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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 incredibly 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! It's one of my favorite stores in the country! P.S. it's located in the Westside Provisions District.
  • 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.
  • Waiting on Martha Home Brought to you by the über talented blogger, Mandy Kellogg Rye of the blog Waiting on Martha, Waiting On Martha Home is a thoughtfully curated home and gift store dedicated to everyday inspired living. There are so many treasures in this store that I promise you won't walk out empty-handed!
  • Baby Braithwaite An adorable upscale baby store that sells every cute item you'd need for a nursery, newborn, or toddler.
  • 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 and The Impeccable Pig. Then, eat at Flower Child after shopping.

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!
  • Krog 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!
  • Muchaco I seriously love this spot so much! The retro West Coast vibes are so happy but I really go for the delicious breakfast tacos and grain bowls. It's a must for me whenever I'm in town!
  • The Iberian Pig The bold flavors in everything on the Spanish-inspired tapas menu at The Iberian Pig really sets this place apart! It's easily one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta and always a crowd pleaser (I recommend it to friends visiting all the time)!
  • Miller Union A modern take on southern food with tasty cocktails.
  • The Optimist A go-to restaurant for seafood lovers & oyster fans.
  • 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!
  • Umi This small upscale sushi restaurant in Buckhead serves up such delicious sushi! The menu is a bit of a mix of classic and modern Japanese food so there is 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.
  • Parish Without a doubt, my favorite meal here is brunch! It's one of the yummiest southern brunches in the city with such a good neighborhood feel.
  • 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!
  • Bocado Bocado has contemporary modern cuisine with playful cocktails and a minimalist atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally but the famous burger is always on the menu!
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • New Realm Brewing This is a great spot to go on a casual weekend afternoon! It's located on the BeltLine close to Ponce City Market so it's in a perfect location if you're exploring the BeltLine. You'll find indoor and outdoor seating, an amazing selection of beer, and elevated bar food.
  • Estrella Estrella is an open-air bar overlooking the BeltLine known for its Latin influenced specialty cocktails and sparkling wines + champagne selections.
  • Victory Sandwich Bar Don't be fooled by the name, this yummy sandwich shop turns into a great casual bar in the evenings. It's one of my favorite spots to go with family and friends to just hang out and catch up. If you're up for some fun, then try their signature whiskey coke slushy!
  • S.O.S. Tiki Bar If you love Tiki Bars like me, then definitely pop into S.O.S. Tiki Bar for a before or after dinner drink! You will feel like you just stepped inside a bar in the Caribbean based on the decor and the super fun (but sugary) cocktails.
  • Hotel Clermont Rooftop Bar For the best skyline views of Atlanta head to the rooftop bar of the modern chic Hotel Clermont. The laid back vibes are hard to beat too!

Stay

  • Hotel Clermont This Atlanta landmark received a major facelift to open up as the vibrant midcentury designed Hotel Clermont. Two highlights include the expansive rooftop bar and the French-American brasserie with a southern flair, Tiny Lou's.
  • The St. Regis Atlanta The St. Regis is the most glamorous splurgy-worthy hotel in Atlanta! If you are looking for something super upscale and in Buckhead, then look no further.

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!