Live, shop and play at these hot, walkable Atlanta communities.
Take a load off on the green at Halcyon
At Halcyon in Alpharetta, the green space–equipped with vibrant green and orange chairs–between the shops and the iconic Cherry Street Brewpub, makes for the perfect afternoon hangout. Grab a refreshing iced coffee from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee (@1000hillscoffee), then stop by Society Boutique for trendy threads. Feel like being entertained? Check out Halcyon’s luxe CMX Cinébistro. Who doesn’t love cocktails and cinema? A bit of pampering is in order at the soon-to-open Clean Your Dirty Face that offers incredibly refreshing facials to get your skin summery soft. During the summer, Halcyon hosts a farmers market once a week, live music four times a week and many more events on the green, so be on the lookout for outdoor social hours. @visithalcyon
Located right off the BeltLine, the classic art deco-industrial building Atlanta Dairies remains, now with newly refined interiors for a fantastic shopping, living, dining and work environment. In the heart of the community is The Yard, over an acre of green space lush with trees and perfect for sipping drinks, lounging or working. If you’re seeking refreshments, head over to the Dairies’ Coffeehouse & Cold Brew Bar that has an astounding 14-tap cold brew set up that flows its made-in-house drinks. Whether it’s nitro coffee you crave, loose-leaf tea, or even a delicious smoked salmon toast, the Cold Brew Bar has it all. Next door, Wonderkid serves classic diner eats with a twist. Cool off with its frosty pouch cocktails—introduced during COVID-19—and enjoy on the patio. Be on the lookout for the new indoor music venue at the Dairies called The Eastern, slated to have a marvelous rooftop view. @atlantadairies
Krog Street Market
Access Krog Street Market straight from the BeltLine
Whether it’s a stroll down the BeltLine, a bicycle ride away or a walk down from your apartment, Krog Street Market is the place you’ll want to go for good eats. With savory bites like Bar Mercado’s Spanish tapas, fresh rice bowls from Makimono or Neapolitan pizza from Varuni Napoli, you may find yourself grabbing a bit of everything from the market hall’s 16 dining options. Due to safety precautions, the Living Room, a common dining area with family-style tables, is currently closed. But not to fret, walk outside to chat with friends while noshing on the market’s delights. If it’s sweets you’re craving, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has all the seasonal and traditional ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet your heart desires. Just ask to buy a pint to take the fabulous flavors home. As for shopping, turn the corner from the main building and visit The Collective (@thecollectiveatl) for vintage and local artists’ goodies and one-of-a-kind accessories. @krogstmarket
In front of the Regal Avalon theater, find a green space in the spring and an ice-skating rink in the winter.
Avalon’s 86-acre community in Alpharetta makes luxurious living, high-end shopping and delightful dining easily navigable. Stroll in from the apartments above or arrive via car, and start your visit to Avalon with a must-have Cubano latte from Café Intermezzo. On the east side of the Boulevard is MF Bar, known for its killer sushi, small plates, fresh ingredients and a fabulous patio and cocktail menu—you’re ensured an incredible meal. With several green spaces nearby, there’s plentiful spots to picnic, relax and, if you’re lucky, say hello to furry friends that usually wind up there. For dinner with a view, stop by the Napa-style Crú Food & Wine Bar and enjoy rooftop dining and a selection of over 300 wines. Look out for South Moon Under, as the casual-chic clothing store is always on trend, and even better, the floor-to-ceiling black-and-white-tiled entrance doubles as a chic background for photos. @avaloninsider
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market’s iconic facade honors its past as the Sears, Roebuck & Co. building
Whether you’re lucky enough to snag a Ponce City Flat above Ponce City Market, or if you’re just stopping by, the options for shopping, savory dining and activities are seemingly endless. Start your shopping at Citizen Supply for local and international artisan wares ranging from chic clothing to wellness and home goods. Wander down to the first floor to the eclectic Posman Books for the famed New York bookstore’s treasured collection of games, cards and, of course, books. Nearby, take the historic freight elevator up to The Roof for Skyline Park’s incredible city views, refreshments, carnival festivities and even minigolf—perfect for a group night out. On the far end of The Roof, ask for the open patio at 9 Mile Station to take in the Atlanta skyline while noshing on savory bites, or saunter inside 12 Cocktail Bar inside the iconic PCM tower for custom cocktails and mood lighting. @poncecitymarket
The Battery Atlanta
Attend free yoga sessions at The Battery Atlanta when the Braves aren’t playing at home.
The Battery Atlanta, neighboring Truist Park—home of the Braves—is a walkable venue with all the stops and shops to make for a good day of food, fun and fabulous cocktails. Peruse some of the shops on Battery Walk and stop by River Street Sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. For a savory meal, stop into the Terrapin Taproom for a specialty pint and barbecue from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Entertainment at The Battery Atlanta includes the spacious, refined Coca-Cola Roxy theater, known to line the streets on concert nights, and Waterloo Sunset, whose finely curated collection is a treasure trove of classics and today’s hits where music lovers can add to their vintage vinyl collection. Don’t forget to stop by the Atlanta Braves sign to pose for pics. (Pro tip: Make sure to get the rotating A in the background facing forward.) @batteryatl
Photography by: Atlanta Dairies photo courtesy of 360 Media, Inc.; all others courtesy of communities; clockwise from top, photos courtesy of: Avalon; the battery; Jamestown