Heading to Atlanta anytime soon? Arm yourself with a long list of the bars, breakfast sandwiches, tasting menus, and locally loved shops — and do your best to pack it all in.
Modern Italian food and wine from James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur 2018, Steve Palmer.
Restaurant with Heart:
Streamlined, New American tasting menu with a feel-good back story (read more about it on Popupla).
Best Casual Joint:
A BYOB spot that gives NYC pies a run for their money.
Ideal Tasting Menu: Four creative, light and airy courses determined by the seasons and chef Anne Quatrano’s deft hand.
Hot Roving Pop-Up: Family-style Thai dinners quietly revolutionizing local perceptions of the cuisine.
Best Southern Breakfast & Everything Else:
Good service, good vibes, good bacon.
Cozy Meets Delicious:
Comfort food and specialty beer in a cave-like basement beneath an old mansion.
Steakhouse Institution: Landmarked, wood-paneled, and with lots of options for blowing $5k on wine.
ATL mainstay serving BBQ, jerk chicken, and green beans on stacks of red plastic trays.
Get It To-Go
Pick your grilled protein, add your veggies, get it in a bowl (you’ll need it after a meat-and-three).
Best Breakfast Sammies:
The ham & gruyere melt at will take you through the afternoon.
Don't sleep on the gougère at Bagel Sammy at (with whipped onion chevre on an Emerald City Bagel).
Not-Sad Sandwiches for the Road:
Prosciutto baguette at makes for a tasty souvenir.
Dive into a barbecue pork bahn mi at .
Best Sweet Indulgences:
Chocolate chip cookies at travel well.
Have one chocolate buckwheat shortbread at now, save another for later.
Just order one of everything at .
Fab wines and cocktails in a glamorous mid-century train depot.
Cafe of Choice:
People and sunlight tacos and coffee equals happiness.
Coolest Brewery: Beloved brewery with new outpost on the Westside Beltline with a garden and fire pits.
Coziest Watering Hole:
Classic cocktails (with a twist) and literary vibes.
Best ATL Souvenirs:
candles are awesome.
goods feel great all over.
Fun artisanal ATL-branded items from in Ponce City Market are fun to share with others.
Best Beauty Stopover:
Find what you need, from products to makeup application to lash extensions.
Beloved Local Ceramicist: Minimalist cups, plates, and platters — so good, you might have to ship a few home.
Fun Nail Salon:
Serious nail art in a wellness-focused natural salon.
Do It All
Beltline walk from — start with coffee and gougère from The Little Tart, and take an hour’s walk to , making all kinds of scenic stops on the way.
Ideal Cityscape Escape:
The of Piedmont Park along Clear Creek. It won’t feel like Atlanta, though you're in the heart of it.
— for a city totally saturated in Civil Rights history, a beautiful and vast museum worth an afternoon.