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A Guide to Atlanta’s Hipster Neighborhoods

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Just as Nashville has become a haven for the young and hip, a recent influx of transplants looking for cheap places to live, as well as great restaurants and markets, have turned Atlanta into hipsterville. It’s even been listed as one of the top 35 cities for hipsters by Travel + Leisure, alongside Savannah, New York, Portland and San Francisco, among others. So should you be on the lookout for coffee shops, music venues and dive bars frequented by your peers, you just have to know where to look.

East Atlanta Village

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand

East Atlanta Village, or EAV, is a neighborhood between I-20 and Moreland Avenue popular with young Atlantans for its cheap cost of living and plentiful dive bars. While it was once a rather dangerous neighborhood, it’s a common place for the under 30s to move.

Enjoy the cheap eats at Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand , where a chicken sausage, wedgies and a red velvet milkshake are a must or try Mexican fare at Holy Taco. Fuel yourself with caffeine from Hodgepodge Coffeehouse And Gallery or a sandwich from Urban Cannibals. And for late night bites, check out the Asian influenced cuisine and scene at Octopus Bar . For live music, head over to The Earl, where you can catch some of the best lesser-known acts in town. Graveyard Tavern, and its accompanying music venue The Basement, is another place to see live music.

Cabbagetown (and Reynoldstown)

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

Cabbagetown is a neighborhood built on the area where the families of mill workers once lived. The warehouses have been transformed into expensive lofts and the shotgun style homes have been repurposed for hipsters to move in. The neighborhood, and Reynoldstown, a smaller version, is chock full of street art from Living Walls, as well as delicious restaurants. Check out the Krog Street Tunnel, where you’re always bound to see an impromptu photo shoot. Urban Oasis B&B, a former loft, is a great place to base yourself.

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

Chicken biscuit from Homegrown

For delicious bites, head to the diner style breakfasts at Home Grown, which also has their own garden where produce is grown. H. Harper Station is ideal for appetizers and swanky cocktails, not to mention their punch bowls housed in the rail depot turned restaurant. One Eared Stag has epic brunches and deals on $1 oysters and pony Miller Lites. Nick’s Food To Go may not look like much from the outside, as its covered in graffiti and a short walk from the highway, but this takeaway joint has the best Greek food around. And for cheap beers with fellow road bicycle enthusiasts, ride over to 97 Estoria, named for the bar’s address across the street from the Krog Street Tunnel.

Old Fourth Ward (and Grant Park)

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

The Beltline’s Eastside Trail

Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward is named for a former system of political districts. The area that surrounds Boulevard was once the most sought-after neighborhood in the 1800s, but progressively spiraled downwards in the 1960s. Projects within the last 20 years have revived interest in the neighborhood. Ponce City Market is the former Sears warehouse that is being transformed into a mixed use development for offices, apartments, retail spaces and restaurants. It abuts the Atlanta BeltLine Trail, a former rail line that is now a running and walking path. The Jackson Street Bridge was made famous from the opening scene of The Walking Dead, as the main character enters the abandoned city on horseback.

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

The Old Fourth Ward and Grant Park, located across Memorial Drive, are full of restaurants, coffee, shops and bars worth checking out. For locally roasted coffee poured artfully, go to Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop, Condesa Coffee or Dancing Goats Coffee Bar. The hood is also great for brunch at restaurants like Highland Bakery, Ria’s Bluebird and Two Urban Licks. For more delicious but cheap eats, you can’t go wrong with Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, a seafood joint overlooking Oakland Cemetery, Young Augustine’s, Agave or Noni’s. But for a fine dining experience, any and all of Kevin Rathbun’s restaurants are sure to please you, specifically Kevin Rathbun Steak or Krog Bar.

Should the nightlife come calling, Edgewood Avenue is the center of everything, with popular spots like Mother and Edgewood Speakeasy. For vintage arcade games, try Joystick and for borderline offensive decor, ping pong and choir robes, there’s nothing like Church, known better as Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. You can also catch a show at The Masquerade, one of the city’s top music venues and a former mill.

Be sure to see the fresh produce available at Freedom Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, or the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, which sells meat, produce and ready-to-eat dishes from vendors like Grindhouse Burgers, Bell Street Burritos and Arepa Mia.

Little Five Points (and Poncey Highlands)

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

Little Five Points is the city’s original hipster haven, bringing in bohemian types for the last 50 years. Named for the smaller area where five streets meet, “L5P” exists on the corners of Moreland and Euclid avenues. It’s popular for many things, but mostly for its shopping. The best vintage and gently used clothing can be found at Psycho Sisters, Buffalo Exchange, Clothing Warehouse and Rag-O-Rama. For boutique buys, try Cherry Bomb and for unique clothing and gifts for the alternative lifestyle, there’s nowhere quite like Junkman’s Daughter. Be sure to browse for vinyl and hard to find b-sides at Criminal Records.

For live music experiences, there’s nowhere that has hosted more well-known acts than Variety Playhouse, a former movie theater. But to scout for undiscovered acts, look for open mic nights at Five Spot or Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. Or catch indie flicks and documentaries at the Plaza Theatre.

atlanta's hipster neighborhoods

Porter Beer Bar

Beer geeks will love the award-winning beer bars like The Porter Beer Bar, Wrecking Bar Brewpub and Brewhouse Pub. Each has their own delicious food menus that pair with their brews. But for the best burger in town, enter the skull doorway at The Vortex Bar & Grill or sumptuous barbecue at Fox Brothers.

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  1. Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    489 Moreland Ave SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 474-9651
    http://www.thesausagestand.com
  2. Holy Taco
    Attraction in East Atlanta Georgia

    1314 Glenwood Ave SE
    East Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 230-6177
    http://holy-taco.com
  3. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse And Gallery
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    720 Moreland Ave SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 622-8525
  4. Octopus Bar
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    560 Gresham Ave SE
    Atlanta Georgia
  5. Graveyard Tavern
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1245 Glenwood Ave SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 622-8686
    http://www.graveyardtavern.com
  6. Krog Street Tunnel
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    Krog St SE
    Atlanta Georgia
  7. Urban Oasis B&B
    Hotel in Atlanta Georgia

    130 A-Krog St. Ste A
    Atlanta Georgia
    (770) 714-8618
    http://www.urbanoasisbandb.com
  8. Home Grown
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    968 Memorial Dr SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 222-0455
    http://www.homegrownga.com
  9. H. Harper Station
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    904 Memorial Dr SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (678) 732-0415
    http://www.hharperstation.com
  10. One Eared Stag
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1029 Edgewood Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 525-4479
    http://www.oneearedstag.com
  11. Nick's Food To Go
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    240 MLK Dr SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 521-2220
    http://www.nicksfood.com
  12. Ponce City Market
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    http://www.poncecitymarket.com/home
  13. Atlanta BeltLine Trail
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia
  14. Jackson Street Bridge
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    Jackson St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
  15. Octane Coffee + Little Tart Bakeshop
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    437 Memorial Dr SE, Ste A5
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 348-4797
    http://www.littletartatl.com
  16. Condesa Coffee
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 524-5054
    http://www.condesacoffee.com
  17. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    650 North Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 874-0370
  18. Highland Bakery
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    655 Highland Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 586-0772
    http://www.highlandbakery.com
  19. Ria's Bluebird
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    421 Memorial Drive Southeast
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 521-3737
  20. Two Urban Licks
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 522-4622
    www.twourbanlicks.com/index-home.htm
  21. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    437 Memorial Dr SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 523-6664
    http://www.sixfeetunder.net
  22. Oakland Cemetery
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    248 Oakland Ave SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 688-2107
    http://oaklandcemetery.com
  23. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    466 Edgewood Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
  24. Sweet Auburn Curb Market
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    209 Edgewood Ave SE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (678) 927-9401
    http://sweetauburnbakery.com
  25. Criminal Records
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1154-A Euclid Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 215-9511
    http://criminalatl.com
  26. Plaza Theatre
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 873-1938
    http://www.plazaatlanta.com
  27. The Porter Beer Bar
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    1156 Euclid Avenue Northeast
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 223-0393
  28. Wrecking Bar Brewpub
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    292 Moreland Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 221-2600
    http://www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com
  29. The Vortex Bar & Grill
    Restaurant in Atlanta

    438 Moreland Avenue Northeast
    Atlanta
    (404) 688-1828
    http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

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