If you’ve made your way through Midtown Atlanta recently, you can’t help but notice that new construction is booming!  With all the new residential real estate, shops, restaurants, and endless events, it’s an exciting time to live in or visit Midtown.

With that being said, there are a lot of hidden gems in Midtown for dining out, self care and entertainment.  In this post, I’ll highlight some of these insider spots as well as point out some of the upcoming places to keep on your radar.


The Consulate, Rreal Tacos, The Lawrence, Joy Cafe

The Consulate: If you want a unique and upscale dining experience then The Consulate is your place. Tucked away in the office complex on West Peachtree and 10th is a global dining experience like no other. In this retro-styled restaurant, the menu changes quarterly highlighting different food from countries around the world.

Rreal Tacos:  Need something quick, delicious and authentic?  Rreal Tacos on 6th & Juniper is serving some of the best authentic Mexican tacos in town. The tacos go great with their excellent list of Mexican beers. Don’t miss their daily specials like tostada Wednesday.

The Lawrence:  Date night? The Lawerence on Juniper is always a sure bet for excellent food and great service.  They have an excellent wine menu and top-notch cocktails. This Midtown staple never disappoints. Oh, and the scallops are amazing and always perfectly cooked.

Joy Cafe:  Who doesn’t like breakfast?  Don’t miss Joy Cafe, next to Oceanaire on Peachtree. A fusion of southern and European breakfast fare, dine on the patio and enjoy watching the Midtown hustle.

Cocktails & coffee

Empire State South, Octane Coffee at the High, High Note Roof Top Bar

Empire State South: Empire State south is of course known for their excellent upscale southern cuisine, but don’t miss the bar. Empire has some of the best bartenders in town whipping up unique and traditional cocktails. The comfortable open seating and excellent service make a great spot for an early evening cocktail with friends.

Octane Coffee at the High: This local coffee company has a somewhat low-key spot at the High Museum. Nevertheless, they pull one of the best espresso shots in Midtown.  They also serve beer, wine, and some traditional cocktails. Great spot to visit before going to the symphony or museum.

High Note Rooftop Bar: If you’re wanting to sip cocktails under the stars and Midtown skyline then don’t miss this new bar above the AC Hotel.  Perfect for when the weather cools, comfortable lounge seating with good drinks and flavorful appetizers.


Friday Night Jazz, Concerts in the garden, Midtown Arts Cinema

The High Museum Friday night jazz:  The High is always a wonderful place to see art, but did you know that they have local jazz bands playing the third Friday of every month?  You can catch live jazz performances while sipping the catered beer, wine or mixed drinks. Get there early if you want a seat.

Botanical gardens concerts in the garden:  For a nice evening outing in a beautiful and intimate setting, check out the Botanical Gardens concerts in the garden.  Grab a blanket and watch a premium concert under the stars.

Midtown Arts Cinema:  Hidden back behind Trader Joe’s off Monroe is the classic Midtown Arts Cinema.  Avoid the big mall crowds, grab a beer or a glass of wine and enjoy this classic cinema.  You can catch both indie and mainstream films here.


Monica Miller Atlanta Muscle Melter, Evolation Yoga, Crossfit Midtown, Exhale Spa

Atlanta Muscle Melter: Want a massage from the therapist used by actors and actresses when they’re visiting Atlanta for filming?  Owner Monica Miller and her team of therapists provide some of the best massages in Atlanta. They combine various techniques to ensure they get your muscles and tissues feeling amazing.  Their unique and personalized approach is a breath of fresh air from traditional commercial massage studios.

Evolation Yoga: Located next to the Midtown Publix, one of the best yoga studios in town offers all types of yoga, from heated yoga such as Bikram to restorative style classes.  They have excellent instructures that teach all levels. Check out their Sunday evening restorative class to wind down from the weekend.

Crossfit Midtown: This gym, off of Spring and 14th, is all about community. Whether you are new to CrossFit, a seasoned veteran, young or old, CrossFit Midtown has something for everyone to help build their fitness.  But Owner Micheal Aaron has taken the gym beyond just working out, he’s created a community of people looking to improve their lifestyle through fitness. This is a great and healthy way to meet new folks if you’re new in the area.

Exhale Spa: If you want to be pampered then head over to Exhale at the Loews hotel for the full spa experience.  Everything from rejuvenating facials to dry saunas. The perfect way to treat yourself after a long work week.

Other Gems

The Grove at Colony Square, Green Market, Whole Foods Midtown

Colony Square:  This is currently a work in progress but it’s going to be an awesome new place to gather in Midtown with new restaurants and entertainment. Parts are already open, like the brand new Chick-fil-a, Starbucks and The Grove which has live music every Friday afternoon.

Green Market:  If you’re looking for some Saturday morning entertainment then explore the Piedmont Park Green Market. Every Saturday (closed during winter), starting at 9am, you’ll find local farmers and artisans selling their goods.  They also have live music and a few food trucks/stands with delicious breakfast fare.

Whole Foods:  The largest Whole Foods just made it’s home in Midtown.  If you haven’t, then you must go check it out. It’s way more than just groceries.  There’s a cool coffee shop on the lower level, a bar and outdoor seating on the mid-level, and a rooftop bar.  Visit the hot bar for some tasty food and grab a beer or a glass of wine and enjoy some midtown people watching.

The Map of All the Spots Listed

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