Atlanta might be known for southern hospitality and sports teams, but there’s a lot more to Georgia’s cosmopolitan capital than meets the eye.
From upscale shopping malls and quiet courtyards to scenic trails lined with local art, there's an Atlanta neighborhood for every interest. Whether you're eager to explore downtown's iconic attractions or hit up the hippest bars, here are five of the trendiest hoods A-Town has to offer.
Buckhead for fashionistas
As Atlanta’s top shopping destination, you’ll find everything from high-end designer boutiques to vintage shops. Phipps Plaza is a one-stop-shop for upscale fashions and luxury brands, with more than 100 stores and sprinkled with restaurants and even a movie theater. You're in luck if you’re staying at the St. Regis Atlanta, as it’s the only hotel within walking distance of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The sophisticated urban space features retail stores—from L’Occitane to La Perla—high-end restaurants and seasonal events like “Wine & Whiskey Wednesdays” and art exhibits.
Midtown for food and fitness
Home to bars, restaurants and the 185-acre Piedmont Park, Midtown appeals to both foodies and fitness junkies. For a scenic stroll, head to the Atlanta BeltLine. The multi-use trail runs through Midtown and connects a few of Atlanta’s trendiest neighborhoods. Keep an eye out for colorful artwork and innovative installations along the way. Come lunch, splurge on southern cuisine at South City Kitchen Midtown or split a pizza with your sweetie at Pasta Da Pulcinella.
Downtown for iconic Atlanta
If your trip to Atlanta is on the shorter side, Downtown is the perfect starting point. Here you'll find many of the city’s top tourist attractions, like the famous World of Coca-Cola on Baker Street. As Atlanta’s most visited indoor attraction, guests can sample more than 1,000 different beverages and interact with several exhibits throughout the space. Another popular attraction families naturally gravitate towards is the Georgia Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and home to thousands of animals, plus a few conservation programs.
Old Fourth Ward for urban culture
For vibrant street art and eclectic music venues, the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood won’t disappoint. The Masquerade on North Avenue continues to be the main draw ever since its 1989 opening, with three indoor venues: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. For something tamer, catch a show at The Drunken Unicorn. Then there’s Venkman’s, a former soda bottling factory that now specializes in creative comfort food. For street art, the Krog Street Tunnel and Little Five Points are both nearby and very colorful.
East Atlanta Village for nightlife
When it comes to exciting nightlife, East Atlanta Village is the go-to spot for most insiders. There’s a definite artsy vibe here, as seen on billboards touting PBR artwork and shops donning decadent decor like classical tattoo art. For a laid-back Saturday night, grab a pint and some bar snacks at The Midway Pub. For an intimate setting, try 529 Bar and stick around for a live show. Need a nightcap? The Graveyard Tavern is the perfect place or a drink or a quick bite before calling it a night.