Having grown up in metro-Atlanta and currently living right outside the perimeter, I hate when people talk about how there is nothing to do around here. Although Atlanta is no LA or Vegas or NY, there are still so many places to go for great food and good times. I’ve included places all around North Georgia as well because if you live around Atlanta and have for a while, you might just want a new scene. This may not be a super “foodie” or “vacay friendly” post. But these are place that we love and I just wanted to share.
Something that has been going on for a while but people don’t know about is KOP Yoga. It’s held on Tuesdays at 7pm in Historic Old Fourth Ward next to the skate park. It is LOADS of fun, and when it’s over, you head down to the Inman Park King of Pops window for a yummy treat! Thousands of people show up, so if you are a newbie to yoga, I can assure you, you will not be the only one. Just bring a mat or a towel and a bottle of water and enjoy a free yoga sesh!
Next is Ponce City Market. I’ve heard people say PCM is a tourist trap, but I disagree. Ponce City Market is an outdoor mall in a building that used to be the old Sears and Roebuck building. I love the history of the building, and all the things it offers. You can shop lots of awesome stores and if you want, you can rent a bike from High Mountain Outfitters and hit the Beltline right outside the back doors of PCM. Also, Skyline Park, the rooftop of PCM, has fun things to do like mini golf, carnival games, and rides.
This is a little stretch outside of Atlanta, but I can assure you it is worth the drive. Nana’s Chicken N Waffles in Conyers, Ga. is THE place for an awesome brunch. But if you are headed there on the weekend, be prepared for a wait. This place is in an old Waffle House, and has that AWESOME hole in the wall home cooked feel. There is not a single thing on the menu that will disappoint.
Of course I can’t do a post on Atlanta without including The Varsity. We took some of our engagement pictures at The Varsity because it is such an Atlanta staple. Their milkshakes are ideal and their onion rings are always the best. There is also a couple Junior Varsity around metro-Atlanta if you don’t want to head all the way downtown, but you still need a fix.
Da Vinci’s Donuts has a couple locations, but we usually went to the Sandy Springs location. They have smaller donuts but TONS of flavors. And they aren’t gross and dry like a lot of donut places are that make too many flavor options.
When we lived in Sandy Springs, we were RIGHT off the ‘Hooch. There are so many fun things to do at the Chattahooche. The have awesome parks and fun walking trails. You can raft, kayak, or tube the ‘hooch. They also have festivals and a river race you can participate in or watch.
Len Foote Hike Inn is another place outside of Atlanta, but it is TOTALLY worth the drive. It’s pretty much straight up 400. You park at the top of Amicalola falls and hike the Appalachian Trail about 5 miles up to the inn. There are no trash cans up the trail or at the inn. Whatever trash you take up with you, you take back down. The inn has no tvs and asks that you limit your cell phone usage as much as possible. The purpose of the inn is to enjoy nature and all the amazing things it has to offer. They offer an early morning wake up to anyone that wants to have a cup of coffee or hot tea and watch the sunrise. The meals are served at one specific time and you eat family style with all the guests. I cannot express how amazing this experience was, and I would love to go back. If there is ANYTHING you do on this list, I recommend this through and through. However, no animals are allowed at the inn, so you will have to make sure your pets have a place to stay during your visit.
Another hike we enjoyed but obviously isn’t in Atlanta was Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Trail. This trail is super dog friendly with doggie water fountains available at the bottom. It is a gorgeous hike with a lot of traffic.
Suntrust Park is north of Atlanta in Cobb County. It is the new home of the Atlanta Braves, and a pretty gorgeous park. The intent of the new stadium is to make it a multipurpose facility that can be accessible year round. It has shops and restaurants around the park with delicious food and fun little stores. Wahlburgers just opened up and Baseballism has an apparel store. Also, during game days, there are some GREAT food options inside the park and carnival games, a zipline, and a rock wall for the kiddos.
A couple other places we love around North Georgia:
Wish Shoe Boutique
Heet Atlanta (Shoes)
Paris on Ponce Antiques
Front Page News Yummy Food (People always talk about Vortex in Little 5 Points, but I think Vortex is SO overrated)
Cosmo’s Little Italy (It’s not really in Atlanta, but it has some of THE best pizza. Fun Fact: Kyle and I ate here the night he proposed to me.)
Special Kneads and Treats (This isn’t in Atlanta either, but if you’re getting Cosmo’s, your dessert needs to be this place.)
Revolution Donuts (My favorite donut place ever)
Lotus Chinese (THE BEST Chinese/American food I have ever eaten)
I know I’ve probably forgotten a TON of places we love, and I will probably edit this as we check out new places. Hopefully this gave you a couple ideas of some new places to try so you don’t get stuck in a rut.
Is there any places you love that we should try?