Exploring Atlanta: Tips You Should Know

Atlanta, the vibrant capital of Georgia, is a city teeming with rich history, cultural diversity, and a thriving culinary scene. Nestled in the heart of the American South, Atlanta offers visitors a unique blend of Southern charm and modern sophistication.

One of the defining features of Atlanta is its role in the Civil Rights Movement. As the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., the city holds significant historical importance. Visitors can explore landmarks such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, gaining insight into the struggle for equality and justice that shaped the nation’s history.

In addition to its historical significance, Atlanta boasts a dynamic cultural scene. The city is home to world-class museums, theaters, and art galleries, including the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta History Center. From contemporary art exhibitions to classical performances, there’s always something to inspire and engage visitors.

For those with a passion for outdoor exploration, Atlanta offers an abundance of green spaces and recreational opportunities. The Atlanta Beltline, a former railway corridor transformed into a multi-use trail, provides a scenic route for walking, cycling, and enjoying the city’s skyline. Piedmont Park, located in the heart of Midtown, offers acres of greenery, walking trails, and recreational facilities for outdoor enthusiasts.

7 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

1. Atlanta Beltline & Sky Park: Just like New York has the Highline and Paris has Petite Ceinture, Atlanta has the Beltline. A city park created on the site of a former train line. The highlight is the East Side Trail, connecting various hotspots in the city. Perfect for cycling! Start at Kirkwood Avenue and end at Sky Park on the roof of Ponce City Market!

2. Center for Civil and Human Rights & Martin Luther King Museum: Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. hails from Atlanta? It’s no wonder the city hosts the impressive Civil Rights Museum. Definitely worth a visit when in Atlanta. A follower also recommended the Martin Luther King Museum for those with enough time to visit both!

   – Center for Civil and Human Rights: 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta

   – Martin Luther King Museum: 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta

3. World of Coca-Cola: Opposite the Center for Civil Rights lies the World of Coca-Cola. A museum (or rather, an experience) entirely dedicated to Coca-Cola. It’s where the only written copy of the formula lies, and at the end of your visit, you can taste over 200 Coca-Cola beverages from around the world!

4. Georgia Aquarium: The world’s largest aquarium is not only popular with tourists but also recommended by locals as a must-do in Atlanta. Fun fact: You can view most animals via webcam without actually visiting Atlanta!

5. Street Art Tour: Atlanta boasts vibrant street art! Explore over 500 outdoor artworks throughout the city with the Atlanta Street Art map. The website offers tips for self-guided tours in various neighborhoods.

6. Day Trip to Roswell: Although known to some from the X-Files, Roswell, just an hour’s drive from Atlanta, is recommended by a follower for its charming restaurants, shops, and the opportunity for a mini-road trip through Georgia.

7. Visit Indoor (Food) Markets: Atlanta pleasantly surprises with its transformation of old industrial areas into hotspots featuring hip food markets, breweries, restaurants, and shops. Two must-not-miss markets are Ponce City Market and Krog City Market.

Of course, no visit to Atlanta would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. The city’s food scene reflects its diverse population, with a wide range of dining options to suit every palate. From traditional Southern fare like fried chicken and barbecue to international cuisines from around the world, Atlanta is a paradise for food lovers. Visitors can explore trendy food markets like Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market, sampling gourmet delights from local vendors and chefs.

14 Restaurants in Atlanta You Must Try

Superica: Don’t let real Mexicans hear this, but Tex-Mex cuisine can truly make my day at any time. Because, in almost every dish, there’s an abundance of cheese and sour cream. For the best Tex-Mex, like tacos and enchiladas, head to Superica in Atlanta.

Poke Buri: According to locals, Poke Buri is the place to go in Atlanta for the tastiest poke bowls. Besides poke, you can also indulge in sushi and, believe it or not, sushi donuts here!

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café: Highly recommended for lunch with delicious sandwiches or simply coffee with a slice of cake or one of their cookies.

Bon Glaze: Although I’m not usually fond of sweets, sometimes I really crave a donut. For your donut cravings, there are several places in Atlanta, but the masterpieces from Bon Glaze might just be the tastiest and most beautiful to behold.

Yalla: I was recommended Yalla right on the first day. Here, you’ll find delicious Middle Eastern street food like hummus. Yalla has multiple locations, including one in the Krog Street Market.

Atwoods Pizza: Pizza is always a good idea. Almost everyone loves it, it fits almost any budget, and not much can go wrong if the ingredients are good. In Atlanta, head to Atwoods Pizza for the most delicious artisanal pizza in town.

Eat Flower Child & Upbeet: Had enough of all the fast food and huge portions in America? Then head to Eat Flower Child or Upbeet for a super healthy and quick meal.

Watershed: Classic Southern comfort food, but with a modern and refined twist. This hotspot lets you taste the best of the region.

Barcelona Wine Bar: In the Inman Park neighborhood, you’ll find many great restaurants. For the tastiest tapas and good wines, Barcelona Wine Bar is the place to go. When the weather’s nice, you can enjoy dining on the terrace. It’s a shared dining concept, so I’d say order as much as you can because everything I tasted during my trip to Atlanta was delicious.

Golden Eagle: For great cocktails, bar bites, or a night of fine dining. This restaurant is located in a former train depot of the Beltline!

Sweet Stack Creamery: A sandwich with ice cream, one of the food hits on Instagram last year, is available at Sweet Stack Creamery in Atlanta. You’ll be surprised how delicious it is!

Buttermilk Kitchen: The place to go in Atlanta for breakfast, for example, with chicken & waffles!

Mary Mac’s: This family restaurant is a staple in Atlanta. On weekends, there’s a long line of locals vying for a table for Sunday brunch. Here, you’ll find comfort food like fried chicken. The portions are huge, so share the dishes with your companion!

Two Urban Licks: Located in a former industrial area where locals didn’t venture for pleasure until a few years ago, Two Urban Licks is now one of the best restaurants in the city. With a dark, warm, and cozy interior and a large open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. The food is cooked over an open flame, giving it a delicious flavor!

Where to Shop in Atlanta

For the best shopping, head to Ponce City Market. Explore stores from upcoming brands and local designers, including Citizen Supply, Anthropology, Archer Paper Goods, Candlefish, Coco + Misha, and Lily Rain. Nearby, you’ll find many other cool stores on the same former industrial site. Wrap up your shopping spree with some tasty food and drinks at the food court, perhaps even on the rooftop if the weather is nice!

Best Hotels in Atlanta (Georgia)

During my trip, I stayed at one of the W Hotels, offering amazing views and currently undergoing major renovations in 2019. Locals also recommend:

– Loews Hotel: Known as the hip hotel where things happen in the city, with a popular bar even among non-guests.

– Stonehurst Place: A restored boutique inn with modern-classic decor located in the green Midtown, perfect for a road trip stay!

Atlanta has long been on my list of must-visit places. The city’s rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and culinary offerings are incredibly appealing to me. I’m particularly eager to visit landmarks associated with the Civil Rights Movement, as well as explore the diverse neighborhoods and vibrant street art scene. Additionally, the opportunity to sample delicious Southern cuisine and experience the warmth and hospitality of the South is something I look forward to with great anticipation.

Atlanta offers a wealth of attractions and experiences for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, outdoor adventure, or gastronomy, this dynamic city has something for everyone.

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