Things to Do
Beltline: Walk, ride bikes, or rollerblade here on a pretty day. A good place to start is at Krog Street Market and take the path to Ponce City Market. There's a few cool restaurants and treats along the way as well.
Ponce City Market: This huge warehouse market is filled with tons of diverse food and shops (both unique and chain stores). Make sure you check out the Skyline Park on the roof. There's carnival games/rides and great views of the city.
Check out Ladybird with all the dogs: Day drink or come for brunch. This popular spot right on the Beltline is buzzing with adorable pups on the weekend.
Georgia Aquarium: Touristy, but really fun.
Shop at Atlantic Station: Find both boutiques and big stores.
Day drink at one of ATL's many breweries: Sweetwater and Monday Night are fan favorites. New Realm is the newest and has a rooftop patio, or, check out Torched Hop anytime of the day. Be sure to check the hours online because they are not standard.
Jackson Street Bridge: Prime spot for a photo-op, or to soak in a panoramic view of the city.
World of Coca Cola: Touristy, but cool to check out and it's in the heart of downtown. After learning the history of the famous soft-drink, take a stroll through Centennial Park.
Atlanta Zoo: The pandas are adorable. Enough said.
Catch a game:
Suntrust Park: Brand new stadium where the Atlanta Braves play. The Battery, which is connected to the stadium, has tons of great bars and restaurants for a fun night out during baseball season.
Atlanta United: The city's newest major league soccer team that has rallied a lot of support. The pep rallies and tailgates are a blast.
Atlanta Falcons: As Carolina Panthers fans, we can't in good faith support the birds, but the games are a lot of fun. The Mercedes Benz Stadium is brand new and state-of-the-art.
Lake Lanier: Only about 30-40 minutes outside of ATL. Rent a boat with a group of friends or check out Lake Lanier Islands, a huge waterpark situated right on the lake.
Go Hiking: A less known fact, but Georgia is home to some of the best trails in the southeast. Climb Stone Mountain for 360 views of the city. For a longer day, Tallulah Falls State Park is beautiful or venture a little farther to Providence Canyon to check out what some call the "Little Grand Canyon".
Six Flags Over Georgia: If you love roller coasters, this is for you.
Places to Eat
West Midtown -- Upscale, hipster area
Westside Provisions: A cute area with stellar restaurants and bars. Check out Oku for sushi and the rooftop terrace, or JCT Kitchen for upscale southern dishes.
Jeni’s Ice Cream: Locations in Westside Provisions or Krog Street Market. Once you taste this gourmet ice cream, you'll never want any other brand again.
Six Feet Under: Casual seafood restaurant with rooftop seating and view of the downtown skyline. Make sure you go to the location off 11th street if you want the view, there are two establishments.
Gu’s Dumplings at Krog Street Market. Incredible Asian food and usually has a pretty decently sized line, but it's totally worth it.
Inman Park -- Trendy & quaint
Victory Sandwich: Fun and casual. Famous for their intoxicating Jack and Coke slushies.
Beetlecat: Top-notch, upscale seafood restaurant.
Two Urban Licks: Industrial-chic setting with delicious southern food.
Buckhead -- Young professional, business areas & southern establishments
King + Duke: Incredible brunch and good dinner too. Order the fresh doughnut appetizer.
Buttermilk Kitchen: Brunch spot with fresh biscuits. Everything made fresh so they run out of ingredients the later it gets. Go early.
Southern Gentleman: Open-air trendy restaurant in the heart of Buckhead (similar to a Rodeo Drive). Ideal for dinner or drinks.
Cafe Agora: Hands-down the best Greek you'll have in the city. Order a Lamb Gryo or Cafe Agora salad.
Gypsy Kitchen: Fun, upscale tapas spot with strong cocktails. Rooftop seating and also in the heart of Buckhead.
Treehouse: Quaint, casual place with a really cool patio surrounded by hanging plants. Serves delicious American-style food.
Taxco: No-frills Mexican restaurant with delicious food. Great for takeout or enjoy the cheap margs in house. The fajita steak quesadilla is the best.
Superica: Mexican restaurant known for great tacos. Also serves Froze which is always a plus.
South City Kitchen: Upscale, southern spot. The Buckhead location is newer and has nice patio seating.
Little Five Points/Edgewood -- Artsy, offbeat vibes
The Vortex: Juicy burgers with a fun vibe and vibrant decor. Go to the one in Little Five on Moreland Ave.
Fox Bros BBQ: If you’re looking for barbecue in Atlanta, Fox Bros is extremely well-known. The brisket is a must have.
Midtown -- Edging into big city feel with lots of greenery, strong LGBT community
Poor Calvin’s: Intimate setting. This spot serves delicious Asian-fusion plus surf and turf dishes. The fried chicken with lobster mac 'n cheese is to die for.
The Nook: Good brunch spot right across from Piedmont Park. Fun with a group but can have poor service at times.
Joe’s on Juniper: Energetic venue for early drinks or a midday bite to eat. The waiters are friendly and hilarious.
Vitality Bowls: Easily the best acai bowls in ATL.
Vinings -- Residential Area
Canoe: Farm-to-table restaurant located on the Chattahoochee River. Perfect for date night or any special occasion.
Places to Drink
Five Paces Inn: A Buckhead favorite. Three-room bar with a DJ and live band every weekend night. Decent patio in the back as well. Can get ratchet, but hell of a time with a group if you are down with it.
Big Sky: Massive two-story bar with tons of TVs to watch big games. Definitely guaranteed good time at night.
Kramers: Young scene, best for those fresh out of college.
Lost Dog: Huge outside patio in the back. Attracts a younger crowd.
Buckhead Saloon: Solid for watching sporting events and ordering pitchers. Thursday is wing night.
Gold Room: Buckhead’s main club if you want to get away from the bars. It's very table-oriented but usually has popular DJs playing on the weekends.
Tongue & Groove: Another Buckhead club where you can cut a rug.
Dark Horse: Popular bar with karaoke with a live band in the basement. Jam out to some classic throwback songs. Some nights there's a Metallica theme, which sounds ridiculous, but everyone is super into it and contagious.
Ormsby’s: Laid back, casual bar with tons of games to play like: darts, pool, bocce ball, etc.
Little Trouble: Good for cocktails & right next door to Ormsby's.
Flip Flops: Cheesy beach-style bar with tons of different daiquiris, but an entertaining spot to go with a group.
Opera: Popular nightclub where famous DJs frequently play. Right across from Flip Flops as well.
Barcelona Wine Bar: Ideal for drinks and tapas.
Church: Real name is, Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium. Hilarious, sacrilegious church-themed bar with ping pong upstairs. Just a warning -- not recommended if you are easily offended.
Places to Stay
W Buckhead: Trendy hotel in the heart of Buckhead. Has a cool rooftop bar.
Westin Downtown: A downtown staple. This round skyscraper climbs high into the skyline. Needless to say, you'll get a room with a view and there is a rotating restaurant on the top floor.
Treehouse Airbnb: One of the most favorited listings on the Airbnb site! Perfect for a romantic getaway, but plan ahead because it stays booked for months at a time.
Uber is easy and abundant but beware of traffic.
The Marta train is cheap and good for going between the north and south parts of the city (Buckhead to downtown or to the airport). Stops in midtown are not that convenient.
Octane: The westside location off Marietta