My family and I spent a few days in Atlanta, GA, back in October. C was only 5 months old at the time, so we brought SO much baby stuff, as you can probably imagine. In fact, I’m sprucing up my packing list for baby for another upcoming trip, so I plan to post that for you to download soon!
While in Atlanta, Kelvin had a conference to attend, so C and I hit the Atlanta streets together most days, and I wanted to share our favorite spots with you, from coffee shops to markets to the aquarium.
Chrome Yellow Trading Co.
Friendly staff, good coffee, lots of natural light, organic-y feeling interiors, cute patio - this place is hipsterical! I’m copyrighting that word right now. But in all seriousness, I’d definitely go back!
This place is just down Edgewood Ave. from Chrome Yellow, and has the word “donuts” in the title. Duh! They have the classics and plenty of fun, unique flavors. Yum!
Momonoki and Momo Cafe
The south isn’t known for Japanese cuisine, but this place was so delicious and unique from other Japanese restaurants I’ve been to in Arizona. We got the katsu sando (fried pork cutlet sandwich), Mazemen (brothless noodles with pork and an egg), a citrus tart (unbelievably delicious!), and the matcha/black sesame twist soft serve from the next-door Momo Cafe. Also, “momonoki” means peach tree in Japanese. Isn’t Georgia the peach state? How cute is that?
Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Get ready to unbuckle yer pants cuz this place has some rich southern fare! It feels silly to type that, but it’s true. This was my first time having southern food, so I can’t compare it to other places, but everyone we talked to, from bell hops to Uber drivers recommended it. I now drool at the thought of fried green tomatoes. I also felt like I had consumed enough calories for the remainder of 2018.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
I’m not a bbq expert, but everyone recommended this place. There’ll be a long wait if you don’t get there early. So yummy!
Krog Street Market
I want to give you my real, honest opinion on this blog. The idea of this place is awesome - cool aesthetic with lots of creative local vendors (mostly food.) Maybe I totally missed the point, but it felt like this place was trying pretty hard to stand out as a unique version of what so many other places are trying to do, with pretty high prices of course. Criticism aside, Krog St. Market has JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS, so that warranted a visit. We also enjoyed some baos from Suzy Siu’s Baos and roamed around, smelling the free smells from the other eateries. I’d still recommend this place if you have the time to go and are interested in getting some food here.
Ponce City Market
Very similar to the concept of Krog St Market, this is another popular (touristy) spot full of local vendors but much larger with more shops. We enjoyed walking around, window shopping, and sipping my cortado from Spiller Coffee. The photo below shows a shop with dog goods! Ponce City Market was also a Sears warehouse at one point. RIP, Sears.
Let’s be honest- we didn’t come here so C could learn about sea animals. We came here for Kelvin’s and my enjoyment. The Georgia Aquarium is renowned for its responsible care of their animals (awarded the prestigious Humane Certification from American Humane) and quality aquarium-ness (another copyright there), and we’d definitely go back when C is older if given the opportunity. Tip: save your $12 on that tiny dry hamburger they sell in the cafeteria and go eat at a local place after your visit!
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
We ran out of time and couldn’t stop here, but if we ever go back to Atlanta, this is one of the first places I’ll visit, and no, it’s not because I’m a millennial with a need to stand for something.
Overall, I’d say Atlanta is one of my favorite U.S. cities to visit. So much history, so much to see and do, so many fried green tomatoes. I really hope we have the opportunity to go back someday. Have you been to Atlanta, or do you plan to go? I’d love to hear about your experience/what you’re looking forward to seeing there. Please let me know in the comments!