Downtown Atlanta

Rachel Martino’s Guide to Discovering Downtown Atlanta

By December 18, 2017 No Comments

About Our Guide:

I’m Rachel Martino, a Fashion & lifestyle blogger based in Brooklyn. I started my blog back in 2012 as a way of sharing my colorful outfits and love of makeup with the world. After 5 years I still love sharing my favorite looks and day to day life on my blog and social media channels every day!


Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown At a Glance




The Hotel Indigo Downtown Atlanta is a boutique hotel designed by Architect John Portman in a postmodern style. The lobby’s floating glass & steel spiral staircase steals the show as soon as you walk into the hotel. The location is perfect to access Atlanta hotspots in walking distance to the vibrant downtown area. The modern restaurant had delicious food and the rooms were large and very comfortable.

Where to eat:

The best place we ate was Kimball house. We absolutely love this restaurant tucked away in an old train station. The atmosphere was trendy yet unpretentious, the perfect ambience for a special occasion. The standout dishes were the Hawaiian rolls, pommes mcaire & hoppin’ john. The General Manager was incredibly helpful and energetic in explaining the menu and the history of the restaurant.

Another favorite of ours was The Lawrence. This place is great for lunch and we both enjoyed our meals! I tried the Larry Burger which was a double decker with two 3.5 oz patties so I’d come hungry! The garlic and herb fries are not to be missed. For the vegetarian, Gerry enjoyed an eggplant dish which was flavorful and filling. The cocktails are also delicious – we tried the Lady Lawrence with Lavender Mint Tea Vodka, Cassis Lime and Soda.

For a quick snack, we also enjoyed the Biltong Bar in Ponce City Market. I’ve never tried jerky like it! I had the traditional sliced (4oz) fat on with traditional spices and I was blown away. The perfect place to fuel up for shopping between meals with jerky and a beer.

Where to drink:
Ticonderoga Club was our favorite bar recommended to us both by Hotel Indigo’s itinerary and the GM at Kimball House. The vibe was hipster yet welcoming. We ordered the Ticonderoga Club with Rum, Cognac, Pineapple and Sherry, but be careful they’re dangerous! A great spot to grab cocktails after shopping or for a late nightcap.

Where to shop:
We loved shopping at Ponce City Market – Citizen Supply was definitely our favorite store. We left with clothes, housewares and accessories! It has such a variety of shopping options with great local finds from Atlanta-based artisans and creators.

We also popped into Archer Paper Goods which was an adorable outpost with cute greeting cards, a wide selection of hard-to-fine magazines and even a little ‘Pencil Shop.’ A great place for gifts including the wrapping paper and cards!

Where to go out:
During the day, we really liked the Skyline Park. It was a perfect place to have amazing 360 views of the city while playing carnival games and mini golf not to mention the three-story slide for all ages. There’s something for all ages with beer and wine for the adults and fun games for kids and grown-ups alike.

Where to discover art and design:

We both enjoyed the High Art Museum. The exhibits were top notch and we spent hours discovering each level of the museum. My favorite part may have been the outdoor features with animal merry-go-round installations and a Roy Lichtenstein trompe l’oeil, the “house iii.” The Civil Rights photography exhibit “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out” was also incredibly moving with photographs reflecting on a tumultuous period of American history.

Must-see landmarks:

Piedmont Park is gorgeous – with the fall trees it was a perfect breath of fresh air in the city. The fall foliage was especially stunning with so many gorgeous trees. The 189-acre park features jogging paths, basketball courts and a farmer’s market. It is also the locale for many festivals and outdoor gatherings throughout the year.

We also adored the Fox Theatre, our tour was incredibly insightful and we loved learning about the history of this famous Atlanta institute. The theatre has been home to so many incredible performances over the decades and the energy is palpable. The architecture style is incredibly unique taking influence from ancient Egyptian architecture along with Islamic and Moorish features.

Best neighborhoods to explore:
Our trip was pretty short so I’m not sure we had a perfectly clear sense of which neighborhoods were which but we did enjoy every place we went in Decatur.

Honorary Mentions:
We personally loved the World of Coca Cola Museum and its exhibits. It’s a fun place for all ages and we loved testing the over 100 beverages from around the world. For a quick bite before our flight we tried The Varsity, an Atlanta fast food staple since 1928. The food is yummy and incredibly inexpensive with a burger under $3.00.