Over the last three years, the northeast Atlanta suburb of Decatur has earned its badge as a destination of its own thanks to top-notch restaurants and shops that have moved into the square. The caliber of food spots and bars, such as Cakes & Ales and Brick Store Pub, was enough to warrant the town a nod as one of our picks for “The South’s Tastiest Town” in our April 2012 issue.
Now that the square is fully built, new businesses have started to fill in side roads such as Church Street, which is also home to the town’s MARTA station. Here are five of our favorite stops along the Church.
Featuring nearly 100 regional jewelry designers, painters, and more, this shop connects the community with the arts through creative events. 412 Church Street
2. Leon’s Full Service
With an extensive craft beer selection, seasonal menu, and curated drink program, the bar (housed in a former gas station) was pivotal in Decatur’s renaissance. 131 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
3. Houndstooth Road
Owner Jae Schmidt specializes in European city bikes customized with leather grips, saddles, and chrome pedals at this year-old bike shop. 316 Church Street
4. Paper Plane
Reputed bartender Paul Calvert crafts innovative cocktails such as the Biggie Snugs (Byrrh, bourbon, and house-made ginger syrup) at the sleek bar created by the owners of the popular Victory Sandwich Bar + Emporium. 340 Church Street
5. Greene’s Fine Foods
This old-fashioned candy-and-toy shop now has a package store selling local Monday Night Brewing and SweetWater beers. 141 East Trinity Place