Little Five Points
Moreland Avenue and Euclid Avenue , Atlanta, GA, USA
Little Five Points Atlanta Reviews
Alternative Hangout Mar 21, 2010
A great place to while away an afternoon or evening, Little Five Points attracts locals & tourists in search of something different. A short drive from downtown ATL (5 minutes depending on traffic), it is east of the City and near several other well visited neighborhoods (East Atlanta and Virginia Highlands are just blocks away). It is walking distance to the Carter Center, Inman Park and Candler Park.
The neighborhood attracts shoppers interested in independent stores. These include a cooperative health food store, many vintage clothing stores, novelty & new age shops, ethnic restaurants, three coffee shops (of which one is a national chain). Little Five Points is also home to the Variety Playhouse - which has been voted best concert venue in Atlanta for over ten years running (by Creative Loafing), and three theaters.
All of these can be found off of Moreland at Euclid and McLendon.
One of my must sees is the Junkman's Daughter - an eclectic store which has cool clothing, shoes, jewelry, as well as smoking accoutrements - like hookahs, a collection of retro lunch boxes, interesting (read weird) cards, postcards, buttons and things, and some very unique (read weird) toys. It's a fun place to browse and have a laugh - perhaps over the bobble headed Jesus figure or the pink & purple wigs. I went there around Halloween one year to buy my dog a studded dog collar to wear (I was going to dress her as a dominatrix dog) and they gave me (almost 50 year old school marm type) a mirror so I could try it on. :-)
My favorite for food & drink is the Vortex, a scary looking place with a skull for an entrance. They have their own micro brew called Laughing Skull, a child free environment where smoking is permitted in certain sections, and the best burgers (voted so, not just my opinion) in Atlanta. I like the fries as well, and their appetizers like soft pretzels with spicy cheese sauce are also excellent. In addition to a great place to hang, the clientele and staff are fun and personable.
Sevanandah is the health food co-op - a fantastic store that has organic products, a wide variety of ethnic and healthy foods (it's where I stock up on my Indian curries), a fantastic selection of essential oils, incenses & sage as well as homeopathic medicine, fresh produce, and even a food takeaway section where you can try whatever the special of the day is. An oasis in the South, I find my dogs' holistic treats here, kefir, hemp oil, and a variety of other stuff that I haven't been able to find elsewhere in Atlanta.
While there are dozens of places to shop in Little Five Points and something for each taste, I love browsing at 42 Degrees South, which features handmade glass products - ranging from cheap, micro sized glass animals to elaborate, expensive glass vases, an entire selection of smoke related products like glass hookahs, aromatic candles, lotions & incense, and a great selection of jewelry.
I've been going to Little Five Points for years, so I'm no longer surprised by anything the funky, eclectic environment offers, however, I just went this weekend with a new visitor who was a bit taken aback by the number of homeless. They are harmless and friendly, but are out en masse. They range from folks begging to some entrepreneurial spirits who will recite their own poetry - and provide you a copy - for cash.
I hope if you're visiting Atlanta, you'll find time to visit this unique and enjoyable neighborhood.
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Spend a day in Little Five Points - ten must sees May 01, 2010
Bohemian Little Five Points, Atlanta’s Greenwich Village, is a short drive from downtown Atlanta, centered at the intersection of Moreland, Euclid and McLendon Avenues.
The funky, eclectic environment of Little Five Points has much to offer locals and tourists in search of the extraordinary. Don’t leave without seeing each of these top ten spots:
1) Aurora Coffee - get your caffeine buzz for the upcoming adventure with a coffee made by the Aurora baristas. It’ll keep you going for the next few hours. Dog friendly patio.
2) Junkman’s Daughter - funky shopping from super cool clothing, shoes, jewelry, to a collection of retro items and gag gifts. When you wear something purchased here, you’re making a statement! Dog friendly.
3) A Cappella Books - a full service bookstore. Spend some time browsing their new and used books. You can even sell or trade some of yours.
4) 42 Degrees South - a predominantly handmade glass store, you’ll find unique glass gifts like vases, cool martini glasses, window decorations, and even glass hookahs. They also have a collection of designer jewelry, candles, incense, and lotions. Dog friendly.
5) Sacred Heart Tattoo/Holy Mother Tattoo – while you’re in Little Five Points, you may as well act like a local. Visit one of these tattoo parlors to check out their artwork. Pick a design. Go for it!
6) Sweetgrass Salon & Day Spa – maybe after the tattoo you need some pampering. Sweetgrass offers massages, facials, and haircuts. You deserve it.
7) Criminal Records – now that you’re refreshed, check out this cool collection of compact disc & vinyl music and comics, novels, and other ‘groovy stuff’. Dog friendly.
8) Psycho Sisters – cool shop for slightly worn clothing & accessories. They’ll buy the clothes off your back if they’re hip. Dog friendly.
9) Crystal Blue – Atlanta’s coolest, new age shop, offering crystals, tarot cards, incense and more. Dog friendly.
10) Corner Tavern - after all this hard work having fun, end your adventure at a table at this central location. Treat yourself to a beer and some people watching. Dog friendly patio.