This week we’re continuing our “24 Hours In” series (click here if you missed Grace’s guide to Brooklyn last week!) with a guide to Atlanta from the talented prop stylist, and D*S alum, Ginny Branch. Ginny lives, works and plays in the Atlanta area and today she shares with us her ideal day in the city she calls home. Thanks for helping to plan a perfect 24 hours in Atlanta, Ginny! -Stephanie
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg
Click through for the full guide after the jump…
9:00 am I start my morning off at Octane for a decaf cappuccino and purchase the newest issue of Brother Journal, a great publication showcasing good food processed and prepared honestly by solid folks. The coffee shop is home to a variety of creatives getting their morning caffeine fix and cranking away on their newest projects so it makes for excellent eavesdropping :) Next door is one of my favorite menswear stores, Tweeds, where I’ll poke around getting gift ideas for my husband and swoon over the clothing and visual merchandising. The furniture and props come from this great guy David, an antique scout who finds everything old and wonderful. You can find him at Brick and Mortar for the most special curiosities.
10:00 am As soon as the doors of Star Provisions open I am in there marveling at the newest store displays and filling a basket with beautiful objects for my prop collections. Star is my gold standard of shopping in Atlanta. The store houses everything from linen tea towels, Keith Kreeger pottery, wooden spoons of all sizes, to the best edibles and potables in the city to be enjoyed immediately or to stock your pantry. I recommend skipping the ridiculous lunch lines and ordering a sandwich to take on a picnic for later. Things to order: proscuitto and parmesan baguette sandwich or the falafel( for a vegetarian option) and their brownie or dossant (Atlanta’s version of a cronut) for dessert. And don’t forget to visit their cheesemonger, Tim the Cheeseman and pick up some Many Fold Farms Brebis or Condor’s Ruin cheese and some Banner Butter. Both companies are local and unbelievably delicious!
all photos by Andrew Thomas Lee
11:00 am Here is where I make my rounds. The Westside is chock-a-block with amazing boutiques that provide endless inspiration. Sid and Ann Mashburn are the reigning tastemakers in Atlanta and purveyors of all things cool and classic. Their stores should be on everyone’s list of places to visit in Atlanta. From there I’ll overstay my welcome with the sweet crew at Billy Reid. Their store is dreamy, the clothing is covetable, and the folks that work there are the best. Then I’ll bounce over to Steven Alan (still pinching myself that Atlanta has one) and stock up on more journals + quarterlies and maybe a candle or too. I’ll wrap up the area by visiting Seed Factory to pick up a present for my niece. This children’s store is perfectly curated with selections from Atsuyo et Akiko, Caramel Baby, Oeuf, Makie, Jess Brown, Tamar Mogendorff and Fog Linen. I’ll also pop on over to Simply Put next door and stock up on fantastic greeting cards so I’m ready for any celebration or occasion.
1:00 pm This is when I’m ready to ditch the car and enjoy Atlanta’s outdoors so I’ll head over to the beltline and enjoy a picnic. This is the best way to explore trails and parks and is a huge score for our city in improving transportation, growth, and sustainability.
3:00 pm Now I’ll get a midday pick-me-up at Cacao, a darling chocolatier in the heart of Virginia Highlands.
4:00 pm Time to take a walk on the wild side ;) Little Five Points is such a great people-watching spot filled with tattoo artists, skaters, drifters, artists, and musicians. I always have to stop by Wax n Facts to pick up some vinyl that my husband and I agree on. Things I look for: The Allman Brothers, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and Sam Cooke. To round out my experience I’ll dig up some crystals, stones, and astrology guides at the new age store Crystal Blue. For the ultimate mecca of all things alternative and unique,Junkman’s Daughter is the place to go. In junior high it was the store where I stocked up on platform wedges, faux-fur trimmed everything, and tarot cards… it is like walking into the costume department of Tank Girl. Bonus points if you get that reference.
7:00 pm For dinner I have been on a Kimball House streak. Their oyster program is phenomenal and I am powerless against their cocktail menu although I am not brave enough to sample their famous absinthe offerings. Also the interior is one of my absolute favorites and transports me to New York or Paris. Moody lighting and cozy atmosphere wrapped up in old train depot? Yes, please.
10:00 pm Holeman + Finch is an upscale watering hole and a good late night hang. Be prepared to be elbow-to-elbow with fellow eager patrons, especially once the bell rings. 24 burgers made every night, announced at 10, and sold out by 10:15. I’ve yet to snag one of these elusive burgers but I’m confident they’re worth the hype. Drown your missed opportunity with a drink from their quality cocktail menu.
Other honorable mentions… Atlanta has some good eatin’ y’all.
The Optimist: Ford Fry’s oyster bar and fishcamp receives every culinary accolade under the sun and the restaurant interior and branding is unparalleled. The wood roasted oysters and smoked white fish chowder are too-die-for and the desserts are worth creating room for.
If you’re over in Buckhead, Ford’s newest restaurant King and Duke is a must eat. The restaurant’s center is its open hearth and the dishes are warm and comforting, stick-to-your-bones fare. Bring a healthy appetite whether you are a meat lover or strictly veg.
Abattoir: Anne Quattrano is the grande dame of Atlanta’s culinary scene (see Bacchanalia, Star Provisions and Floataway Cafe) and this restaurant is one of my epicurean stomping grounds. Get the french fries with the pimento cheese foam, trust me. Best in the nation.
Boccalupo: Before this restaurant I thought good Italian in Atlanta was a myth. This proved me wrong and I’m so glad.
Empire State South: You can order here blindly and walk away in a happy, food-induced stupor. The Farm Egg is revelatory and the In Jars are phenomenal. Boiled peanut hummus and pimento cheese with bacon… what more could you ask for?
Miller Union: I love coming here for lunch and the ice cream sandwich is legendary.
Iberian Pig: A modern Spanish restaurant boasting delicious tapas you won’t want to share. Get the charcuterie plate and bacon-wrapped dates.
Brunch spots: Can’t go wrong with Sun in my Belly, West Egg, Buttermilk Kitchen, or Rise n Dine (don’t let the lack of online presence fool you, this spot is ridiculously tasty). These places consistently deliver the goods when it comes to the best meal of the day.