Atlanta is an urban oasis, recently named to Lonely Planet’s 2017 “Best in the U.S.” list. The city’s intown neighborhoods make it so charming, with each bringing a unique flavor to the residential streets, shops and chef-owned eateries. Visitors can easily transition from one neighborhood to the next all while experiencing the city’s culture.
DOWNTOWN is the heart of the city. It’s a livable center, populated with residents, business travelers and tourists. Downtown is home to a walkable convention and entertainment district with hotels and a multitude of dining options, all near
AmericasMart. Visitors find world-class attractions surrounding Centennial Olympic Park including Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN global headquarters, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Center for Civil and Human Rights and the College Football Hall of Fame within steps of each other. Downtown is an ideal place to start exploring the city, while in town for Market.
Just southwest of Downtown, CASTLEBERRY HILL etches out a space among former warehouses. The community is made up of local artists and homegrown businesses such as Atlanta Movie Tours, which offers tours of filming locations from The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games and other popular productions. Art galleries mix with organic garden spas, wine bars and tapas lounges.
MIDTOWN is known as Atlanta’s “heart of the arts” and sits along the famed Peachtree Street. Midtown boasts the largest concentration of arts facilities and organizations
in the Southeast with 25 different arts and cultural venues, more than 30 permanent performing arts groups and 22 various entertainment facilities. Midtown also is home to Piedmont Park, one of the largest greenspaces in the city.
North of Midtown is the ultra-chic BUCKHEAD neighborhood. This upscale neighborhood is the “Beverly Hills of the East” and is a retail shopping haven for fashionistas across the
South. The ultra-luxe shopping district of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta combines walkable, tree-lined streets with the haute shops. From nearly any location in Buckhead, guests are within close proximity to an award-winning restaurant.
On the WESTSIDE, a blend of Georgia Tech culture with nearby loft communities creates a new district within old industrial spaces. Like other Atlanta neighborhoods, the dining scene is thriving. Nearby toprated JCT. Kitchen & Bar, The Optimist, Miller Union and Antico Pizza Napoletana form a collective of eateries catering to the city’s sophisticated palate. Neighborhoods on Atlanta’s EASTSIDE are connected by the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a multi-use trail and greenspace that runs 2.25 miles from Piedmont Park to Irwin Street. Tattooed locals, creative street art and historic homes come together on this side of town. Locals stop for a pastry at Alon’s in VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND, which was one of the city’s original streetcar suburbs. The Plaza Theatre is Atlanta’s oldest operating cinema and has been named one of the world’s best movie theaters.
INMAN PARK combines small urban green spaces with windingboulevards lined with colorful Queen Anne and Victorian homes in the city’s first planned suburb. The classic architecture and landscape designs juxtapose a skyscraper backdrop. The scene edges into Bohemian-style LITTLE FIVE POINTS, where vintage dress complements the creativity of tattoos. While spots such as Junkman’s Daughter are de rigueur for the young, others can’t resist the kitschy places such as Star Community Bar and Vinyl Lounge, complete with a shrine to Elvis.
What’s old is new again in OLD FOURTH WARD, where the neighborhood continues to redefine itself as home to Ponce City Market. This towering brick building was built in 1926 as a Sears, Roebuck & Co. store and warehouse on the site of a former amusement park. It’s filled with food stalls and shops from locals. GRANT PARK is a historic district surrounding the city’s fourth-largest park and is home to historic Oakland Cemetery. This neighborhood mixes old with new, gracefully speckled with Victorian homes, local shops and restaurants.
Once an epicenter of African-American commerce, SWEET AUBURN HISTORIC DISTRICT continues to flourish on the city’s southeast side. Auburn Avenue, known in the 1950s as the nation’s most affluent African-American street, houses a curb market, bakeries and clubs near the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church. Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication. Take time during your visit to explore and discover what’s both old and new.
Images: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more information, visit AmericasMart.com/Travel to see the Atlanta City Guide and learn more about things to do while in town for Market.