Things to See and Do in ATL

Current and former Candler students share their favorite places in Atlanta for food & drink, shopping, outdoor activities and more.

 
 
Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party

Raging Burrito & Taco

Raging Burrito & Taco

The Vortex

The Vortex

The Marlay House

The Marlay House

Butter & Cream

Butter & Cream

Your Dekalb Farmers Market

Your Dekalb Farmers Market

food & drink

Students' favorite places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink include:

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

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

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

 
Midtown Art Cinema

Midtown Art Cinema

Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park

Kudzu Antiques + Modern

Kudzu Antiques + Modern

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

out and about

Whether you're into the great outdoors, movies, or shopping, there's something for you in the ATL. 

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