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.

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party: cozy, offbeat cafe serves coffee, pastries & even high tea in a homey space filled with books.

Dancing Goats Coffee: several locations around town, great spots for studying.

Java Monkey: relaxed coffeehouse in Decatur with indoor & outdoor seating, simple cafe fare & frequent live entertainment.

Sweet Hut: bakery in Midtown offering over a hundred bakery products, bubble teas and drinks.

The Cafe at Cakes & Ale: located in Decatur, the Cafe serves Counter Culture Coffee and espresso drinks, Rishi tea, homemade pastries and snacks.

Original Pancake House: diner serving signature pancakes & other American breakfast classics all day.


Athen's Pizza: longtime, ultra-casual spot serving thick-crust pizza & Greek specialties such as gyros & baklava.

Murphy's: Family-style restaurant located in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood.

Bantam & Biddy: a Southern diner and chicken rotisserie with several locations.

Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro: great spot for Indian cuisine, featuring live belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Le Petit Marche: located in the Kirkwood neighborhood, this gourmet market and cafe brings French flair with breakfast, lunch, catering, and local products.

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

Top Spice Thai & Malaysia Cuisine: with several locations in Atlanta, Top Spice offers an extensive menu with many vegetarian options.

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen: popular Ethiopian spot offering a variety of dishes, including many vegetarian options.

bars & gastropubs: 

Ormsby's: stylish speakeasy with craft beers & pub fare, bocce, shuffleboard, darts & pool tables.

Orpheus Brewing: local brewery based in the heart of Atlanta, overlooking Piedmont Park and the Beltline.

Twain's Brewpub & Billiards: gastropub with house-brewed tap beers, shuffleboard, pool & darts, plus live jazz on Mondays.

The Marlay House: authentic Irish owner-operated Dublin style pub located in Decatur. 

Brick Store Pub: casual pub grub including fish 'n' chips is served at this beer-focused tavern with an upstairs Belgian Bar.

Slice & Pint: gastropub offering inventive pizzas made with local ingredients as well as craft beer on tap.

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."

Bone Garden Cantina: Day of the Dead decor meets a homestyle Mexican menu & margaritas at this hip, lively cantina.

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!

Butter & Cream: cozy ice cream parlor serving American throwback classics & creative flavors, all made in-house.


Your Dekalb Farmers Market: large world market featuring fresh seafood & meat, spices, produce, and much more at low prices.

Trader Joe's: Yes! ATL has a TJ's. Two, in fact - located in Midtown and Buckhead Forest.

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. 


AMC Classic North DeKalb Mall 16: inexpensive tickets to the latest releases.

Tara Cinema: art house movie theater specializing in the showing of independent films.

Midtown Art Cinema: screening new releases as well as independent, foreign & avant-garde flicks.


Chattahoochee Nature Center: non-profit nature center featuring 127 acres of woodland and wetland trails and a river boardwalk.

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.


Kudzu Antiques + Modern: kitschy antique shop showcasing folk art, midcentury & retro home collectibles & eclectic pieces.

Value Village: large store featuring second-hand clothing, housewares, furniture and more.

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

Scott Antique Markets: an Atlanta institution, this vast monthly market features vendors offering heirloom furniture & antiques, collectibles & knickknacks. Check website for schedule.

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.

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!