[For more on these neighborhoods, see this ENCORE ATLANTA FEATURE]

Where to eat

  • King of Pops. Atlanta’s own homegrown all-fruit popsicles. 337 Elizabeth St., Suite B. 678.732.9321.
  • Little Tart Bakeshop. Sweet and flaky baked goods. Locations in Krog Street Market and in Octane coffee shop. 404.348.4797.
  • Flying Biscuit Cafe. Southern-inspired meals with a modern twist on biscuits. This is the original, and some say best, location. 1655 McLendon Ave. N.E. 404.687.8888.
  • Folk Art. Artful eats for simple folk … and craft beer, too. 465 North Highland Ave. N.E. 404.537.4493
  • Fox Bros. Texas brothers serve slow-roasted ribs and pulled pork. 1238 DeKalb Ave. N.E. 404.577.4030.
  • Fritti. Hip, high-energy Neapolitan pizza restaurant. 309 North Highland Ave. N.E. 404.880.9559
  • Julianna’s. Hungarian crepes from old family recipes. 775 Lake Ave. N.E. 404.436.1825.
  • Krog Street Market. Fine restaurants, food stands, communal eating and retail shops in a lofty restored warehouse. 99 Krog St. 770.434.2400.
  • Octane Grant Park. Loft-like coffee shop with big windows, smoky-good coffee. 437 Memorial Drive S.E. 404.815.9886.
  • Ria’s Bluebird. Sweet breakfast place with inspired pancakes, interesting seating arrangements. 421 Memorial Drive S.E. 404.521.3737.
  • Six Feet Under. Popular seafood house usually packed to the gills.  437 Memorial Drive S,E. 404.523.6664.

Where to shop

  • Polly the Potter's
    Polly the Potter’s

    A Cappella Books. Tried and true, new and used. 208 Haralson Ave. N.E. 404.681.5128.

  • Artifacts.Picture framing, arts and gifts. 465 Boulevard S.E. 404.624.3020 (no website).
  • Cake Hag. Custom cake artistry and cool desserts. 568 Boulevard S.E. 678.760.6300.
  • Kelly’s Closet. eclectic, unique bridal wear. 1649 McLendon Ave. N.E. 404.377.9923.
  • Nandina Home. Stylish and elegant home furnishings. 245 North Highland Ave. N.E. 404.521.9303.
  • ReStore. Nonprofit home improvement store run by Habitat for Humanity. 271 Chester Ave. S.E. 404.223.5180.
  • Polly the Potter. Funky, colorful pottery — coffee mugs, plates, tea cups, bowls large and small, olive oil dispensers and more by Polly Sherrill. 840 Dekalb Ave. 404.524.2016.

Where to play

As the marquee says, Variety Playhouse.
  • 7 Stages. Innovative and provocative professional nonprofit theater on two stages. 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404.523.7647.
  • Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. An active scene with walkers, bikers, skaters. An easy access point is Lake Avenue/Irwin Street between Krog Street and Auburn Avenue. 404.477.3003.
  • Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. In-your-face nonprofit professional theater doing improv and scripted shows. In residence at 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., through Dec. 30. Then moving to its new space in the Old Fourth Ward. 404.523.3141.
  • Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Music, food, art and fun under the trees. Aug. 29-30. 840 Cherokee Ave. S.E. 404.521.0938.
  • Grocery on Home. Indie music for the initiated in a home venue.
  • Historic Oakland Cemetery. Tombs in a garden setting, 248 Oakland Ave. S.E. 404.688.2107.
  • Horizon Theatre. Professional nonprofit does regional and world premieres of contemporary plays and more. 1083 Austin Ave. N.E. 404.584.7450.
  • Krog Street tunnel. Street art by taggers and others. At Krog Street and DeKalb Avenue.
  • Variety Playhouse. Concert venue in converted movie theater hosts a wide variety of popular acts. 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404.524.7354.
  • Whitespace. Contemporary art in converted 1893 carriage house. 814 Edgewood Ave. N.E. 404.688.1892.
  • Zoo Atlanta. Lively and informative. Featuring giant pandas, gorillas and more. 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E. 404.624.5600.

About Stell Simonton

Stell Simonton, an Atlanta-based freelance journalist, was formerly a digital editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She writes regularly for Youth Today and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta Parent and other publications.

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