Virginia Highland, Atlanta

Virginia Highland is one of Atlanta’s most popular areas for sleeping, dining and nightlife. It is rampant with local art, coffee houses, trend setting shops, patios, fine dining, and bars. It is close to everything in Atlanta and is second only to Buckhead for an evening destination. This is my favorite place to visit and hang out in Atlanta and my go to spot when entertaining visitors.


  • The King Center is a global destination, community institution and living memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here you can visit his house, his memorial gravesite and The King Library, which houses the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. King, as well as the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, a peanut farmer, and a Georgian. In Atlanta, you can visit the Jimmy Carter Library, which is part of the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is an arts center, which holds special performances, gallery exhibits and fundraising galas throughout the year. It is housed in the Candler Estate, which is a Tudor Revival style mansion situated on a gorgeous 12.5 acre estate, built by the son of Asa Griggs Candler who founded The Coca-Cola Company.
  • The Plaza Theater is an Atlanta landmark and the city’s oldest operating movie theater. Here you can grab a drink at their full service bar before nestling in to watch classics such as The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind.
  • You can find fresh local produce, meats, breads, and artisan crafts every Saturday morning year around from 8:00AM to 11:30AM at the Morningside Farmer’s Market.
  • If you are visiting in June, chances are you will find yourself part of the Virginia Highland Summerfest, which is one of the largest art festivals in the Southeastern United States. Check out their Facebook page for exact dates.

Where to stay

The Highland Inn

Ponce de Leon Place

Greenwood Bed and Breakfast

Where to eat

J & J Bourbon Bar and Grill

Fontaine’s Oyster House


Where to imbibe

Neighbor’s Pub

Highland Tap

Dark Horse Tavern

Moe’s and Joe’s Tavern

Diesel Filling Station


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