One of my favorite pages of any magazine/publication is reading where people in my city spend their time. I love reading which coffee shops people frequent, where they do their shopping, get their hair colored and nibble their favorite bagel. So when the darling that is Melissa Gallagher of Coco + Mischa gave me this awesome notepad (designed by Sarah Lawrence) to fill out I was in heaven.
Tell me your recommendations for living my best Atlanta life in the comments. Who has the best pancakes? Who does the best reiki? Who can give me a bomb facial with non toxic products? I want to know!
My 24 hours in Atlanta goes as follows;
Breakfast at Java Jive- This is a classic. Retro tables and chairs straight out of a 50's diner, the sweetest folks serving up the best biscuits in Atlanta (I don't care what Atlanta Magazine says) and the blues and soul soundtrack piping through the sound system is ALWAYS the perfect way to start the day (warning- Java Jive is a cash-only establishment, but more than worth the trip to the ATM)
I get my morning caffeine infusion by way of Aurora Coffee in L5P. I've been going since I was a teenager...which seems like a million years ago. The coffee is expertly crafted, the staff are all genuinely nice and if you're lucky, you may even see a pretty important cast member of The Walking Dead sipping on a cold brew..maybe.
My favorite way to spend a morning is thrifting at one of the many amazeballs thrift stores in Atlanta. My favorites include Kudzu Antiques for 25,000 square feet of Mid Century Modern gems, industrial inspired furniture and more milk glass than this collector can comprehend. Kudzu is a curated, clean and beautifully merchandised space. Scotts Antique Market which runs the 2nd weekend of every month in the colossal Atlanta Expo Center really is an all day event. I have found so many treasures to take home in the years that I've been frequenting Scotts, but it's worth the $5 entry fee just to wander around the booths and soak it all in. Oh! And don't miss the booths outside. Even though you may have to hunt more, it's usually where you find the best bargains. I've found the most random things in Highland Row Antiques. Between the "Asylum for the Insane: Family Entrance" sign to bins full of black and white photographs from days gone by.
For lunch I have a controversial favorite. Walking into The Landmark Diner is like walking into a late 1980's time warp. I find the cheesy decor, blatantly faux plants and sugary sweet servers utterly delightful and the portions are HUGE! My ultimate favorite item on the menu (which has so many offerings it's borderline silly) is the French Onion Soup. I would bathe in a bathtub of it! The salty, cheesy, stodgy soup is utter perfection, I don't care what their health inspection says. For desert I'll skip the diner pie and opt for a drive to the Old 4th Ward fora delicious fruit cup from Lotta Frutta topped with a mountain of their coconut cream.The bright juicy building on the corner of Auburn Avenue is one of the greatest escapes in the city for real, you'll feel like you're on vacation whenever you're snacking on Myrna's menu.
In the Afternoon I'd hit up The High Museum of Art, Paper Ghost Studio or one of the many other art galleries that Atlanta has to offer. The art scene in Atlanta is as diverse as it is plenty. My favorite way to get out of a funk, or to get inspired is wrap myself in the arms of art like a cozy blanket, and depending on my mood there is always something new to see. We're lucky to have so many talented creatives in the city that the shows are often, in all kinds of spaces and well curated... I'm looking at you Facet, Notch8, Parlor and Wonderroot ;)
For dinner I'm hopping over to the Virginia Highlands to Mali for their Pad Thai. They use beautiful purple flowers as a garnish and I always end up with one in my hair by the end of the meal. It is my favorite "date night" dinner with my husband. Afterwards I'd hit up the perfectly retro Mercury in Ponce City Market for a Pimms cup , buy a treasure from their "Art-o- mat" art vending machine and marvel at their mid century modern majesty.
Late night calls for more cocktails! You can spot me and my gal pals belly up to the bar at East Atlanta Village's Argosy where the whisky pours like water and the smoking hot DJ takes requests!
The wee hours of the morning call for the best Honky Tonk that I know of; my beloved Southern Comfort. Their web presence is slim to none, so you have to believe me when I say that you haven't had a great night in Atlanta (technically Conley) until you've sang karaoke on a Sunday night at Southern Comfort. So many movies and tv shows have used this bar as the backdrop to tell their stories, but, if you want to buy me an insanely CHEAP well whiskey and (splash of) coke from the barkeep, I have a few of my own.