Sandy Springs 

Despite its OTP location and big-box retail strips, Sandy Springs has an urban feel, from the busy lunchtime rush to the crush of rush-hour traffic along Roswell Road. Its active network of community organizations - including the area's largest Jewish population - paired with a selection of boutiques and locally owned restaurants keeps the homogeneity somewhat in check.

Things to do in Sandy Springs

Don't blow a month's rent on antiques

Bypass the goods at Red Baron Antiques - like a Gone With the Wind-style hurricane lamp (on sale for $750!) - and indulge in some retail therapy you can actually afford at Fantastic Finds and Alexis' Suitcase. Sandy Springs is one of the metro area's best destinations for shopping, so take advantage of it.

Devour an authentic taco

If you're up for exploring the wilds of suburbia for excellent food, hit up El Taco Veloz for a beef-tongue taco or a chile relleno taco or a creamy bean burrito or torta ... the food is really that good, so go back for seconds.

Support local (and national) comedy

Comics ranging from Sugar Sammy to Judy Tenuta to Dov Davidoff are lined up to headline the Punchline in April. Forego the YouTube route and interact with comics in their natural habitat.

Pile on the heat

Treat yourself to some of the city's best Sichuan cooking from one of its most well-known chefs at Peter Chang's. Start off with the hot and numbing tofu rolls, which made CL's top 100 dishes list in 2011.

Show off your tan lines in the park

Heritage Sandy Springs is a 4-acre park located in the heart of Sandy Springs. Take in the gardens or museum on a sunny afternoon, or hold out for the brews at the Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest in August. For a more family-friendly affair, the Sandy Springs Festival takes place in September, and features a 5K and 10K race, car show, pet parade (!), and music.

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