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.
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.