Things to Do in Midtown Atlanta

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There’s nothing like living in a community that has everything you need. Take Midtown Atlanta, for instance.

A bustling metropolitan area, Midtown Atlanta – the city’s second largest business district – offers something for everyone. There are restaurants, theaters, bars, cultural attractions, and parks. Its central location makes it easily accessible through the MARTA system as well as by car, making Midtown Atlanta a convenient recreation destination for everyone in the city.

Here are some things you simply have to experience in Midtown:

Trying different cuisines

From casual to upscale fine-dining places, restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine abound in Midtown Atlanta. Veni Vidi Vici is a well-known Italian restaurant, while nearby Nan serves gourmet Thai food. Bacchanalia’s Southern menu, boasting 8-to-10 course meals, is also a hit among the dinner-jacket crowd.

Casual diners will enjoy making their own stir-fry in Chow Baby, or having a Mexican fiesta at Nuevo Laredo Cantino. There’s also the iconic drive-in restaurant, The Varsity, which has been dishing out delicious comfort food since 1928.

Walking the Red Carpet at Fox Theater

Walk in the footsteps of famous celebrities on the red carpet of Fox Theater on Peachtree Street. A National Historic Landmark, the legendary Fox Theater opened in 1929 and has since been the go-to place for film in Midtown Atlanta. It was saved from demolition in the 1970s and is now a popular venue for live shows and productions, movies, and even weddings and parties.

Going fishing

Yes, you can actually go fishing right in the heart of Midtown. Piedmont Park, one of Atlanta’s historical landmarks, is a 189-acre park that houses tennis facilities, an Aquatic Center, picnic and grilling grounds, and, yes, a lake. Lake Clara Meer is where you can actually go fishing for freshwater bream, catfish, large-mouth bass, and more. Remember to bring your State of Georgia fishing license.

Appreciating the arts

One of the best ways to experience Atlanta’s famous art scene is by visiting Midtown’s High Museum of Art. In it hang the works of masters like Monet, Tiepolo and Ernst, along with thousands of other pieces that include American, European, and African art, photographs, and modern artworks.

Shopping the day away

Upscale Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead are certainly the hallmarks of luxury shopping in Atlanta. If you’re in the mood for a more eclectic mix, however, Midtown’s Atlantic Station is the place to be. Its 50 shops include popular names like H&M, GAP, Dillards, Target and DSW. On the other hand, shopping at the Atlantic Station is a completely different experience with its streetscape setting complete with sidewalk cafes, a central park, and the TWELVE Hotel.

 Brushing up on your Shakespeare

The New American Shakespeare Tavern is the only Shakespeare Tavern in the country. It is the home of the American Shakespeare Society, which stages the great master’s work with an “Original Practice” approach. This means each production is consistent with the way the play would have been staged in Shakespeare’s  time: using, among others, pronunciation, costumes, and instruments as done in the original productions. Bolstering its literary and theatrical roots, the vibe in the Tavern is post-show casual, with cafe-style food served along with Irish ales and brews.