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Key to the City

6 Delicious, Design-y Reasons to Move to Atlanta—or at Least Visit

Key to the City BY katie nave-freeman 04/25/2017

If you haven’t spent time in Atlanta lately (that ATL layover doesn’t count), it’s time you make the trip. Even before hitting the cultural zeitgeist thanks to Donald Glover’s excellent show, the birthplace of Coca-Cola was undergoing a creative renaissance thanks to a zillion new restaurants, a super-cool greenway, and a whole bunch of other awesome things that Megan Huntz, clothing designer and native of the super hot city (which you should never, ever call Hotlanta) is about to tell you all about.

 

Eat

KIMBALL HOUSE

This restaurant is in the old Decatur train depot, and it makes you feel transported back in time yet completely at home. They have fabulous old-school cocktails and the best oysters in Atlanta.

 

TICONDEROGA CLUB

“This tavern-style, neighborhood restaurant is in the very cool Krog Street Market. Their cocktails are specifically focused on celebrating Southern recipes and ingredients.”

 

EAT ME, SPEAK ME

“This is the spot right now. Local chef Jarrett Stieber is young and phenomenally talented, and he just makes magic. His focus is on local ingredients, which he turns into a level of food that could be called fine dining—but in a super-relaxed, completely unpretentious and unexpected setting.” 

 

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Do Things

BRICK + MORTAR

“Tucked inside Westside Provisions, this an antique and vintage design furniture store has an eclectic mix of true, Southern-style antiques and iconic mid-century furniture. They also host local pop-ups (including mine!), so there is always something new and fun happening in the shop. It's a real destination for unique and local finds.”

 

OLMSTEAD PARK

“We have great museums, but I personally love all the green space we have in Atlanta to get my creativity flowing. I walk through Olmstead Park nearly everyday. It's actually a series of linear parks created before the turn of the century by Frederick Law Olmstead, the same landscape architect who designed Central Park—and it’s right outside my front door! Ideas and inspiration often come to me while walking there.”

 

ATLANTA FULTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

“I have a soft spot for the Atlanta Fulton County Public Library—so much so that I shot my lookbook there! It was designed by Marcel Breuer, the last of the Bauhaus architects. One of the reasons I love Atlanta is because it's so complicated. The juxtaposition of the new and old, the traditional and modern make it the unique place it is.”

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