Atlanta is something of an up-and-coming city that is learning to define itself. The Southern charmer is modern yet retains its southland influences.
With tons of neighborhoods each with its own vibe, these are the best things to do in Atlanta and its enclaves.
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Coke-a-Cola has called Atlanta home for many decades, and the World of Coke is the monument to the beloved beverage. Pose with the polar bears, learn how Coke is made and bottled, and try as many of the drinks from around the world as you’d like. Don’t forget to pick up your commemorative bottle on the way out too.
Little Five Points is something of a punk and grunge neighbourhood, and it’s home to some excellent second-hand shops. From books and music to clothes, you’ll find some treasures if you dig. Not to mention, The Clothing Warehouse was featured on an episode of Queer Eye.
Another favourite Atlanta neighbourhood, Virginia-Highlands is home to a small center filled with boutique shops and tons of wonderful restaurants. From Italian to sushi, there are options that will please everyone, so it’s a good spot for groups. Visit La Tavola for a delicious brunch too.
Located near Druid Hills, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a beautiful facility with both permanent and temporary exhibits. There’s also a 3D movie theatre that shows several educational or documentary films per day and a beautiful forested park just behind the museum too. Stop by for a showing and a walk.
The Beltline continues to expand, but it current stretches through both East and West Atlanta and crosses by Piedmont Park and notable markets. Walk or ride a bike from the park to Krog Street Market. Along the way you’ll find expressive public art and will be rewarded with tasty treats and drinks at the food hall.
Speaking of Krog Street, whether you make it there from the Beltline or simply drive there, it’s a stop worth making. In addition to the food hall stalls, there are also well-designed restaurants and a few boutique shops. Take a peek inside the home and garden store that stands on the same property but independent from the hall.
This is an international hub that showcases the best of Atlanta’s multi-cultural community. The massive warehouse sells everything from specialty cheeses to cookies and spices from around the world. Breads and pastries are made fresh daily and pair wonderfully with the coffee being ground at the front next to the florist stall. Stop by the café for internationally-inspired dishes made with the freshest ingredients.