East Atlanta Village Reviews
A cool neighborhood to shop, eat, drink, & hang Mar 08, 2010
One of the best things about Atlanta in my mind is the numerous neighborhood enclaves - each with its distinct character and things to do.
Today was the first day it has hit 70 degrees, so I gathered up the dogs and off we went to one of my favorites.
East Atlanta Village is, as one would expect, east of Atlanta proper, but still within the city bounds. One of the smaller neighborhoods where I hang, it is comprised of two streets and an intersection - Flat Shoals Avenue and Glenwood Avenue - and is just off of the popular Moreland Avenue.
When I moved to Atlanta five years ago, I was told East Atlanta was one of the cool neighborhoods to check out. Actually, Creative Loafing called it "the epitome of cool." In addition to its eclectic social area - with shops, restaurants, bars & pet grooming, hair salons, and antiquing - it is surrounded by traditional, bungalow style neighborhoods and green parks and is close to the Atlanta Zoo.
The demographic mix of East Atlanta is diverse and historically so. Originally, Flat Shoals Avenue was part of a major trade route the Native Americans used to move goods from the coast near Savannah all the way to the Chattahoochee River area West of Atlanta. In more recent history, the Village was hard hit by unrest during the civil rights struggle - in which Atlanta played a historic role. In recent decades, the Village has begun a slow revival, now attracting a wide variety of homeowners, businesses, and visitors.
My favorite hang outs in East Atlanta are:
Park Pet Supply - where you can buy holistic and organic pet food and bathe your own pet
Traders - a nifty shop with home decor, candles and the best selection around of unique cards
the Flatiron Restaurant & Bar - housed in a historic, gorgeous brick building at the central intersection (called “an architectural jewel of the main commercial intersection of East Atlanta”), as well as boasting the BEST biscuits & gravy in town, all with street side dining available
Joe's Coffee - where you can hang outside and watch life stroll by
Bound to be Read Books - selling new and used books
and much more - but not a single chain store.
For those visiting Atlanta who appreciate different neighborhoods, East Atlanta could be your first stop on heading out of the city. You can bring your four legged buddies with you, as it is pet friendly, or your cycle - as it's cycling friendly.
After enjoying the ambience and friendly folk, you could cruise a few miles north on Moreland and visit Little Five Points (see my review), another cool, walkable neighborhood, and then another few miles north - crossing Ponce - up to Virginia Highlands - the creme de la creme of the east side villages (review to come). And, if you're not tired of shopping & wining & dining & exploring, you could head further east to Decatur (review to come). Each of these east side neighborhoods has different offerings to suit anybody - tattoo parlor? eco-friendly baby clothes? cigars? gelato? indy music? You name it, Atlanta's neighborhoods have it.
East Atlanta is well served by the MARTA bus line. Parking is plentiful and free.
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