Downtown Atlanta

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1. Neighborhood Map
2. Places and Events of Interest
3. Neighborhood Vignette
4. Self-Guided Tour
5. Places to Eat
6. Links

Tour Downtown's Centennial Olympic Park Corridor with the CNU! For more information on this Segway & walking tour, see Tour #10 on the Tours page.

1. Neighborhood Map:

Explore Downtown Atlanta using the Interactive Neighborhood Map on the website of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), a private nonprofit community development organization providing leadership, programs and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta since 1941.

Download CAP's Downtown Dining District Map for detailed information on restaurants and night life in Downtown.

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2. Places and Events of Interest


Atlanta Downtown Festival (May 22, 2010): Extend your stay and partake in the 9th Annual Festival which includes a Downtown Scavenger Hunt, "Top of Atlanta" tour featuring roof-top living spaces throughout Downtown and a Street Festival.
Atlanta Streets Alive Festival: Modeled on tremendously successful events from around the world, including San Francisco’s Sunday’s Streets and Bogotá, Colombia's Ciclovia, Atlanta Streets Alive will create a safe, welcoming environment for people of all ages, physical fitness levels and degrees of confidence to bike, walk, and jog on city streets safely and respectfully.


Centennial Olympic Park: Built as part of Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics, the park hosts the popular Fountain of Rings and Olympic themed plazas in addition to its Great Lawn which is host to many public events throughout the year. The park is surrounded by many major Atlanta landmarks including the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, Philips Arena and the CNN Center to the west, and the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola to the north.
Museum of Design Atlanta. (285 Peachtree Center Ave / 404.979.6455): In May, the Museum will host "Adapting Suburbs for the 21st Century", an exhibition of select case studies featuring projects that represent "suburban retrofitting," will show under-performing suburban sites throughout the United States that were transformed to new, more productive uses that are pedestrian-friendly and environmentally-sensitive.
The World of Coca-Cola (121 Baker St NW / 404.676.5151): Explore the past, present and future of the world’s best-know brand. Taste Coke’s products from around the world, experience the 4-D theater and enjoy a building as architecturally interesting as Coca-Cola is satisfying.
Georgia Aquarium. (225 Baker St NW / 404.581.4000) Visit the world’s largest aquarium, see the diversity of the world’s waterways, and learn about aquatic life preservation in a fun-filled and inviting atmosphere. Plan ahead, and swim with the dolphins, the whale sharks or take a behind the scenes tour.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre (660 Peachtree St NE / 404.881.2100): Opulent architecture, fantastic murals and amazing acoustics make The Fox the premier venue to experience ballet, modern dance, concerts, orchestra and musicals. The Moorish-influenced interior transports visitors to another world and another time, when the theater was established in the Roaring Twenties. The Atlanta Preservation Center offers architectural tours of this unique theater.
Historic Downtown: Tour many of downtown's historic skyscrapers, including Candler Building, with the Atlanta Preservation Center.

3. Neighborhood Vignette:

From the Ashes, a Great City Arises: Read the history of Atlanta's downtown on the Central Atlanta Progress website.

Here's a video by Jim Hackler, the Urbane Environmentalist, featuring a resident's point-of-view of Downtown Atlanta:

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4. Self Guided Tour:

See Stepping Out in Atlanta: A Self Guided Walking Tour from Your Hotel for a self-guided tour map and list of landmarks on the American Historical Association Website. Further information on many of Downtown's landmark historic and modern buildings can be found on the Architecture section of Guided tours of Downtown's historic skyscrapers are offered by the Atlanta Preservation Center.

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5. Places to Eat:

Listed in order of proximity (by foot) to the conference hotel:

(Note: Download Downtown Dining District Map for a greater listing of restaurants and night life in Downtown.)

Trader Vic’s (255 Courtland Street NE /404.221.6339): Possibly one of the most intriguing and inviting dining establishments in Atlanta, Trader Vic’s offers an escape from the ordinary in the form of Polynesian cuisine, tropically influenced cocktails and a mesmerizing ambience. At the Hilton Atlanta.

Barley’s (338 Peachtree St / 404.522.7177): Barley's is a great casual dining restaurant, offering the perfect combination of sports bar fun and hip lounge atmosphere. 6 minute walk from hotel.

Max Lager’s American Grill & Brewery (320 Peachtree Street /404.525.4400): Beer enthusiasts will delight in Max Lager’s selection of housemade brews and international selections. Menu items feature the restaurant’s signature wood-fired flavor and lots of fresh, made from scratch and local ingredients. 7 min walk from hotel.

Hard Rock Café (215 Peachtree Street NE /404.688.7625): A must for music fans and foodies alike - Hard Rock will please your palate and bring music to your ears. Be sure to visit, as well-known and upcoming artists are known to frequent Hard Rock - impromptu performances often ensue. 7 minute walk from hotel.

Lumen at The Ritz-Carlton (181 Peachtree Street NE / 404.659.0400): Modern. Contemporary. Elegant. A great vibe paired with unique offerings like edible cocktails (think sophisticated Jell-O shots), satisfying small plates and live jazz, Latin and Flamenco music all make Lumen the destination at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. 8 minute walk from hotel.

Social Restaurant & Wine Bar (12 W Peachtree Place / 404.525.2246): Locally-sourced ingredients, a great fine wine selection and a scintillating Euro-Mediterranean menu make Social a great evening destination, and a great value – weeknight specials include a glass of wine and entrée for less than $20! 9 minute walk from hotel.

The Sun Dial (210 Peachtree Street NW / 404.589.7506): For an unparalleled view of the city, venture to the Sun Dial and take in a 360-degree panorama on one of the restaurant’s three levels will listening to live jazz and enjoying inventive seasonally influenced American contemporary dishes and cocktails. 9 minute walk from hotel.

DRINKSHOP and Living Room at the W Ivan Allen (45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd /404.582.5800): Drinkshop is not your usual bar – upscale, hip and fresh in every way possible. Ingredients include independent label spirits, freshly made mixers and a visible extraction station for cocktail elements. Living Room invites relaxation amid cozy, luxurious settings including live DJ mixes, board games, and books all paired with signature W cocktails. 9 minute walk from hotel.

Terrace at The Ellis (176 Peachtree Street NW /404.523.5155): Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes by supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. Terrace recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors and sustainably-sourced ingredients. 10 minute walk from hotel.

Truva (60 Andrew Young International Blvd / 404.577.8788): Tantalizing Mediterranean fusion cuisine served in a comfortable, cozy and unique dining atmosphere. A dinner trip will afford diners an opportunity to see Truva’s belly dancers and have a truly interactive experience. 10 minute walk from hotel.

Ted’s Montana Grill (1874 Peachtree Rd NW /404.355.3897): Philanthropist and environmental advocate Ted Turner made sure that the restaurant bearing his name would further his principles of conservation and sustainability, in the most tasty way possible. Take a walk on the wild side with a bison burger and fries; wash it all down with a swig of sweet tea through an eco-friendly paper straw. Ted’s is a 99% plastic-free establishment. 11 minute walk from hotel.

Sidebar (78 Poplar Street /404.588.1850): Want classic burgers, wings, nachos and other fun finger foods in a fun atmosphere? Sidebar is the place to be! Located in the Fairlie-Poplar District, this unique spot is within walking distance of many downtown attractions and hotels. 13 minute walk from hotel.

Legal Sea Foods (275 Baker Street NW / 678.500.3700) "If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal!" This Boston transplant holds true to the quality standards it was established upon, and delivers the best seafood available in swanky digs overlooking the Georgia Aquarium. 15 minute walk from hotel.

STATS (300 Marietta Street NW /404.885.1472): STATS puts its own unique spin on traditional bar food by using seasonal ingredients to create distinctly creative offerings, for purists and adventurers alike. 15 minute walk from hotel.

11 Stories at the Glenn Hotel (110 Marietta St /404.521.2250): Serving up "refined Atlanta nightlife" alongside handcrafted cocktails, tasty small plates on the rooftop of one of the city’s swankiest hotels, 11 Stories offers a breathtaking view of the city any evening of the week. 15 minute walk from hotel.

Thrive (101 Marietta St NW, Suite 140 /404.389.1000): Upscale, contemporary style combined with casual, Asian American fusion dining make Thrive a great destination for lunch, dinner or a late evening meal. 15 minute walk from hotel.

McCormick & Schmick’s: (190 Marietta St NW/ 404.521.1236) Imaginative, yet pleasantly traditional, seafood lovers will find a great variety of seasonally and regionally inspired dishes on the menu. McCormick & Schmick is fully committed to providing sustainable menu by providing items only at the peak of each food’s season. 16 minute walk from hotel.

Livingston Restaurant & Bar (659 Peachtree St NE /404.897.5000): The Livingston invites you to travel back to early 20th century Atlanta, at the time of the restaurant’s namesake Mayor Livingston Mims. Fresh, local ingredients are expertly blended and artfully served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter when you visit, Livingston is sure to please. 18 minute walk or take Marta North one stop and walk east 2 min.

Luckie (375 Luckie Street NW / 404.525.5825): The classically inspired American menu at Luckie is sure to please any palate with offerings ranging from Asian-inspired soy-glazed calamari and a selection of sushi to delicious bar food concoctions like beer-cheese soup. Brick oven pizzas, big burgers and filling entrees like NY strip and jerked chicken round out the menu along with an extensive wine and beer selection, and desserts too – if you have room! 18 minute walk from hotel.

Baraonda Caffé Italiano (710 Peachtree Street / 404.879.9962): This family style Italian restaurant specializes in wood-fired brick pizzas, along with a variety of salad, pastas and other Italian specialties such as veal, lamb and risotto. Upbeat atmosphere, friendly bartenders, and a fantastic wine list – over 125 selections. 19 minute walk from hotel.

Engine 11 (30 North Avenue /404.873.3473): Never eaten in a firehouse? Here’s your chance! Engine 11 offers classic American cuisine with Louisiana and Southwest influences – must be something about firefighters and heat. Enjoy a tasty meal in this historic Atlanta building and cool off with a cool pint or signature Abita root beer float. 20 minute walk, or take Marta north one stop.

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6. Links: A comprehensive website on Downtown Atlanta hosted by Central Atlanta Progress, a private nonprofit community development organization providing leadership, programs and services to preserve and strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Atlanta since 1941.

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