Close to Traffic Light #6 in a great strolling part of downtown Gatlinburg, Baskins Square Mall is an outdoor enclave of shops and eateries, with some hidden gems not to be missed, especially when it comes to food.
The mall is right across Parkway from the Village Shoppes, another oasis of shopping and dining to get off the street – but don’t miss a trip to Baskins Square because of the more famous place across the street.
If the kids have a sweet tooth, take them to Classic Candies in the square, for a step back in time to old favorites from an age gone by, and some vintage candies the grown-ups may not have seen for decades. The sweets are reasonably priced to stock up to take back tot he cabin, and the store features over 100 different flavors of cotton candy!
One of the unique shops in Baskins Square is Doc’s Magic Shop, a staple in Gatlinburg for tricks and jokes and all the tools of the magician’s trade. There’s often a magic demonstration in this shop, and the kids will not fail to be enchanted.
Still on kids, the Claire’s shop on the corner offers the well known array of items for parties, as well as jewelry and accessories, earrings and the piercing that goes with them.
More gifts are on display at Mountain Woodcarvers, which offers craft items well beyond wood, including pottery, chimes, toys and photography. The items here are unique and well worth your time to browse through.
Sugarland Cellars offers a wine tasting adventure in a friendly atmosphere filled with the history of the Smoky Mountains, and a good selection of home-crafted wines.
Meanwhile the Jerky Store offers a large variety of these dried meats made from everything imaginable, with flavors ranging from sweet to spicy, black pepper to pineapple. What’s best is that all the jerky is made from natural ingredients, with no additives, which makes for a healthy food as well as delicious, to take back to the cabin and take home with you.
Getting hungry now? If you want to step in out of the shopping and watch some sports over a beverage or some great food, Mountain Edge Grill is a local favorite that offers just such a retreat. It’s a ski lodge style bar and restaurant offering casual dining, a great place to get in off the street and recharge over lunch.
If you’re feeling like a more specialized sandwich, New Orleans Sandwich Company has something for you. Authentic Cajun and Creole dishes and sandwiches, for a Mardi Gras taste in the Smokies. See our feature article on New Orleans Sandwich Company.
Don’t fill up on food until you try the meals at Tennessee Jed’s, a true hidden gem that those who discover it rave over. The meats are sourced locally and everything in this family run restaurant is made fresh and by the owners. Food from breakfast sandwiches to quiche, and the Reuben is out of this world. Corned beef fans should stop in here. The meats are home-smoked too, and they also offer vegan options.
Before you leave Baskins Square Mall, pick up cards and Christian gift items at God’s World, for all your religious needs. And check out the Guinness World Records Adventure for rather more worldly amazement, with games and interactive exhibits.
Baskins Square (near Light #6)
631 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN37738