My brother is visiting Atlanta from Australia over Thanksgiving. What are some of the best things I can show him about our city?
You can easily knock out the "touristy" Atlanta in a day or half-day (depending on how into it you guys are). It's pretty much concentrated downtown, and the highlights include the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The World of Coca-Cola is fun but, in my opinion, overpriced for the experience. And of course, the SkyView Atlanta is our shiny new ferris wheel. It's a little pricey but fun.
After you've scratched that tourist itch, you can have fun taking him to the sites that really make Atlanta sparkle. I think a stroll down the Beltline's Eastside Trail with a stopover at Dancing Goats for delicious chai and homemade doughnuts is a must activity to avoid the Black Friday crowds.
Then scout out a good route to see some of Atlanta's wonderful street murals and other public art, especially the Living Walls murals that are throughout several in-town neighborhoods. Head over to Reynoldstown to grab a true southern breakfast at Home Grown Restaurant and go a couple blocks up the street to Cabbagetown to see the vibrant Krog Street Tunnel Pocket Park and the fantastic art and graffiti that lines Wylie St. Carroll Street Cafe is a nearby local spot with delicious food, as is Octane Coffee Bar at Grant Park, just about a mile up the road and right across from Oakland Cemetery.
About one mile north, on Edgewood Ave SE, you'll find several street murals within a few blocks, and while you're there, stop into Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium to warm up with some sangria. If your brother is interested in history, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and museum is just a block off of Edgewood and is an incredibly powerful experience.
If you have time to head over to the west side, there are a couple of must-dos: other than being "District 12" in The Hunger Games movies, The Goat Farm is actually a vibrant community of artists and a really cool spot to walk around. As long as nothing is going on there, you're welcome to walk through, greet the goats (and chickens and pigs) and stop in at the cafe for some notions and a break. Then head over to Antico Pizza Napoletana for lunch. This is the only location outside of Naples, Italy, so it's pretty special and definitely delicious. The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is also on this side of town as well and is worth a visit.
I haven't even begun to list out restaurants that you guys should visit. There are so many. The Varsity, Holeman & Finch Public House, JCT Kitchen & Bar, The Optimist, Star Provisions, and The General Muir are top of mind, but the list is long.
I hope it's a great time!
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