I took my first trip ever to Atlanta this past Memorial Day Weekend. Actually I had a 2-hour layover there once, but that doesn’t count. It’s only three hours from Nashville, but I’ve never had a chance to go, so I was really excited to check out one of the main Southern cities.
Atlanta is the kind of place that is hyperaware of its own history, which might be the reason they are so progressive. This idea made itself apparent to me in a couple different ways walking along the Beltline, the greenway circling the perimeter of Piedmont Park. Old factories along the path are repurposed into the city’s newest developments in trendy housing and watering holes, rather than tearing down and building new. There are also regular historic signs and updates along the path that vibrantly illustrate the many events of the Civil Rights Movement that took place within the city limits and were the result of an oppressive local government and casual societal racism. Being able to openly accept their past without masking it highlights how different and developed they are now.
Today, I’m sharing some of the cool places I got to check out and would recommend. It was only my first trip and I was only there for a long weekend, so I’d probably have to make a few more trips before I could write a formal travel guide, but I hope that this post helps ‘guide’ you in the right direction!
The Beltline was a really great way for me to get immersed into new Atlanta, as I got the opportunity to check out some of the great places in Virginia Highlands, one of the newer happening neighborhoods in town.
We stopped for lunch at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, a summer-camp themed restaurant with bougie brunch fixings. Behind Ladybird is the new Just Add Honey Tea Company, where I had the best matcha latte I’ve ever had in my life. For my fellow Nashville residents, there is also a Barcelona Wine Bar. New Realm Brewing was a great place to escape the 95 degree Georgia heat and cool down with a beer (or six – that’s how many they’ll let you sample at one time).
We turned down the charming Krog Street to check out the Krog Street Market – which has a huge food court with innumerable upscale takeout options (pizza, bao, pho, French pastries, and Jeni’s Ice Creams, to name a few). I loved The Merchant and think it’s the perfect place to get an amazing souvenir or gift.
Ponce City Market is another great factory-turned-destination, with tons of shops and restaurants against an impeccably designed industrial background. Citizen Supply is a great shop that features clothes and accessories from local designers, vintage clothes, and even plants.
Wearing my new bike shorts to walk the Beltline was the best decision I ever made. It was so hot outside, but these shorts kept me cool while we walked. I’ve already bought 2 this season since they’re so functional. Shop them here. I paired them with this crop bra and layered this short sleeve button down on top for shady spots and indoor dining.
I would be remiss if I didn’t get a chance to sample some of the one-percent’s shops since we don’t have that much (if any) options in Nashville, so we visited the Shops at Buckhead. I got my chance to pick up something small at Hermès, smell the candles at a Diptyque, and lust over textiles and patterns at Billy Reid. I also finally discovered minimal and functional Cos. There is also a Café Intermezzo.
My velvet slip dress photographed above was the perfect day-to-night piece that kept me cool in the hot weather while still looking chic. It’s currently marked down to $99 from $230 and fits true to size (I’m wearing a Medium). Shop it here.
What are your favorite spots in Atlanta?