One of the best parts of my new job is that I get to travel occasionally! Traveling for work can be stressful and exhausting, but when I'm visiting a new city I try to make the most of where I am. I've never really been anywhere in the South besides New Orleans and Florida (does Florida even count??) and have been dying to go to Charleston and Savannah. But hey, I will take Atlanta too! The first thing I noticed is that everyone from Atlanta was super nice and friendly. They kept saying hello and "how are you?" The first few times I was giving them the side eye and then I realized that they were just being nice. Although I was only in Atlanta for four days and was working for a majority of the time I was able to find some fun things to do, and most importantly, good places to eat.
- Downtown Atlanta is not that great. It is also potentially not that safe in certain areas. Just make sure you know where you're going. There isn't a ton to do aside from the Coca Cola Museum and the aquarium, so I recommend seeing what's around in the outer areas of the city.
- Cabs are insanely expense - take Uber instead! We learned this the hard way after a cab charged us $18 to drive literally 1.5 miles. Apparently cabs charge more money when they are in downtown and also charge by the person. It's insane! Uber is the way to go - it is much cheaper.
Things to Do and Places to Eat:
- Ponce City Market - This massive market residing in an old Sears building just opened and is seriously amazing. The guys who did Chelsea Market in NYC are behind Ponce City Market and it's clear that they know their stuff. It was similar to Chelsea Market but much more open and spread out, with a ton of natural light and plenty of seating (something CM lacks, in my opinion). The food options were endless and if I hadn't just eaten lunch somewhere else I don't know what I would have picked. There was a smoothie bar, coffee shop, oyster restaurant, fried chicken - you name it! We also checked out some of the clothing and supply stores.
- Parish - my coworker and I went here for lunch one day after getting a recommendation from my friend who went to Emory. Paris is in a super cool brick building in Inman Park. The top floor is a restaurant and the lower level is a cafe and market. We had lunch in the cafe, which was full of big, comfortable leather couches and delicious looking pastries. The tomato basil soup was amazing!
- Inman Park - After we were finished eating, we decided to check out more of the neighborhood and discovered a dozen other great looking restaurants on the same street. Inman Park was clean and full of young people. A lot of the apartment buildings looked new as well. Another great part about this neighborhood is that it has access to the BeltLine Trail, a walking path that cuts through Atlanta and is full of sculptures. We walked on the BeltLine to get to Ponce City Market.
- Cobbler Union - while we were in Inman Park we stumbled into this tiny men's shoe store. I immediately loved the interior - totally Instagram worthy. Even if you aren't shopping for shoes, I recommend checking it out. Just look at that horse painting!
- Condesa Coffee - Whenever I visit a new town I need to find out the coffee situation, stat. I loved the clean interior of Condesa and they also make a yummy grilled cheese.