Located along the Chattahoochee River north of Atlanta, Roswell offers a myriad of dining, shopping and other activities, It is also a great place to settle down, buy a home and enjoy southern living.
Founded in the 1830’s, Roswell King and other settlers started a cotton mill which became a booming industry and a hub for many southerners. Today the more than 640 acre historic city is now home to some of the best downtown restaurants and bars and many events and attractions.
Where to Eat
- 1920 Tavern
- Ceviche Taqueria & Margarita Bar
- El Zarape
- Fickle Pickle
- Le Bistro at Roswell Provisions
- Little Alley Steak
- Osteria Mattone
- Roux On Canton
- Salt Factory Pub
- Spiced Right Smokehouse Barbecue
- Table & Main
- Zest On Canton
- The Mill Kitchen and Bar
Things to Do
Canton Street is home to Downtown Roswell’s dining and shopping scene. During the spring, summer and fall moths the streets come alive with live music and festivals. One of the town’s favorites is Alive in Roswell where every third Thursday of the month has live music and allows diners to walk with drinks on the street. Table and Main and 1920 Tavern are favorites on Canton Street for their southern cuisine. Grab a bite of New Orleans with Adele’s on Canton’s cajun seafood bar or wine and dine great Italian food at Osteria Mattone. There are options for everyone’s taste and to end the night, Canton Street has a few places to grab a post dinner drink. Canton St. Social and Rock N Taco serve handcrafted cocktails on the patio. So grab a drink and enjoy the live music.
Gate City Brewery is one of many craft breweries popping up in Roswell. It is located on Canton street and occupies two old mechanic shops. They offer over 20 house brewed draft beers and live music through the open garage doors on weekends. From the Earth Brewing company offers a wide range of beers while also catering to the whole family by serving locally sourced food. They have outdoor concerts drive in style and offer live music.
Alive in Roswell is a festival that runs from April until October and allows diners to carry their drinks openly throughout Canton Street while enjoying live music. Vendors set up booths and food is plentiful making this a great family friendly event.
Riverside Sounds is held from May until October, the streets of Roswell are brought to life on Saturdays with free live concerts with a diverse range of music genres. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
Roswell Arts Festival in September attracts people from around the community for live music and dance performances, games and activities for children, and booths promoting the arts. Local artists showcase their work and sell it during the festival.
Roswell Beer and Wine Festival With the beer festival in March and Wine festival in October, there is something to look forward to each season. Guests are able to walk up and down Canton street and try a multitude of different beer and wine choices from local businesses while stopping into restaurants for a bite to eat.
Roswell was founded in the 1830’s so there is plenty of old historic sites to see.
The Roswell Mill and Old Mill Park are built along Vickery Creek at the site of the old manufacturing mills. Located here are historic buildings and an old covered pedestrian bridge. Visitors can swim in the water surrounding the mill.
There are many historic buildings and houses that can be visited and some can be toured. Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall, Kimball Hall, Primrose Cottage, and Naylor Hall are all beautiful pieces of preserved history.
With all of these historic homes, there’s bound to be a few ghosts walking around. The Roswell Ghost Tour tells eerie stories of the hauntings of mill workers and terrifying tales of the many of the city’s oldest mansions.
Roswell is located along the Chattahoochee River so there are plenty of ways to see the beautiful ecosystem. Once occupied by Creek and Cherokee people, the river now has the 7-mile long Chattahoochee River Trail that includes parks with areas for picnics, fishing, lake activities and biking.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 127 acre educational center meant to educated visitors and preserve the natural ecosystem. The Nature Center includes a museum and plenty of educational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy.
Where to Live
Roswell is located along GA 400 which runs north/south and splits the city into the east and west. The city is mainly split into three sections, East Roswell, West Roswell and Downtown Roswell. It is important to understand the features and amenities of each part to find the most fitting place to live. To start, Roswell splits the GA 400 about 30-45 minutes away from the city of Atlanta and many major employment opportunities. This is an important when deciding which area of Roswell is the best fit.
Each section of Roswell is likely to cost on average a similar amount to surrounding metro Atlanta cities like Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Smyrna and Marietta. Overall the cost of real estate in Roswell is about 25% higher than some other metro Atlanta areas.
All three sections have access to park amenities and recreational areas like trails, lakes, bike paths and sports complexes, but East Roswell and Downtown have the easiest access to the Chattahoochee River. Retail and dining are great in all areas. West Roswell has more major retail stores and restaurants like Home Depot, Chic-Fil-A, Target and Walmart. East Roswell does not have nearly as many major retailers but does have North Point Mall close by in Alpharetta. Downtown Roswell is where all of the unique local restaurants and shops are located and has become what Roswell is most known for. The walkability and uniqueness of the area makes it truly special and different from other metro Atlanta cities.
Downtown Roswell is a clear winner when it comes to restaurants. These are locally owned and ran along with many boutiques. The dining scene ranges from sandwich shops and tacos to fine Italian and Mediterranean all the way to some of the nicest steak houses in metro Atlanta. The options are limitless and satisfy any craving, and the best part is it is all walking distance.
East Roswell is home to the largest suburb area and has two golf and country club communities. Downtown Roswell is perhaps the most sought after place to live with the ability to walk to Canton Street and other local areas. Anything within walking distance of Canton Street is likely to be the most expensive real estate in all of Roswell. These houses will get multiple offers and likely to be sold at a high price tag.
Each section has unique opportunities whether it is large retail shopping, nature and park access or walking distance from local stores. Who wouldn’t want to live here?
To learn more about the city of Roswell visit www.roswellgov.com
** Chattahoochee River photo courtesy of City of Sandy Springs.