let’s start with coffee…
Spiller Park either at Ponce City Market or Toco Hills. If you go to the Ponce City Market location, grab a coffee and walk on the Beltline.
Dekalb Athletic Club is a cool spot for coffee, especially if you need to get some work done. They have lots of space and outside seating!
Muchacho is my favorite for breakfast, although their lunch is great too. Amazing breakfast tacos and chai tea. A fun place to go and then walk around in Oakland Cemetery. A cemetery?? Yes - great history, beautiful, and fun views of Atlanta.
Superica is great for breakfast (all meals really, underrated in my opinion for breakfast though). Super easy place with little ones, great for groups!
Did you even go to the South if you never ate BBQ? No, you didn’t! Fox Brothers is a family favorite. My grandparents are loyal to Fat Matt’s - they always get the ribs. Be a true Southerner for one meal and overeat BBQ and drink sweet tea until your veins are pumped!
You can’t say you went to Atlanta if you didn’t go to Taqueria Del Sol. Decatur, Westside, Cheshire Bridge, etc. Every Atlanta person knows their order by heart.
The Varsity is another Atlanta institution. Home to many of my past childhood birthdays. Go for the vibes, stay for the frosty orange.
I can’t go back home without getting the fajitas from La Fonda Latina. The fish tacos are another favorite item on the menu.
Eats on Ponce is classic 90’s ATL! Everyone in your group can find something to eat - no complaints! When I was little, I’d order tortellini with “pink sauce” (marinara and alfredo). Genius child. A classic Atlanta spot! Meat and three, pasta. I mean… what more do you want?
Fun Things To Do!
If you’re a music person my friend Matt Arnett has a venue called Grocery On Home. Lots of good small folk bands (my favorite)! Photo above is Faye Webster playing there in 2016!
Westside Provisions is a must see. East Fork Pottery, from Asheville, has a lovely shop. Buy some pottery! Brick and Mortar upstairs has a mix of cool vintage, artwork for sale by Butch Anthony, candles made in the shop, and so much more. Head across the bridge to the Mashburn empire! Take your time, have a drink, chat with everyone in the store!
The Atlanta History Center is an excellent cloudy day option. With entry, you can go to the Swan House which is pretty amazing, the Margaret Mitchell House, and the newly refurbished Cyclorama. The exhibits are beautifully curated. If you like history or want to learn more about Atlanta, this is a must see!
If you are bouncing around Atlanta on a Saturday morning looking for something to do I love going to the Freedom Park Farmers Market at the Carter Center. Tons of local produce and a fun people!
BLAME THE BROTHERS :)
My friends over at Family Bros are graphic design geniuses. They are wholly to blame for all the cool merch that you get at Atlanta restaurants. If you want to take a design food tour around Atlanta here are some of the cool places they’ve worked on… Beetlecat, Golden Eagle, Muchaco, Superica, Marcel, Lloyds, Little Trouble, Recess, and Ladybird. They also did the Hotel Clermont!