Neighborhood Tour: Grant Park

Historic Oakland Cemetery
Historic Oakland Cemetery

Author: Symeria Palmer, Public Relations Intern, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB)

Located on the east side of Atlanta, Grant Park is a historic district surrounding the city’s fourth largest park. This neighborhood mixes old with new, gracefully speckled with Victorian-era cottages, historic attractions, local shops and restaurants.

Breakfast: For a morning pick-me-up, Octane Coffee Bar offers the Super Regular Drip, a high-end batch-brew drip coffee made from sustainably-sourced beans. Another local favorite, Little Tart Bakeshop, sells fresh croissants, scones, crème fraiche quiche, local fruit galettes and tarts at this Octane Coffee Bar location.

Morning: More than 1,400 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world call Zoo Atlanta home. Visitors enjoy mingling with the only twin pandas in the U.S., exploring the largest zoological collection of orangutans and getting an up close look at amphibians and reptiles in the new Scaly Slimy Spectacular experience.

Lunch: Rated “Best Ribs” by Atlanta Magazine and “Best BBQ in Atlanta” by Creative Loafing Critics Choice, Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt is a casual southern destination that serves huge plates of a wide variety of barbeque and side dishes. The house specialty spare ribs along with homemade collard greens and candied yams are among the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Afternoon: Historic Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s hidden treasures, is the final resting place for many of the city’s famous residents including Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones. Docents offer themed tours that delve into Atlanta’s rich history with topics like “Art and Architecture of Death,” “Oakland and the Civil War” and “Love Stories of Oakland.”

Dinner: Six Feet Under’s rooftop is where the neighborhood goes to sip on Peach Margaritas and chow down on the restaurant’s signature blackened catfish. The catfish is prepared with special spices, drizzled with remoulade and then topped with microgreens and sliced jalapenos.

Night: Grant Park’s bars are among the most laidback and casual in Atlanta. All within walking distance of each other, visitors can hang out with the locals and dance all night long at popular haunts like Tin Lizzy’s CantinaRepublic Social House and Augustine’s.

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Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.