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Amazing Atlanta

Article by Betsy Kroll 05.23.2016 Illustrations by Julia Rothman

Fashionistas, foodies and home décor buffs converge in this bustling Southern metropolis, where the list of must-see shops and restaurants is as sprawling as the city itself. The lively bar and restaurant scene on Virginia and North Highland Avenues make these streets ideal to explore on foot.

North Highland Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia


Holeman and Finch Public House

Until recently, this pub offered up 24 of the most sought-after double-patty cheeseburgers in the Southeast — but only after 10 p.m. Today, the burgers are a regular menu item — and the people rejoice.

2277 Peachtree Road (Buckhead)


Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.

Don’t miss artisan chocolatier Kristen Hard’s much beloved (and mouthwatering) Epiphany bars and unique truffle flavors inspired by the region.

1046 N. Highland Avenue NE (Westside Provisions District)  


St. Cecilia

Celebrated for its rustic-modern décor and coastal Italian cuisine, St. Cecilia serves up dishes like risotto with Sapelo Island clams, corn ravioli and salt cod arancini.

3455 Peachtree Road NE (Buckhead)


Pie Shop

This shop offers about a dozen types of the South’s favorite dessert, with sweet or savory flavors like tomato, lemon chess, watermelon chiffon and sweet potato streusel.

3210 Roswell Road NW (Buckhead)


Paolo’s Gelato

An authentic Italian gelateria in America’s Deep South, Paolo’s uses fresh ingredients to create flavors like peach, walnut and rosemary.

1025 Virginia Avenue NE (Virginia-Highland)

St. Cecelia's restaurant in downtown Atlanta

St. Cecilia from chef-owner Ford Fry is known for it's rustic-modern decor and coastal Italian cuisine.

3455 Peachtree Road NE;


Mednikow Jewelers

Accessorize like a true Southern belle with this jeweler’s ultrafeminine locket, gemstone, jewelry and timepiece collections.

3384 Peachtree Road NE (Buckhead)


Fig & Flower

Atlanta’s first eco-beauty bar and natural skin care boutique features fair-trade, cruelty-free products with no harsh chemicals.

636 N. Highland Avenue NE (Virginia-Highland)



Spend a lazy afternoon perusing this shop’s trove of accessories, furnishings and knickknacks nestled among orchid beds and birdbaths.

100 E. Andrews Drive (Buckhead)


Seed Factory

Don’t miss the felt animal heads (ethically produced, of course) in this colorful children’s boutique that stocks fairy tale-inspired wooden stacking toys and alphabet blocks, as well as San Francisco-based Tea Collection clothing.

1170 Howell Mill Road (Westside Provisions District)


Sid Mashburn & Ann Mashburn

Two icons of the Atlanta retail scene, these beautiful shops owned by a husband-and-wife team feature an impeccably tailored mash-up of European refinement — English for him; Parisian for her — along with all-American zest and practicality.

1198 Howell Mill Road NW, Suite 112 (Westside Provisions District) ;

Store display in downtown Atlanta

G. GIlbert, a 14-year-old boutique carries brands that aren't widely available in Atlanta, plus jewelry from Piper Dano.

1198 Howell Mill Road NW, Suite 109;


Atlanta History Center

Step back into Southern history with this treasure’s 33 acres of pristine gardens and winding trails, which include the Swan House — one of the filming locations for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW (Buckhead) 

Underground Atlanta

This Southern city has more than a few stories to tell, and this hidden gem might have some of the most eccentric. Discover the remnants of pre-Civil War Atlanta, including the Zero Mile Post marking post-bellum city development.

50 Upper Alabama Street, Suite 007 (Five Points) 

Georgia Aquarium

Don’t miss the stunning tropical fish and whale shark showcases at this must-see maritime attraction, the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

225 Baker Street NW (Downtown)

Fox Theatre

See where “Steamboat Willie,” Disney’s first cartoon starring Mickey Mouse, premiered to a sold-out crowd on Christmas Day. Thespians, showgoers and Atlanta history buffs alike will marvel at Mighty Mo, a 3,622-pipe Möller organ (the largest in the world).

660 Peachtree Street NE (Midtown) 

Chamblee Antique Row

Treasure hunt in this antique shopping mecca bursting with personality and offering browsers a wrinkle in time back to early 20th-century — or even pre-Civil War —gems. From art nouveau to quirky collectibles, you never know when you’ll strike gold.

5486 Peachtree Road (Chamblee)

A silhouette of a person in front of a large tank of sharks and fish

Whale shark showcase at the Georgia Aquarium.


  • Atlanta

    Location Downtown, Atlanta, Georgia

    Experience Discover more than 11,000 works of art at the nearby High Museum.

    • Relax in comfort in The Club Lounge
    • Downtown Atlanta's only luxury hotel
    • Culinary experiences at AG