• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Atlanta Travel Guide – Where to Shop, Eat, and Stay

If you ask interior designer Elizabeth Ingram, “Atlanta is the center of the universe.”

Between its hip-hop scene and its growing popularity among Hollywood film producers, the Big A is on fire and only getting heated. “It has become much more sophisticated. It has more national appeal and reach than ever before, ”notes Ingram.

Atlanta is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own unique vibe and gems to explore. “I think there’s this misconception that Atlanta only offers a traditional design aesthetic, but that’s just not the case,” says Monet Masters, co-founder of design firm Forbes. Masters. “One of my favorite things about Atlanta is that you can drive around a neighborhood and all the houses are built in completely different architectural styles.” This is especially true in areas experiencing rapid growth and development, such as Midtown, where skyscrapers intermingle with historic Victorian mansions. And although the Georgian capital has always been an architectural treasure, the city’s design scene has been on the rise in recent years.

Planning a trip to Atlanta? You will discover a city full of character and culture, full of trendy restaurants, trendy boutiques and chic art galleries. To help you sort them all out, we asked some of the city’s most savvy designers to identify their must-see spots, from the best hotels to book to, to the best places to dine, drink and play.

Where to stay

Georgian terrace

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You can’t go wrong with this stately hotel, says Ingram, which is across the street from the equally awe-inspiring Fox Theater. The Beaux-Arts Hotel, built in 1911, is magnificent, from the exterior details to the grand entrance hall and, of course, to the tastefully appointed rooms.

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The Candler Hotel

Built in 1906 by Asa Griggs Candler (who ultimately bought Coca-Cola), Art Deco style is not lacking at this downtown hotel. If you want to be near attractions like the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the AmericasMart, and not too far from exciting areas like Old Fourth Ward and Summerhill, then the Candler Hotel is a great choice. “The architecture of the Candler Hotel is simply breathtaking. When you enter the lobby, you almost have the impression of stepping back in time, ”says Masters.

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Clermont Hotel

Clermont hotel

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Atlanta is often quick to demolish historic monuments, so it was exciting when the Clermont Hotel – which was a motor hotel in the 1920s before it became accommodation, and later sat vacant for years – was resurrected as a charming hotel that is both glamorous and fun. “I love the vibe and the use of textures in the little cocktail bar downstairs, and every detail is really thought of,” says Shelby Adamson from design studio Little Black Fox. “The rooms are fun and great. It’s a nice little place for the eyes. The lobby pays homage to the 1970s era, while downstairs, the French-inspired Tiny Lou’s bistro recalls the 1940s with roses and sweet creams. There’s also a killer rooftop bar (and an iconic dive bar, uh, below).

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Where to eat and drink


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Is Ingram biased when she says, “Obviously, Marcel? Yes, she designed Ford Fry’s stylish West Midtown steakhouse in 2016. But she’s right. Marcel has become a must-have for locals and locals looking for an upscale meal in a lavish mid-century modern setting (with an excellent wine list as well).

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Leon’s full service

Located in downtown Decatur, Leon’s was once a gas station that now serves pub food that makes local ingredients shine. “There is an industrial vibe, but it’s not right too much industrial, with the use of wood and paint color, and of course the glass garage doors that open, ”says Adamson. “So it kind of gives you that indoor and outdoor living space. »Sit inside the dining room with blue and wood accents or opt for a place on the covered terrace. Either way, the cocktails are not to be missed whether you choose something classic like the Bees’ Knees (gin, honey, lemon) or one of their seasonal drinks. Don’t forget to order a bucket of fries and one of pastry chef Rachel Wright’s desserts.

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Just add honey

“Just Add Honey is a locally owned black company that offers loose teas and coffees, and the location is right next to the BeltLine, making it the perfect stop on a Saturday morning,” says Masters. . The overall vibe is warm and rustic, which complements the comfort their tea brings, she adds.

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Chrome Yellow

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If you’re more into coffee, get your caffeine fix at Chrome Yellow, located in Old Fourth Ward. This is one of Ingram’s must-haves, in part because of their crisp, semi-industrial aesthetic and because they are experts in making creative coffee drinks. You can’t go wrong with a drip cup here, but if you’re in the mood, go for the Vanilla Bourbon Latte.

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Bread & Butterfly

Inman Park or Paris? You might be unsure when you walk into this lovely bistro (one of Adamson’s favorites). Designed by Square Feet Studio, the restaurant features a rich layered design found in the lime-green tile-lined walls, bistro tables, and patterned tiling in the glass-fronted veranda. They open the veranda doors in good weather, creating a perfect spot to enjoy a giant fluffy pancake or an American burger. “I think the use of colors and textures in the space is really a unique approach to what I like. And then you have these kind of cool Riviera woven chairs on the patio that just give it a lot of extra pattern, texture and color, ”says Adamson.

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Negril ATL

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Caribbean flavor meets historic design at Negril, located in Midtown. “The aesthetic gives it an elevated coastal feel. Being Jamaican myself, I feel like this is a really good take on traditional Jamaican, making me feel like I’m at home, ”Masters said. Built in 1907, the building was once a fire station – and although it now has a coastal vibe, it still exudes historic charm through its facade and facilities.

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Where to shop

Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn

Want to please yourself? Visit Ann and Sid Mashburn’s clothing stores in West Midtown. “They’re nationally recognized and they’ve kept a boutique of clothing that’s so chic and stylish that people love to come from everywhere,” says designer Suzanne Kasler, author of Sophisticated Simplicity. The fashionable couple opened their stores in 2007, and while the brands have grown to have four more outposts across the country, Atlanta’s stores have retained their heart and soul. “They still have such a personality that I think reflects Atlanta really well,” Kasler said.

Brick + Mortar

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Cozy candles and a careful selection of vintage merchandise can be found at this boutique in the Westside Provisions. One of Ingram’s favorite spots, it’s a great stop for anyone looking to grab a home decor souvenir.

Sustainable household products

Ponce City Market, a former Sears-Roebuck property turned into a mixed-use development in Old Fourth Ward, is a must-see destination. While you’re at it, Masters suggests going through SustainAble Home Goods. “Their mission is to promote fair trade and ethical household products,” explains Masters, who takes this into account as a designer. “The overall vibe is very light, airy and eclectic, which is definitely something that appealed to me.”

Young blood shop

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Young Blood, located in the Atlanta Dairies complex in Reynoldstown, has a bit of it all. “They have really cool accessories, and they make bouquets,” says Adamson. Offers include handmade earrings, bath bombs, and locally made handbags.

Need art? Try these spots

Art and design go hand in hand. If you fancy a new original piece of art, Kasler suggests that you visit Pryor Fine Artin Buckhead as well as the nearby TEW Galleries. “These are galleries that always keep new work. They have original art and they have a broad. lineup that was really exciting actually, ”Kasler says.

Where to explore

Top art museum

museum at dusk

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What is a city without a great artistic institution? The High, located in Midtown, is Atlanta’s and it’s a must-see. The museum has more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection and hosts a constantly updated list of exhibitions. Note: if you go there on the second Sunday of the month, admission is free.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Part of Emory University, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is an under the radar destination that Ingram enjoys visiting. It is housed in a building redesigned by famous architect Michael Graves and contains works of art from Egypt, Greece, Nubia and Asia.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, America

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“Being in nature is a very important part of my design process for me,” says Masters. So when she needs inspiration, she goes to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Among the enchanting 30-acre expanse is an orchid house, perennial garden and veranda. The gardens are adjacent to Piedmont Park, which offers plenty of room for visitors to stretch out and take in the view of the horizon.

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