Buckhead is no longer the epicenter of Atlanta’s once buck-wild nightclub scene — and that’s the way most residents like it. Although we’re still waiting on the ritzy Streets of Buckhead development, the cranes they are a craning, and the growing agglomeration of Buckhead’s glittering high-rises has only further solidified this hood’s status as Atlanta’s other skyline. With two high-end malls and countless swanky boutiques and salons, it’s easy to forget that Buckhead is also home to many neighborhood-supported small businesses. Just dodge that shiny Range Rover and venture beyond Peachtree Road to find them. While still a bastion of luxury and old-school fine dining, a crop of hip, new restaurants and chefs have revitalized Buckhead’s culinary scene in recent years. These days, Buckhead is a culture clash of new and old, progress and tradition. If you don’t live there, it’s absolutely destination-worthy — if you can stand the soul-crushing, cross-town traffic to get there, that is.
The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-hop and Brit-pop to downtempo and rare grooves. The dim basement space feels like the most happenin’ speakeasy in town.
Open since 1995, Morningside is one of the few year-round farmers markets in town. The market is notoriously difficult for farmers to get into because of its strict guidelines — produce must be certified organic to be sold here, and there's limited space in the postage stamp of a venue in the parking lot across from Alon’s. Morningside regulars are early risers, so if there’s something in particular you want, arrive early or you might miss out.
After more than a decade, chef Riccardo Ullio's flagship restaurant is still at the top of its game. Elegant and unabashedly Italian, Sotto Sotto is one of the most consistently delightful upscale restaurants in the city.
This massive warehouse in north Decatur behind a Kroger shopping center is a gold mine of faux fur coats, jump suits, retro jewelry, fixer-upper furniture, a handful of used records and LOTS of shoes. The prices are low so you can impulse buy with abandon.
Originally a cotton-gin manufacturer, the Goat Farm is a Westside haven for working artists and performance companies, a frequent location for movie shoots (cough cough, Hunger Games, cough cough), and a great live music venue.
Holeman and Finch Public House has changed the face of Atlanta's dining scene since opening in 2008. From the outset, H&F's cocktail program set off a citywide race to blend obscure spirits into crowd-pleasing tipples. The 10 p.m. off-menu cheeseburger established a widely imitated gold standard. The house charcuterie program, once a unique feature, has inspired a whole league of competitors. The menu is unapologetically meat-centric with an extra focus on offal dishes and Southern-inspired small plates. Even after all these years, H&F's carefully crafted cocktails continue to be destination-worthy on their own.