What's near MARTA stations?

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North Ave

This is a great station. One block west to The Varsity two blocks east to The Fox theater, Churchill Grounds (a world-class jazz club) and restaurants Baroanda & Eno Gastrinomica. The fully restored Georgian Terrace Hotel is across from the Fox which has a new restaurant on the lobby level (with a really nice bar on the second floor) called The Savoy opened June 2001. Exit the station through the mall on the north-west corner (W.Ptree & 3rd St) and walk west on 3rd for two short blocks, you'll find the Apache Cafe where they have music and art events at night.


Meet at the Brick Store This may be the most interesting station in the system because it pops you into a nice old town square. In a very short walk you'll find at least 20 restaurants, a top-notch music venue (Eddie's Attic), Brickstore with a wonderful second floor Belgian beer tasting room, and many little shops.

Peachtree Center

Walk north on Peachtree 2 blocks and on west side of the street, just past Max Lagers brewpub, there's a smoke-free billiards hall called Barley's a real nice spot. Just to the south you'll find The Hard Rock Cafe, the Westin Hotel with the 70 story high Sundial restaurant & bar on the top, and a Hooter's at the corner of P'tree & International. The train station is actually located underneath a downtown shopping mall with everything you'd expect to find including Benihana at street level with Peachtree Center Avenue and next door to an open-late-Irish-bar and across Peachtree Center is dinner-theater spot, Agatha's. Within a block are the huge downtown hotels (Marriott Marquis, Hilton (don't miss Trader Vic's in the lowest floor), Hyatt Regency), The Atlanta Grill (in the Ritz Carlton Hotel) with a second story balcony over Peachtree St, Daily's which has jazz during happy hour, and many other convention-crowd amusements.


Or whatever they're calling it this week. Here you'll find Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome, CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park. Besides the fast food in CNN Center Atrium (and sportsbar Taco Mac), the Omni Hotel has a restaurant and bar, Just Around the Corner at Spring & Marietta and across Marietta St, Maxim Prime steakhouse in the fully renovated Glenn Hotel.

Five Points

This station is actually a block south of Five Points, but it's still near few good things. Foremost is the struggling Underground Atlanta facility which you enter via the east tunnel from the station. Underground is made up of Kenny's Alley, the Mall and upper Alabama. Go thru the mall area to Kenny's Alley to get to a new restaurant called Jamaica Jamaica (with oxtail, conch, etc), a little further and an Irish pub called Irish Bred. Go up to the top of Alabama street and there Lombardi's, Mick's and a lunch counter. If you go to the east end of the mall area, you'll find Johnny Rockets with their excellent shakes, malts and burgers and across the plaza is the Coca-Cola Museum with it's extremely long weekend lines.

Civic Center

Cross over to Peachtree St and go up one block to Shakespeare Tavern which performs mostly Shakespeare and some other plays (natural theater, no amplification). The station is in the midst of a huge new office development known as Allen Plaza which includes a Mellow Mushroom and a Concentric restaurant called Room in the Twelve condo. Across Ivan Allen Blvd is French restaurant, FAB, with rooftop dining.

Arts Center

High Museum, Atlanta College of Art, Woodruff Arts Center and across W.Peachtree is a Greek place are the only things within a block of the station. A little further north on West Peachtree gets you to Center Stage Live and Park Bench Tavern. South on Peachtree gets you to the Colony Square complex which includes a food court, Shout, condos and many offices and across the street in the 1180 building is gastropub, TAP. If walk west one block on 14th St, you get to Crescent Ave where you'll find Front Page News and a bunch of other clubs (it's a little shorter walk to these from Midtown station).


Meet at the 11th Street Pub Walk east on 10th to the Margaret Mitchell House and the midtown Taco Mac and on the same block a Vietnamese restaurant. Walk north on West Peachtree to Charlie's 11th St Pub which was the original location of everybody's favorite hamburger (Vortex) and across 11th St. from Charlies is the reborn Steamhouse Lounge. Exit the station on 10th, walk towards Peachtree, cut in front of the new Federal Reserve and you're right at Crescent Ave as described above.


Meet at the Palm This station's main exit puts you on Peachtree right by the Financial Center. Look north and there's Maggiano's Italian and The Palm (first floor of the Westin) and Morton's Steakhouse, around the corner from the hotel a seafood restaurant has recently opened in the old Benigans building. The only thing close going south is American InterContinental University.


Meet at Taco Mac This station is in the middle of a massive upgrade combined with the construction of the AT&T complex. There's a huge Taco Mac sports bar with 50 beers on tap a Five Guys burger joint and other shops coming soon.


Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is one block north and Houlihans is right there on Lenox. Lenox Square Mall is a good hike across the street.


Meet at the Jocks & Jills Across a very busy section of Peachtree St is the Brookhaven shopping center with a Mellow Mushroom pizza parlour. Across Peachtree is a Waffle House.

Inman Park

Meet at The Patio Although you're within a mile of L5P and the restaurants on N.Highland, the only things within quick walking distance are Shaun's an upscale gourmet restaurant, a photo gallery and the old streetcar Trolley Barn. Sonny's Place is also right there (it's open for breakfast and lunch only). Exit the station and walk east on DeKalb Ave alittle over a block to get to Roger's Garage -- pretty handy when you need to get your car repaired. I can never find them in the phone book . . . so 404-688-2692

Edgewood/Candler Park

Exit the station on the DeKalb Ave side and walk east one block. There you will find a decent little diner called the Radial Cafe plus a guitar store, rock-climbing and some kind of Kung-Fu gym.

Sandy Springs

Exit the station towards the parking deck, take the elevator to Ground and there's Max & Ermas. If you walk to your right you'll see an Office Depot, head there and walk around the corner to Royal Oak Pub (not a bad place). This same strip mall has what may be the only multi-plex movie theater near Marta, United Artist Theatre at Perimeter Pointe.

West End

About two blocks west of the station on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd is the Soul Vegetarian South building, which includes the Soul Vegetarian restauant (their "Soy Kreme" deserts are recommended), the West End Mall is at the West End station too.

King Memorial

A one block walk south on Grant St and a left onto MLK Dr brings you to Historic Oakland Cemetery which is a must if you are interested in Atlanta history and also makes a nice place to take a walk. On the south side of the cemetery you will find a wonderful seafood restaurant called Six Feet Under which is completely non-smoking inside and has a cool rooftop bar which overlooks the cemetery and state capitol. A right from the station and Eyedrum Gallery is the second Matress Factory gate on the right (they do live music with some shows). There a few more places if you don't mind barren surroundings on the way: continue past MLK Dr on Grant to Memorial you'll see a bar called The Standard (same owners as Universal Joint) or walk a block left (east) to get to Ria's Blue Bird (they do lunch and dinner now in addition to breakfast) and Six Feet Under which opened in 2002 and has decent sea food and a nice bar (and rooftop seating).


Lots of potential in the buildings in this old neighborhood, but if you decide to make the treck all you've got to look forward to are two decent looking cafe's on MLK Drive: Busy Bee and the Everything Cafe

If I haven't listed a train stop, it's because I don't know what's near it. Let me know

Last updated: Mon Oct 13 17:23:14 EDT 2008

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