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  • Westside Provisions District A perfect little outdoor shopping district with some of the best stores, restaurants, and bars.
  • Ann Mashburn A classic, chic women's wear store (Sid Mashburn is a connecting men's store as well). Each and every design in the store is divine.
  • Bungalow Classic A gorgeous home décor store full of refined yet livable pieces. You'll find everything from antiques to upholstery to lighting.
  • W.Port My favorite clothing boutique store in Atlanta! Everything in the store is handpicked by the store's founder and owner so it is incredible well curated. I think they have the best luxe knits selection around!
  • Simply Put Paper and Gift I always seek out paper & gift stores when traveling. Simply Put is an absolutely darling store full of the cutest specialty cards, yummy candles, little gifts and more.
  • Scott Antique Market The world's largest antique market takes place the second weekend of every month in Atlanta. It's huge and 100% worth traveling to Atlanta for.
  • Virginia Highland A happening neighborhood filled with lots of restaurants, bars, and shops. It's a great part of town to walk up and down on a nice day.
  • The Shops of Buckhead Atlanta Go here for a high-end shopping experience full of stores you don't see in every city like Cynthia Rowley, Diptyque, Joie, Warby Parker, Intermix, and Alice + Olivia.
  • The Shops Around Lenox A little shopping district next to the Lenox Square Mall. Check out Draper James, Tooties, (for lines including Missoni, Tibi, Rag & Bone, Trina Turk, & DVF) and The Impeccable Pig (for reasonably priced clothing and jewelry). Eat at Flower Child while you're shopping.
  • Baby Braithwaite An adorable upscale baby store that sells every cute item you'd need for a nursery, newborn, or toddler.

Eat

  • Ponce City Market The most amazing place to go for everything! Ha, no really... it's a huge food hall, it's a shopping destination, and so much more (workout studios, a rooftop bar, etc.).
  • Gunshow One of the most fun and interesting dining experiences I've ever had! Inspired by Brazilian churrascaria-style dining and Chinese dim sum, the restaurant presents diners with always changing dishes on rolling carts where diners can pick and choose what they want to eat.
  • Bread & Butterfly A delicious European-inspired café with a lovely little bar, and bright patio, and an intimate dining room. Brunch is one of the best meals here but also not to be missed is the bistro-style dinner.
  • BeetleCat You'll feel like you're right on the water when you eat at this delicious seafood spot. The oyster list is extensive and the décor is nautical chic. Ahoy!
  • Kroc Street Market A food market with little food stands, bakeshops, bars, and restaurants including the yummy tex mex spot, Superica.
  • Ladybird Nestled on the Atlanta Beltline, Ladybird is a half outdoor, half indoor restaurant and bar that serves up elevated campfire cuisine and yummy specialty cocktails around picnic tables, fire pits, and outdoor games. It's a great place to spend an afternoon!
  • JCT Kitchen Amazing fried chicken, fries, cornbread, cocktails… amazing everything!
  • Miller Union A modern take on southern food with tasty cocktails.
  • The Optimist A go-to restaurant for seafood lovers & oyster fans.
  • One Midtown Kitchen In a renovated urban warehouse with views of Atlanta. Go here for well-prepared American cuisine & "bottomless wine."
  • Gio's Chicken Amalfitano Nothing beats an amazing BYOB spot and this place is no exception. The menu is focused on chicken-based Amalfi Coast cuisine… need I say more?
  • Le Patite Marche A family owned French(ish) café serving sandwiches, salads, soups, and more for both breakfast and lunch.
  • BoccaLupo The menu changes constantly at this low-key homestyle Italian eatery. The pasta here will make you weak in the knees.
  • The General Muir A New York inspired Jewish style deli and restaurant that serves up traditional favorites (yes, pastrami!) as well as modern dishes with a focus on fresh ingredients. The restaurant also has a yummy deli counter!
  • King + Duke Go here for everything from hushpuppies to avocado toast and lobster rolls to steaks… there's something for everyone!
  • Brezza Cucina This bright Italian style bistro serves up some of the most amazing handmade pastas in town!
  • Sun in my Belly A delicious local neighborhood breakfast spot. Their biscuits are to die for, trust me!
  • Canoe They specialize in fresh seafood and game and have the best location in town - on the Chattahoochee River.
  • Bartaco A hip, happening Mexican food spot. They get creative with their tacos + tequila… you'll feel like you were transported to a beach in Mexico with the woven basket light fixtures and travel-photography lined walls.
  • Le Bilboquet Light streams into this upscale traditional French restaurant. It's a little slice of Parisian café culture in Atlanta!
  • The Varsity An Atlanta tradition for burgers, hotdogs, fries, onion rings, and shakes (the FO shake is a must). Fun fact: my grandpa worked at The Varsity when he was in college at Georgia Tech.
  • Bocado Contemporary modern cuisine with playful cocktails and a minimalist atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally!
  • Whiskey Bird American food meets Asian food at this yummy, casual fusion restaurant.
  • Mary Mac's Might as well be an Atlanta historic site. Go here for perfectly traditional Southern food or go for tea.
  • Patty Pat's Porch The other Atlanta spot for traditional Southern food. Go for mint juleps, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, gumbo, and pecan pie.
  • Proof Bakeshop They serve up breakfast, lunch, coffee, espresso, teas, and all things baked + they host baking classes.
  • Julianna's Coffee & Crepes This unique spot serves farm to table Hungarian crepes called "palacsinta" (many are from family recipes!) along with coffee, tea, and pastries.
  • Revolution Donuts I don't usually like donuts but this place is amazing! The family-owned shop uses only real food ingredients including organic flour, local dairy, fresh fruit, and 100% trans-fat free vegetable oil. Their donuts are the most delicious treat!
  • Jen's Ice Cream Jeni's is good when you buy it in the grocery store but it's amazing when you get it in the shop. Get the Brambleberry Crisp flavor, my favorite.

Sip

  • Amer An intimate cocktail bar with a super extensive list of specialty drinks. This is one of my go-to Atlanta bars for a pre or after dinner drink
  • Holeman & Finch A fun bar with an outstanding cocktail list + a great beer & wine list.
  • Chrome Yellow Trading Co. A modern industrial-style coffee spot that's perfect for gatherings as well as a day's work on your laptop.
  • VinoTeca The most amazing wine bar with the most extensive wine list. They also have a store so you can take home your favorite bottle and wine tastings.

Stay

Do

  • Piedmont Park Go for a leisurely walk or run through Piedmont Park on a nice day (especially in the fall when the leaves are changing or the spring with the cherry blossoms are blooming). There is also a Saturday morning farmer's Market and if you're lucky you'll be in town for a concert in the park.
  • The BeltLine Made up of a bunch of trails and parks that work their way around different neighborhoods in Atlanta. Cruising the BeltLine is the perfect weekend activity because it's lined with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and street art.
  • The Swan House A historic Atlanta mansion that gives people a glimpse inside high society life in the 1920s and 30s. It's gorgeous and a must for anyone who enjoys history! My grandmother loved to take us here.
  • Atlanta History Center Next to the Swan House, it is an interesting little museum that covers Bobby Jones, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 'Gone With The Wind,' the Civil War and more. It covers a lot but you can get through it quickly.
  • The Margaret Mitchell House A quick, little museum where you can learn about the vivacious woman who wrote Gone With The Wind.
  • High Museum of Art The South's premier art museum. It always has very interesting special exhibitions that are often specific to the South.
  • The World of Coca-Cola Take a tour of the legendary Atlanta company. This is a super fun tour and includes tastings! It's great for kids.
  • Inside CNN Tour the global headquarters of CNN. This is a very interesting tour especially for those interested in media.
  • College Football Hall of Fame Need I say more? Go here if you're like me and love college football. You get to pick your favorite teams when you enter and then your experience is catered around your teams. Go Buffs! Roll Tide!