Some months ago, I spent a few days in Atlanta for work. A cursory search for offbeat and budget-friendly attractions showed me that Atlanta is home to a bevy of impressive street art, and I knew I had to make time to see some. With the limited time I had in the ATL, I was only able to view the street art within a small area of this vibrant city— a few on Ponce De Leon Ave, throughout the Ponce City Market, and along a stretch of the BeltLine.
I barely scratched the surface of the creativity on display, and there is so much more to explore! I hope to return and take in more of Atlanta’s active street art scene. If you’re heading to Atlanta anytime soon, make sure to check out the Atlanta Street Art Map. The site is an awesome resource for anyone looking to find these beautiful murals and learn more about them and the artists who create them.
Ponce De Leon Avenue
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is an Atlanta landmark and a work of architectural art. The lofty bones of the remodeled Sears, Roebuck & Co building have been given new life and polished with a modern industrial aesthetic, and this massive structure features green space, retail shops, and residences. You’ll also find one of the best food courts you’ll ever visit. To add to the hip and trendy factor, PCM also houses a number of Atlanta-based startups and tech companies. It gives off a vibe similar to what you feel when you’re at NYC’s Chelsea Market— but far less crowded and much more inviting.
The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
The Eastside trail stretches 3 miles long, with 19 access points, including 2 right off of Ponce City Market. The trail is walkable, and you can also rent bicycles to make your way up and down this popular path.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
Just South of Ponce City Market lies the Historic Fourth Ward Park. This beautifully landscaped park is quite a sight at sunset!
And of course, no visit to a new city would be complete without Insta-shots of your meals— for posterity! 😉
Bon Ton – Midtown
New Orleans seafood dishes fused with Vietnamese flair
Three Heart Roastery – along the BeltLine
watermelon ice + beignets
S.O.S. Tiki Bar – Decatur
awesome cocktails + inventive and delicious small bites
Flying Biscuit – Midtown
classic flavors of Southern comfort food and brunch, elevated
A few other restaurants aren’t making this list, but only because I don’t have any
acceptable photos of those meals. Real talk though, Atlanta is a veritable playground for foodies. When visiting, you’ll want to make time to sample culinary offerings from each of the city’s enclaves as you explore the art throughout the neighborhoods.