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In Do, June 2021 by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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If you haven’t been to ATL recently, you’re missing out on a ton of new hot spots. 

We know. That six-hour drive to Atlanta down I-85—not so tempting—especially once you get to Spaghetti Junction (don’t even get us started on the traffic). Good news—you can leave the car at home and get to A-Town without breaking the bank via a round-trip Frontier or Delta flight for around $200.

If you think you already know A-Town, think again. Most of our picks weren’t even on the map five years ago, and new hot spots have really taken off—making the city a true destination for culture, food, beer and fun. Areas like West Midtown, Buckhead, Downtown and the BeltLine are walkable, bikeable or scootable (hey Bird, Spin and Gotcha!), allowing you to zip around to the city’s finest spots with ease. 

While it’s impossible to narrow down an ATL guide to just these dozen, this list will at least get you started. And in the famous words of Usher… “Peace up. A-Town down.”

DO


Piedmont Park/Ponce City Market/BeltLine

So, yes, this is three things, but, like Friends’ Monica, Rachel and Phoebe, they just go together. Start with a walk around Piedmont Park; then stroll to Ponce City Market to refuel in the food hall (insider tip: Take your grub to the rooftop for amaze views of the ATL skyline!) and peruse the shops. Afterward, you’re gonna want to scoot over to the BeltLine to hit up the breweries, art, street music and more. piedmontpark.org; poncecitymarket.com; beltline.org

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Stop and smell the flowers at A-Town’s 30-acre botanical haven blooming with hydrangeas, magnolias, roses and a host of other flora and fauna. Also be sure to check out the latest exhibit, SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom, which features a custom-created “skynet” resembling a flock of birds. atlantabg.org

Shoot the Hooch

Modest Mouse said it best: “We’ll all float on, OK.” Grab the gang and rent kayaks or tubes for a fun and relaxing trip on the Chattahoochee River. “Falling” into the water on a hot summer day is crucial for keeping cool in HotLanta. shootthehooch.com

EAT 


Buena Vida Tapas & Sol

Inspired by owners Juan Sebastian Calle and Adam Berlin’s trips to Spain, this chic restaurant and bar on the BeltLine serves up Ibiza vibes and inventive seasonal tapas (think gambas al ajillo, patatas bravas and crispy pimenton chicken) alongside a robust wine list. buenavidatapas.com

Yebo Beach Haus

Each summer, restaurateur Justin Anthony transforms Yebo into a coastal-inspired hideaway for enjoying South African comfort food like tuna tataki, frittura mista, peri-peri prawn tacos and more out on the minimalist interior courtyard, complete with gorgeous greenery and a large fountain. yebobeachhaus.com

Grana

Ciao, bella! This Piedmont Heights Italian eatery specializes in must-sup wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, handmade pastas and other Italian specialties inspired by the traditional “peasant cooking” of Southern Italy. The stracciatella, Meatball Flight (!), mortadella pie and agnolotti are just a few favorites that are best enjoyed on the rooftop patio with a glass of vino. Saluti! granaatl.com

DRINK

Dr. Scofflaw’s at The Works

All rule-breakers are welcome at Scofflaw Brewing Co.’s newest Upper Westside location at The Works, a mixed-use development highlighting local culture, food and beverage, and retail. The ultimate summer hangout destination serves up cold brews, natch, and 27 acres of patio and indoor/outdoor space, plus—wait for it—a beer park, with all the brewery’s popular brews and seltzers on offer. scofflawbeer.com

The Garden Room

Poppy-in to this Buckhead garden oasis for the most enchanting dining and drinking experience. Alice in Wonderland vibes set the stage for refreshing small plates and delicate cocktail creations that make any date night or girls’ night out pure magic. thegardenroomatlanta.com

The James Room

A trifecta of good music, great drinks and Southern hospitality await at this European-inspired cafe and speakeasy cocktail lounge, the latter of which is only accessible by a secret stairwell in the alley (how boujee!). Swing by during the day for coffee, pastries, salads and flatbreads; or slink in through the back at night for minimalist cocktails, beer and wine. thejamesroom.com

STAY

Hotel Clermont

Go for hip factor and storied views (that rooftop bar is next-level, literally—we dare you not to ’Gram it); stay for the nips (Tony Lou’s!), sips (Café Clermont!), accoutrements and location. The latter—within walking distance to Ponce City Market and a multitude of popular parks, restos and bars—makes it the perfect home base for your A-town vacay. hotelclermont.com

Hotel Colee

The party starts the moment you arrive at this whimsical hotel in Buckhead, glorifying the “dapper, dashing and delightful” energy, diversity and culture of ATL’s upscale neighborhood—with glam, colorful lobby areas and rooms, plus a rooftop bar and pool to boot. hotelcolee.com

Secluded Intown Treehouse

Serenity in the city, found. Skip the standard hotel stay and plant yourself in this one-of-a-kind Airbnb tucked into a quiet wooded area, featuring three separate rooms connected by rope swing bridges—perfect for those looking for something that’s out of the ordinary. And while you won’t feel like you’re in A-Town at all anymore, the treehouse is located just minutes from Downtown. May the forest be with you, indeed. airbnb.com/rooms/1415908

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