Things to do in Atlanta - Three Day Itinerary

Welcome to Atlanta!

Atlanta has quickly become one of my favorite cities in the USA. It is diverse, charismatic and lush. I just spent 4 full days in this great city and I am so excited to share with you my new favorite highlights while also re-visiting some old ones. Here we go!

Airbnb by Piedmont Park

Airbnb by Piedmont Park

I have to highlight our awesome Airbnb right next to Piedmont park. It was a perfect space for us. We had a group of 4 people and we were so comfortable! Highly recommend.

DAY 1

Brunch at J.Christophers
Start your day with a filling breakfast or brunch at J.Christophers. I ordered the Pantry Feast with one Blueberry Crunchcake partnered up with 2 fresh eggs, 2 bacon strips and J’s oven-roasted potatoes (or grits). Sub. sausage links for bacon. So delicious and filling!

Photo by @piedmontpark

Photo by @piedmontpark

Scoot around Piedmont Park
We all know the big hype these days are the electric scooters. I am happy to admit, I finally tried them and loved them! We had so much fun riding them all around town!

With just your smartphone (and credit card), you can check out the scooters for $1—and pay 15 cents for each additional minute—to zip down the street at up to 15 miles an hour. When you reach your destination, you park the scooter for the next person. You’ll find the scooters all around Atlanta, so, grab one and head to Piedmont Park! It is by far one of my favorite park’s in the city, and you shouldn’t miss visiting it! Piedmont Park is the most visited park in Atlanta and is also one of Midtown’s most historic sites. 

Grab a snack Krog Street Market
Krog Street Market is your one-stop eating pleasure dome in Inman Park. Atlanta is transforming and leading the way with food halls like Krog Market in Inman Park, one of the city’s cooler neighborhoods Buy some fiery dumplings at Gu’s. Walk it all off on the nearby BeltLine trail.

While you’re at Krog Market, be sure to visit The Merchant store right next door. It is one of my favorite stores, ever. It is so unique and special. One of those stores you wish you could just move into your home. You’ll find all sorts of things for the home, furniture, decorations, kitchen-ware, candles, gifts, etc.

Walk or scoot the ALT Beltine
The plans for the Atlanta Beltline propose to redevelop twenty-two miles of abandoned railway beds that encircle the city’s downtown core into a running and biking path, complete with new parks, accessible transit, and plenty of greenery. The plan is still underway, but the finished pieces are already in use by bikers, runners, and young couples with strollers and cups of coffee. For a starter course, check out the Eastside trail—two miles of hiking and biking trails that connect Piedmont Park and Ponce City Market.

Beer stop at New Realm Brewery
While you’re on the Beltway, you’ll notice many restaurants, bars, and New Realm Brewing. They have a beautiful rooftop terrace with string lights and a great view of the Beltline below you.

2nd photo by @laurenwardwell

Snack and drinks at Argosy
Make your way to Argosy in the East Village neighborhood for some yummy beers and snacks before dinner. The ambiance of Argosy is quite awesome and trendy. The inside of the place is very modern and spacious. I could see how this place could be easily a great place to eat outside when they lift the garage doors up for the season. They have quite a selection of beers - i chose the Ellie’s Brown Ale by Avery Brewery from Colorado. So good! We also ordered some french fries and boiled peanuts.

Dinner at Gaja Korean Bar
By far, my favorite meal in Atlanta during this trip. We were taken here by our friend who is an Atlanta local, and he was SPOT ON by choosing this place. Gaja is a bit difficult to find, and that’s not a bad thing at all! The front door faces a parking lot and the sign is quite small…it makes it feel exclusive. The atmosphere is small and intimate (around ten tables), but the high ceilings and concrete give it a dive-y feeling, but in a good way.  The food is the best part! We had a group of 6 people so we ordered a variety of plates, and since they’re tapas style, we all shared. Please order the Scallion Pancake, Kimchi fried rice, Brussel sprouts, Spicy Tofu & Eggplant, and the Braised Pork Belly. It’s also worth nothing that the cost of the final meal was perfectly fair!

DAY 2

Breakfast at Flying Biscuit Cafe
Since we knew this place is quite popular, we made sure to arrive early. It also helped that we went on a Friday morning versus on a weekend day. The service was very good, the food very filling and quite tasty. It will definitely fuel you up for the day. Of course, try the biscuit! They’re so delicious.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth home
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta at this home of his maternal grandparents. The home is located in the residential section of the Auburn Avenue Historic District. It is a two-story house with a front porch, parlor, study, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom on the first level. The second floor includes four bedrooms and a bathroom. Tours of Dr. King's birth home are conducted by the National Park Service. Registration is required at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Visitor Center and must be made in person upon arrival. Tours are limited to 15 persons. The 30-minute tour is conducted every hour - they get booked quite early, so make sure you reserve your space early in the day.

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
The MODA museum was a good stop for us because it was a very rainy morning. This museum is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. While providing community outreach and education, MODA also offers exhibitions highlighting architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more. Students go in for $5 so that’s a good deal! The exhibition we saw was “The Art of Espresso”

Another great option I wish we could have gone to is the High Museum of Art with more than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection, a healthy rotation of visiting exhibitions, a fabulous museum shop, on-site cafe and other amenities allow you to stay under one roof indulging in a little culture.

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Visit Ponce City Market
We had visited Ponce City Market back in May of 2018, and every tine we’re in Atlanta, we go visit it and again and again. I love it here. It’s a unique building with unique restaurants inside of it and around the back of the building, there are stores to shop at as well as restaurants with outdoor seating. You can grab a snack, have lunch, or just stroll around the many shops. My Top 3 favorite stores: Candlefish, Archer Paper Goods and Citizen Supply.

Lunch at Yeah! Burger
Yeah!Burger has become an Atlanta staple for me. You can’t go wrong with them if you love burgers. You can create your own or choose one from the menu. Be sure to get the sweet potato fries to go alongside your yummy burger.

Treat yourself at Sublime Doughnuts
Who doesn’t love a sweet treat after lunch. We rode our scooters again all through the Georgia Tech campus and then made our way to Sublime Doughnuts. Yum! I ordered the Nutella one and it was GOOD! They have quite a variety so you’ll definitely find something you’ll really enjoy.

Walk through the West Side Provisions area. This is an upscale area of ATL filled with plenty to do from shopping to dining galore. Here you'll find stores for home décor, athletic outfitting, jewelry, shoes and so on and so on. My favorite store here is Savannah Bee Company.

Photo by WestSideProvisions

Photo by WestSideProvisions

Dinner at Antico Pizza
Get ready for an experience. We went on a Friday night and this place was BUSY! When you walk in, there is usually a line and you order at the counter. They have a few white pizza and a few red pizza options, all about $20 and relatively large in size. We had a blast, sharing the long tables, and eating the most delicious pizzas. I loved the open kitchen area - you can see the pizza makers right from your table. The pizza dough was my favorite, wow! The dough is cooked enough to be a little crispy on the edges, but still very soft and delicious. It’s BYOB, so pick up some beer or wine before getting your pizza here.

After dinner beers at Orpheus Brewing
You’ll really enjoy your time here, especially if you love sour beers: this is the place for you! If you're an IPA or porter person, fear not, there are some great options for you too, including a dark almost Guinness tasting beer with notes of cocoa.

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DAY 3

If you have a car, I highly recommend you take a drive to the mountains, only 1.5 hours away from the city.
We had lunch at Bodensee Restaurant in Helen and later we went to explore Anna Ruby Falls in the Unicoi State Parkt. It’s amazing to see how the different seasons make the whole scenery change. The trail is just a short walk up a paved path. It is fairly steep but manageable. The falls are absolutely worthwhile to see. 

If you’re still in Atlanta, a beautiful alternative hike is Stone Mountain. This was my first time going up and it did not disappoint! We took a steady hike up the trail to the Summit. It was only advertised as one mile, but it took about 1.5 to go all the way up, rest for a bit, and then come down. The trail is neither smooth nor even, with a lot of variations due to large rocks and stepping stones and roots. The rocks can be slippery, so watch your step! You’ll love the views from the top!

To wrap up your trip, make sue you make a stop at Cafe Intermezzo in Midtown. We went in the evening and I can tell you it has a date-vibe-feel with a historical presence. it made me think of a coffee shop in Paris, so nice! The drinks menu is extensive, almost too many options, every version of coffee you can imagine. I also ordered the banana-nutella crepe and it was delicious. I’d love to come back here during the day! Such a nice atmosphere.

There are plenty of fantastic things to do in Atlanta for locals, tourists, families, couples and solo travelers alike. Take your time to explore the neighborhoods and enjoy the awesome food options! I really think you’ll love Atlanta. What’s your favorite place to visit? Tell me in the comments below!

I’d also like to point out that Vice’s Atlanta city guide is worth a read and so is Goop for food.

Thank you for reading!