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Cafes, Coffee & Bakeries

Flying Biscuit Cafe:

breakfast & brunch spot with several locations, famous for grits and biscuits. www.flyingbiscuit.com

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party:

cozy, offbeat cafe serves coffee, pastries & even high tea in a homey space filled with books. www.drbombays.com

Dancing Goats Coffee:

several locations around town, great spots for studying. www.batdorfcoffee.com

Java Monkey:

relaxed coffeehouse in Decatur with indoor & outdoor seating, simple cafe fare & frequent live entertainment. javamonkeymusic.com

Sweet Hut:

bakery in Midtown offering over a hundred bakery products, bubble teas and drinks. www.sweethutbakery.com

The Cafe at Cakes & Ale:

located in Decatur, the Cafe serves Counter Culture Coffee and espresso drinks, Rishi tea, homemade pastries and snacks. www.cakesandalerestaurant.com/cafe

Original Pancake House:

diner serving signature pancakes & other American breakfast classics all day. www.originalpancakehouse.com

Restaurants

Athen's Pizza

longtime, ultra-casual spot serving thick-crust pizza & Greek specialties such as gyros & baklava. www.myathenspizza.com

Murphy's 

Family-style restaurant located in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood. www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com

Bantam & Biddy 

a Southern diner and chicken rotisserie with several locations. www.bantamandbiddy.com

Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro

great spot for Indian cuisine, featuring live belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. www.cafebombayatlanta.com

Le Petit Marche 

located in the Kirkwood neighborhood, this gourmet market and cafe brings French flair with breakfast, lunch, catering, and local products. lepetitmarche.net

Raging Burrito & Taco 

laid-back eatery in Decatur offers updated Tex-Mex classics, a full lineup of craft beers & 50+ tequilas. Plus, Thursday trivia. ragingburrito.com

Top Spice Thai & Malaysia Cuisine

with several locations in Atlanta, Top Spice offers an extensive menu with many vegetarian options. www.topspiceatlanta.com

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen 

popular Ethiopian spot offering a variety of dishes, including many vegetarian options. destaethiopiankitchen.com

Bars & Gastropubs

Ormsby's

stylish speakeasy with craft beers & pub fare, bocce, shuffleboard, darts & pool tables. www.ormsbysatlanta.com

Orpheus Brewing:

local brewery based in the heart of Atlanta, overlooking Piedmont Park and the Beltline. www.orpheusbrewing.com/tours

Twain's Brewpub & Billiards:

gastropub with house-brewed tap beers, shuffleboard, pool & darts, plus live jazz on Mondays. www.twains.net

The Marlay House

authentic Irish owner-operated Dublin style pub located in Decatur. themarlayhouse.com 

Brick Store Pub 

casual pub grub including fish 'n' chips is served at this beer-focused tavern with an upstairs Belgian Bar. www.brickstorepub.com

Slice & Pint 

gastropub offering inventive pizzas made with local ingredients as well as craft beer on tap. sliceandpint.info

The Vortex Bar & Grill 

with two locations (Midtown and Little Five Points), the Vortex is famous for its burgers and was featured on Season 1 of the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food." thevortexatl.com

Bone Garden Cantina 

Day of the Dead decor meets a homestyle Mexican menu & margaritas at this hip, lively cantina. bonegardencantina.com

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Ice cream

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

 there's often a line out the door for Jeni's (with several locations), but it's worth the wait! jenis.com

Butter & Cream

 cozy ice cream parlor serving American throwback classics & creative flavors, all made in-house. www.butterandcream.com

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Groceries

Your Dekalb Farmers Market

 large world market featuring fresh seafood & meat, spices, produce, and much more at low prices.  www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com

Trader Joe's

 Yes! ATL has a TJ's. Two, in fact - located in Midtown and Buckhead Forest. www.traderjoes.com

Out and About

Movies

AMC Classic North DeKalb Mall 16

 inexpensive tickets to the latest releases. www.amctheatres.com

Tara Cinema

 art house movie theater specializing in the showing of independent films. www.regmovies.com

Midtown Art Cinema

 screening new releases as well as independent, foreign & avant-garde flicks. www.landmarktheatres.com

Outdoors

Chattahoochee Nature Center

 non-profit nature center featuring 127 acres of woodland and wetland trails and a river boardwalk. www.chattnaturecenter.org

Piedmont Park

 large urban park featuring walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, dog parks, and athletic facilities. The park also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. www.piedmontpark.org

Shopping

Kudzu Antiques + Modern

 kitschy antique shop showcasing folk art, midcentury & retro home collectibles & eclectic pieces.  www.kudzuantiques.com

Value Village

 large store featuring second-hand clothing, housewares, furniture and more. www.valuevillageatlanta.com

Goodwill

 several locations in the greater ATL area; the Decatur store (2201 Lawrenceville Hwy) has an especially large selection of used goods. goodwillng.org

Scott Antique Markets

 an Atlanta institution, this vast monthly market features vendors offering heirloom furniture & antiques, collectibles & knickknacks. Check website for schedule. scottantiquemarket.com

Museums & Attractions

National Center for Civil & Human Rights

 museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. www.civilandhumanrights.org

Georgia Aquarium

 the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing more than a hundred thousand animals and representing several thousand species. And, Georgia residents get receive free admission on your birthday! www.georgiaaquarium.org