Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood is home to historic bungalows that hark to the early days when the area was one of the city’s original streetcar suburbs. Today, Virginia-Highland exudes that same sense of community and connectivity. Locals and visitors stroll along boutique-lined sidewalks with restaurant patios.

Brunch: Start the day with a bloody mary and shrimp and grits at local favorite Murphy’s or head up Highland Avenue to indulge in a hearty midday meal at Morningside Kitchen Restaurant, which offers Peruvian-style charcoal rotisserie chicken and wood-fire grilled meats and fish.

Afternoon:   Hop in and out of the many inviting boutiques on Highland Avenue. Pick up sparkly baubles at Young Blood Boutique; grab a hand-held treat at Atlanta Cupcake Factory; get design inspiration at Stanton Home Furnishings, Highland Row Antiques and Urban Cottage; treat yourself to a slice of decadence at Cacao and shop for his and her designer threads at Bill Hllman.

Dinner: Enjoy classic Italian fare at La Tavola Trattoria, opt for fresh tacos and ice-cold beer at The Original El Taco or roll up your sleeves for shrimp cocktail, crab and oysters at Goin’ Coastal. After, visit Paolo’s Gelato Italiano for a cup of creamy, award-winning frozen concoctions.

Night: Mingle with locals over a nightcap at Dark Horse Tavern or Hand in Hand. After, feel the rhythm of the blues at Blind Willie’s next door. Named after blues legend and Atlanta native “Blind Willie” McTell, Blind Willie’s has been a mainstay in Atlanta for more than 25 years.

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