A historic architectural landmark building in the heart of Midtown, redesigned as a boutique hotel. Cozy lobby with a good bar and a cool Spanish-style courtyard with fountain for morning coffee or a happy hour cocktail.
It's rare for a place to be so hip and so comfortable. This one has an industrial vibe, a cool-but-not-too-cool staff, locally produced art on the walls, pastries and cookies from Alon's and, of course, well-crafted coffee drinks and high-quality teas. Of particular note: Octane's French press coffees and award-winning baristas.
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.
Looking to drink yourself under the table under the city? Since the late 1980s, this subterranean restaurant billing itself as Virginia-Highland's oldest steakhouse has churned out what are considered some of Atlanta's best martinis (they come with a "sidecar" — a little extra shot of booze).
Milling its own flour from chemical-free grain is the cornerstone to this bakery's success. With signature whole-grain breads (white breads are available on request), you can stop worrying about preservatives in your food when you dive into an egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich or one of the seven lunch sandwiches. Also a comfort to any Southerner's heart, grits served here are stone-ground on the premises and can be bought to take home.
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.
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.