Guide to Atlanta

I'm incredibly blessed to only live about 45 minutes outside Atlanta. I will not lie to you; Atlanta is definitely not my favorite city. Our infrastructure sucks, and traffic is terrible 90% of the time, but it is where I spend a lot of time because I live in a small city where the most fun thing to do is go to Target. Today I thought I would share some of my favorite places to go in Atlanta in case anyone is visiting this summer! (Fair warning: pretty long)

Where to Eat

Mary Mac's: This is one of the most historic restaurants in Atlanta. It's been around since 1945, and the restaurant has not changed its ways in all that time. The food is absolutely amazing, and probably the best Southern cuisine in the city. I highly recommend the chicken pot pie or the vegetable plate. Also, the tea and biscuits are so good, and I would honestly just eat those all day.
Address: 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE 

The Varsity: Again, another historic staple in Atlanta. "What'll ya have?" is yelled across the counter, and it definitely be overwhelming if you go at the wrong time aka during a Tech football game. The food is your typical hot dogs and hamburgers. I get hot dogs and fries, mainly because I don't like onions, but their onions rings are really good too. Also, a frosted orange is what they're known for. 
Address: 61 North Avenue 

Daddy D'z: This is the best barbeque in the state. Not so much of a stew place, but good ole ribs and pork sandwiches. It looks kind of like a shack, but you will get the most amazing barbeque you have ever had there. I also love their mac and cheese, which is a vegetable. 
Address: 264 Memorial Drive SE

Taqueria del Sol: When you get here, there might be a long line. It goes by pretty fast and is 100% worth it. I really like the Fried Chicken and Memphis tacos, and their queso is top notch. There are multiple locations, but my sister and I go to the one in Decatur. 
Address: 359 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue

Farm Burger: This is an incredibly organic burger restaurant. The cows are grass fed, and there are veggie options. My entire family like this place, which is quite a feat. I recommend getting the sweet potato fries because these are some of the best I have ever had. Again, we go to the one in Decatur. 
Address: 410B W. Ponce De Leon

Shake Shack: I won't talk a ton about Shake Shack since it's well known, but there is one in Buckhead. It's a weird part of Buckhead where there are really nice stores like NARS and Bonobos. It reminded me of New York a little. Kind of overpriced, but it's definitely worth it, and their milkshakes are great. I like the black + white one. 
Address: 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Suite A146

Sushi Avenue: These next couple of restaurants are in Decatur. If you want sushi, I definitely think this is a great place to go. It's located on the Square, which a really great part of Decatur. 
Address: 308 W Ponce de Leon Ave

Fellini's Pizza: This is a local pizza place that sells pizza by the slice, and it's really good pizza that not from a massive chain. 
Address: 333 Commerce Drive

FIGO Pasta: My sister said this is the closest thing to true Italian food she's had since she spent a semester in Italy. You can choose your pasta and your sauce and create whatever you want. I get the Pollo sauce, and it's a little spicy and so good. 
Address: 627 East College Avenue 

Papi's: This is a Cuban restaurant that's actually right next to Mary Mac's. Definitely a great option and the sandwiches are really good. 
Address: 216 Ponce de Leon Avenue

Where to Go

The High Museum: I love going to the art museum so much and not just because of my great-grandfather's painting. Personally my favorite exhibit is the Howard Finster exhibit. 
Address: 1280 Peachtree St NE

The Georgia Aquarium: Georgia has the largest aquarium in the county. What more do you need? I love aquarium, and the Georgia one is so nice. Plus, Sea lions!!! 
Address: 225 Baker Street NW

Turner Field: (Or SunTrust Park if it's 2017) I am not a Braves fan, but I love, love baseball. I will spend a day even at Turner Field to watch a game. (I'll update you when the new stadium opens.)
Address: 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE (Or 2675 Cobb Pkwy SE)

Zoo Atlanta: Giraffes. Elephants. Gorialls. Red Pandas. I spent so much time here as a kid, and I've actually been twice in the last year. I love zoos so much, and the Atlanta one is so much fun. 
Address: 800 Cherokee Ave SE

Piedmont Park: A perfect place to relax, and there's usually something to do in the park. 

Fox Theater: The Fox is an iconic part of Atlanta. It's truly a magical place, and I have seen both a play and movie there.
Address: 660 Peachtree St NE

College Football Hall of Fame: Definitely a must-see if you are a football fan. I went with my dad for my birthday, and it's such a great experience. You can customize everything to your team, so my dad and I went for Northwestern and Alabama, respectively. 
Address: 250 Marietta St NW

Alliance Theater: Like the High, the Alliance Theater is a part of the Woodruff Arts Center. If there's a production going on, I highly suggest going to the theater. I went to see One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest there in the fall, and it was amazing. 
Address: 1280 Peachtree St NE

Where to Shop

Lenox Square: Favorite places to go here? Vineyard Vines. J.Crew. Madewell. Brooks Brothers. Anthropologie. Tory Burch. Definitely one of the bigger malls in Atlanta. 
Address: 3393 Peachtree Road

Little Five Points: Little Five is defintely more "indie" than other places. This is not personally my favorite, but my mom and my sister like it a whole lot more than I do. Criminal Records, Junkman's Daughter, and the Vortex (a restaurant) are definitely hot spots. 
Address: 464 Moreland Av NE (Junkman's Daughter)

Phipps Plaza: This is really close Lenox, but it is smaller. Lilly Pulitzer (!!!!), Kate Spade, and Jack Rogers are all here. Belk and Nordstrom are the big department stores at Phipps. 
Address: 3500 Peachtree Road NE

Atlantic Station: Atlantic Station has a ton to offer from restaurants to stores to the movie theater. Kinnucan's, which is one of my favorite stores, is there as well as Old Navy, DSW, Ann Taylor, and Dillard's. There's just a lot to do there, and it's outside, which is really nice.
Address: Midtown

The Shops Around Lenox: I love this little shopping center around Lenox. Kendra Scott, Paper Source, fab'rik, and lululemon are all here, and it's just a really nice, cute place. There are quotes on one of the walls, and I love looking at them. 
Address: 3400 Around Lenox Road NE

Hope you enjoyed! 
xx, jKm

P.S. I decided to add this to Savannah's awesome East Coast link-up! Make sure you check out her post and all the other ones.  

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