Random weekends away are the best. The idea of going to Atlanta came together quickly, pushed by the fact my sister recently moved there and my beloved Minnesota Vikings happened to be playing. Couple that with the weather in Minnesota is starting to turn for the worst, the idea of warmth and sunshine was appealing. We went in with not a lot planned, but ended up finding some gems. We didn’t even scratch the surface of things to do in Atlanta so here’s a (not so) comprehensive list of things to do while in Atlanta.
An overwhelming recommendation was Krog Street Market. I love food markets because your entire group can get whatever they want. So many food and drink options and eliminates anyone being upset for not getting the kind of food they like! Ryan and I definitely wanted to try Atlanta barbeque and ended up on a little patio at Sweet Auburn BBQ. The brisket was 10/10 and they had so many yummy barbeque options. I did a little research on good restaurants in Atlanta and stumbled upon Bon Ton, a Louisiana-meets-Vietnam restaurant where everything we ate was excellent. I could not recommend this spot more, especially if you love seafood. Highly recommend making a reservation beforehand. Sunday night, Ryan wanted to hit up one more brewery, so we had dinner at Wrecking Bar Brewpub. This space is SO neat and the food was excellent. I’d absolutely go here again – make sure to get the charcuterie board.
My husband would spend all day, every day at museums. I tend to differ greatly on that, however Atlanta does have several museums that would be worth checking out. We did head to Centennial Park to see the Olympic rings. In this area, you can also hit up World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. On Sunday, we went to Mercedes Benz Stadium to see the Vikings vs Falcons game. The game day experience is great, highly recommend getting to the stadium early to partake in the festivities.
Head to the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile multiuse trail that connects the city’s in-town neighborhoods. You’ll find many fun bar options. We first stopped at Brewdog because of course; Ryan needed to check out the local beer selection. From there, we headed to Lingering Shade, an upscale cocktail bar with Montauk vibes. We stayed there for a while and tried a ton of cocktail options. We ended our night at Ladybird where I ordered a cocktail served in a plastic pouch.
We were overwhelmingly recommended Ponce City Market. We did stop in quickly to check it out, but didn’t get any food or drinks. It’s basically Krog Street Market on steroids with tons of food, drink and shopping options. We’ll make this a priority next time we stop in Atlanta.
I have our whole trip saved on a highlight on Instagram called Atlanta ’23.