If you live, work or play in Atlanta, chances are you’ve heard a lot about the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine has become one of the most iconic features that Atlanta has to offer, transforming more than 22 miles of abandoned railroad into a walking and bike path. Even though the trail is not fully completed yet, Atlantans have fallen in love with the city again and have fully embraced the project and the new amenities that have come along with it.
The BeltLine’s success has launched even more urban renewal projects in Atlanta such as the Krog Street Market, Lee and White and some specifically on The BeltLine like Ponce City Market. The BeltLine has connected all different neighborhoods in Atlanta, see for yourself what makes it so great.
Food, Drinks and Retail
There is no shortage of good eating on The BeltLine. Most restaurants are located on the Eastside Trail but more are soon to come with the finished construction of the whole path.
Located in the heart of Inman Park, Krog Street Market formally known as the Stove Factory was designed to be as authentic as the 1920’s warehouse it resides in. The market is home to dining, bars and retail shopping. Retail stores include The Merchant that carries home furnishings and general gifts, The Collective which offers vintage clothing and antiques and Inman”s Candies, to satisfy any sweet tooth with a vintage candy store. Finish the day by dining in one of the markets southern grown restaurants. The Ticonderoga Club and Hop city offer a dining and bar scene. Opt for more Mediterranean flavor at Yalla or Tex-Mex at Bar Mercado, or pizza at Varuni Napoli.
Located right on the Eastside Trail, Ponce City Market has more than 35 retail shops and 32 restaurants. The food court style and open seating means that Ponce has choices that will please anyone. Botiwilla is a great option for some real Indian street food, Minero has a Latin flare with specialty cocktails, and 9 Mile Station which is a local rooftop beer garden with local brews. Ponce City Market also has a rooftop that includes attractions, restaurants and Skyline Park.
Two Urban Licks‘ newest addition to their patio is underway and overlooks the trail. They offer a brunch and dinner menu and all the drinks and cocktails that could go along with it.
Piedmont Park offers great dining like Woody’s Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks. Since 1975 Woody’s has brought the good ole Philly cheesesteak to Atlanta, and everyone loves them.
Located on the Westside Trail is Lean Draft House, an European inspired vintage pub that has tacos, beer and motorcycles. Stop in and choose from more than 20 draft beers and some Mexican cuisine.
Located right overtop of Piedmont Park is Park Tavern, one of the city’s most well known bars. They host a multitude of events like live music, ice skating and an annual 4th of July after party for the Peachtree Road Race.
Things to do
Skyline Park, located on top of Ponce City Market, is a beautiful view with some fun activities for the whole family. They offer old school carnival games and even a couple of amusement park like attractions. They also offer rooftop bars and restaurants.
The BeltLine is beautiful by foot but you can see more of it buy Renting a Bike. There are a few different rental places located all around the trail. The Eastside offers Atlanta Bicycle Barn and Skate Escape. Relay Bike station also has locations in the Historic Fourth Ward, Piedmont Park and on the west end of MARTA.
Public artwork is found all throughout The BeltLine including wall paintings, murals and sculptures which makes for great photo opportunities all over the trail.
Even in a big city, there are still beautiful parks to enjoy. The largest public park is Piedmont Park and connects to the Eastside Trail. They offer sports fields, a pool, and annual events like the Peachtree Road Race and festivals like Music Midtown. Built on an abandoned lot, Gordon White Park sits right on the BeltLine. It is located on the West End Trail.
To learn more about the BeltLine’s activities, shopping, and dining, check out the BeltLine website.