“Don’t call it Hotlanta.”
So began my friend Martin’s email with advice on what to do and see in Atlanta, causing me to laugh out loud.
Greg is a consultant and travels Monday through Thursday for work, and has been in Atlanta the past several months. Recently, rather than flying him home, his company flew me to Atlanta for the weekend. I’d never been before so I was excited to finally see the city!
We started at Georgia Tech, where Greg’s dad went to school.
The best part about the campus? The hammocks! I wish they had these at my college!
Greg is lucky enough to have family in Atlanta, so the next day we went to explore Ponce City Market with his Aunt Condit and Uncle Bill.
Ponce City Market is essentially a mall with shops and restaurants.
However, unlike most malls, it opens directly onto Atlanta’s BeltLine.
Like NYC’s High Line, the BeltLine is a series of former railroad tracks which have been converted into trails. It’s essentially a walkable loop around Atlanta, and along the way you travel through parks and pass restaurants and markets.
You can also find street art, like this mural asking, “Have you been to Hoboken?” Since Greg used to live in Hoboken we got a kick out of that.
And you’ll pass by the best street in all of Atlanta, the one named after me!
For lunch we stopped at New Realm Brewing Company which is right on the BeltLine.
There we had beer (obviously).
And a delicious lunch. I definitely recommend stopping here!
And if you do stop for lunch, you have to order the B-Atl Grilled Cheese with bacon, Thomasville Tomme, Georgia apple butter and arugula.
And the Cheddar Crusted Mac and Cheese with a Belgian Amber Glaze.
The next day Greg and I also had a delicious lunch along the BeltLine at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall.
It’s a cute outdoor spot that I also recommend.
Greg dined on the Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit.
And I had the Fried Chicken Sandwich. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a connoisseur, but I thought it was the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted!
And of course we ordered the Mac-n-Cheese!
We finished our weekend by visiting the World of Coca-Cola.
I’ve visited the Cadbury factory in New Zealand and the Guinness Factory in Ireland, so I figured this would be similar. However they don’t actually make Coke at the World of Coca-Cola. Instead it’s framed as a Coke museum, but it really feels like a massive advertisement for Coca-Cola… that we paid money to see!
It’s pretty gimmicky, like having a vault where the secret Coca-Cola formula is kept.
And the “museum” skipped over the most interesting aspects of Coca-Cola’s history, like how it used to be made with actual cocaine!
But we did walk away with these hilariously tacky souvenir photos, so at least there’s that?
And whatever you do, don’t call it Hotlanta!
P.S. You can shop my looks below:
Zig Zag dress by Parker (discounted here)
Floral dress by Dina Agam (significantly discounted here)
Black and white dress by Hunter Bell (significantly discounted here)
Purse by ZAC Zac Posen (discounted here)
Sunglasses by Burberry (here)