Visitors to Atlanta have so many choices when it comes to places to eat, with candidates spanning every neighborhood and style of cuisine. But if you don’t post about it, did you really go? We’re sharing some of our favorite photogenic restaurants around the city.
Located inside the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, Atlas has been named one of the top restaurants in the city. There are two different experiences in the dining room and tavern, and both have high levels of service and quality. Dishes like the fettuccine with caviar and petite lobster pot pie are not only photogenic but also delicious. Pair with a glass of wine from the cellar, which earned Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
Where to Snap: The teal interiors at this restaurant are highly photogenic, but they are not the only highlight. The dining room also contains pieces from The Lewis Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the world. It's like eating in an art museum.
If you’re looking for the flavors of Louisiana without the travel time, Bon Ton in Midtown is the place to start. The menu has plenty of seafood offerings, including charbroiled oysters, the house boil (similar to a low-country boil) and po boys. Sip on one of the classic cocktails, namely the Sazerac, Hurricane and French 75, or a frozen Ward Six Cup, which comes with an umbrella and color-changing cup.
Where to Snap: Instagrammers love the lavender building’s colorful interiors, including the pink fur-lined booth and the dramatically lit bar. But the “Fancy Service” neon sign may just be the most photographed spot in the restaurant.
Bread and Butterfly
(📷 Andrew Thomas Lee)
The flavors of France are on the menu at Bread and Butterfly, an Inman Park favorite for its outdoor patio. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, with dishes like soft scrambled eggs on brioche, quiche and ratatouille with polenta. Later in the day, the burger, tomato soup and French dip are favorites. The Apero happy hour is a good time to visit for discounted glasses of wine and light bites.
Where to Snap: Your friends might think you’re in a French brasserie based on the photos of the green-tiled walls, blue and white cafe chairs and neon “Merci” sign. But don’t forget about the food, which is the most photogenic.
(📷 Bobby Russel)
Inspired by the science-fiction film "Blade Runner," Little Trouble is located underneath the shops at Westside Provisions District, down a neon-lit alley. This bar and restaurant is great for shared plates with friends, especially the pork dumplings, buns and skewers. Order a cocktail that incorporates ingredients like Japanese whiskey or sample the selection of sake in the dark interior.
Where to Snap: The alley with the blue and red geometric design is by far the most-snapped spot in the restaurant, and it is especially special with your silhouette in front of it.
Nine Mile Station
Set atop Ponce City Market’s roof, Nine Mile Station has one of the best views in town, overlooking the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The elevated beer garden is named for the streetcar station that once was located in front of the building. Make a reservation for dinner or brunch to enjoy seasonal dishes like braised beef short rib or smoked Springer Mountain chicken. Weekend brunch includes shrimp and grits and egg sandwiches.
Where to Snap: Where else? The open-air patio has panoramic views of the area that can’t be found anywhere else. Grab a seat outside near the fire pits and sip on one of the carefully selected draft beers or craft cocktails.
Try a breakfast taco at Muchacho. (📷 Caroline Eubanks)
This 1970s-inspired cafe is located in a former train station in the trendy Reynoldstown neighborhood. Muchacho serves delicious breakfast tacos, pastries and avocado toast, along with coffee drinks featuring beans from Proud Mary. At night, pop up dinners feature ramen and poke.
Where to Snap: The counter is frequently photographed for its throwback color scheme’s three stripes as are the orange espresso machine and vintage chairs.
Find 8Arm just off the Atlanta BeltLine. (📷 Caroline Eubanks)
Dine at one of the city’s most-praised restaurants and one where you need not worry about a reservation. Just off the Atlanta Beltline, 8Arm is a casual restaurant crafting creative plates for dinner and brunch that change frequently. The “McMuff” is a weekend favorite, a playful take on an egg sandwich, as are the avocado toast and biscuits.
Where to Snap: The outdoor bar constructed from a shipping container is a good place to start taking photos, especially as you enjoy a glass of vermouth or fortified wine, a specialty.
Caroline Eubanks is a writer, author and metro Atlanta native. You can see her work on ThisIsMySouth.com and CarolineEubanks.com.