Are you visiting Atlanta for Xerocon 2018 next week? Kabbage wants to welcome you to our amazing city! We’ve compiled a list of what to do, where to eat, where to shop and how to get around our bustling city. Check out the list below to help with your time here.
Near the event
- Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
The world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium houses more than 500 species from around the world that live in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water. The Georgia Aquarium is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Learn the story of the world’s most famous beverage and brand at the World of Coca-Cola. The museum has interactive exhibits to explore, in which you learn about the pharmacist who created Coca-Cola, experience a 4D theater show about the brand and sample every beverage owned by Coca-Cola in the world. The World of Coca-Cola is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- CNN Center & Philips Arena
1 Philips Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303
Philips Arena is a multipurpose venue for both sports and entertainment. It features concert tours, family shows, global conferences and is also the home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. It also connects with the CNN Center, so you can visit both easily. There aren’t many events happening this month for the Philips Arena, but CNN offers daily studio tours. The CNN Center also houses a wide variety of restaurants in its food court, from fast-casual options like Chick-fil-A and BurgerFi to full-scale restaurants like Dantanna’s and McCormick & Schmick’s.
- Catch a concert
Atlanta’s music scene is one to rival. The cultural capital of the new South, it houses incredible talent ranging from hip-hop legends to indie rock bands to classical musicians. Key venues include:
- The Tabernacle, a converted Baptist Church with an acoustically stunning stage
- Variety Playhouse, a Little Five Points staple that features artists from bluegrass to jazz
- Eddie’s Attic, a Decatur music club that highlights local musicians and acclaimed ones who got their start in Atlanta
- The Rialto Center, a more upscale venue that features Georgia State University’s musicians and world-renowned classical and jazz artists
A bit further out
- High Museum
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
The leading art museum in the Southeastern U.S., the High Museum Art Center is located just off of the Arts Center station on MARTA. The High may still be renovating most of its exhibitions, but there still a few on display. However, you can still enjoy a nice meal or drinks at Twelve Eighty or Octane Coffee/Bar and the art displayed outside of the museum.
- Fox Theatre
660 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
- Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
One of the largest cemeteries green spaces in Georgia, Oakland Cemetery was founded as the “Atlanta Cemetery” in 1850. The final resting place of Atlanta’s settlers, builders and notable citizens, it also showcases sculpture, architecture and botanical preserves. It also offers tours and events (like scavenger hunts, tunes from the tombs and free tours).
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) can help you get around Atlanta with ease. Day passes can be used for unlimited times a day. Make sure you read the map before you catch a ride! The closest station near Xerocon Atlanta is Peachtree Center on the Green Line.
Bird is an electric vehicle sharing company that Atlanta recently partnered with to provide more environmentally friendly transportation for Midtown residents. If you see a Bird, try it out! Simply download the app to get started.
It’s hard to make a short-list of where to eat in Atlanta. Atlanta offers an eclectic and diverse variety of cuisine (pick a country, and you can probably find it’s cuisine here). Here are three of our favorites:
- Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Summertime means barbeque, and that means looking no further than the award-winning Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Since 1990, it’s been one of Atlanta’s favorite BBQ spots and offers live blues nightly. Lines can be long due to its popularly and seating is first come, first serve, but it’s absolutely worth the wait.
40 7th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
For upscale dining, Ecco explores bold European flavors combined with an unparalleled wine list. Some favorites include their award-winning wood oven flatbreads, fried goat cheese drizzled with honey and various pasta. Reservations aren’t required but are recommended.
- We Suki Suki
479 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
We Suki Suki, a global grub collective, lies in East Atlanta Village. The tiny kitchen offers comforting bowls of pho, delicious bánh mì and grilled Asian eggplant. In the We Suki Suki foodcourt, you can also find Poke Burri, which offers poke bowls, sushi donuts and sushi burritos, and Lifting Noodles Ramen, offering traditional and modern ramen with a twist.
At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
There are many other restaurants in Hartsfield-Jackson for you to discover, but we’ve highlighted three we think you should visit:
- One Flew South
Housed in Concourse E, One Flew South has consistently been ranked as one of the best airport restaurants in the world. It offers “Southernational” cuisine, which is inspired by world travels and is made from fresh, local ingredients. It also offers a prepared to-go selection and solid cocktails.
- Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Grindhouse Killer Burgers offers build-your-own burgers, shakes, fries and drinks (and has been argued as the best burger spot in Atlanta). A full-service location can be found in Concourse D, and a second location can be found in Concourse T (with its own seating and large projector screen).
- Pashcal’s Southern Cuisine
If you’re looking to catch one more southern meal before you leave (or if you want one as soon as you land), visit Paschal’s Southern Cuisine. House in Concourse B, the restaurant opened in 1979 and is famous for their fried chicken and catfish, country-fried steak, mac ‘n’ cheese and Southern vegetable plates.
- Atlantic Station – an outdoor shopping center in Midtown
- Lenox Square – an upscale mall in Buckhead
- Phipps Plaza – an upscale shopping center in Buckhead
- Little Five Points – a thrift shopper’s haven
- Krog Street Market – one-of-a-kind, specialty items in Inman Park
- Ponce City Market – an infusion of historic and new life near Midtown
We hope you enjoy your time in Atlanta! If you have extra time, check out the various neighborhoods in the metro-Atlanta area. You’ll be sure to find your home away from home!