Local Recommendations

ACCP members who live in Atlanta have shared their favorite places and things to do in Atlanta. Thanks to Salim Harianawaia, Ellen Hillegass, Saeid Khansarinia, Burt Lesnick, Greg Martin, Jonathan Popler, and David Schulman. If time permits, check out some of their suggestions.

Favorite Things to Do in Atlanta

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Must-See Attractions

  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Inside CNN Studio Tour

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Favorite Restaurants

Places for a Quick Bite Near the Convention Center

  • Don Juan
  • Park Avenue Deli
  • Stats
  • Taco Mac
  • Thriv
  • Lots of small eateries along Northside Drive

Favorite Neighborhood in Atlanta

  • Buckhead. Buckhead is touted for its legendary dining and shopping options. Known as “The Beverly Hills of the East,” there are amazing things to do—whether you're looking for indulgent restaurants, posh night clubs, or fabulous shopping. It’s populated with stately homes and the Governor's mansion, so you also get a flavor of traditional Southern neighborhoods.
  • Decatur. Located outside Atlanta, Decatur offers a small town feel with great restaurants. On MARTA's east-west rail line, Decatur boasts more than 200 shops, restaurants, galleries, and performance venues along tree-lined streets around downtown and in Oakhurst village, just south of the square. From American to Vietnamese, Mexican to French, dessert to after-dinner drinks, you can find something for every appetite.
  • Druid Hills. Druid Hills is a tree-shaded neighborhood of winding streets and small parks. In the early 1900s, Atlanta's wealthiest chose to live in Druid Hills and hired noted architects to design their homes. The result is an eclectic mix of architectural styles nestled along the curving topography of the neighborhood. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes Druid Hills.
  • Midtown. Every great city has a defining district, the heart that pumps life into the city. In Atlanta, it’s Midtown. Home to the city’s premier green space, historic neighborhoods and Southern landmarks, Midtown is the epicenter for diverse arts and culture, a thriving entertainment scene, abundant shopping, and unparalleled dining selections.
  • Virginia Highland. Historic Virginia Highland is a popular neighborhood for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Locals and tourists alike mingle here for brunch, cocktails, and innovative cuisine at progressive restaurants and bistros. Virginia Highland is acclaimed for its diverse and unique shopping, featuring trend-setting apparel, classic to kitschy antiques, folk and pop art, whimsical decorative accessories, and so much more. Discovering the unexpected is the attraction in this neighborhood.

Other Favorites

  • Hear live jazz in Castleberry Hill.
  • Trek to Little Five Points for alternative shopping, bars, restaurants and even an Elvis shrine at the Star Community Bar. Visit Cabbagetown, an emerging neighborhood featured in Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America's Best Secret Neighborhoods.”
  • Pedal your way through Atlanta on a bicycle tour for an up-close experience with beautiful architecture and historic sites and neighborhoods.
  • For a fun, eco-friendly adventure, try ATL-Cruzers, electric car tours exploring Midtown, Downtown and all the hidden history in between.
  • Tour Atlanta via a unique, innovative, and exciting way—by, City Segway Tours! Cruise effortlessly through parks and along sidewalks while hearing historical information and fascinating stories.