Welcome to ATL, SUPCONF!
Thank you to Laura from FullStory and other ATL locals for this awesome local guide!
Welcome to Atlanta, y'all! We're home to the world's busiest airport, made hip hop a global phenomenon, and proudly represent a diverse and delicious food scene.
A handy thing to know is that Atlanta is defined by neighborhood. You'll be staying in Buckhead. Here's a guide about it.
Another tid bit is that our public transportation is a little bit frustrating sometimes. (Please note the dramatic understatement.) Taking the train (MARTA) from the airport to the venue area is pretty easily done. However, MARTA doesn't successfully tie a lot of the neighborhoods together. We're also a pretty big city (8,376 square miles to be exact -- a land area comparable to that of Massachusetts), which makes walking an unappealing suggestion. We'd recommend calling a Lyft or renting a car if you want to get around and explore.
- Mailchimp has one of the best guides to Atlanta.
- ATLtoDO: A frequently-updated event listing guide.
- Looking for non-touristy things to do? Reddit's r/Atlanta has your back.
What if I forgot to pack something?
There is a Kroger (grocery store + pharmacy) across the street from the venue. You are within 10 minutes' walk of two major high-end shopping malls: Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza
We got ya covered.
- Here are Eater's 38 top recommendations in Atlanta.
- Want to explore Atlanta's world-renowned Buford Highway (a mainstay with Atlanta's International population and some of the most amazing authentic ethnic food in the world)? Of course you do. Eater thinks these are the places you should hit, but frankly, there's a lot that can go really right for you here.
- Special recognition goes these fav Southern spots: Fox Bros BBQ, Fat Matt's Rib Shack, Daddy D'z BBQ Joynt, and Mary Mac's Tea Room,
We can help with that too.
We're not afraid of a good time. There's an extensive list of local breweries here, but some personal favorites (and easily-accessible ones via Lyft) include:
Looking for something a little bit less intense? Check out an Arden's Gardens Juice Bar (pro tip: there's one right next to the Beltline before you hit Piedmont Park. Second pro tip: try a Grand Slam), or another one of Atlanta's best juice bars, or an Octane Coffee House.
Our favorite activities, by neighborhood:
Buckhead/Lindbergh (this is the stuff nearest to you)
- Lovie's BBQ
- Del Fresco's Grille (if you're feeling fancy and have a hankerin for steak)
- Farm Burger Buckhead
- American Spirit Whiskey is just down the road from Sweetwater Brewery and FullStory's HQ.
- There's also an Octane Coffee Bar within Atlanta Tech Village, Chipotle, a Starbucks, and a Gordon Biersch (pub with food & drinks) all within walking distance.
This is where your touristy stuff really gets going but it's a great place to visit. Uber or Lyft over to West Midtown afterwards for some delicious food and drinks.
- Here you can visit the world's largest Aquarium, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, The World of Coca-Cola, and the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Have you ever wanted to live in Blade Runner's world? Then you'll definitely want to check out Little Trouble.
- The Optimist is one of chef Ford Fry's phenomenal gifts to the city and hands-down the best place for seafood in the city (said someone who is obviously biased). They typically host a happy hour M-F 5-6pm and S/Su 3-4pm at their raw bar.
- Le Fat, A Vietnamese brasserie __ that's definitely worth a visit.
- West Midtown is home to the city's oldest Octane Coffee location.
- See the home where Martin Luther King Jr was born after visiting the King Center.
- Brunch at Thumbs Up Diner
- If you're thirsty, check out Sister Lousia's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium , Joystick Game Bar, Mother, the Edgewood Speakeasy, or The Sound Table. Special shout out to Old 4th Distillery, who whips up some delicious cane-sugar vodka and gin. Tours are available, but reservations are required.
Old 4th Ward
- Ponce City Market. You could spend an entire day exploring this gorgeous, renovated Sears factory. The restaurants there boast famous Southern Chef owners like Sean Brock, Anne Quatrano, Eugene Holman, and Guy Wong. There's even a mini putt-putt course on the roof with phenomenal city views called Skyline Park.
- This building is also home to our friends at Mailchimp and General Assembly.
- The Beltline (East Side Trail) runs right next to Ponce City Market. This paved pedestrian path aims to connect Atlantan neighborhoods, improve walkability, and increase awareness for local arts and sustainable ecosystems. Walk, run, or rent a bike to explore the East Side Trail that'll take you from Old 4th Ward to Midtown's Piedmont Park.
- Grab some brunch at 8arm in between it all or get a proper Meat & Three at Eats.
- Hitting up PCM and walking up the Beltline to Piedmont Park for an afternoon picnic would be the local author's top pick for how to spend a day in Atlanta.
East Atlanta Village
- Pick up a cup of coffee (and maybe some funky local art) from Joe's or Hodgepode.
- Hang out on the patio or watch a game at Midway.
- Check out a show or come for Sunday Drunch (dinner and lunch) at The Earl.
- If the Earl is sold-out check out 529's nightly lineup.
This is one neighborhood you shouldn't have any trouble accessing via MARTA since the station is located directly below the Square. Surrounding the Square (and historic Courthouse) you'll have a wide selection of places to eat, drink, and shop. You could:
- Meander around boutique shops like Squash Blossom, Sq/ft Decatur, and Boutique Karma.
- Visit The Brick Store Pub, one of the Top Beer Bars in the World, or their sister cocktail-focused restaurant Leon's Full Service.
- Swing by the SOS Tiki Bar if you're feeling tropical.
- Or, show your sweet tooth some love at Butter and Cream or Jenni's Ice Cream.