T-Wall, a sandstone mammoth famous around these parts. Check out RootsRated overview here. On the East portion of the Tennessee Wall, you’ll find Steepopolis. Go forth and conquer, but read this first. 3998 Game Reserve Rd. Prentice Cooper State Forest

For intermediate to advanced singletrack, try Raccoon Mountain with close to 30 miles of trails. It’s got spectacular views and a challenging ride. Or if you’re the spelunking type, check out their Wild Cave Expeditions (open to small groups only, currently). 7854 Raccoon Mountain Rd. off Hwy. 41

Lula Lake Land Trust  All 60 miles of the Cloudland Connector Trail are open. 5000 Lula Lake Road atop Lookout Mountain

After hitting the trails, hit Mayfly Coffee for locally roasted coffee. 708 Mississippi Ave. Signal Mtn.

Cloudland Canyon State Park Hemlock Falls and Cherokee Falls 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd. Rising Fawn, GA

Fall Creek Falls State Park  A little more than an hour out of the city, is gorgeous Fall Creek Falls. They’ve got a new aerial adventure course, ZIPStream you might want to check out, not to mention one of the highest waterfalls in the region. 2009 Village Camp Rd. Spencer, TN

South Cumberland State Park and Savage Gulf State Natural Area both offer exceptional hiking and a plethora of water falls. Follow the twelve mile Fiery Gizzard Trail to Foster Falls and take a dip. It was rated one of the Top 25 trails in the country by Backpacker magazine. 31557 Hwy 399 Palmer, TN

Events Not to Miss

Riverbend Festival  This massive music festival begins the second Friday in June and winds down the third Saturday. Don’t miss the Bessie Smith Strut on Monday, known for smokin’ blues and great BBQ. That’s the night local acts take the stage as well. Riverbend’s 8 days boasts nearly 100 acts on 5 stages at Ross’s Landing right on the Tennessee River. More info. here. If you’ve got access to a boat, in our estimation, that’s the best seat in the house.

Nightfall  Get out and enjoy the night air with this free outdoor concert series held every Friday night May 6th through August 26th in Miller Plaza. Good times. More info. here. 850 Market St.

If the Southern Lit Alliance is not on your radar, it needs to be. Chatt’s homegrown literary arts organization is doing big things. Its recent Southbound author series hosted a  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, a National Book Award finalist, best-selling authors and emerging writers. Mark your calendar for their revamped lit festival, Southword, to be held November 3rd and 4th–they’re taking the literati to the street with “a block-party atmosphere complete with BBQ, book sales, and more!” More deets here.

4 Bridges Arts Festival  This juried fine art show presented by AVA is wildly popular. Imagine all those farmers’ market tents you see on Sunday afternoons filled with art in the 50,000 sq. ft. pavilion. That’s what you’ll find April 21-23, 2017. 1826 Reggie White Blvd. in the First Tennessee Pavilion

Chattanooga Film Festival is catching some major national attention, and it should have yours. Just three years old, the CFF features four days of parties, films and workshops to amaze and delight cinephiles and casual movie buffs alike. Don’t miss next year’s events.

Head of the Hooch  Every river town needs a regatta. The Hooch is yours. Snag your spot on Walnut Street Bridge to watch some world class rowing. November 5-6th. Find out more here.

Jazzanooga Music Festival  Every April Chattanooga celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month with three weekends of art, culture and the best jazz musicians from across the globe. Find out more here.

Bonnaroo  If you’re the type that wants to be in the center of a big pulsing crowd, get thee to Bonnaroo. Camp out for this 4-day music and arts festival “on the farm.” You’ll be in the midst of a sea of sweaty bodies on a remote oasis (well not that remote, only an hour away from Chatt) vibing to the beat of your own drummer. Music, comedy, film, yoga, giant checkers, human foosball, late night rages–it’s all there for you. Immerse yourself. Get the deets here. 617 Woodbury Hwy, Manchester, TN
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18 Responses to Chattanooga

  1. Courtney Roark

    I can’t believe you left off Nooga Paws in the North Shore!!

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  2. Margaret (Margie) Hannah

    You left out 2 of the best places, Reflection Riding and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Other than that it’s a good article.

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  3. Denise

    Wow! Overwhelmed by all the amazing businesses in our happening city of Chattanooga! One that was left off the list is Balance Studio in the Northshore – an art and yoga studio exclusively for children. Check out their inspiring and creative space offering Saturday workshops, classes, summer camps, and more.

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  4. Barbara Murnan

    A nice guide to Chattanooga. How do we get In-Town Gallery included in the listing for North Shore? We seemed to have gotten skipped. The gallery is located next to Clumpies on Frazier. Please let me know who to contact. We have 35 LOCAL artists!
    Thanks,
    Barbara Murnan
    In-Town Gallery
    26A Frazier Ave.
    Chattanooga, TN 36405
    423-267-9214

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  5. K Green

    You pictured, but didn’t mention, the New Moon Gallery & Tearoom. Awesome place!

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  6. Gail

    ‘Get out of doors’ at our 50 acre National Park, Sherman Reservation, in East Chattanooga on the North end of Missionary Ridge. Five to ten minutes from downtown Chattanooga heading East. We have a new entrance trail beginning at Pennsylvania Reservation (40 acres), on the corner of Glass St. and Campbell St. (foothills of Missionary Ridge), leading you up to Sherman Reservation.

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  7. Angie Foster

    So freaking excited that our hidden diamond in the rough made the list!! Thank you from HillbillyWillys Bar-B-Q & Catering Co.!!!

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  8. Monica Smith

    Great well rounded article. Thank you for including Mean Mug Coffeehouse, Terminal Brewhouse, The Honest Pint and Beast + Barrel. My business partner has one more pub in the downtown area called Hair of the Dog Pub. You should check it out!

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    • hiptraveler

      Bailey–so sorry for the delay! We must have caught you between closing and re-opening. You certainly were on the list. Our bad. Fixed. 🙂 Best, HGS

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  9. Ginger

    Possible additions to an already well-thought-out list :::)

    Do: Yoga Landing (the first class is free) and Zanzibar Studio (this place technically falls under the ‘do’ and ‘shop’ category)

    Shop: Barley Bones Craft Doggie Treats — Chattanooga’s local dog treat company! Green’s Eco Build & Design — offers eco-friendly & made in the USA products for your build or remodel.

    Eat: Mike’s Hole in the Wall, you can not beat wing night on Thursdays. Mmm!

    ……..and the list goes on…….. I figured since some of the businesses listed are no longer with us, there would be opportunities for further enhancements, yea?

    Thanks heaps!

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  10. Sam

    SOUTHSIDE – green|spaces – a non-profit dedicated to advancing the sustainability of living, working, and building in Chattanooga and the surrounding region

    ALMOST DOWNTOWN – Green’s Eco Build & Design – a healthy home improvement store selling non-toxic & local, regional, and American made building materials. Paint, lumber, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, tile, wood finishes, home improvement products.

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