5 Downtown Atlanta Gems You Need to Rediscover

June 11, 2019

If you haven't been to Downtown Atlanta in a while and soon find yourself in the neighborhood, you'll likely notice that some exciting changes are afoot. Here's a quick spotlight on a few destinations worth rediscovering.

Peachtree Center

Downtown's office, retail, and dining destination just underwent some massive renovations that have breathed new life into Peachtree Center's public spaces and amenities, most noticeably the outdoor plaza and The Hub (aka the mall and food court). Pass a few peaceful moments by the plaza's new water features before heading downstairs to enjoy a meal at one of the dining outlets, like the beloved Aviva by Kameel or newcomer BEP! Vietnamese, and to do some shopping. Fun fact: Peachtree Center is now home to an escape room experience.

South Downtown

Fueled by a number of catalytic projects soon to be underway--from the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta and the Gulch and the renovation of 45+ historic buildings acquired by Newport US RE--South Downtown is poised to undergo enormous transformation in the coming years. In the meantime, we recommend a walk down to Mitchell Street, aka Historic Hotel Row, to explore Newport's Pop Up Row, where eight retail spaces are currently home to local creators, artists, and makers (through July). Bonus: Hotel Row hosts food trucks for lunch on Thursdays.

Centennial Olympic Park

In honor of the Park’s 20th anniversary, the Georgia General Assembly, the private sector, and the philanthropic community came together to raise funds for improvements and projects aimed at increasing community access, strengthening Olympic heritage, and enhancing the visitor experience.The exciting updates include a new entrance on Baker Street, the transformation of Andrew Young International Blvd into a pedestrian promenade, more greenspace and open vistas, and new monuments, including the Spectacular, which makes for an epic photo backdrop. Check out this video to #RediscoverCOP, and make plans to attend the Fourth of July Celebration.

Broad Street

It's still the shady, historic street filled with local businesses you know and love, but there's a new energy on Broad Street that makes it better than ever. We recommend grabbing lunch or coffee and taking a seat on the Broad Street Boardwalk, located on Broad between Poplar and Luckie Streets, right behind FlatironCity. It's an ideal spot to catch up on work, hold a more informal office meeting, or chat with friends. You may even catch a pop-up dance performance or hear a busking musician.

Woodruff Park

Downtown's "front yard" continues to flourish, thanks to revitalization efforts ignited by a Heart of the Community grant from Southwest Airlines. Woodruff Park boasts not just a new logo, but new furniture, umbrellas, banners, a mobile activity kiosk (called the Game Cart), a public art program, and an expanded . Stop by for Saturday morning yoga, twice-a-month Atlanta history tours, or special events like Food Truck Fridays and Doggy Con. Events hosted by the park team are always open to the public.