City Guide- Atlanta, Georgia

Hi fabulous readers,

I wanted to introduce a new category on the blog to inspire your inner traveler. Taking trips and getaways are fun already but, I always find that when I know the best restaurants, coffee shops, sight seeing, bars, hotels and shopping spots I am that much more excited to explore a new place.

Last weekend, my best friend Sara and I visited the great Atlanta, Georgia. We planned our weekend getaway in 3 days and I had the best 30 hours of my life. Here you can relive the road trip with me with all our fabulous photos and hopefully pick up a few traveling trips for your next adventure.

Our inspiration for our weekend getaway started with my little brother, Preston who plays the great sport of hockey as a freshman at Mississippi State. His first game was in Columbus, Georgia (about 3 hours away from Chattanooga, TN) on Friday night. I started dreaming about the possibility to make a weekend out of it and after moving a few things around and pitching the idea to Sara we were both all in.

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We arrived in Atlanta at 12:30 pm and we were ready for lunch. After narrowing down our options we decided on a vivacious restaurant located in Midtown called Superica…. There was a 15 minute wait but, not to worry we took full advantage of our time by exploring an indoor food court/market attached to the restaurant.IMG_7767

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There were bakeries, flower shops, ice cream parlors, soap and homemade goods being sold along with various restaurants.

The wait was well worth it to eat tex mex style food with legendary margaritas (literally Sara’s margarita was called “The OG”). We ordered off aco Al Carbon with chicken” for me and bean and cheese nachos for both of us. It all tasted incredible (which you can see from the pictures) and eventually westarted to called it “Magic Mexican” because it kept us full all day.

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After we has the last sips of our margaritas we left lunch and explored Midtown,walking into home good stores and another open local market. Midtown has a lot of colorful and vibrantgraffiti that decorated the surrounding area and gave it an modern urban feel.

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Our next stop was across town at Lenox Mall which was stacked high of traditional mall finds (American Eagle, Forever 21, LOFT, Aldo), a few unexpected favorites (Urban Outfitters, TOPSHOP, Free People, Madewell) and high in shopping (Diane von Furstenberg, Fendi, Michael Kors, David Yurman). Sara and I did a lot of window shopping however, I couldn’t resist this incredibly affordable and beautiful necklace and this fairytale garland for my headboard that can not be found online but I got it for $8 a strand. (Here is the garland in the store and on my bed).

We then traveled down the road to a little high in area called Buckhead, GA and consisted of an outdoor mall of designer shops surrounding fancy cafes and french restaurants.

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We went into very few shops because store security isintimidating and the price tags were depressing. However, it was fun to attempt to fit in with the Porsche driving, Gucci sunglass wearing locals. We decided tostop in for an afternoon delight at Corso Coffee.

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IMG_7830It had a French cafe feel on the outside with the delicate red chairs and striped curtains. On the inside it had a modern chicness to it, marble tables, mirror bar and ceiling accompanying various tile patterns. I ordered and was pleased with a Caramel Latte and Nutella Gelato to share with Sara. She unfortunately was not so pleased with her order, a cocktail called “Aperol Spritz” but the ambiance was so pleasant she didn’t mind.

We departed our beloved treasure cafe to get on the road again, this time to go to Columbus, GA to watch Preston play hockey. Although traffic was bummer to bummer for most of the way it provided a great opportunity to take in our surroundings and get a taste for famous Atlanta radio.IMG_7860 We made it just in time for Preston’s game but unfortunately, The Mississippi State Ice Dogs lost to Auburn but, it was so worth it to see my brother play and watch him eatnumerous burritos from Taco Bell afterwards. After I said bye to my baby brother Sara and I drove back to our hotel in downtown Atlanta with an arrival time of 1:30 a.m. We had planned on going out for a drink before checking into the hotel but it was so late and we couldn’t find any good recommendations.

IMG_7871IMG_7866Not to worry though because joy always comes in the morning and by joy in this case I mean brunch and mimosas LOL. Sara and I woke up around 9:30, allowing us to get ready, check out of the hotel and back into the city. We headed off to an area called Little Five Points, an urban, artsy, spooky location full of skulls, graffiti, fun cuisine, and new age shops (get your gold grillzhere!).

We brunched at The Corner Tavern were we fell in love with the IMG_7864weirdly delicious Belgium Waffle Burger which is a waffle topped with a cheeseburger, fried egg, and hollandaise sauce (syrup optional but recommended). The restaurant was very Irishpub meets biker bar meets medieval castle and was really reflective of its location in Little Five Points. IMG_7881After brunch, we admired graffiti and murals, along with RAG-O-RAMA (local hip consignment shop), American Apparel, beauty shops, tattoo parlors and a coffeehouse and bar called Java Lords where I had one of the best cappuccinos. Little Five Points was such a cool place and very representative of Atlanta’s diverse culture.

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Once we got back in the car we weren’t sure what was next on the agenda so Sara and I decided to drive around and see where the road took us. We were in luck because a few minutes later we drove by a massive building full of people and live. We had discovered Ponce City Market which was once a historic Sears factory now home to 9 stories of chic food courts, shopping and living space. If you are familiar with Chattanooga, TN think Warehouse Row on crack. It had familiar favoritesAnthropologie, Lululemon and The Frye Company and also new loves like West Elm.

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Also, Ponce City Market had a variety of food options, Sara couldn’t resist Hop’s Chicken (think Chick-Fil-A on crack).The Market also had sweet historic touches in it, like this generator from 1928.

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Well friends, thats a wrap of The City Guide for Atlanta, Georgia! I hope this blog post inspiring, helpful and entertaining for all things travel.

Until next time,

Lex

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