Neighborhood Tour: Stroll, Shop and Dine in Virginia-Highland

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Virginia-Highland in Atlanta / Virginia-Highland Civic Association, vahi.org

 

Nestled three miles from Midtown Atlanta sits the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. Historic bungalows hark to the early days when the area was one of the city's original streetcar suburbs. Today, Virginia-Highland exudes that same sense of community and connectivity. Locals and visitors stroll along boutique-lined sidewalks speckled with buzzing restaurant patios. Use the guide below to experience the charm of this urban oasis.

 

Rosebud Atlanta
Rosebud's sweet corn muffin with jam / Rachel Chapdelaine, Flickr.com

 

Brunch: Start the day with shrimp and grits at Murphy’s or head up Highland to Morningside to indulge in a midday meal at Rosebud, where gregarious chef Ron Eyester concocts inventive dishes using Georgia-sourced ingredients. 

Afternoon: Hop in and out of the many inviting boutiques on Highland Avenue. Pick up sparkly baubles at Young Blood Boutique; grab a hand-held treat at Atlanta Cupcake Factory; get design inspiration at Stanton Home Furnishings, Highland Row Antiques and Urban Cottage; treat yourself to a slice of decadence at Cacao; and shop for his and her designer threads at Bill Hallman.

The Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland, Atlanta, GA
The Original El Taco in Virginia-Highland / The Original El Taco, eltaco-atlanta.com

Dinner: Enjoy classic Italian fare at La Tavola Trattoria; opt for fresh tacos and ice-cold beer at The Original El Taco; or roll up your sleeves for shrimp cocktail, crab and oysters at Goin’ Coastal. After, visit Paolo’s Gelato Italiano for a cup of their creamy, award-winning frozen concoctions.

Night: Mingle with locals over a nightcap at Dark Horse Tavern or Hand in Hand. After, feel the rhythm of the blues at Blind Willie’s next door. Named after blues legend and Atlanta native “Blind Willie” McTell, Blind Willie’s has been a mainstay in Atlanta for more than 25 years.

Visit Atlanta.net to learn about Atlanta’s diverse neighborhoods. For special events, including the Virginia-Highland Summerfest on June 7-8, go to Atlanta.net/Events