Atlanta isn’t all Coca-Cola, Braves, Cartoon Network, and rivers of sweet tea (but one can dream). Atlanta is also a treasure trove of neighborhoods, communities, oddities, and all around good fun. Going on a walkabout in Atlanta is a great idea for a Saturday afternoon, a date (Valentine’s day is right around the corner) - or even just because. Here is a list of places to go, things to do, and sights to see on an Atlanta walking adventure.
Little 5 Points
This quirky, artsy neighborhood is a staple for the weird and unusual. It has a long list of unique, indie shops, like Junkman’s Daughter, the bastion for all things kitsch (just look for the flying saucer in the front). After emptying your wallet on gag gifts, you can walk down Moreland Ave and stuff your face at Vortex and have a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches - instead of pesky buns getting in the way. Heaven? We think so. After that, hang a right on Euclid and enjoy street performers, art, and have a beer at one of Atlanta’s best bars, The Porter.
Out on the east side, Decatur has some great restaurants and has something for everybody - family-friendly events in the square, indie coffee shops, specialty goods stores, and hidden gems on every corner. Walk down East Ponce and have some yummy frites at Leon’s Full Service. Walk down Church Street and have a cup o’ joe at Java Monkey, and bask in the angsty glow of a local starving artist. After that, take the kiddies (or borrow one from a friend) to Decatur Square and enjoy the fountains, which put on a fun light show at sundown.
Old Fourth Ward
This area is undergoing a huge amount of development, and new things are popping up everyday. The Freedom Parkway Park and Trail and the east side of the Atlanta BeltLine converge here. Walk down Edgewood Ave and drop in at Joystick Gamebar. Part arcade and part bar = best idea ever. A block over you can visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and his childhood home, see some amazing street art from the Living Walls Conference, and enjoy one of the best views of the city at night.
Home to Piedmont Park, Midtown is a walkable neighborhood with a vibrant nightlife. Piedmont Park hosts several events and festivals all year long, and acres of walking trails, large greens, and bike paths will ensure hours of fun people watching (and dog watching, too). Walk down 10th Street and have brunch at The Flying Biscuit Cafe, and if you’re not too stuffed, enjoy the tree-lined streets nearby that feature some of Atlanta’s most beautiful homes.
Whether you’re on a date, out with friends, or just enjoying an afternoon walk, there’s an Atlanta neighborhood for every occasion. With so many neighborhoods within blocks of each other, make a day of it and check out all four to see a bigger picture of the walking adventure Atlanta has to offer.