In 1974, the Atlanta Rhythm Section sang the virtues of Doraville with the line, “Touch of country in the city.” Today, you might wonder, “Which country?” as you drive along Buford Highway on either side of the Doraville line and read the billboards and shop signs in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and more. Although Buford Highway as a thoroughfare spans from Buckhead to Buford, the multi-ethnic eating and shopping destination commands about a seven-mile stretch inside and outside the I-285 perimeter. It remains a mecca for delicious, exotic, cheap food, as well as countless shopping opportunities for the adventurous. Looking for meat-shaped tofu? Tongue-scorching spices? Cowboy boots or ball gowns for preschoolers? Buford Highway awaits.
Red Baron’s bills itself as “The World’s Best Antique Store” and they might just be right. From 19th-century nautical equipment to vintage cars and antique firearms to old statuary, the store’s rotating stock rivals many museums. If you need a 1920s Parisian cinema ticket booth, a mahogany bar from an English pub, or the complete art deco interior of an old pharmacy, this is the place to go.
Much of the Shed at Glenwood's menu reads like a kind of International House of Bistro Classics. Depending on your mood, you could hit Britain with a no-nonsense preparation of fish and chips; France with a creamy, truffley version of moules frite; or Germany with a tender, juicy and comforting pork schnitzel topped with melting leeks.
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.
This 26-acre urban nature preserve includes about 2 miles of trails, as well as a team-building ropes course, and a children’s nature-themed playground. Among the learning facilities are a tree house classroom, a 650-gallon freshwater aquarium, and a multipurpose building. Adjacent to the facility is a community-run vegetable garden.
Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live band and open mic for vocalists to join in. Street parking available.
A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its signature guitar-wielding neon alligator, has persevered through an unpredictable economy on the strength of the roots-based music that regularly fills the dimly lit room.
An annoying thing about farmers markets: being forced to get up early (like, before noon) on a weekend morning. By operating 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays, the EAV Farmers Market eliminates the necessity to get up at a normal human being hour on a Saturday. You'll find locally grown produce, homegrown art, and occasionally music. The market runs April-December. Ready your reusable tote bags.
Established in 1979 with city, state and federal funds, the 120-acre woodland and former Creek Indian settlement features steep inclines, a babbling creek, a waterfall, and is home to deer and more than 150 native plant species. It includes an old spring house where tourists once bathed and the remains of a quarry that produced materials to build nearby homes.