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Located on Moreland Avenue, about one mile south of Little Five Points, East Atlanta is bound by I-20, sitting right next to Ormewood Park. Flat Shoals Avenue, which runs right through the neighborhood, serves as the epicenter of commerce in the region — the hub of the commercial district, East Atlanta Village. In fact, Flat Shoals Avenue has always been at the forefront of enterprise and entrepreneurism — it was once called Sandtown Trail and was a major trade route for the Native Americans in the area. Trading between tribes, using this route, carried goods as far north as Minnesota.

Welcome to East Atlanta.

Welcome to East Atlanta.

It's always a beautiful day in East Atlanta Village, especially with all the wonderful public art.

It’s always a beautiful day in East Atlanta Village, especially with all the wonderful public art.

Who needs an art museum when you can wander the streets of East Atlanta and check out the fabulous work from some of the best artists in the city.

Who needs an art museum when you can wander the streets of East Atlanta and check out the fabulous work from some of the best artists in the city.

We love this colorful painting!

East Atlanta Village is just a rad place to shop and dine during the day and party and dine at night (there are three live music venues in this ‘hood alone). It’s a great place to raise a family and keep Mom and Dad entertained on dates nights. With all-ages events like the East Atlanta Strut and outdoor spots like the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, the neighborhood is not only cool, but just really fun. Let’s explore!

Food & Drinks

The Midway Pub

522 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 584-0335
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

You’ll notice that in East Atlanta Village, many of the bars serve killer food, and many of the restaurants pour out some fantastic drinks. The Midway Pub is at the apex of this combo establishment, and they offer awesome weekly events like bocce and cornhole leagues as well as trivia and Friday Night Flights. Bar manager Cody Condra speaks highly of Midway Pub’s customers and the people of East Atlanta, saying, “People who live here really love living here and there’s just a good sense of community.” There isn’t a bad thing on the menu, but I recommend ordering a few of the small plates, especially the pimento cheese fritters and grit cake barbecue stack.

<a href="http://www.themidwaypub.com" target="_blank">The Midway</a> always has a ton of TVs showing whatever game is on that day. Unfortunately, I took this snap right before the Big Game, pre-Falcon heartbreak.

The Midway always has a ton of TVs showing whatever game is on that day. Unfortunately, I took this snap right before the Big Game, pre-Falcon heartbreak.

There’s always something to wet your whistle at Midway.

Flatiron Bar

520 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 688-8864 
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight

Occupying one of the most dramatic buildings in EAV, Flatiron has been serving wonderfully delicious food since 1997. The restaurant/bar, which is about to open an upstairs space to entertain even more guests, puts out delicious comfort food staples, like massive burgers and hot dogs, as well as veggie-friendly dishes, like the Portabella Stack and Hummus Wrap, and creative blue plate specials. For example, Tuesday is actually Fat Tuesday at Flatiron, when a different dish from the Gulf region is served (mmm, can you see crawfish etouffée and fried green tomatoes topped with a tangy remoulade?).

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

561 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 919-3619
Hours: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during season

If you’ve heard of the locavore food movement but have never seen it in action, all you need to do is stop by the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market any Thursday evening during the open season (usually around March or April through November or December). Besides the deliciously fresh local and seasonal produce, buyers can purchase prepared meals, artisan goods (soaps, candles, jewelry, etc.), artwork and more. The grassy park across from The Midway Pub hosts the weekly market, usually offering added events like cooking demos, children’s activities and much more.

 

The East Atlanta Farmers Market runs every Thursday evening April – December and is a great way to meet the neighbors, pick up some wholesome ingredients and spent an afternoon outdoors.

Holy Taco

1314 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 230-6177 
Kitchen hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (bar open until 11 p.m.); Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (bar open until midnight); Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I am a sucker for a margarita and chips and salsa, which Holy Taco has in spades. However, the restaurant elevates traditional Mexican fare by infusing the menu with other Latin flavors and specialties. The huge list of tacos is enough to get your mouth watering, but the ambience is another great selling point. Holy Taco has not only one of the best patios in EAV, but probably in the major metro area, so make sure to dig into that beef tongue taco alfresco the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop

510 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 521-1122 
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In a world where you can find Starbucks literally on every corner, it’s a thrill to not only support a coffee shop that’s local but a coffee shop that’s local AND super rad. Hello Joe’s! This caffeine hub has been serving some of the best java since it opened in 2002. Though I’m more of a tea drinker than coffee, there’s no shortage of tasty choices to choose from, as well as always delish sweet treats like Grand Marnier cheesecake and lemon zinger cake.

On the day I visited Joe’s for this article, I asked the two baristas (who have been employed there a combined 17 years) what makes East Atlanta such a great place to live and work in. Mookah Adansi summarized it quite perfectly, explaining “People really just take a lot of pride in this neighborhood.”

Joe’s Coffee Shop is like a warm hug in building form. Order a mug o’ joe, grab a muffin and take a break in the comfy living room-like setting to catch up on email, read the newspaper or just people watch.

Argosy

470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta GA 30316 • (404) 577-0407
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, noon to midnight

Besides the fabulous food at Argosy (which I’ll get to in a minute and notably has a ton of vegetarian and vegan options), the restaurant also boasts a lovely rustic modern space, with natural materials and exposed beamwork. OK, let’s get down to what you really care about: the food! Argosy is a great place to grab dinner or brunch with ALL your friends since there are quite a bit of options for carnivores and veggie lovers alike. I love the Quinie Weenie (vegan quinoa dogs) and the Brussels Sprouts Salad, but if you’re feeling especially adventurous, try the Orange Octopus or Vegan Country Fried “Steak” and let us know how it was.

Argosy serves some wonderfully delicious items (I’m in love with the crispy tofu snack). Image: Argosy

A Global Grub Collective at We Suki Suki

479-B Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 430-7613 
Hours: Check the website for respective food vendors hours

We cannot talk about the food of East Atlanta Village without going into the culinary wonderland that is the Global Grub Collective. The food hall is quite literally a hall of food — a super narrow food court that seems to have sprouted up between two larger buildings, a la Harry Potter. Think of it as a miniaturized, indoors Buford Highway, where instead of driving, you can take a few steps between food vendors and try food from all over the globe. In addition to the standout meals from Poke Burri (Japanese burritos and poke bowls), Roti (Indian soul food), We Suki Suki (Vietnamese) and Revolution Gelato (dairy-free gelato), there are a host of delicious items you can try from all the vendors. Besides the wonderful food I tried (seriously, I wanted to the Demogorgon sushi burrito from Poke Burri every day of the week), every single chef was beyond friendly explaining their dishes, sharing their passion and describing what makes their dishes so special. This is a must see/visit/devour spot!

Food courts and food halls are so last year! We’re all about the Global Grub Collective at We Suki Suki.

Visit India, Japan, Vietnam, Italy and everywhere in between when you peruse the choices at We Suki Suki.

Honorable mentions:

Octopus Bar, The Glenwood, The Elder Tree, Tomatillos, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand, The Wing Bar

If you like Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, looks like The Glenwood is the place for you!

Live Music

Graveyard Tavern

1245 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 622-8686 
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. – 3 a.m. (closed Sunday)

You will die from excitement after visiting Graveyard Tavern … get it?? Okay, so the line was cheesy, but what do you expect when talking about a bar/restaurant/music venue that has an old hearse permanently parked out front and skulls and skeletons as its motif? Spooky décor aside, Graveyard always turns it up with bass-loving, dance-addicted deejays ready to make the party go to the wee hours of the morning.

Spend too much time at The Graveyard, and you'll be burying that liver. By the way, that hearse permanent prime parking out front so, like most of Atlanta, keep searching for another spot.

Spend too much time at The Graveyard, and you’ll be burying that liver. By the way, that hearse permanent prime parking out front so, like most of Atlanta, keep searching for another spot.

The Earl

488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 522-3950
Hours: Check website for shows and schedule

One of the best places to catch a live show and an order of corn puppies is The Earl. Though The Earl’s food is good enough to definitely land it in the Food & Drinks section, we’re adding it to Live Music because of all the talented performers and music acts the venue books night after night. Check the website often to hear about all the awesome bands coming to East Atlanta and obviously, to buy your tickets before the doors open.

The Earl offers delicious menu items throughout the day but it’s the after-sundown activities that really pack ’em in.

529 Bar

529 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 228-6769
Hours: Check website for shows and schedule

If you love hearing loud music (and we mean loud, thumping music) in a small, intimate setting, 529 is the venue for you. Concertgoers who visit 529 to hear great live music are going for just that. It’s a no-thrills place to satisfy your fix for hardcore rock sure to melt your face off, or at least the ice in your drink.

There's always a party to be had at 529.

There’s always a party to be had at 529.

Shopping

So Worth Loving

535 Gresham Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday & Monday)

So Worth Loving goes beyond your standard retail shop — it’s a brand trying to impact how we view ourselves, each other and the value of everyone. Though I don’t have a ton of column space to share the company’s fascinating origin story, luckily you can click here to learn more about this wonderful clothing and accessory designer. Bottom line: Not only can you get some great pieces to add to your closet, your soul will get a little zouzousing-up as well!

So Worth Loving has cute and comfy styles that not only look good but send good, self-empowering vibes out into the universe.

Kaboodle

485 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 522-3006
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (closed Monday)

As the word “kaboodle” implies, you literally can find just about anything at Kaboodle in East Atlanta. This home furnishings store offers a colorful collection of locally made and refinished furniture, as well as local art and home accessories. There are so many cool and unusual items to be found — my favorite? Salvaged school lockers refurbished with some wooden planks into cool consoles and side tables.

Anything and everything to enhance a home can be found at the ever colorful Kaboodle.

Anything and everything to enhance a home can be found at the ever colorful Kaboodle.

Kiwi Vintage

1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316 • (470) 355-6985
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

East Atlanta oozes a combo of retro vibes and modern cool, so the best place to dress the part is Kiwi Vintage. Bursting with vintage stock, Kiwi carries everything from leather trenches to cool peacock chairs. If new is more your thing, Kiwi Vintage also carries some clever, lovely work from local artists, jewelry designers and more.

Need a midcentury modern stool? What about knicknacks from the ’70s? Take a trip to Kiwi Vintage and check out all the home offerings.

Besides great pieces for the home, Kiwi sells vintage clothing items for men and women. Their jacket collection is very impressive … and affordable.

Vintage ATL

517 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 458-6170
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday)

We’re not sure where to classify this custom picture framing/vintage furniture/art gallery, but we know you’ll LOVE it once you take a step inside. Besides offering hard-to-find vintage items, like a 1950s hair curlers set for dolls, Vintage ATL is a world-class custom framer. In fact, the majority of the people they do business for are in the film and television industry. Fun fact: Watch Atlanta-based The Walking Dead closely during the Alexandria scenes — much of the homes’ artwork was framed and mounted by Vintage ATL. Another cool fact? The store’s owners created the AC Box Hole Gallery as a way to 1. show off the work of up-and-coming local artists and 2. transform the air conditioner box welded to the front of the store from an eyesore to a public display of art.

Vintage ATL‘s AC Box Hole Gallery simultaneously raised their marketing game to a new level AND introduced passers-by to talented emerging artists.

Honorable mentions:

Park Pet Supply, EAV Smoke & Vape, The T-Shirt Lady

Hair & Body

Oooh!! That’s Cute Nail Salon

532 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 272-5789
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Sunday)

You can probably guess what this business specializes in by reading the name … cute nails, of course! Though you can get the standard options like pale pinks and expected French tips, Oooh!! That’s Cute specializes in the glittery and glamorous manicure. See what the talented women of the nail studio can do (and get some ideas for your next manicure) by taking a look at all the photos on their Facebook page.

Sure, I could have used a manicure shot but isn’t Oooh!! That’s Cute Nail Studio’s storefront so … well … cute!

Dance 411

475 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 622-4110
Hours: Check class schedule online

Whether you want to dust off those ballroom moves for your upcoming wedding, trade those two left feet for a matching pair or want the kiddo to perfect her pirouette, Dance 411 offers every type of dance class imaginable. And we mean every type. Besides the standard ballet, hip hop, jazz and modern, Dance 411 has adult (seriously, no rugrats allowed) classes including Go Go Stiletto, Beginner Pole Dance, Twerk Fit, Sexy & Flexy and much more.

Sacred Thread

465 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta GA 30316 • (404) 500-6762
Hours: Check class schedule online

Sacred Thread has multiple Atlanta locations, including East Atlanta, in order to share its message of balance of sacred renewal with all Atlantans. The EAV studio is heated, offering many classes that literally turn up the heat on your yoga routine.

Black Owl Tattoo & Art Gallery

491 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 • (404) 600-8123
Hours: Monday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

With all the art you can find throughout East Atlanta — on public murals, inside galleries, for sale in retailers — of course there has to be some creative designs splayed across the human body. Black Owl Tattoo’s talented artists can design one-of-a-kind masterpieces for their clients or help recreate an image or photo to be permanently etched on the world’s most wearable canvas.

Cards on the table, I don’t have any tattoos. But Black Owl seems like a place I’d visit if I did ever find enough courage to ink myself up.

Honorable mentions:

Village Fitness, East Atlanta Barbell Club 

 

The independent spirit and fun-loving attitude of ATLiens can be found around every corner of East Atlanta. Make sure to spend a good while in the village and get to know the wonderful people who help keep this vibrant neighborhood alive and well!

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