How To See Atlanta Like A Local

The best way to get to know a city is to see it they way locals do. Here's a guide.
  • Time to get the ultimate Atlanta experience like a true local. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Time to get the ultimate Atlanta experience like a true local. (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • The King of Pops is mission-critical (and delicious) for your Atlanta visit. (King of Pops)
    The King of Pops is mission-critical (and delicious) for your Atlanta visit. (King of Pops)
  • Get your dose of Atlanta's rich history at the Atlanta History Center. (Katie Snyder, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Get your dose of Atlanta's rich history at the Atlanta History Center. (Katie Snyder, AtlantaPhotos.com)

If you only have a day or two in town and you want to see Atlanta like a local, then look no further. We've got you covered from the moment you wake up through sundown... and beyond. Here's where to eat and must-see sights for your short visit to Atlanta.

Breakfast

  • West Egg Cafe: Enjoy all-day breakfast with a modern Southern menu. Westside.
  • Le Petit Marche: Eat your fill of pastries, gourmet goodies, hot breakfasts and more. Eastside.
  • Home Grown: Find locally sourced Southern fare in a retro country-diner setting. Eastside.

Morning activity

  • Center for Civil and Human Rights: This is a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. Downtown.
  • Atlanta History Center: Tour the permanent and temporary exhibitions in this history museum and research center. Buckhead.
  • Atlanta Movie Tours: Take a peek at some of Atlanta’s most fascinating movie and television locations during tours led by guides who’ve actually performed on sets.

Mid-morning healthy boost

  • Kale Me Crazy: Power up at this superfood cafe. Inman Park on the Eastside.
  • dtox: Rejuvenate with juices, smoothies, acai bowls, salads and detoxifying cleanses. Buckhead, Westside and Piedmont Park.
  • Rawesome Juicery: Toss back a cold-pressed juice at this shop in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Downtown.

Lunch

  • Hops Kitchen: Walk up to this window-service stall to order fried chicken, sandwiches and biscuits in Ponce City Market. Poncey-Highland on the Eastside.
  • Seven Lamps: Modern-rustic staple offers seasonal American fare, handmade pastas, craft cocktails and a courtyard. Buckhead.
  • Lotta Frutta: Enjoy Latin-style hot grilled sandwiches, fresh fruit cups and/or smoothies. Old Fourth Ward on the Eastside.

Evening exercise

  • Exhale Spa: Find a spa, gym and fitness class in Loews Hotel. Midtown.
  • King of Pops Yoga: Join hundreds of yoga-loving individuals in the field next to the Skate Park on Tuesday evenings. Old Fourth Ward on the Eastside.
  • The Barre Scene: Pump up the volume with high-intensity workout classes. Buckhead.

Happy hour

  • Little Trouble: Enjoy a cocktail at this trendy Asian fusion spot. Westside.
  • Nakato Japanese Restaurant: Get five appetizers and one drink for $15. Buckhead.
  • Republic Social House: 45-cent wings. Need we say more? Grant Park on the Eastside.

Dinner

  • Agave: Enjoy fresh Southwestern fare in a cozy setting. Cabbagetown on the Eastside.
  • The Consulate: Tuck into small plates with a varied international menu in a quirky, retro space. Midtown.
  • Little Bangkok: If you love Thai and Chinese food, check out this no-frills spot. Buckhead.

Catch a movie

  • Starlight Drive-in: Catch a double-feature at a real drive-in. You can BYO or buy concessions. Eastside.
  • Plaza Theater: See a new or classic movie at Atlanta’s longest continuously operating movie theater. Eastside.
  • Midtown Art Cinema: Check out new releases as well as independent, foreign and avant-garde flicks. Midtown.

Live music

  • The Masquerade: Catch a rave at The Masquerade’s new home in Kenny’s Alley at Underground Atlanta. Downtown.
  • Tabernacle: Rock out with a touring national or local act. Downtown.
  • Apache Cafe: Chill out in an intimate club offering live bands playing music ranging from jazz to world music, open mic nights, DJs and simple soul food. Midtown.

Even more pressed for time? Here's what to do with 24 hours in Atlanta.

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

 

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