Sparta’s shopping and dining is why people call Sparta “the new Franklin.” Sparta has more boutiques and galleries than fast-food restaurants. If you are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts you will find it here. Sparta is also home to one of the first micro-breweries in Tennessee, has a winery, and restaurants that attract people from out-of-state.
The Lofts of Sparta – Hosts 40+ vendors from the Upper Cumberland Region. We offer affordable boutique clothing for women, Handmade jewelry, lotions and soaps, custom and refinished furniture, antiques, home décor and more. And an excellent place to eat. 33 West Bockman Way, Sparta. 931-256-8500
Fragrant Mushroom Gallery- Stop by to enjoy the art of LOCAL artists! All items are handmade in Sparta. We have the most affordable pottery in the world. Be sure to stock up on Tennessee Souvenirs. Wheel-thrown coffee cups $12 each. Shipping available. Located in historical downtown Sparta at 12 W. Bockman Way, Open Mon- Sat. 10-5 / 866-836-8190 Like us on Facebook.
The Mad Raven – Used Books, coffee (ground and frozen), cappuccino, small gifts and good food. Hosted events such as: Author signings, craft classes, etc. Wi-fi available. 255 W. Bockman Way, Sparta. 931-837-2633.
The Hitch Outfitters – an outdoor store located in the playground of Tennessee. In addition to hiking gear, The Hitch has a great selection of clothes, souvenirs and more. Conveniently located in the same building as Happy Trails Brewery, 36 East Bockman Way, Sparta, TN. 931-256-8509.
Frank’s – This is a locally-owned family restaurant with REALLY good food at great prices. In addition to burgers, the steaks and salads are prepared to perfection. And, there are enough screens in the building that you will never be bored. 194 Churchill Drive, Sparta TN. 931-837-0194.
The Coffee Collective – In addition to fine coffee, how about bagels and lox, panannis, gelato, and pastries all made in-house. FREE entertainment almost every Friday night. Superb service and ambiance. On the courthouse square in Sparta. 931-837-2899.
Yanni’s Grille. A taste of Greek-Italian suitable for a city named Sparta. They also have great steaks. They have a bustling business for a reason. 19 South Spring Street, Sparta TN. 931-836-3838.
Jack’s Top bbq. Family owned and operated, Jack’s is not limited to food from the smoker, it also has great home-style cooking and daily specials. With a convenient drive-through, you can call in to-go orders or enjoy either indoor, or screened outdoor-seating. Be sure to try their award-winning hamburgers and check out the dessert cooler. 22 Mayberry St, Sparta, TN 38583. (931) 836-2118.
Big Puckett’s Campground. Think of Cracker Barrel on steroids. Not only delicious food, but unique shopping is available at this restaurant/general store/campground. If you find catfish that is any better, email us; I want to try it. This is also the closest restaurant to Burgess Falls State Park and the Cane Hollow access point to Center Hill Lake; either is only two miles away. 1037 Austin Road, Sparta TN. 931-761-2267.
The Tavern Grill is a restaurant that has a Full Bar. Think charm with good food. The menu changes daily. Open on Wed at 4pm with the Bar ONLY & Complimentary snacks. Kitchen Open Thurs-Sat 4-8pm. They are located in a historic building on the square, Downtown Sparta TN at 1 East Maple Street. (931) 256-8460
El Jefe Kitchen. Real Salvadoran cuisine made fresh to order. Only 1/2 block off the Sparta square. Set your GPS to 13 North Main Street, Sparta TN. Or call in and take out 931-256-8226.
Calfkiller Brewing Company. Visit one of the first craft breweries in Tennessee and learn why they have won so many awards. In addition to being masters of their craft, the Sergios have opened doors for many other craft-brewers in Middle Tennesse. Set near the banks of the Calfkiller River, you will enjoy a serene ride through the countryside to get to the brewery. I can only describe the ambiance as the brewery looks like a setting from a Tim Burton movie – – only it is all real – – just like the folks who make the beer. There is also a great company store where you can buy a growler and get if filled. There is an almost magical garden area in the front with plenty of outside seating and quite often a wood-fire burning. 1839 Blue Springs Rd, Sparta, TN 38583. (931) 739-2337
Happy Trails Brewing Company. Not far from one of the oldest brewers in Tennessee, stands one of the newest. Even if you don’t drink, it’s worth the trip to see the bar; 19 gallons of clear polyurethane went into the production of this wooden masterpiece. Happy Trails is a nano-brewery – – which means they brew smaller batches than a micro-brewery; but they brew lots and lots of those smaller batches so they have an extreme array of flavors to choose from. In addition to their own crafts, they carry a huge selection of other craft brews and even hard cider. You can bring your own food, order from several restaurants, or dine from an occasional food truck in the parking lot. Happy Trails often has live entertainment and a playground out back complete with fire pit. 38 East Bockman Way St. 3, Sparta, TN 38583. (931) 267-8027
Northfield Vineyards. You will feel your blood pressure drop as you approach Northfield Vineyards. An almost surreal country setting that carries many delicious treats in addition to it’s fine selection of wine. The mules that are pictured in the logo reside on this century farm along with the family who owns the vineyard. They also have a nice selection of local-made crafts and jewelry that make GREAT gifts. Open seven days a week, and located not far off of Hwy. 111, near the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport; if you visit once – – you will be back. Not far from Burgess Falls. 515 Ray Cemetery Rd, Sparta, TN 38583. (931) 761-9463