Busy day at Fairlie Poplar district. (📷 Gene Phillips,

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a historic municipal market. (📷 Jay Jordan,

The Ponce City Market Atlanta Belt Line Entrance. (📷 Gene Phillips,

6 Best-Kept Secrets in ATL’s Favorite Neighborhoods

Atlanta is full of surprises. Just when you think you’ve explored every inch of every neighborhood, a new adventure pops up and surprises you. Here are seven cool spots tucked away in Atlanta’s most visited neighborhoods. See the list and get your groups excited to explore them all the next time they’re in Atlanta.


Wren’s Nest

Your group can step back in time and celebrate the legacy of journalist Joel Chandler Harris at this historic house museum. Harris was editor of the Atlanta Constitution and he introduced African American folklore to the masses, including the tales of Brer Rabbit. His old house, The Wren’s Nest, has been opened as a museum since 1913 and underwent a restoration in 1962. Your group can take a tour Tuesday – Saturday or attend one of the museum’s events.

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Westside Beltline

Attendees can take an adventure off the beaten path to check out the Westside Beltline during their visit. This 3-mile trailhead runs through Atlanta’s up-and-coming Historic District in Southwest Atlanta. As your group explores, they can grab local food, check out street art, hit the driving range, learn about nature and much more.

Castleberry Hill
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Castleberry Hill

Any Walking Dead fans of the group? Some scenes from the show were filmed in Castleberry Hill, so they’ll feel right at home. Located near Downtown, this eclectic, urban living center is also a perfect stop for the art lovers in your group. Warehouses have been transformed into indie art galleries and loft-style housing, and there are many locally owned restaurants and clothing boutiques to peruse.

Fairlie Poplar
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Fairlie-Poplar District

The Fairlie-Poplar District is a trendy neighborhood that boasts unique building architecture from the late 19th and early 20th century and has since been revitalized into a bustling cultural hub with galleries, music venues and theatres. Your group can check out local performing arts venues such as Rialto Center for the Arts, catch a concert at renowned venue The Tabernacle, or give yourself a walking tour of the district’s artist murals.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market
(📷 Gene Phillips,

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood is home to the civil rights movement and is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. After your group has toured the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, grab lunch at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. It’s located inside the original Municipal Market building and houses several food vendors, produce and meat merchants, a bakery and a bookstore.

Atlantic Station
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Atlantic Station

This area’s not a secret, but few know about the major developments underway. This newly renovated shopping destination is home to more than 50 upscale shops and restaurants in Atlanta’s Westside. There’s always something to do at Atlantic Station, including live concerts at Central Park, outdoor ice skating, Cirque Du Soleil, open-mic nights and more. Your group can even stay near the action at Atlantic Station’s premier boutique hotel TWELVE Hotel Midtown.

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