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    Here's How To Have A Perfect Weekend In Atlanta, Georgia

    Biscuits, brews, botanical gardens, bicycle tours. Oh, and very tiny doors.

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    PSA: Atlanta needs to be added to your travel bucket list. From bookstore cafes and city markets to speakeasies and *gulp* blueberry cobbler popsicles, it's a place that SHOULD NOT BE MISSED.

    Which is why we've decided to compile a super helpful travel guide. Just for you!

    We’ll break down everything you need to know for your trip: where to eat, where to drink, where to lay your head at night, and — OF COURSE — all the bucket list checkmarks that no ~Hollywood of the South~ trip is complete without.

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    Comfy beds. Delicious breakfasts. A newly-renovated lobby complete with a swanky bar (the kind you’d see in, say, a Gossip Girl: Atlanta spin-off). These can all be found at The Whitley, a boutique hotel that feels equal parts trendy and welcoming.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed, The Whitley

    Converted from the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, The Whitley offers luxury accommodations and amenities that include the below:

    The Spa: Be prepared to indulge in rejuvenating massages and much-needed manicures and pedicures, all just an elevator ride away. You'll have access to a Himalayan salt room, the likes of which are said to draw impurities from the body and reduce inflammation — in other words, this is the place to be if you're battling the sniffles

    Trade Root: Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner spread without having to leave the hotel lobby. Breakfasts include everything from house-made pastries to fried green tomatoes and eggs benedict, while the lunch and dinner menus boast truffle mac & cheese and barbecue grilled salmon. Oh, and if you're feeling hungry at midnight? No worries. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day.

    A fantastic location: You've chosen the right hotel to rest your head at night if you're in the market for some new clothes! The Whitley is located just a few minutes from The Shops Buckhead, which is comprised of six city blocks' worth of high-end shopping. *says goodbye to savings*

    Address: 3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

    Rates starting at $270 per night.

    Scour Airbnb for a place that best suits your needs (and party size). The ~tiny house~ below comes equipped with a hidden bedroom, a loft bedroom, one bathroom, a ping pong table out back, and decor that looks like it came hot off the Pinterest express.


    Book the above Airbnb, with rates starting at $85 per night.

    Browse more hotel options at Trip Advisor, Hotwire, Expedia, or

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    Be prepared to fall in love with the Atlanta Botanical Garden — even if you don't have a green thumb/can't keep a succulent alive/kind of hate the outdoors. Known for the 25-foot sculpture dubbed the Earth Goddess (fabulously pictured below), this 30-acre garden is home to gorgeous exhibits and displays that will genuinely take your breath away. / Via @atlbotanical

    Some exhibits change constantly, which means that this botanical garden is the kind of place you'll want to visit again and again (and again). They currently have an Alice in Wonderland-inspired display and will have a scarecrow-inspired display come October 1 (ugh, I love all things fall).

    Trip Advisor Review: "One of my favorite things to do on any trip is to visit any and every garden I can find. I usually don't read much about them before I go (I love to be surprised) and boy, I was a happy camper at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! It is a glorious work of art. The tulips were ebullient. The orchids were magnificent. Just breathtaking. DO NOT MISS this wonderful place!" —CoveDweller

    Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309-3366

    Tickets starting at $21.95.

    Atlanta = the ~Hollywood of the South~ because so many movies and shows are shot there. Book a filming location highlight tour or opt for itineraries that cater to specific fandoms, the latter of which would probably appeal to Stranger Things and The Walking Dead devotees.


    Promising review: "What a way to exceed expectations! Our amazing tour guide for our Stranger Things tour, Derek, answered all questions during the tour and took great photos and videos of us at every spot. You can expect to see at least 10 of the filming locations that range from the children’s homes to Hawkins lab and even places from S3! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great time (especially us nerds)! Even if you're not a hardcore fan, you will get your money’s worth. Could not recommend this tour enough!" —brookebauman

    Tours on Viator starting at $20.

    Tiny Doors ATL (started by artist Karen Anderson Singer) is an initiative that installs 7-inch doors throughout Atlanta, strategically placing them to encourage exploration throughout the city. They are so fun to find, so fun to photograph, and my only regret is not seeing all 15 of them.

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    You can locate each door here.

    Make sure you don't 👏 miss 👏 anything 👏 by way of a guided bike tour. Highlights of said tour include stopping at the Victorian Garden Cemetery, Krog Street Tunnel (known for stellar graffiti art), the Jackson Street Bridge, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.


    This tour lasts about two and a half hours, and provides you with everything you'll need for a comfortable ride: This includes bikes, helmets, snacks, and water,

    Promising review: "It was an easy ride through some beautiful neighborhoods that had just the right amount of stops along the way with some great information at each one. Our guides Tim and Walt were personable, friendly, and knowledgeable. The equipment we were given was excellent and safety was paramount each step of the way, with Tim often leading the way with my 12-year-old right by his side." —A TripAdvisor Reviewer

    Tours on Viator starting at $59.

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    Books. Coffee. Pastries. Cozy Chairs. It can all be found at Read Shop Atlanta, which is *the* place to relax whilst sipping your morning espresso and chewing on a croissant. Oh! And they also carry Stumptown chocolate cold brew, which is a caffeine fix sure to delight your taste buds.

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    Yelp review: "This coffee shop is amazing. Their espressos are so friggin' good that anytime I'm in the area, I make sure to stop to grab a cup. The staff are super awesome and patient and will make sure your drink is perfect. Also, be sure to try their Stumptown chocolate cold brew. It's out of this world." —Jonathon P.

    Address: 4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE Atlanta, GA 30339

    Brunch at Buttermilk Kitchen = a stairway to heaven in the form of fried chicken and waffles, vegan cereal bowls, lobster omelettes, and delicious biscuits that actually melt in your mouth. Wash it all down with a ~salty dog~ drink: prosecco mixed with house-squeezed grapefruit juice and lime. Or opt for a mimosa! You can never go wrong with a mimosa. / Via @buttermilkkitchen

    Have breakfast and lunch from Tuesdays to Fridays, be sure to grab some brunch on the weekends.

    Yelp review: "Y'all, let me just say this...BEST BISCUIT OF MY LIFE!!!! I'll start with the food, because the meal was so incredible. I had a cold brew with almond milk which was delicious. I am a traditional breakfast person and I absolutely loved the BK Platter. I chose eggs over easy, bacon (thick cut heck yeah), hashbrown fritters (a little greasy and I wish I'd changed them out for grits), and THE BEST BISCUIT EVER that came with blueberry jam. This biscuit was so moist, buttery, and just cooked to pure perfection. The atmosphere of this place is just so homey and welcoming. It's a house and you can eat at the bar or at a table in one of the side rooms. The staff was incredible and everyone that came to our table was so nice and welcoming." —Alex D.

    Address: 4225 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30342

    For fine dining, please sprint to Lazy Betty. An open kitchen allows diners to see their food being prepared and, while the menu is constantly changing, you can expect to feast on delicacies such as pekin duck, charred Spanish octopus, and blood orange sorbet. *cue stomach grumbling*

    Lazy Betty

    Lazy Betty offers three tasting menus featuring your option of seven courses, ten courses, or a vegetarian spread.

    Psst, this restaurant was founded by the Hsu family (who got their love of cooking from their mother, Betty, the namesake of the restaurant) and Chef Aaron Phillips.

    Another "psst" moment is that Executive chef Ronald Hsu was a contestant on the Netflix cooking competition show, The Final Table.

    Yelp review: "What an experience! Service was impeccable, seriously probably one of the best dining experiences in Atlanta. The food was inventive, creative, and playful, and we really enjoyed our meal. They were also very accommodating to dietary restrictions! I substituted two dishes and expected something thrown together, but both were very thought out. A few notes about the food...the dessert. Out of this world. Beautiful, well balanced, complex, and tasty. The octopus was also so delicious and tender." —Stephie P.

    Address: 1530 Dekalb Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307

    Make your reservation here.

    Indulge in a sweet treat at the Inman Park King of Pops window! While we can spend all day talking about which popsicle flavor is best, here's just a sampling of the ones I'd gladly eat every day: coconut chocolate sea salt, blueberry cobbler, blackberry ginger, and grapefruit mint. / Via @kingofpops

    Yelp review: "King of Pops offers the best of the best popsicles with flavors that you won't find anywhere else. We've tried several flavors: chocolate sea salt, Mexican chocolate, and Thai tea. The formulas somehow balance out thirst-quenching juices and creamy flavors that melt perfectly in your mouth! This location is especially convenient for those taking a walk on the beltline. The lady serving us went above and beyond as to cutting off the top of the plastic wrappers for our convenience! Each popsicle is only $3, and they also serve 'pupsicles' for your furry friends for $2 - $3, depending on size! This will probably become a regular for us every time we are in midtown." —Grace Mao W.

    Address: 337 Elizabeth St NE Atlanta, GA 30307

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    Converted from the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, Ponce City Market serves as a gathering place for delicious food and experiential shops — at Topstitch, for example, you can learn how to sew. Oh! And be sure to head on up to the roof for drinks, games, a massive slide, and unparalleled views of the Atlanta skyline. / Via @poncecitymarket, AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Some Food Hall highlights include Brezza Cucina (Italian food), Minero (Mexican food), Five Daughters Bakery (donuts), and Honeysuckle Gelato (gelato shakes and sandwiches).

    Trip Advisor review: "So many locals recommended checking out Ponce City Market on my recent trip to Atlanta. We were not disappointed! We pulled up to an industrial building with lots of high-end shopping, and many restaurants to choose from — there is a little bit of every type of food here. Plus, the atmosphere is great, the workers are helpful, and the place was clean. A fun stop!" —Laurie G.

    Address: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308-1884

    Escape the bustling city by way of the 180-acre Piedmont Park, a huge plot of greenery located right in the center of Atlanta. The park is always hosting fun (and free) events, so be sure to check out their calendar for a detailed list of happenings! / Via @piedmontpark

    Piedmont Park is the perfect place to bring a book and a blanket, go for a jog, eat your lunch, etc.

    Trip Advisor review: "I live in Midtown and feel so lucky to have Piedmont Park just steps away. Whether it’s the Dogwood Festival or free yoga, there is always something going on here. Even on a quiet Tuesday, I love exploring the park— it’s huge and every inch is beautiful. And during the summer, be sure check out the free concerts at Park Tavern!" —Monica

    Address: 1320 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306-3440

    Joystick Gamebar combines drinks, light bites, and arcade games that only cost one quarter (!!!!) per play. If "divebar" best suits your aesthetic, you've come to the right place.

    Joystick Gamebar, / Via @joystickgamebar

    Yelp review: "TLDR: Fun spot for drinks and classic arcade games. If you're looking for something different from your typical bar scene and/or in need a night spot for your inner nerd, Joystick is a great option for a fun night. While there are no shortage of bar options on Edgewood Ave, Joystick can be a great change of pace and bring out some friendly competition amongst you and your friends. What's great about Joystick is that all of the games cost only costs 25 cents per play! If you have ten bucks to spare, you should be able to play almost all of the games multiple times. You can exchange ten bucks for a roll of quarters at the bar and you can get right to playing. Some of the games even have cup holders attached to the side of the machine, so you can safely put your drink down while you play." —Joseph D.

    Address: 427 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA 30312

    To my fellow speakeasy connoisseurs, Red Phone Booth is a must! With an extensive list of craft cocktails and a cigar menu for the ultimate prohibition experience, this nostalgic spot won't leave you disappointed.

    Red Phone Booth

    Yelp review: "I cannot day enough good things about this place! I was in Atlanta for work and a friend recommended we stop by and I was totally blown away by how great of a spot this is! The first thing that really shocked me was the telephone booth that doubles as an entrance (how exactly I'll leave up to you to find out)! Once inside you can see how dedicated the establishment is to providing you with an authentic speak-easy feel. There is a beautiful bar, a nice table-seating area, and a cozy living room with leather couches and chairs. The drinks are incredibly delicious and very fairly priced for how quality they are. The drink list is massive, so I highly recommend knowing what type of liquor you want to go for, then finding something fun and different on the menu. If you're a cigar person, there are also lots of options for you to smoke inside (if you don't like smoke I don't recommend coming in)." —Kat W.

    Address: 17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE Atlanta, GA 30303

    And with that, I bid you goodbye! Enjoy your trip to Atlanta and please enjoy a King of Pops popsicle (or two) in my honor.

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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