Atlanta is home to popular attractions like Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, and Turner Field. Explore a different side of Atlanta by visiting some of the city’s hidden gems. These attractions in Atlanta are just as fun, but often overlooked by the typical tourist. Here are five hidden gems in Atlanta to add to your itinerary when you visit Georgia’s capital.
The Junkman’s Daughter
Housed in a former grocery store on Moreland Avenue, Junkman’s Daughter is a store filled with unique items. Start outside where the mural catches your attention with its fire, serpents, and UFO that’s crashed into the center of it. Head inside and shop in a store that’s captured the interest of many musicians, locals, and tourists who stumble upon it. Inside are aisles filled with accessories, books, collectibles, household items, shoes, and much more.
Lake Claire Community Land Trust
Lake Claire Community Land Trust is a must-see during your trip to Atlanta. The park was established by a group of Lake Claire residents in an area that’s just five minutes from the downtown. There are many reasons to visit, but the one kids love is the resident emu. You’re welcome to feed Big Lou veggies, fruit pieces, crackers, and bread cubes, though he is happiest getting things like cantaloupe and grapes. As long as your dog is calm, Big Lou will even come up when you’re walking your dog.
Numerous festivals are held at Lake Claire Community Land Trust. Head here for an Independence Day potluck and cooking competition or for the yearly Jerry Jam, a Jerry Garcia tribute concert. Other things within the park include a drum circle, community gardens, and trails where you can walk your dog.
Martinis & IMAX Night at Fernbank Museum
Many visit Fernbank Museum, but it’s a popular adult hangout on Friday night. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the museum’s IMAX theater opens its doors to adults looking for cocktails and tapas. Live entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Martinis & IMAX cost $13 per adult (21 or older), with a $1 discount to senior citizens. Museum members pay $8. That includes entry into the cocktail hour and then the IMAX film.
Martinis are an additional fee ($10 usually), as are glasses of wine ($7) or pints of beer ($6). Tapas includes options like fried artichokes ($6), a hummus plate ($12), or flatbreads ($9). As thousands attend the event each month, it’s best to buy tickets as early as possible. You can buy Martinis & IMAX tickets online or call 404-929-6400.
The Porter Beer Bar
Locals rave over the award-winning The Porter Beer Bar. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, the pub is especially known for having a huge beer list (more than 800 beers to be exact) and exceptional food. Belgian fries are tossed in herbed oil and served with an onion mayo sauce. There are hearty plates like the fish and chips and vegetarian-friendly options like the cauliflower falafel. For brunch, the Hangover Hash is always satisfying!
In additional to the extensive list of draft and bottled beers, The Porter Beer Bar offers cocktails, wine, whiskey, and a range of non-alcoholic options. You’ll find yourself wanting to come back again and again.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Sweet Auburn Curb Market dates back to the days of the Great Atlanta Fire. After homes and businesses burned to the ground, farmers erected tents on the open area and sold their produce, meets, and other products. The open air market become immensely popular and eventually turned into the Municipal Market and later the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
Today, the thriving market is home to excellent eats, venders selling fresh meats, produce, and seafood, and so much more. Locals recommend Grindhouse Killer Burgers. Opened in 2009, the venue sells burgers, including beef, vegetarian, and turkey burgers, in a variety of styles. Its popularity skyrocketed and a second location opened two years later. Other popular market vendors include Miss D’s Pralines, Rawesome Juicery, and Porky Pig Market.
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