Spend a day, or a week, eating around Decatur Square
Friendly, walkable and right on the MARTA line, Decatur is home to more than 200 boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Eddie’s Attic is a must-see for live, local musicians, while the Decatur Square and surrounding blocks are ripe with must-try local restaurants.
The town makes national headlines thanks to its dining scene. With restaurateur Ford Fry behind No. 246, the acclaimed Kimball House located in an old railroad station, not to mention a beer-lover’s heaven at Brickstore Pub, there are more solid food options than time to try them all in Decatur.
Eddie’s Attic is a must-see for live, local musicians, while the Decatur Square and surrounding blocks are ripe with must-try local restaurants.
Annual festivals bring thousands from all over the city and region to Decatur Square. The free Decatur Arts Festival runs throughout the month of May. The Decatur Craft Beer Festival sells out in seconds every fall. Bring your pail and shovel for the annual Beach Party, when the city carts in mounds of sand to cover the streets. The most nationally renowned festival might the Decatur Book Festival, which happens each Labor Day weekend when authors of national and regional fame come to town for the largest independent book festival in the country.
All of this happens on the Decatur Square where locals hang out with a book and a cup of coffee or bar hop with friends while soaking in the sun. Chances are, if you’re hanging out in Decatur on a sunny day, you’ll find many more people doing just the same thing.
Want to go?
- Location: Decatur is a 6.5 mile drive down DeKalb Ave from Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.
- Getting there: Take the MARTA blue line to the Decatur station and exit at the Decatur Square, right in the middle of the action.
Did you know…
- The City of Decatur in only 4 square miles.
- Decatur’s downtown area was named a top 10 neighborhood by the American Planning Association.
- Cakes & Ale chef Bill Allin was nominated for the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast.
In addition to the many festivals Decatur is known for, there is also the annual Spring Block Party hosted by Decatur restaurant Big Tex and held annually around St. Patrick’s Day. It brings in hundreds of people for food, booze and all-day live music.
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