Atlanta, GA Visitors Guide
We consider Atlanta a city that is doing a fabulous job merging its historical significance with modern-day aesthetics. We only spent a weekend here this time, but just like it wasn’t our first foray into this bustling metropolis, it won’t be our last either!
Our Atlanta Visitor Guide will cover the normal tourist traps, but we have some fun tips from the locals for those who love out-of-the-way, must-visit spots!
The city is constantly bustling with creative energy and has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, dine at world-renowned restaurants, or shop till you drop. And don’t even get us started on the nightlife scene—it’s legendary.
Atlanta is a city located in the U.S. state of Georgia. Atlanta is the capital of Georgia, and one of the most populous cities in the southeastern United States. According to the 2020 census, the population of Atlanta is 497,642 – making it the eighth-most populous city in the Southeast and 38th most populous city in the United States.
If you’re looking for some tips on what to do in Atlanta, GA, you’ve come to the right place. This article will provide you with a list of some of our favorite spots in the city, from restaurants to tourist destinations.
We’ll also give you a few ideas for things to do in the city so that you can make the most of your time there. So read on and start planning your trip!
Best Places to Eat In Atlanta
There are plenty of 5-star restaurants and famous chefs in Atlanta, but we want to share some local spots that you may not have heard of.
Ponce City Market
If you’re looking for a food hall with it all, look no further than Ponce City Market. Located in the heart of Atlanta, this massive food emporium has everything from Southern comfort food to international cuisine. There are over 25 eateries to choose from, plus shops and games—it’s the perfect place to spend an evening.
We ate at H&F Burger in Ponce City Market’s food hall and were not disappointed! Check out our complete review of H&F Burger here.
However, if we had a few more days in Atlanta, we would have gone back at least 2 or 3 more times. LOL! We both saw several places we wanted to eat like:
- Farm to Ladle
- Five Daughters
- Hop’s Chicken
- Nine Mile Station
- Pizza Jeans
We were invited to breakfast by the Atlanta CVB for our first full day in Atlanta and loved it so much that we went back for breakfast on our way home! Literally, hundreds of options and we went to the same place twice – what does that tell you?
Piece of advice, get there before they open and wait patiently. If you wait even an hour later, the place is PACKED and for a very good reason.
One thing about Atlanta is sometimes the looks of a place can be very deceiving, such is the case with Home Grown. It looks like a tiny, almost rundown house from the outside, but once you step foot in this place, you know it is much more.
They can accommodate quite a few people at one time with multiple seating rooms, but the lines are always long.
The food was outstanding! Check out our complete review of Home Grown here.
Fox Bros. B.B.Q.
If you want some good old-fashioned barbecue, look no further than Fox Bros. B.B.Q. This local chain has been around for over 15 years and knows a thing or two about smoked meats.
The restaurant smokes all of their meats on-site, so you know it’s going to be fresh. We recommend the brisket, but everything on the menu is sure to please.
See our complete review of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q here.
Krog Street Market
This place is every foodie’s dream come true. Located in the Inman Park neighborhood, Krog Street Market is an indoor/outdoor food hall with some of the best eats in Atlanta.
If you’re looking for a classic Atlanta dining experience, you must eat at The Varsity. This iconic spot has been serving up delicious burgers and fries since 1928. It’s also the world’s largest drive-in restaurant!
In 16 countries and 21 states, I am sure you have heard of this international franchise before, but I just love it, so it is worth mentioning! (and we don’t have one in my neck of the woods, so it is a special treat when we go to Atlanta)
This 50’s style diner is perfect for a quick and tasty bite. The menu has all of your old favorites like burgers, fries, shakes, and more! Plus, you can walk to it from Centennial Park – it’s right down from Chick-fil-A… which we also recommend grabbing a bite from. 😉
So there you have it! A few of our favorite places to eat in Atlanta.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are some of our tried and true favorites that we think you’ll love too! Hopefully, next time, we will add to our list!
Places to Stay In Atlanta Georgia
There are nearly as many places to stay as there are eateries in the New York of the South!
Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
For location alone, we recommend the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta. This all-suite hotel is located in the heart of downtown, just steps from Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola. It’s also within walking distance of many of Atlanta’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions.
We’ve never stayed here, but while in Atlanta, I said a few times that it looks to be in the best spot to experience most of Atlanta’s famous spots!
More great places to stay in Atlanta:
- Aloft Atlanta Downtown
- Reverb Hotel Downtown
- Hyatt House
- The Whitley
- Element Atlanta Midtown
Things to Do In Atlanta, GA
If you’re looking for things to do in Atlanta, you’re in luck. There are plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy. Here are a few of our favorites:
The Georgia Aquarium
This world-famous aquarium is home to thousands of marine animals, including whale sharks and dolphins. It’s a must-see for any animal lover.
See our complete review of the Georgia Aquarium here.
The Fox Theatre
This historic theatre is one of Atlanta’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s home to Broadway shows, concerts, and other events.
Located in Grant Park, this zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals from around the world. It’s a great place for families with kids.
See our complete review of the Zoo Atlanta here.
Make sure to get your Atlanta CityPASS to save 44% on the top tourist spots.
More things to do in Hot ‘Lanta:
- Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
- World of Coca Cola
- National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Frequently Asked Questions About Atlanta, GA
These questions and answers will help you better plan your trip to Atlanta.
When is the best time to visit Atlanta?
The best time to visit Atlanta is from March to May or September to November. You’ll avoid the hot, humid summers and the cold winters.
What is the best time of year to visit Atlanta Georgia?
Spring and Fall are the best times to visit the city as those are the best weather days.
Summer is when the room rates are the highest as conventions are in full swing. However, you can still find some good deals if you plan your trip in advance and are flexible with your dates.
Winter is also a great time to visit as the rates start to drop off after the holidays and you can still enjoy all the city has to offer without the summer heat!
Is Atlanta a foodie city?
Atlanta is a great city for foodies! There are so many different restaurants to choose from, ranging from southern cooking to international cuisine. You’re sure to find something to your taste.
Atlanta is a great city, with plenty of options to suit anyone no matter their likes. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a history lesson, you’re sure to find something to your liking. And with so many things to do, you’ll never be bored!
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Atlanta today!