The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The beautiful city of Atlanta, known for its rich history, inspiring attractions and its southern charm is one of my favorite cities. Mainly due to the vibes of the people, and the plethora of authentic cuisines. No wonder it’s one of the most popular places in the Southeast to visit. My first time in Atlanta was a few years ago and although I was there for a short time, I still fell in love with the city. This time around I went for my birthday and truly explored as much as the city has to offer. With that said, let’s dive into the ultimate guide to Atlanta in a weekend.

Where To Eat In Atlanta: Brunch, Lunch, Quick-bite and Dinner

Of course I would start the weekend off with food. I mean can you blame me though? After all Atlanta has some of the best soul food and fried chicken.

Brunch

55th and Park Restaurant known for their elevated casual dining experience has brunch every Saturday and Sunday. However every third Saturday of the month they have the hangover brunch with live music and brunch specials, and it seems to be popping. Although I was not able to enjoy that, the menu was still great.  I would definitely recommend the Chicken & Waffle which was an oversized fluffy and tasty waffle topped with well seasoned and crispy small chicken wings with light maple syrup.  I ate every bit of it. The Ultimate Omelet which was stuffed with vegetables and meats was worth the calories. The Smothered Chicken Biscuits on the other hand were a bit dry and somewhat forgettable.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Downtown Atlanta
  • Price: $$

Lunch

The Sundial Restaurant for my birthday was amazing! Known for its unparalleled view of the city and a distinct Atlanta farm-to-table dining experience. It really deserves a spot on the ultimate guide to Atlanta in a weekend. It was in the middle of the day, close to closing time, so not too many people were there. The staff was very courteous and knowledgeable and omg that view of Atlanta from 70 stories high was spectacular!

We indulged in appetizers all the way to desserts. The Crab Fritters are a must have, they were exquisite, lightly breaded so that you could actually taste the real ingredients and fresh crab meat. Originally I wanted the Southern Fried Chicken, which tasted great, as it’s paired with collar greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. In all honesty my Seafood Pasta well surpassed it. Fresh seafood, cured bacon and a light, but flavorful cajun cream sauce certainly took it over the top. Our alcohol infused beverages were very flavorful and strong, especially the Mint Chocolate Grasshopper. A plus with having a specialty drink is the complimentary Sundial glass that you get as a gift.

Now about my complimentary birthday dessert; the Creamy Vanilla Cheesecake, it was the perfect sweet treat to kick off the next couple days of dessert bingeing. Extra emphasis on the word creamy, as this cheesecake was thick, rich and filled with flavorful vanilla beans, which I thoroughly enjoy.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Downtown Atlanta
  • Price: $$$

Quick-bite

If you’re in rush but still need something quick to eat then a Jamaican patty is a great option. At Caribbean Delights you can have either a beef patty, chicken or even a vegetarian patty. I love patties and buy them by the case when I’m home. They are my go to if I miss a meal as they are both delicious and filling, especially when paired a coco-bread plus a soft drink or natural juices like sorrel. Patties definitely are the ultimate quick-bite.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: West End
  • Price: $

Dinner

Dantanna’s may be a sports bar  and surf and turf spot but it’s located in a prime area of the city; Buckhead and while I was there I spotted a couple of Atlanta’s stars. What I liked most about Dantanna’s is the fact that they are open till 2:30am, even on a Thursday. That’s hours after most of Atlanta’s restaurants are closed. Which was great because my night started out late.

First and foremost I’m obsessed with calamari so if it’s on the menu I’m having it. The Peppered Point Judith Calamari wasn’t what I was expecting though. Not only was it served in a weird folded napkin, the taste of the calamari was underwhelming. On the other hand, I absolutely would recommend both the Crispy Fried Jumbo Shrimp and the Blackened Salmon. Both are served with two sides of your choice, we went with the asparagus and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Buckhead
  • Price: $$

 

Free Things To Do In Atlanta

Atlanta has so many parks and museums to explore, that it’s pretty difficult to visit most much less all in one weekend. I did however get to do a few. Best part is that they were free lol.

Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is on the ultimate guide to Atlanta in a weekend, mainly because it is over 200 acres, so there are endless things to do. In other words you’ll never run out of activities to do or attractions to see. This park is so vast that they even offer sightseeing tours. What I enjoy most about the park though are what seems like weekly festivals. All festivals includes a variety of vendors, from arts to foods. It really is my favorite park in Atlanta. It’s a must-visit.

Martin Luther King, Jr National Park

If you haven’t been to the Martin Luther King, Jr National Park, by all means you must go on your next trip to Atlanta. The mere fact that I was in the same space as a man as inspiring and powerful as the late doctor is enough reason to tell you to go. Equally important is the fact that you get to tour his home, the baptist church and of course The King center; his final resting place. There’s not enough for me to say about this historic park, its truly amazing.

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park is a major attraction in Atlanta, as it was built in honor of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Quite a few festivals and concerts are held at the park throughout the year, therefore there’s always something to do there. The park may be over 20 years old, but it’s still going strong and still serves as the world’s gathering spot.

Nightlife

You can’t fully experience what a city has to offer without exploring its nightlife. Now I’m sure there are many more areas in the city and venues that are great, but these were the most fun for me.

Inman park

I’m here for bar hopping but food hopping is on an entirely different level. 6 times out of 10, I don’t even do entrees. I enjoy choosing a variety of dishes off a menu to eat. It’s just more fun and significantly more shareable, as I like to taste everyone’s food. Inman Park to me was the perfect area in the city to indulge.

BeetleCat esthetics is certainly instagram worthy, but their menu is even more impressive, especially  for a seafood lover, plus they encourage sharing. Salt and Pepper Squid were excellent, well seasoned, fried to perfection, light and tasty, just how I like my calamari. The oyster special was exquisite, especially the selections from Maryland. For a seafood spot, BeetleCat sure knows how to make fried chicken. Twice Fried Chicken Wings were crispy and juicy all at the same time, and the chilli sauce had a good balance of both sweet and spicy, a definite must have. Cocktails curated by the bartenders were a hit as well. I had the Fish House Punch.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

Bar Taco as the name suggests is all about tacos. Even their late night menu had some great choices. We had the Crispy Rock Shrimp and Glazed Pork Belly both of which were tasty and delicious. We followed those up with tequila shots because,  well they go together.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

Barcelona Wine Bar is well recommended for wines if you’re not into cocktails. They have a wide selection of Spanish wines which they serve by the glass.

Wrecking Bar Brew Pub is great if you’re more into beers, including craft beers. Go for the music and beers.

Skyline Park and Ponce City Market

I am really impressed by Skyline Park. It truly is the grandest view on the Ponce, as it overlooks the city’s skyline. Located on the rooftop is an entertainment space with carnival amusements, food and libations. Skyline Park is a fun space for all ages. You can do a fun date night, girls night out or just hang out with the family. There’s a general admissions fee plus additional fees to play certain games. I enjoyed the view of the city the most, found out I suck at skee-ball and that I like stout beers infused with coffee. It was a fun and relaxed night out. It’s very likely that the next time I’m in Atlanta I’ll be hanging out there.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

Ponce City Market was closed by the time we got there, but quite a few restaurants close to the Skyline park ticket booth were open. Which means you can grab dinner before hitting the rooftop. 

What’s Worth The Splurge

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

If you’re looking to get the full attractions of Atlanta experience you’ll have to pay for that. However like I said these are absolutely worth the splurge if that’s what you’re into. You can take your date or hang out with the family at these locations.

World of Coca-Cola

If you’re a huge fan of Coca-Cola brand or just the soft drink then the World of Coca-Cola museum is a must visit. Even if you aren’t it’s still worth the visit. It’s filled with history as well as cool activities you can interact with, including the tasting of 100 sodas from around the world. In Atlanta there’s no need to ask if its Pepsi or coke when at a bar, because you’re in the hometown of coca-cola. Highlights for me were the sodas of course, with Africa and Asia being my favorite. Next was the vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia filled room and the Coca-Cola store with a lot of merchandise for you to take home.

  • Where: Buckhead
  • Price: $$

Atlanta Botanical Garden

I may not be an outdoorsy kinda girl, but I do enjoy a beautiful garden and the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a very huge beauty. We certainly were not able to explore it in its entirety in the few hours we were there. The garden is well kept and manicured. It’s flooded with many different installations including Game of Thrones’ dragon, Moana’s Te Fiti amongst many others. Most installations weren’t in full bloom as yet, because its early Spring. I enjoyed the green house and a few installations.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Buckhead
  • Price: $$

Georgia Aquarium

If you’re into sea animals then the Georgia Aquarium should be on you to-do list. A plethora of activities and interactions with the animals awaits you. Only downside is that not too many of those activities are included in the admission price. Even so any visit to an aquarium is always worth it.

  • Where: Buckhead
  • Price: $$$

Desserts Shops In Atlanta

You already knew this would be a part of this post. It would be unorthodox otherwise. With all the exploring I did in the A, I wasn’t able to go to all the spots on my list. As a matter of fact I only had the chance to visit two, and then one close to my cousin’s house.

Cheese Caked

Milkshakes, milkshakes and more milkshakes is part of Cheese Caked tagline and they surely do have quite a few flavors of both milkshakes and cheesecakes. The concept of Cheese Caked all started from a simple cheesecake recipe from the owner’s grandma. The cheesecakes looked divine, but I was really there for the outrageous milkshakes. I had the Birthday Cake flavor, because well, it was my birthday. Birthday Cake consisted of 3 scoops of ice cream, sprinkles on your cup, a ton of whip cream, cotton candy, lollipops and of course a cheesecake bar. The small was big enough to share between two people. After you finally get over staring at it in amazement, it’s really yummilicious. Is there any doubt as to why it should be a part of the ultimate guide to Atlanta in a weekend?

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Buckhead
  • Price: $

Piece of Cake

I wanted funfetti cake for my birthday and Piece of Cake delivered on that. I had a slice though, not an entire cake. My cake was moist and the buttercream although tasty was a bit on the sweet side, maybe it was because it was topped with sprinkles. Overall I enjoyed my cake.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Camp Creek Parkway
  • Price: $

Purely

I’m forever craving ice cream, gelato and soft serve, so walking into Purely was just what I needed after visiting one of Atlanta’s most popular museums. Purely’s concept is geared towards more healthy food choices even with their gelatos. The Taro gelato flavor, though not as potent as other’s I’ve had was still delicious and the epic Dark Chocolate Cone it was in made the experience that much better. The Matcha Green Tea and Triple Chocolate flavors were tasty as well.

The Ultimate Guide To Atlanta In A Weekend

  • Where: Midtown
  • Price: $

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I had a really great time in Atlanta, soaking up the culture and the food was a great way to celebrate my birthday.

What would make it to your ultimate guide to Atlanta in a weekend list?

Thanks for checking out the post sweeties.

Have a fantabulous day! Love, Atalee

2 Comments

  1. Rusheena K McDermott April 26, 2019 / 1:39 am

    Love 💕…The outfits are super cute!!!
    I need to visit Atlanta.

    • gpbyatalee
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      April 26, 2019 / 4:56 am

      Thank you sweetie. It’s definitely worth visiting for sure. 🙂

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