Drive too fast on Walker Street and you might miss it – a hidden gem of artist lofts, galleries and eateries dubbed Castleberry Hill. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Castleberry Hill’s past is ever-present. Today, Castleberry Hill is home to some of Atlanta’s most artistic residents. Use the one-day guide below to discover this artists’ hideaway in the heart of downtown.
Brunch: Enjoy a Mexican-inspired brunch at No Mas! Cantina. Sip on a Cafe de Olla – rich espresso, milk and chocolate, spiced with a touch of chili de arbol – and nosh on homemade Mexican Eggs Benedict.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon gallery-hopping Atlanta’s most acclaimed art corridor. Visit Besharat Gallery’s extensive art collection housed in three exhibition areas; view current pieces on display at the Big House Gallery; and stop by the Marcia Wood Gallery for the solo exhibition of award-winning surrealist painter David Humphrey. Close out the afternoon with appetizers and drinks at Smoke Ring.
Dinner: Enjoy a Southern supper at Paschal’s Restaurant. Try their famous 1947 Fried Chicken with a side of macaroni and cheese and collard greens. Finish it off with Georgia peach cobbler.
Night: After dinner, check out The Mammal Gallery’s event calendar. Many local artists and musicians perform at this edgy venue. Night owls can head over to SPIN – The Spinning Pie afterward for late-night pizza and cocktails.
Visit Atlanta.net to learn more about Atlanta’s diverse neighborhoods. For details on Castleberry Hill’s special events, such as the monthly ArtStroll and annual Flux Night, visit www.CastleberryHill.org.