Atlanta the Beautiful: A Renter’s Guide To The Best The City Has To Offer
Atlanta has a big city feel in a small town setting. With a nice balance of historic and budding neighborhoods scattered throughout the city, Atlanta has a lot to offer. The combination of beautiful parks, historic landmarks, and eclectic restaurants has led to the development of many desirable apartment communities. Check out our favorite things to do in Atlanta then pick where you’d like to live. We’ve made it that easy for you!
What to Do
The historic midtown theater was built in 1928 and attracts world class musical acts, Broadway shows, comedy shows, and performances all year. The grandiose decor of this Middle Eastern-style building features minarets, elaborate carvings, and shimmering marble. If you can’t catch a show, at least take a guided tour to experience the true beauty of the Fox Theatre.
The Georgia Aquarium is a cant miss attraction when in Atlanta. Home to over 120,000 animals and 500 species, the largest aquarium in the world will leave you mesmerized with their exhibits. The Ocean Voyager houses 4 whale sharks, thousands of sharks and fish, and is the only aquarium in the country with manta rays! Make sure you check out the beluga whales in the Cold Water Quest gallery and the Dolphin Tales show.
Head to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood where one of the world’s most famous civil rights activists was born. Visit the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the World Peace Rose Garden, and other historic landmarks along the way. **Insider Tip: Arrive early to take a guided tour of the home MLK Jr. grew up in. Here are a few potential trip itineraries.
Where to Dine
The Buttermilk Kitchen in Buckhead is a trendy place to eat a locally sourced, southern style breakfast. Order the pimento omelet with Benton’s bacon and red pepper jelly or the market scramble of the day using only the freshest ingredients.
Come to Empire State South in Midtown to experience a modern twist on southern cuisine. Award winning chef Hugh Acheson and Josh Hopkins are constantly tweaking the menu with fresh, beautiful foods from the area. Enjoy a sit down lunch by the open courtyard bocce court or try their grab and go menu if you’re on the run. Try the popular ESS Superfood or grab a summer salad to go!
Bacchanalia has consistently been one of the top rated restaurants in Atlanta since opening in 1993. The hospitality you receive at this 5 course, prix fixe restaurant is unrivaled and is ideal for special occasions. The menu is constantly changing with seasonal ingredients from the owners Summerland Farm but consists of 3 savory courses, one cheese course, and one dessert for a true culinary experience. Check out their menu here.
King of Pops Ice Cream has locations scattered around Atlanta so you’ll always be able to enjoy their fruit and milk based pops. Pop in to one of the locations to try seasonal flavors like Tangerine Basil and Pear Vanilla or year round specialties like Raspberry Lime or Chocolate Sea Salt!
RA Sushi Bar in Midtown is one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in Atlanta with sake barrels hanging from their high ceilings, a 20 ft pagoda, and a stone backed sushi bar. What else is beautiful about RA? Their Happy Hour specials. Monday thru Saturday from 3-7 and 10-close, enjoy specials like a Kirin and sake for just $6 or a specialty cocktail for only $7. Edamame is only $3.39 or get an appetizer or specialty roll starting as low as $4.39. You can’t beat their prices or lively atmosphere!
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Where to Live
Atlanta has tons of historic and hip neighborhoods to live in, but we decided to narrow your choices down to three of our favorites. All of these neighborhoods have a personality of their own but keep residents entertained with an endless amount of activities and entertainment options.
Buckhead is an uptown district of Atlanta with a large financial and commercial core surrounded by suburban neighborhoods. The Cambridge at Buckhead Apartments are located right at the center of all the action within walking distance of award winning restaurants, entertainment, and upscale shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Mall. This pet friendly community allows you to choose between 1 or 2 bedroom apartments with spacious floor plans equipped with varying amenities like balconies, lofts, and sunrooms. Community amenities include a clubroom, pool with wifi and grilling area, and plenty of social and networking events!
Situated between the aforementioned Buckhead and Downtown Atlanta, Midtown is the second largest business district and is the center of the city’s art scene. Our favorite community to experience all the happenings of Midtown is the Camden Midtown Atlanta Apartments. These luxurious one, two, and three bedroom apartments come with either stained concrete or hardwood floors, upgraded cabinetry, large walk in closets, and granite counter tops. Workout in their state of the art fitness center, then hang out with friends and other residents by the resort style swimming pool and grilling area. You’ll be happy to know that pets are welcome, so they too can enjoy the nearby parks.
Morningside is considered to be one of Atlanta’s most affluent and walkable neighborhoods. Residents in the area enjoy the weekly Farmer’s Market held year round every Saturday as well as close proximity to Atlanta’s other popular neighborhoods. The Modera Morningside Apartments encompass the are beautifully with their onsite organic grocery store, Sprouts. Other high class amenities include the hotel style pool with cabanas, a fitness and yoga center with juice bar, and a sky lounge with a demonstration kitchen. Choose between studio, one, two, and three bedroom units with high ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and quartz counter tops. Bonus: there is an onsite pet spa for your furry friends!
Keep in Mind
While a majority of the things we told you to do were indoors, there are a bunch of exciting, outdoor activities to partake in as well. Visit the Krog Tunnel and graffiti your name on the walls! (don’t worry its completely legal) Head downtown to Centennial Olympic Park and run through the world’s largest interactive fountain in the shape of the Olympic Rings. Walk through the gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Gardens which is located adjacent to another place perfect to enjoy the outdoors, Piedmont Park. Last but not least, make the short drive out to Stone Mountain Park and witness one of the coolest laser light shows you’ve ever seen!