East Atlanta is the bohemian-chic neighborhood just east of downtown Atlanta, which many young locals call home. The area has been consistently on the rise since the 2000s. It’s a balanced blend of beautiful murals, buzzing bars and restaurants, yoga studios, hip and trendy independent boutique shops, and a vibrant nightlife.
Living in this area of Atlanta is considered in-town living since it is a mere 5 minutes away from the city center. The well-established community fosters many residents who are native to Atlanta. The area’s epicenter is at East Atlanta Village, a unique area of the town where good times are brought by live music and locally-owned bars.
East Atlanta is a hidden gem, a neighborhood acceptant of diversity, whose residents have a strong sense of community. With all the new restaurants and venues to explore, it’s impossible to get bored here. Plus, most of the places really worth visiting are locally-owned, which further enforces the sense of belonging.
Where to Eat
You might start by visiting We Suki Suki – A Global Grub Collective, a Saigon soup&sub shop serving a variety of ethnic dishes. This multicultural community-based food market was founded by Q Trinh, and employs passionate cooks who create delicious, home-style, affordable food. Inside We Suki Suki, check out Poki Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen, authentic Asian cuisine.
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Friday 12/9: :: MAI KIND OF BREAKFAST (MON – FRI, 8am – 11am) Asian Inspired Breakfast & Weekend Brunch: MAI KIND OF BRUNCH (SAT & SUNS, 9am – 3pm) :: WE SUKI SUKI (MON – SAT, 11am – 4pm) Best of Atlanta* Banh Mi, Boba Tea and Homestyle Pho :: POCO POMODORO (MON – SAT, 11am – 9pm) Home-style Italian Kitchen :: REVOLUTION GELATO (SUN – THU, Noon – 9pm), Fri & Sat (Noon – 10pm)Dairy Free, Gluten Free, All Natural Gelato :: ROTI (MON – SUN, 11am – 10pm) Homestyle Vegetarian Indian Soul Food :: POKE BURRI (TUE – SAT, 11:30am – 9:30pm) Japanese Burritos & Poke Bowls :: KISS MY BUNZ BURGERS (TUE – FRI, 11:30am – 3:30pm) Burgers beyond the Traditional Bun :: MAMOUNE’S HOMESTYLE HAITIAN (THU – SAT, 11:30am – 3:30pm), Authentic Haitian Cooking :: YEN KITCHEN (FRIDAYS only, 5:30pm – 9pm) Ghanaian, Geechee/Gullah Fused Vegetarian Vegan Food :: GYOZA GIRL (THU – SAT, 5pm – 10pm) Food From A Japanese Mom’s Kitchen :: LOS BORRACHOS GUAPOS (LATE NITES THURSDAYS – SATURDAYS, 11:30pm – LATE!) Gringo Mexican Foods :: MIDNIGHT MARAUDER (FRI & SAT Late Nites,11:59pm – 4am) Defender of the Late Nite Snack ::
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If you want to continue to support local businesses in the area, then stop by Emerald City Bagels and grab bagels for the office. This family-owned business is all about bagels: hand-rolled, long-fermented, boiled and baked the traditional way. It’s no wonder they won their first award for Best Bagels in Atlanta in 2015! Did you see their menu?
After work, you may want to unwind at a local bar, so why not make it Flatiron Bar and Restaurant. The well-known venue is a 21 and up non-smoking bar in the East ATL Village neighborhood, with a dog-friendly patio and award-winning food served from lunch until midnight. Located in the old Flatiron building, this is a great place to gather with friends and family for a mid-week meal. They also have a second bar, the Trophy Room, equipped with a pool table and a dart room.
And if you’re just craving a cup of coffee or you’re looking for a cozy spot to do your freelancing stuff or study, you don’t want to miss Hodge Podge Coffee, where you can enjoy some delicious homemade pastries, lunch items, teas, and homegrown coffee drinks. The venue is also available for private rentals, such as wedding receptions, community meetings, or workshop events. They also organize their own events and the location is kid-friendly, so there’s something to see and do here for everyone.
What to Do
Great music & good food is always a winning combo. Go out to the most notable venue in the area, The Earl, a local concert venue also serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks. The EARL—an acronym for The East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge—hosts national artists and it has been a staple in the community for decades.
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The weekends are made for exploring and shopping. This is why you might find yourself at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. This is something that the whole family is sure to enjoy, whether you’re shopping or just taking in the sights and sounds of the market. This is one of the oldest Atlanta farmers markets, providing local and seasonal produce since 2006, and featuring vendors, artisans, and farmers who grow and produce food locally. Located in a park across from the Midway Pub, the market even hosts an on-site Edible Learning Garden that offers garden education and children’s activities.
Moving to East Atlanta
Real Estate Snapshot
The upbeat and trendy East Atlanta community offers a variety of home options, condos, apartments, and houses. There are older bungalow-style homes going for around $150,000, as well as newly constructed homes that average around $550,000. The community boasts a range of houses from craftsman bungalows to farmhouse style homes, and the majority of people own their houses here. The 38% of residents who are renting in the area pay an average rent of around $1,219 per month for an apartment in East Atlanta.
One of the local rental communities is Alexan EAV, boasting a private beer garden, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a bark park, and many other perks.
Schools & Employment
East Atlanta is served by the Atlanta Public School System, along with alternative schools.
Grady Hospital and DeKalb Medical employ many residents in the area. Since it is also easily accessible from the airport, there are some in the area who also commute to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for work. Some work even closer to home in downtown Atlanta for companies such as the Southern Company and Georgia Pacific.
Freelancers can find amazing opportunities at Oxwork—a coworking facility in East Atlanta. This “success factory” provides premium offices and stimulating co-working facilities.
Getting to East Atlanta
To get to East Atlanta via MARTA take the rail to the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green line. After exiting the station, you will then have to take a bus to the neighborhood. If traveling from downtown, you can take the #74 bus from the Five Points MARTA station to get to East Atlanta.
East Atlanta is a great place to call home, especially if you are looking for an established neighborhood to lay your roots in. Find out what your rental options are in the area by visiting RENTCafé. With so many options, your only challenge will be picking the one best suited to your needs.
Featured image by East Atlanta Business Association Facebook page.
Published at Fri, 13 Dec 2019 08:25:11 +0000
Purchasing amazing gifts, beautiful decorations, and the right ingredients to prepare a home-cooked Christmas dinner can feel like a marathon right before Christmas. To top it off, going to the mall, fighting the crowds, and waiting in long lines can make the holiday experience downright stressful.
So, this Christmas, turn your shopping session from a chore into a fun treasure hunt by leaving the malls behind. Instead, choose to shop local and seek out charming boutiques on neighboring streets. This way, your special gift will certainly be unique, and your meal will be made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
If you’re ready to get started on your Christmas checklist, here are some of our favorite local retailers in D.C.
Via Umbria, located in Georgetown, brings the Italian region of Umbria to Washington, D.C. Stop here for a batch of high-quality ingredients for your Christmas cooking. In addition to offering a wide selection of authentic products—such as fresh deli meats and cheeses, candies, cookies, pasta, and oil—it also organizes wine and cheese tastings, exhibitions, and book clubs. Furthermore, those wishing to try authentic Italian food can sign up for one of their dinner or brunch experiences.
Stationery & Books
Kramerbooks & Afterwords is one of the city’s most beloved independent booksellers—with a twist. Besides carrying a wonderful selection of books, it also has a café and full-service bar where you can try some of its delicious food. As a bonus, the store organizes hundreds of book-related events each year, both in-store and elsewhere.
Next, you’ll find the largest collection of journals and notebooks in the city at Jenni Bick Custom Journals, as well as planners, sketchbooks, albums, and fountain pens. The knowledgeable staff will even help customize the journal of your choosing; for instance, engrave your name or that of a loved one into a journal and you have the perfect present!
Clothing & Jewelry
If you’re looking for something unique for someone special, stop by Tiny Jewel Box. The in-store experts will walk you through the process of purchasing the perfect piece of jewelry for your loved one. They carry a fine selection of diamonds, engagement and wedding rings, custom-designed jewelry, and watches.
The Phoenix features local and international conscious goods. Its selection of accessories, clothes, home décor, and garden goods are made by artisans and designers from all over the world. If you’re looking for affordable designer jewelry and semi-precious bead creations, look no further!
High-quality wooden children’s toys, books, crafts, clothes, and sporting goods are always in season at Kinder Haus Toys. What’s more, the merchandise is not only fun, but also educational and made from natural materials—mostly wood—and not powered by batteries. You’re sure to find a charming gift for any child here; the shop carries stuffed animals, puppets, block wagons, and puzzles, just to name a few. There’s also a playing area where your little one can have fun while you stroll the spacious store.
Miss Pixie’s boutique showcases an eclectic selection of vintage furniture and home décor items. It offers unique finds for antiques and vintage goods, including postcards, art, toys, and furniture. From Victorian to modern, mid-century or shabby chic, you’ll find the perfect accent pieces for your home here.
Urban Dwell offers a selection of merchandise that includes home goods, accessories, stationery, kitchen and bath products, paintings, and baby gifts. There’s something for everyone who ventures in, so chances are you’ll easily find a great and unique gift for a loved one.
Music lovers can gather at Songbyrd, a place where you can get your morning coffee, grab a bite to eat, pick out the latest vinyl records, and go down to the basement venue to listen to some live music. The café even has a 1940s recording booth where visitors can record their own vinyl on the spot. If you’re looking for a great gift for a music fan, be sure to pop by.
Spread the Christmas spirit even further by frequenting local, small businesses in the area like those listed above. Have we missed any of your favorite spots? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check them out.
Published at Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:26:33 +0000