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Visiting Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill Neighborhood

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Settled in the 1850s, Castleberry Hill was once called “Snake Nation” for the prominence of snake oil salesmen. It served as the city’s red-light district and industrial neighborhood for cotton warehouses. It was later named for local businessman Daniel Castleberry and was federally listed as a historic district in 1985. It’s also located near Atlanta’s historically black colleges and universities. This downtown-adjacent neighborhood is one that many visitors pass through without realizing it, but it’s worth exploring further.

Favorite Neighborhood for Hollywood

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The Gulch

In the 1990s, the run-down appearance led it to be used in dystopic films like Freejack and Kalifornia. Today, Castleberry Hill is still known for its association with film and the arts. Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. has their office here, showcasing the area’s best filming locations. Among the projects filmed in the neighborhood in the last few years alone are Captain America: Civil War, BET’s Being Mary Jane, Ride Along, The Boss, and The Walking Dead, among many others. Driving Miss Daisy was filmed right across the street long before the state became known for their tax incentives. 

Sports Fans Welcome

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Georgia Dome and Mercedes-Benz Construction

Castleberry Hill also sits in the shadow of the city’s sports complexes. In fact, it was the Centennial Olympics that renewed interest in developing the neighborhood. The Georgia Dome will soon be replaced by the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home for the Atlanta Falcons. It’s here that the 2019 Super Bowl will take place. With this new development comes more commerce, including restaurants, shops, and a Hard Rock Hotel, which broke ground this month.

Castleberry’s Best Eats

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Paschal’s fried chicken

Dozens of businesses line Walker and Peters streets representing all types of cuisine. Paschal’s Restaurant is a culinary and cultural icon, playing host to Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy in its former location. Today, you can see the images of these great citizens as you enjoy their fried chicken, their most famous dish. The Smoke Ring serves up barbecue with all the sides, while No Mas! Hacienda & Cantina and adjoining ADios Cafe take you south of the border. No Mas was one of the first businesses to set up shop here in the 1990s. Bottle Rocket Fine Food and BeverageBlu Cantina, Spin, 225 Tapas Lounge, Pearl Restaurant & Lounge and Elliott Street Deli & Pub are also neighborhood favorites.

A Love of the Arts

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Artwork on Elliot Street

A number of art galleries also exist in Castleberry Hill, where locals and visitors alike enjoy the Second Friday Art Stroll. Murals on walls now document the area’s notable residents. The Goat Farm has also set up a creative space in the neighborhood. To create your own works of art, visit Mass Collective or The Blu’ Bisque

Living in the Hill

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Relay Bike Share at Mitchell Street

Former industrial spaces like cotton warehouses and garages were transformed into hip lofts in preparation for the 1996 Olympics. The neighborhood’s residents are fiercely proud and community oriented, holding events like their annual chili cook-off. Castleberry Hill is a short walk from three MARTA Stations, including the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Transit Station, Garnett Station, and Vine City Station. You’ll also find a Relay Bike Share area where you can borrow a blue bike to get around the city.

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  1. Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc.
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    327 Nelson St SW
    Atlanta Georgia
    (855) 255-3456
    http://atlantamovietours.com/
  2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    35 Northside Dr NW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (678) 686-4400
    http://mercedesbenzstadium.com/
  3. Paschal's Restaurant
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    180 Northside Dr SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 525-2023
    http://www.paschalsatlanta.com/
  4. The Smoke Ring
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    309 Nelson St SW
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 228-6377
    http://www.smokeringatlanta.com/
  5. No Mas! Hacienda & Cantina
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    180 Walker St SW
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 574-5678
    http://www.nomasatlanta.com/
  6. ADios Cafe
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    180 Walker St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 574-5678
    http://www.adioscafe.com/
  7. Bottle Rocket Fine Food and Beverage
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    180 Walker St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 574-5680
    http://www.bottlerocketatl.com/
  8. Blu Cantina
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    257 Peters St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 963-2454
    http://www.blucantina.com/
  9. Pearl Restaurant & Lounge
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    253 Peters St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 524-9353
    http://bcspearllounge.com/
  10. Elliott Street Deli & Pub
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    51 Elliott St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 523-2174
    http://www.elliottstreet.com/
  11. Mass Collective
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    364 Nelson St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    http://masscollective.org/
  12. The Blu' Bisque
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    323 Nelson St SW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 593-1431
  13. Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Transit Station
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    100 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
    Fulton County Georgia
  14. Garnett Station
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    Fulton County Georgia

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