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You've checked in, and now there's one question: Where are the cool places to hang out? Homewood Suites by Hilton has you covered. Here, the top non-tourist hangouts in Atlanta. It's your chance to eat, shop, and have fun like a local.

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1. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Housed in a restored former gas station, Leon's combines inspired architectural design with New American fare (charcuterie, pickle plates, and the like). Offering an extensive cocktail list, Leon's was named as a "Great Outdoor Drinking Spots" in Atlanta by Zagat. The gastropub also houses bocce court for after dinner sporting.

2. Holy Taco

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1314 Glenwood Ave SE
East Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 230-6177
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An East Atlanta taqueria focusing on sustainable local ingredients, Holy Taco's evolving seasonal menu features staples like brussels sprouts & portobello quesadillas, chicken pozole and cauliflower soup in the winter. Outdoor seating and a stellar brunch menu (breakfast tacos!) make it a go-to spot for all hours.

3. The Optimist

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914 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260
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Designed to conjure feelings of old men and roaring seas in landlocked Atlanta, The Optimist is a high-end oyster bar and seafood outpost that succeeds in all areas. With a menu by chef and owner Ford Fry that rivals any coastal establishment, the dining room will impress first dates and in-laws alike.

4. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-6050
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Using cow’s milk from small family farms within 200 miles of its kitchens, Jeni’s churns out ice cream in unique flavors like wildberry lavender and whiskey & pecan—all free of synthetic flavorings and dyes. With “scoop shops” in eight U.S. cities, Atlanta is luckily home to three Jeni’s locations: Westside Provisions District, Decatur Square and Krog Street Market.

5. TWEEDS

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1009A Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 892-0302
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A dapper man's candy store of sorts, Tweeds specializes in tailored men's apparel, designed by founder Thomas Wages in his Atlanta studio. Twill and chambray shirts, masculine satchels and alligator belts are all handmade in the U.S., with a special attention to detail and high southern style.

6. Criminal Records

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1154-A Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 215-9511
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For vinyl collectors looking for both new and used music, Criminal Records is not only stocked with hard-to-find records, but also rare comic books and music magazines. The Little Five Points shop has near-weekly music or comic events as well, making it a neighborhood must-visit.

7. Highwire Comedy Company

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3041 N Decatur Rd
Scottdale, GA
(800) 522-1498
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Come ready to laugh: Atlanta's answer to improv, sketch and stand-up comedy, Highwire offers both live performances as well as improv and sketch-writing classes for kids and adults. Some of the company's past sketches include the brilliant "Shakespeare Unscripted" and incomparable "Kanye Saves Christmas."

8. High Museum of Art

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1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4444
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Need a little Andy Warhol or Robert Rauschenberg in your life? Visit The High Museum's permanent collection which features modern and contemporary American artists, as well as African art, Folk Art and photography. The expansive, world-class art museum also has rotating exhibitions, which this year includes "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" and Iris van Herpen's "Transforming Fashion."

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Atlanta Midtown

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97 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 524-4076
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Homewood Suites is right in the heart of Atlanta — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Atlanta/Perimeter Center

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915 Crestline Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30328
The perfect home base for your travels, Homewood Suites provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
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1. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Housed in a restored former gas station, Leon's combines inspired architectural design with New American fare (charcuterie, pickle plates, and the like). Offering an extensive cocktail list, Leon's was named as a "Great Outdoor Drinking Spots" in Atlanta by Zagat. The gastropub also houses bocce court for after dinner sporting.
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Holy Taco

1314 Glenwood Ave SE, East Atlanta, GA 30316
An East Atlanta taqueria focusing on sustainable local ingredients, Holy Taco's evolving seasonal menu features staples like brussels sprouts & portobello quesadillas, chicken pozole and cauliflower soup in the winter. Outdoor seating and a stellar brunch menu (breakfast tacos!) make it a go-to spot for all hours.
1314 Glenwood Ave SE
East Atlanta, GA 30316

3. The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Designed to conjure feelings of old men and roaring seas in landlocked Atlanta, The Optimist is a high-end oyster bar and seafood outpost that succeeds in all areas. With a menu by chef and owner Ford Fry that rivals any coastal establishment, the dining room will impress first dates and in-laws alike.
914 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Using cow’s milk from small family farms within 200 miles of its kitchens, Jeni’s churns out ice cream in unique flavors like wildberry lavender and whiskey & pecan—all free of synthetic flavorings and dyes. With “scoop shops” in eight U.S. cities, Atlanta is luckily home to three Jeni’s locations: Westside Provisions District, Decatur Square and Krog Street Market.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. TWEEDS

1009A Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
A dapper man's candy store of sorts, Tweeds specializes in tailored men's apparel, designed by founder Thomas Wages in his Atlanta studio. Twill and chambray shirts, masculine satchels and alligator belts are all handmade in the U.S., with a special attention to detail and high southern style.
1009A Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Criminal Records

1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
For vinyl collectors looking for both new and used music, Criminal Records is not only stocked with hard-to-find records, but also rare comic books and music magazines. The Little Five Points shop has near-weekly music or comic events as well, making it a neighborhood must-visit.
1154-A Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. Highwire Comedy Company

3041 N Decatur Rd, Scottdale, GA
Come ready to laugh: Atlanta's answer to improv, sketch and stand-up comedy, Highwire offers both live performances as well as improv and sketch-writing classes for kids and adults. Some of the company's past sketches include the brilliant "Shakespeare Unscripted" and incomparable "Kanye Saves Christmas."
3041 N Decatur Rd
Scottdale, GA

8. High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Need a little Andy Warhol or Robert Rauschenberg in your life? Visit The High Museum's permanent collection which features modern and contemporary American artists, as well as African art, Folk Art and photography. The expansive, world-class art museum also has rotating exhibitions, which this year includes "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" and Iris van Herpen's "Transforming Fashion."
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Atlanta Midtown

97 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Homewood Suites is right in the heart of Atlanta — close to all of the action and entertainment. Find a Homewood Suites near you.
97 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Atlanta/Perimeter Center

915 Crestline Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30328
The perfect home base for your travels, Homewood Suites provides comfort and ease when you return from your adventures.
915 Crestline Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30328

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