Feel at home in West Midtown’s bustling community
The West Midtown neighborhood of Midtown Atlanta has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Once an industrial haven, this neighborhood has become a mecca for young professionals and design enthusiasts due to it’s retail offerings and excellent dining scene.
Atlanta’s West Midtown is reinventing itself. Once largely industrial, this area of town is now home to a lively selection of urban lofts, art galleries, live music venues, retail shops, restaurants and modern office space. Spanning from the southern tip of Howell Mill Road to 17th Street – and located minutes from downtown, Buckhead and all of Atlanta’s major highways and interstates – much of West Midtown retains its loft-style industrial identity, as most of the new developments in the area have restored the once-neglected factories and warehouses that date back to the 1880s.
The keyword in the West Midtown area is “artisan.” You’ll find furniture, swimwear, paper goods, breads & cheeses, ice cream and even burgers.
Adventurers into West Midtown immediately notice that the Westside Provisions District, a trendy district that combines artisanal tastes with an industrial minimalism, anchors the neighborhood. After parking in the ample (and complimentary) parking deck at Howell Mill and 14th Street, everywhere you look has the aura of clean and well-designed city planning.
The keyword in this area is “artisan.” You’ll find furniture, swimwear, paper goods, breads & cheeses, ice cream and even burgers. Expert craftsmanship rules in West Midtown, so retailers and restaurateurs always bring their A-game. There’s already stiff competition in the area, including Atlanta’s two top Zagat-rated restaurants.
West Midtown is also home to four arts centers: the Goat Farm Arts Center, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and King Plow Arts Center. Each has its own angle on the art world, so be sure to explore them – especially during the art walk that takes place every third Saturday of the month.
One popular outdoor location is the bridge over the railroad tracks; it is a favorite for many an Atlanta photographer. When strolling from one section of Westside Provisions District to the other, be sure to take in the unique views of the serene Midtown skyline.
Want to go?
- Location: West Midtown is 1.8 miles west of Peachtree Street down 14th Street.
- Getting there: Take the red or gold MARTA line and exit at the Arts Center station. Then, you’re a short two-mile cab ride from West Midtown.
Did you know…
- Many Hollywood movies, including “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” were filmed at The Goat Farm.
- Businesses in West Midtown include the Atlanta offices for Facebook, Scoutmob and more.
- This area is so popular lines can, during peak hours, be long. Have patience and experiment with different times of the day and days of the week.
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