Experience Atlanta Like a Local

April 25, 2014 | By | Comments (0)

With Shaky Knees Festival just a couple weeks away, we tapped four in-the-know Atlantians to share their go-to spots in The Big Peach. From the tried-and-true to the brand new—you won’t go wrong.

Clarence E. Simpson; Sales Professional, Suitsupply

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

“I stumbled upon Lunacy Black Market by chance. It is small, but the food is amazing. Whenever I am not wearing a suit at work, I wear 1970s vintage. I can always depend on The Clothing Warehouse in Little Five Points for unique pieces. On Mondays I go to Apache Cafe, where there’s a live figure drawing session and a DJ playing reggae on the patio all night.”

Jessica Graves; Creative Director, Shops Around Lenox, author The Love List

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Tweeds, owned by two friends, has a special place in my heart. In the short time since they opened it, it’s grown into a formidable men’s outpost with its plethora of independent brands such as Andover Trask and Ernest Alexander. Seven Lamps has the best bar program in Buckhead, hands-down. Kevin Bragg and crew pull out all the stops with their inventive cocktail menu, and they love to welcome guest bartenders.”

Morgan Henzlik; Owner, Morgan Kylee. Boutique 

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

“I usually don’t have time to eat lunch, so I go for something quick at Full Cup Bread Company. It’s a tiny, hole-in-the-wall bakery in a shopping plaza. Get the egg salad sandwich on cranberry-walnut bread. I frequent old-school cinemas like Midtown Art Cinema and the Tara Theatre, often stopping first at Umi Japanese restaurant for dinner. Their sushi is the best and so fresh.”

Keisha Noel; Designer, KZ Noel 

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

“When I need design inspiration for my line, I visit any space designed by Smith Boyd Interiors—Atlanta Symphony Show House is a fave. Under Michel Smith Boyd’s direction, the spaces are luxurious and glamorous without being fussy. I absolutely love French food and was happy to discover Anis Cafe & Bistro in Buckhead. The mussels in white wine sauce rival any dish I ever had in Paris. The perfect way to begin or end a night is at the bar at The Optimist.”

Did we miss your favorite ATL hideaway? Tell us in the comments! 


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