Neighborhood Tour: Essential Midtown
Style and substance take center stage in Midtown, Atlanta’s arts and design district. The famed Peachtree Street maintains a friendly feel while it cuts a swath of culture that connects marquee events at the Fox Theatre at one end to the Woodruff Arts Center on the other. Sidewalk cafés and patios are abundant as this locale is home to Piedmont Park. Use this one-day guide to explore Atlanta’s “heart of the arts.”
Breakfast: Visit perennial weekend favorite Einstein’s on Juniper Street. Enjoy a crab melt omelette and a cup of Lakehouse coffee on the restaurant’s spacious patio.
Morning: Stroll among 185 acres of greenery at Piedmont Park and get the best view of Midtown’s skyline from Lake Clara Meer. After, explore Atlanta Botanical Garden’s blooming buds, 40-foot-high Canopy Walk, and award-winning children’s garden.
Lunch: Make a midday stop at Tap, a gastropub with a simple and eclectic menu. Try the pub burger with Brasstown beef, caramelized onions and B&B pickles or the red wine pears and endive salad. Finish with a High Road craft ice cream sandwich.
Afternoon: Visit the Woodruff Arts Center, which includes the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre and Young Audiences. The High makes its home in a modern building designed by award-winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Stroll this spacious visual arts Mecca and enjoy 13,000 works of classic and contemporary pieces that make The High the leading art museum in the Southeast.
Dinner: Dine at South City Kitchen, a highly acclaimed Atlanta staple and celeb favorite. Start with fried green tomatoes topped with red pepper coulis. For mains, choose among Springer Mountain buttermilk fried chicken, Georgia trout, shrimp and grits and more. Save room for scratch-made banana pudding or pecan pie.
Night: Take in live jazz at Churchill Grounds or laugh until you cry at Laughing Skull Lounge. Night owls can dance into the morning hours at one of Midtown’s many nightclubs, like Opera Nightclub, a top-five finisher for best nightclub in the U.S. according to Nightclub & Bar magazine.
Stay: Turn your day trip into a weekend getaway by booking a room at the Artmore Hotel. This boutique hotel was originally built in 1924, and features Spanish Mediterranean design. The Artmore is just one block from the Woodruff Arts Center.
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