Explore Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail
The Southside Trail is open but still in development. The first of five segments is paved — eight tenths of a mile from University Avenue to just west of the I-75/85 overpass at the Annie E. Casey Foundation site at Pittsburgh Yards. The rest of the Southside Trail is open but unpaved so take a mountain bike or wear proper shoes to conquer this serene and slightly more rugged walk, which connects the Westside and Eastside BeltLine trails.
1. Glenwood Park
As you begin exploring Atlanta BeltLine Southside, dine, drink and discover your way through Glenwood Park. This multiuse neighborhood is home to a wide variety of things to do and places to eat. There is plenty of street parking and walkable streets that will offer a variety of food options, and lead you straight to the BeltLine trail.
Where: Glenwood Park Drive SE
3. Vickery’s Bar & Grill
Enjoy Southern cuisine at this Atlanta institution which has been open since 1983. Vickery’s Bar and Grill has a lively atmosphere and friendly bar, welcoming all for a business lunch meeting or a gathering with friends. Order the Fried Green Tomatoes and classic Southern Fried Chicken to gain strength for the rest of the journey.
Where: 933 Garrett St., Suite 101-102
6. Emmy Squared Pizza
If pizza is more your thing, Emmy Square Pizza is a great choice in Glenwood Park. Open seven days a week and offering lunch, dinner and everything in between, this is where comfort food meets uniqueness. Try Detroit-style pizza or their award-winning burgers.
Where: 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE
4. yAAs! Cookies
Sweeten your tooth at Atlanta’s Black-owned, homemade cookie shop. There is no excuse to enjoy considering their gluten-free and skinny cookie options. Don’t miss out on the ice cream sandwich, and refreshing fruit smoothies.
Where: 880 Glenwood Ave. SE, Suite E
While in Glenwood Park, time travel back to the ’60s in this Atlanta bar and social spot known for its modern cocktails featuring contemporary flavors. Vesper offers a unique experience with London red phone booth style decor and wall of clocks from different time zones across the world. Its Bond-inspired drinks like May Day and Casino Royal will have you feeling as if you’re on set of a 007 movie.
Where: 924 Garrett St., Suite D
Looking to try something bold? Opened by the famous American chef and former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow offers an eclectic and interactive take on traditional dining with dim-sum-style roving carts and communal tables. The menu changes often, so keep coming back.
Where: 924 Garrett St.
8. Grant Park
Just steps north of the Southside Beltline Trail, you can find Grant Park, home to Zoo Atlanta. Enjoy a walk or run around the neighborhood and check out the Victorian mansions and Craftsman bungalows. The park has various trails and green spaces perfect for picnicking, relaxing and biking. You can walk here from the Atlanta Beltline, or drive and park at Grant Park’s parking garage directly in the middle of the park.
Where: 759 Boulevard SE
9. Zoo Atlanta
A trip to Atlanta is not complete without a visit to the giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta. With more than 1,500 animals from 220 species Zoo Atlanta is a great place to spend several hours, just one mile from the Southside Beltline Trail. Parking is conveniently located at the zoo, and access is also available for those on foot, bike or scooter.
Where: 800 Cherokee Ave. SE
10. The Beacon Atlanta
Tucked away in southeast Atlanta, The Beacon is made of six reshaped industrial buildings turned into a hub for family fun, date night outings and friends gatherings. Filled with restaurants, bars, shops and more, this space provides endless experiences directly adjacent to the Southside Beltline trail. There is plenty of free parking. Park here, grab a bite and jump on the BeltLine for a mountain bike ride.
Where: 1039 Grant St. SE, No. 100
Located at The Beacon, this Brazilian restaurant serves delicious bites with coffee and cocktails in a vibrant venue located right off the Atlanta BeltLine. If you need to get some work or studying done before jumping on the BeltLine, this is a great option to do so outdoors in an excellent hip environment.
Where: 1039 Grant St. SE, Suite C-10
12. Grant Park Farmers Market
Walking the Atlanta BeltLine on a Sunday? Stop by Grant Park Farmers Market and enjoy local organic and fresh produce and artisanal goods. Come hungry and try out a variety of food from local pop-up restaurants. Eat authentic Mexican food at Lupe’s Eatery or follow the incredible smell of S&J Woodfire Pizza. Sip on a cold brew coffee from Banjo and enjoy a freshly baked pastry from Little Tart. Held every Sunday at The Beacon, the farmers market sets up rain or shine steps away from the Southside trail. There is plenty of free parking around the neighborhood streets.
Where: 1015 Grant St. SE.
13. Elsewhere Brewery
Refresh with a cold one right in the heart of Grant Park at this dog-friendly brewery. With an option for indoor or outdoor seating, there is plenty of space to enjoy the tasty brews, food and vibrant atmosphere just steps from the Southeast trail. Free parking is available.
Where: 1039 Grant St. SE, Suite B34
14. Pin & Proper
Take a break from exploring and step into Pin & Proper for a fun time. The indoor gaming and event venue with a full bar and grill is known for its signature games including Pinfall, a football-bowling hybrid, cornhole and giant Jenga. There is easy BeltLine access with free parking in the lot.
Where: 1039 Grant St. SE, Suite D10
15. Civil Axe Throwing
Enjoy a thrilling “axeperience” at this upbeat venue. Whether you need to blow off some steam or need a fun activity to entertain yourself and your friends, this is the perfect spot with access to the Southside BeltLine trail and free easy parking.
Where: 1039 Grant St SE, Suite B32
16. Patria Cocina
All the mountain biking will leave you hungry. Patria Cocina is a modern and airy restaurant serving Mexican dishes, craft cocktails and margaritas. Enjoy a stylish setting while dining inside or on the patio. There is plenty of parking and easy BeltLine access.
Where: 1039 Grant St. SE
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