Atlanta has a variety of interesting neighborhoods.  For a detailed exploration of what several neighborhoods have to offer, check out the Urban Explorer's Handbook.   They review things to see/do/eat in several major neighborhoods.

  • Virginia-Highlands is an intown neighborhood filled with fun restaurants and bars. 
  • Ansley Park and Morningside have beautiful, historic homes and are also intown near the High Museum of Art and Georgia Tech. 
  • Inman Park is full of beautiful Victorian homes, b&b's, and a few small unique restaurants.   It is home to the best neighborhood festival -- the Inman Park Festival -- which is held every year on the last weekend in April.  Don't miss the festival's wacky parade, Saturday at 2.
  • Candler Park is just east of Inman Park and is home to the original Flying Biscuit restaurant, Candler Park itself  -- with a golf course -- and a nice trail and parkland that begins at the Carter Center.  
  • Buckhead is where the people with money have traditionally lived and is full of massive mansions on tree lined streets, along with a hopping night life, salons, and upscale shopping. 
  • Sweet Auburn is a traditionally black area and in fact is where Dr. Martin Luther King was raised and went to church.  Not far from there is the Carter Library. 
  • For alternative fun, Little Five Points has lots of tattoo parlors, second hand shops and piercing places.  It also has some nice restaurants and bars, venues for live bands, and a thriving community theatre.   It sits between Candler Park and Inman Park.
  • On Buford Highway is the Asian and Hispanic section of town.  It is covered with wonderful eateries from Mexican to Malaysian, Ethiopian to Korean.  Whatever your heart desires of ethnic food is available here.
  • The City of Decatur is a nice hometown kind of place, with old houses and big trees, great pubs, restaurants, galleries and boutiques.  The old county courthouse is the anchor of the downtown area, next to "the square" where outdoor concerts are held every Saturday evening in May and September.   There is a Marta stop adjacent to the square.  The entire town is  fairly bursting with children so most businesses are kid friendly.
  • Midtown perhaps Atlanta's most walkable authentic urban neighborhood. Known as Atlanta's Heart of the Arts -- Midtown lies just north of downtown. The area encompasses Piedmont Park, Center for Puppetry Arts, The HIgh Museum of Art, The Woodruff Arts Center, the Fox Theater, and so much more. In fact over 6 million visitors attend Midtown cultural events annually.    The housing is a mix of big and small, old and new, houses, condos, apartments and the inhabitants are as eclectic, being both popular with a gay population, older residents, and families raising children.   Schools are ranked high. There is a range of businesses, especially good restaurants, that serves the entire mix (though not always in the same place at once). The area is quickly becoming the city's first urban shopping district. The emerging Midtown Mile will mix flagship retail with existing boutiques for 14-blocks along Atlanta's Peachtree Street. Running between the Fox Theater and the Woodruff Arts Center.