The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market is just around the corner. Are you planning a trip to the city with the busiest airport in the nation? Sometimes it is hard to travel into a new city and not know where all the best spots are, luckily the Europe2You team has put our brains together to come up with a guide straight from Atlanta locals themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming from San Francisco, California or Macon, Georgia - we’ve got the travel guide for you.
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Browse around a food hall.
In case you’re new to the term, food halls have been around for years. It wasn’t until recently that Atlanta opened the doors to Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market which set the trend soaring throughout the city. The large spaces are filled with multiple vendors, all selling various specialties from grab and go ice cream to sit-down restaurants. Krog Street Market always has something going on with an in-house bar and their newest addition, Bar Mercado, a tapas style joint serving up delicious eats we can’t quite get enough of. Just around the corner, Ponce City Market combines a foodie atmosphere with retail shops, offering a fun experience for just about anyone. Looking for a great view of the city? The rooftop of Ponce, otherwise known as Skyline Park hosts a spur of activities including ice skating through February!
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Shop until your drop.
We know that the majority of your day will be spent shopping and perusing around AmericasMart, however you’d be crazy to miss out on the Atlanta shopping scene. Head on over to Westside Provisions District to see a variety of new shops in the area. The up and coming scene hosts some of the coolest new shops including Lilith, a clothing boutique filled with funky designs and beautiful textures. The fun times won’t stop there, along with the retail spaces, the West Midtown shopping districts boasts some of Yelp’s top rated eateries. After dinner, make sure you don’t skimp on the drinks – Ormsbys and Little Trouble are right around the corner and are the perfect setting for late night cocktails.
Walk the Beltline.
There’s nothing fresh air can’t fix and with all the hustle and bustle of the city, sometimes a little time outside can be incredibly beneficial. The Beltline has quickly become those native to Atlanta’s favorite pastime activity. The walking, biking, running path connects the city like never before, stretching over 22 miles long. We recommend hopping on or off the path when you reach Inman Park, one of the oldest suburbs in Atlanta. The friendly neighborhood has recently been busting at the seams with great food and cocktail joints. One we can’t let you miss is Ladybird, just right off the Beltline – stop when you see the patio filled with yellow umbrellas, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Get your groove on.
It’s impossible to deny the musical roots that have grasped hold of the city. It seems as if there is a new concert or music festival every other day here in Atlanta. It’s one thing to check out a concert at a big venue like the new Mercedes Benz stadium but another to check out the local hubs. We don’t know who’s playing the week you’re here, but does it really matter? Any band instantly becomes your favorite when you’re listening in a cool venue with great company. Speaking of cool venues, Terminal West, once an iron smelting room in a plow factory, is worth checking out. Other notable venues include The Tabernacle, Buckhead Theatre and the most recent, Roxy Theatre.
Atlanta MagazineBe a tourist.
Alright, we know sometimes being a tourist isn’t all that bad. We’re guilty of doing these activities from time to time, too. Closer to the downtown area of Peachtree Center is the Georgia Aquarium. The largest in the nation, you really can’t skimp on seeing the Beluga whales up close and personal like you can here. Another great adventure, the Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel will give you a great look over the bustling city of Atlanta.