Some people refer to Atlanta as the Next Great International City, but we think its time has clearly arrived. Don’t be fooled by Old South stereotypes—Atlanta is called Hot-lanta for a reason. It’s a fun city that has it all: big business, a sophisticated art scene, world-class museums, top-end dining, vibrant fairs and provocative theaters, each with a hint of the Southern charm for which the city is known. The only problem will be selecting which things you want to do. So sit back and relax as Hyatt opens the door to one of the most exciting cities in the world and says, “Please, after you.”

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art-Arts & Culture
Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 873 3391

 "Fine art" and "puppetry" may not seem like an obvious pair, but this center somehow makes the two fit together perfectly.

Dad’s Garage

280 Elizabeth Street

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 523 3141

Whether you like to chortle, chuckle, gaffaw or just plain crack up, this improv theater delivers the laughs you need.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 929 6300

Fernbank understands the coolest part of dinosaurs-prey-versus-predator battles-so their best exhibit is frozen in survival mode. On Friday nights, the museum also understands that a martini goes well with IMAX.

Fox Theater

660 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 881 2100

The opulent Moorish décor leaves an indelible impression, while the venue's history and live shows make the Fox Theater inextricably Atlanta.

High Museum of Art

Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 733 5000

International acclaim isn't easy to attain, but after a 2005 expansion by designer Renzo Piano, this museum made it look like a piece of cake.

Laughing Skull Lounge

878 Peachtree Street

Atlanta, GA

+1 877 523 3288

At this place, it's not the size of the club that matters, but the size of the laughs.

Museum of Design Atlanta

Peachtree Center, Marquis Two, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 979 6455

The only place in the South dedicated to design, this small museum doesn't need a lot of space to make a big impression.

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

499 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 874 5299

This theater presents traditional Shakespearean plays and other classics in the perfect environment: a tavern.

Theater in the Square

11 Whitlock Avenue

Marietta, GA

+1 707 422 8369

This controversial theater is housed in a building that used to be a cotton factory, but the works they produce are anything but fluff.

Variety Playhouse

1099 Euclid Avenue

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 524 7354

Built in 1930 in the now edgy Little Five Points neighborhood, this concert venue with nightclub tendencies is a casual place to see a show or blow off some steam.

Places to Visit in Atlanta
Quilt Plaza at Centennial Olympic Park

265 Park Avenue ,West NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 223 4412

Meant to celebrate the spirit of the 1996 Olympics, the Quilt Plaza has five, 60-foot-by-60-foot monuments that have become the spirit of Atlanta.

The Georgia Explorer at the Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker Street NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 581 4000

Get to know the different critters living off Georgia's coast, if only because you want to know something about what you’re eating later.

Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

18 Whitlock Avenue

Marietta, GA

+1 770 794 5576

The only thing this museum doesn't tell you about Gone with The Wind is how to make a dress from green velvet drapes.

Rhodes Hall

1516 Peachtree Street NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 885 7800

Constructed from Stone Mountain granite, this home is one of the few remaining mansions from Atlanta's days of down-home opulence.

Sky Hike at Stone Mountain

1000 Robert E. Lee Drive

Stone Mountain, GA

+1 770 498 5690

At this adventure course, a hike means being suspended above the treetops, leaving you wondering why you didn't know you were scared of heights.

The World of Coca-Cola

121 Baker Street NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 676 5151

With commercials from around the world and art influenced by a popular fizzy drink, this is the place to go for a comprehensive "pop" culture education.

Breakfast-Places to Eat, Drink & Play-Atlanta
Quinones at Bacchanalia

1198 Howell Road

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 365 0410

You’ll eat what they give you, mostly because this restaurant serves a prix-fixe menu. You won't mind either, because the specialty is Southern cuisine using local ingredients.

Big Daddy D'z BBQ Joynt

264 Memorial Drive

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 222 0206

You may be lured here by the sloppy, savory barbecue, but the locals know the sides, like fried okra and cornbread, are the real bait.

Bone's Restaurant

3130 Piedmont Road NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 237 2663

With legendarily thick lamb chops and a juicy porterhouse, you'd expect the primary clientele at this restaurant to be Vikings, not businessmen.

Brick Store Pub

125 East Court Square

Decatur, GA

+1 404 687 0990

The pub grub is good to go, but the litany of beers has beer geeks in a state of frenzy.  


4199 Paces Ferry Road NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 770 432 2663

With pebbled walkways and a plush landscape surrounding the restaurant, the fresh-baked bread and summer corn soup aren't the only attractions here.

Holeman and Finch

2277 Peachtree Road, Suite B

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 948 1175

This tavern prepares only 24 gourmet burgers every night and promptly serves them on a first-come-first-served basis starting at 10 p.m. We recommend getting there early.

Lunacy Black Market

231 Mitchell Street NW

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 736 6164

People come here to experience the eccentricities of Chef Paul Luna-talking on a cell phone is verboten-as well as  the perfectly prepared small plates.

Mary Mac's Tea Room

224 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 876 1800

With good old-fashioned offerings like mint juleps, fried green tomatoes and Georgia peach cobbler, it's no wonder this restaurant has been around since 1945.


1170 Howell Mill Road

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 968 2033

The food and drink are just fine, but the indoor bocce ball court and old-fashioned darts make this bar a fun experience more than simply a place to go.


1397 Highland Avenue

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 347 9747

Boasting menu selections like a peanut butter and bacon patty melt, this Inman Square restaurant serves up Southern comfort food with a side of creativity.

Great Shopping in Atlanta
The Bilthouse

511 E. Ferry Paces Road NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 816 7702

Everything is for sale, including the folk art on the walls, at this truly unique shop. That means every purchase is a one-of-a-kind.

Chamblee Antique Row

3519 Broad Street

Chamblee, GA

+1 770 458 6316

People come here for the pristine antiques and collectibles, but stay for the mid-17th century homes, churches and stores from which the dealers operate.


1114 W. Peachtree Street

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 381 1178

Specializing in designer denim and boasting other sharp duds, this shop caters to the shop-a-holic searching for style without ruining your credit rating.

Drew Lewis

845 Spring Street

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 881 5359

In addition to pieces that will transform your wardrobe, this shop is dog friendly, allowing every man to go shopping with his best friend.

Meringue Boutique

1393 North Highland Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 724 0960

Shopping here keeps you fashionable and out of the whole "no-way-she's-wearing-the-exact-same-dress-as-me" situation.


1000 Piedmont Avenue Suite D

Atlanta, GA

+1 404 541 2357

If you're searching for a gift or that perfect accent piece, this boutique specializes in sophisticated wares that help you see a piece of art in the everyday.

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