Exploring Atlanta Neighborhoods – Hipmunk City Love
Most people who book hotels in Atlanta find a high-rise in downtown and get sucked into what I describe as an overcrowded fish bowl. They hit up the mainstream chain restaurants, visit the surrounding sites, and come away with an experience that feels like something is missing. If they can only flop out of the bowl to explore life beyond the World of Coca Cola, Georgia Aquarium, and Centennial Olympic Park. While all three are worthwhile attractions, a trip to Atlanta doesn’t stop there. The real Atlanta lives in the city’s many unique neighborhoods.
Experience the High Brow Life in Buckhead
Just outside of downtown is Buckhead, one of Atlanta’s most posh neighborhoods. Buckhead is where to go for high-end shopping. Between Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, you’ll find all the leading designers from Lily Pulitzer to Hermes. Outside of shopping are plenty of restaurants and bars, most featuring five-star dining and prices. You’ll also find plenty of flagship hotels like Mandarin Oriental. Be sure to explore some of the surround residential neighborhoods filled with stately mansions.
Join the Bazaar in Little Five Points
Northeast of downtown off of I-20 lies one of Atlanta’s more eccentric neighborhoods, Little Five Points. The neighborhood is compact, running along Euclid and Moreland Avenues. Attractions include vintage apparel shops, local eateries, clothing bazaars, tattoo parlors, a natural food co-op, an indie radio station, independent bookstores, a 30-foot-tall skull (what?), and plenty of pubs.
The main attraction though is the people watching. Find a table at an outside café, order a local beer, and watch life walk by. Neighborhood residents and street vendors love to express themselves through funky clothing and hairstyles. You’ll even catch a few jugglers, artists, and other street performers.
Browse the Shopping Villages of Virginia-Highland
The eclectic neighborhood of Virginia-Highland is found at the intersection Virginia and North Highland Avenues. The area is alive with outdoor patios teaming with locals and visitors alike as they enjoy weekend brunch and evening cocktails. There’s also plenty of shopping with stores ranging from home decor to artisan paper to outdoor gear. During the summer, be sure to browse the farmers market. The neighborhood hosts two festivals that Atlantans from all over the city flock to — SummerFest and Morningside Mile Race and Block Party.
Catch Some Art in Midtown
Midtown is known as Atlanta’s Art District. It’s where you’ll find attractions like Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Alliance Theatre. After taking in a show or browsing a museum, be sure to check out the Midtown Mile for plenty chic boutiques and trendy restaurants and bars. Or, head over to Crescent Avenue for some crazy nightlife. The Midtown Mile is also home to the annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. A favorite neighborhood hotel is Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown offering a fun outdoor patio to catch cocktails and an evening breeze.
On your next trip to Atlanta, be sure to start exploring Atlanta neighborhoods beyond downtown. This is where you can see the vibrancy and flavor of the New South come alive!
What’s your Favorite Neighborhood Spot in Atlanta?
This article is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.