How to Spend the PERFECT Day in Cookeville, TN

Cookeville is a small town in Tennessee that sits right between Nashville and Knoxville. Its central location makes it the perfect area with both city-like amenities and breathtaking outdoor settings. Cookeville has a unique small-town feel that people often fall in love with. It is one of the few cities where you can take a step out of a big city and land in the country. 

Cookeville is packed with waterfalls, caves, local restaurants, coffee shops, breweries,  boutiques, and more. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Cookeville! 

1. Poets Coffee

Wake up early and head to Cookeville’s favorite coffee shop! Poets Coffee opened in 1994 and has become “Cookeville’s living room” with delicious espresso drinks and food. It’s located right on the town square and has been serving the town for more than 25 years. 

2. The Market

After you finish sipping on one of Poet's yummy white mochas, head over next door to The Market Boutique on The Square. The upstairs is full of kitchen gadgets and home decor, and the bottom floor is full of clothes, shoes, gift ideas, baby clothes, jewelry, and more. It's a staple in Cookeville and definitely not a shopping opportunity you want to miss!

3. Seven Senses

For lunch, we recommend stopping by Seven Senses restaurant. 

“Seven Senses primarily features southern American flavors served to satisfy even the pickiest of palates, with various Asian and Southwestern influences sprinkled into the menu. Our menu is packed with affordable, plentiful & memorable dishes that are uniquely southern, deliciously American and the area’s “go-to” for Cookeville comfort food! Local award-winning chef Kristen Moser (Top Ten Chef at the 2019 World Food Championships) leads the Seven Senses culinary team. Chef Kristen previously trained under former Seven Senses Executive Chef and World Food Competition Winner Chad Combs.”


4. Cream City Ice Cream

Cream City is an ice cream FAVORITE in Cookeville. It originally opened in the late 1890s as Consumer City and they made milk and other dairy products which were shipped to the north by covered wagon. Now, they serve handmade ice cream and locally roasted coffee to the residences of Cookeville and its visitors. Add this to your list of places you have to see and don’t forget to take a picture of the iconic 3-ton sign that was ranked as one of the best neon signs in America. 

5. Cookeville’s Train Depot Museum 

Right across the street from Cream City is Cookeville’s Depot Museum. It was originally built in 1909 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

“The museum houses Tennessee Central Railway artifacts, as well as an HO scale replica of what Cookeville’s WestSide looked like in the summer of 1955.  The grounds surrounding the museum are considered a park area where the museum has a static display consisting of a 1913 Baldwin steam engine, 1920s classic red caboose, 1960s caboose, and two small track cars.”


6. Crawdaddy’s 

Crawdaddy’s is the perfect dinner spot to indulge in New Orleans style cuisine. There is a beautiful courtyard with outdoor seating and a diverse menu selection from cajun dishes to gator bites. They are known for their excellent service, fun atmosphere, and delicious food! 

7. Dogwood Park

Dogwood Park is right in the heart of Cookeville’s historic downtown area. There is an interactive fountain with a beautiful light display, a performance pavilion where you can watch after-dark movies, and a fenced-in playground. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the outdoors!

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