Get to Know Atlanta’s Distinct Neighborhoods

Atlanta’s neighborhoods offer unique and unexpected experiences. We’re breaking down each neighborhood so you can explore what to do and know where to go when you visit Atlanta. 

Downtown Atlanta

The heartbeat of Atlanta is also the epicenter for business and events. Downtown Atlanta is alive with opportunity to explore the best of what life has to offer. The iconic skyline features some of the tallest buildings in Atlanta, housing a hub of commerce. Family, friends and colleagues all appreciate how walkable the city is, with major venues and attractions near plenty of hotels. Within these city blocks you’ll discover professional sports and concerts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena, as well as Centennial Olympic Park. You can also find out how Coca-Cola is made, explore the nation’s largest aquarium, trace the American civil rights movement and reflect on college football greats.

Aerial view of downtown Atlanta overlooking Centennial Olympic Park
A full experience of Atlanta starts Downtown in Centennial Olympic Park.

Eastside Atlanta

Fun and funky, Atlanta’s Eastside is one of the hippest places in the city. Surrounded by street art and at community food halls, Atlantans come together to create, share, catch up and just have a good time. This is where Atlanta is becoming a global beacon for equitable, inclusive and sustainable city life around the Atlanta BeltLine. Take a tour and discover Atlanta’s first major city park on the BeltLine, Old Fourth Ward Skatepark. Immerse yourself in alternative culture at Little Five Points where independent bookstores and record labels, skate shops, record stores and coffee shops thrive. It’s where the storied history of Atlanta’s role in the American civil rights movement lives on in the Sweet Auburn district.The Eastside has something for everyone.

Colorful street art highlight buildings along the Eastside BeltLine

Midtown Atlanta

The heart of the arts beats in the vibrant and sexy neighborhood we call Midtown. This is where the classics meld with dynamic, edgy new works. It’s home to both the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and it’s where new artists emerge and legends come to play. Atlanta flocks outside to Piedmont Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city with trails to walk or bike and spaces to simply soak it all in. The area’s trendy boutiques and chic nightlife lend style to Midtown. When the sun goes down, Midtown turns up the volume with nightclubs and lounges that allow you to feel the vibrant pulse of Atlanta’s Heart of the Arts. It’s an electric, captivating experience.

Daytime shot of the Commons featuring the Millennium Gate Museum and various Atlantic Station towers in Midtown Atlanta.

Westside Atlanta

The Westside is for the collectors and the curious, the artistic and the imaginative. This is where they come for inspiration. It’s home to more home goods and interior design shops than we can count. From the retail spots in Atlantic Station to Westside Provisions District, the walkable Westside is where you will find unique treasures, tasty eats and drinks, and a place to simply relax and recharge. Or head over to Southwest Atlanta to explore West End and Atlanta University Center along with storytelling at the Wren’s Nest, performances at Southwest Arts Center and a glimpse into Atlanta’s history and future.

Two men looking at signage outside of storefronts.
Fit in your retail therapy at the Westside Provisions District.

Buckhead Atlanta

One of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods, Buckhead is a shopping heaven by day and a dining delight all the time. It has long been the place to see and be seen. It’s a destination within a destination, where sweeping Southern mansions are nestled in remarkable landscapes, and includes the most popular home in Atlanta, Swan House. Mingle with the who’s who of the city while browsing and buying at high-end shopping centers, including Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza and Buckhead Village. Tempt your taste buds at progressive restaurants featuring Atlanta’s culinary icons and budding chefs. Continue into the night at trendy spots and rooftop bars.

Indulge in high-end shopping in Buckhead.

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