An ongoing project and the pride of the Atlanta community, the Atlanta BeltLine is a mutli-use trail that is slowly transforming the city by encouraging independent transportation, adding a little more green space, and providing businesses a chance to truly flourish. It quickly became the most popular destination for locals and visitors of the city and for good reason: whether you are looking for the hottest new restaurant or a space to practice roller blading, the BeltLine has it all. As a former local and lover of Atlanta, I have provided a guide below with my favorite places to stop along the Atlanta BeltLine Trail.
One of the best aspects about the BeltLine is how easy it is to access some of the finest restaurants in the city. I have spent many a memorable day with friends exploring new eateries by snacking at different spots by the trail. The choices of places to eat at are numerous and constantly growing: you can visit the modernized, food-halls like Krog Street or Ponce City Market, or step off into Inman Park and enjoy a meal on any of the beautiful covered patios! I highly suggest treating yourself to a plate of small sandwiches at Victory Sandwich Bar, munching on Spanish tapas at Barcelona, or eating family-style at Bartaco. Trust me when I say you will be able to find any cuisine you desire at any time of the day – the more you wander, the more you’ll discover!
It is no surprise that the BeltLine become on of the most popular places to drink in town! Every couple of feet there is a balcony for great people watching or a patio to relax on (all with beverage in hand, of course). There is something for everyone when it comes to finding a great spot to enjoy a refreshment: whether it be on one of the trail-adjacent stools of Three Heart Roastery with a perfectly-brewed cup of coffee, on the roof of New Realm Brewing sipping a local beer, or even throwing corn hole at Ladybird’s outdoor bar with a craft cocktail to-go. There are even pub crawls that occur year-round if you want to stop at multiple places in a row!
The BeltLine also provides an endless amount of recreational activities and unique stores to visit a long the trail, which motivates visitors to stay active and keeps them entertained. One of my favorite things to do is rent a bike (or bring your own) if you want to get the most out of your self-guided tour. Bike racks are stationed in front of every major cluster of businesses so that you can stop off whenever you want. One option is to enjoy one the green spaces, like Piedmont Park, and have a meal al fresco. There are also many shops to visit: I definitely recommend going into Paris on Ponce, which is a warehouse-style marketplace for antiques & oddities of all kinds. You can spend hours walking around in there!
Just like the city of Atlanta, the BeltLine is constantly growing and ever-changing. There is always a new bar to visit, statue to photograph, or store to explore. Take the time to venture out and see everything that the trail has to offer!
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