5 Great Neighborhoods in Atlanta
Take a look at five of Atlanta's best neighborhoods and decide which one is best for you.
Though its technical name is West Midtown, one of Atlanta’s hippest hoods is simply known as the Westside. It’s a collection of historically significant buildings that have been painstakingly restored and converted into retail space, restaurants, loft apartments and condos. Evidence of the community’s glory days as one of Atlanta’s industrial nerve centers is still apparent through pre-Civil War train tracks and cavernous warehouses. There are even cobblestone alleys that were once traversed by horse-drawn carriages.
Around the 1950s, the area was largely abandoned and many of the structures were left to rot. The Westsiders who have made it their mission to preserve what was left behind are an eclectic mix of artisans, chefs, designers and dreamers. The trail was initially blazed, however, by the interior design set that found that the large no-frills factory spaces made for great blank canvases when showcasing textiles and various antiquities. Today, it is commonplace to meet for brunch at West Egg or lunch at Flip Burger Boutique to later linger at shops such as Lewis & Sheron Textile Co or Room & Board or one of the many art galleries. Pick up a classic item at men’s clothiers Sid Mashburn, perhaps something appropriate for dining at Bacchanalia, which is considered by many to be Atlanta’s finest restaurant.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, try Miller Union or the Optimist.
Westside nightlife includes Terminal West, a 7,000-square-foot music venue housed in a 100-year-old iron and steel foundry called the King Plow Arts Center. The Goat Farm Arts Center is a live/work/play compound made up of a series of warehouses and hosts art openings, theatrical and music events. Full-time Westsiders enjoy expansive loft spaces, many with concrete floors, the original exposed beams and large industrial windows. Popular communities include White Provisions, circa 1910, which houses luxury condos, galleries and retail space; others include 1610 Lofts, 935M and the Giant Lofts.
The Westside is bounded at the north by Buckhead at I-75 by the Food Truck Park, at the south by Bankhead Highway and on the west by the railroad tracks at Marietta Street. The northwestern portion of the proposed BeltLine light rail is planned to go through the Westside.