I recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) conference (I know, soooo MBA of me). I may have only been there for 4 days, which were full of conference events, but I felt like I got a good idea of the city, and definitely will be back. Below were the top 5 things I saw and did, and obviously think you should too when you travel there! Atlanta natives, let me know what you think, and what else you suggest!
1. Downtown / Midtown
Let me first point out that we stayed at THE BEST Air B and B -- you must check it out. It was walking distance from Piedmont Park and a super easy Uber to anywhere downtown or Buckhead. Midtown is the cutest area, and the restaurants all looked great! I had happy hour at Einstein's - highly recommended, and a lovely dinner at South City Kitchen (reservations recommended for sure). We magically ended up at Fado Irish Pub three nights in a row so needless to say, we loved the beverages and live music they had to offer. The area is nice, and the nightlife is plentiful.
2. Ponce City Market
HIGHLIGHT of the trip (sorry NABE). Check out their website - even that's cool. It is a variety of retail stores and restaurants with lots to see and do. The top floor is a carnival area which is fun to check out too. Let me tell you... be prepared for the tough decision that is what to eat for lunch. For an indecisive girl this was ROUGH. We decided on Bellina - I had homemade pasta and it was a great choice (go me).The shopping is awesome, so bring your piggy bank funds! For an added bonus head over to Paris on Ponce - this place is RAD.
3. The World of Coca Cola
Disclaimer: I am one of those travel weirdos who actually likes history and museums. Now that I got that off my chest, I want to say The World of Coca Cola was awesome! They have the original counter that Coca Cola was first served at, and tons of cool trinkets. The final room is the tasting room where you can sample their most popular flavors from each continent. I'd say 60% of them taste awful... but it's one of those things that you need to sample (and spit out) for yourself. This is definitely something worth experiencing.
4. Braves, Falcons and Hawks ... oh my!
Okay, I love sports, and I'm practically obsessed with baseball so this one seems like a given. We saw the last season for the Braves in the old stadium (Turner Field) which was built for the 1996 Olympics! Now, the new stadium (SunTrust Park) is out in the 'burbs - but still so worth it to go - the fans are great! Currently, the Falcons play at the Georgia Dome. This has been their home since 1992, but in 2017 they will be moving to the latest and greatest Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This stadium will also host Super Bowl LIII in 2019 - so, it's worth a visit. Shout out to my girl Mia who almost convinced me to skip Sunday of the conference to go to a game. Got to love a dedicated, persistent lady. Also, they have the Atlanta Hawks (their NBA team) who play at Philips Arena.
If you like to see - or participate in - the nightlife this is the 'hood for you. We started the evening at Big Sky. They have a great second floor with a balcony and it seems to be a popular spot as it got crowded around 10pm. After Big Sky, we ventured just down the street to The Pool Hall and Stagecoach. Both of these were poppin' and seemed to be a place people stayed for a while at. Stagecoach had a mechanical bull - FUN - and the drinks were inexpensive. PSA: Buckhead is an area for those 30 and under... it was totally my B to bring two married people out with all the youngins - so sorry Mia and Will. If you're looking for more options check out this Thrillist, they named plenty of popular spots.