Atlanta's most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood teems with bohemian charm
Atlanta is hardly known as a walking city, but Little Five Points, the five-avenue intersection that serves as upscale Inman Park's unofficial town square, is perfect for exploring on foot. Five minutes east of downtown by subway, Little Five Points (or L5P, as it's often written), has a bohemian sensibility that makes it a fun counterpoint to Inman's oak-lined placidity. You could easily spend a day and night exploring its shops and checking out the pedestrians: barefoot hippies peddling incense, dreadlocked moms carrying babies and thumping organic melons at the co-op, tattooed Harley riders propping up their bikes outside the Euclid Yacht Club bar. On the following page you'll find everything you need to know to navigate the neighborhood.
Stefan's Vintage Clothing 1160 Euclid Ave.; 404/688-4929. A retro jackpot of unworn suits from the sixties, still with the original tags.
Junkman's Daughter 464 Moreland Ave.; 404/577-3188. A 9,000-square-foot circus of vintage clothes, thigh-high gold lamé boots, and other fabulously impractical footwear.
René René 1142 Euclid Ave.; 404/522-7363. Local designer René Sanning is a hip-hop Jil Sander, if you will—think stark, body-conscious clothes.
Sevananda 1111 Euclid Ave.; 404/681-2831. You might find Atlanta's mayor, Bill Campbell, at this, the Southeast's largest organic-food co-op.
A Cappella Books 1133 Euclid Ave.; 404/ 681-5128. Haight-Ashbury lives on at this tiny shop specializing in—what else?—Beat authors.
Baker's Cajun Café 1126 Euclid Ave.; 404/223-5039; brunch for two $12. Locals line up for eggs Sardou, a Benedict with artichoke hearts.
Deacon Burton's Grill 1029 Edgewood Ave. N.E.; 404/523-1929; lunch for two $15. The open kitchen at this neighborhood institution turns out traditional Southern fare—fried chicken, hoecakes, and collard greens. Take a table in the open brick courtyard.
La Fonda Latina 1150B Euclid Ave.; 404/ 577-8317; lunch for two $13. Cuban sandwiches and sangria amid neon palms and salsa music.
Manuel's Tavern 602 N. Highland Ave.; 404/525-3447; dinner for two $20. Sit at the bar, and with your burger and beer you'll get all the latest local dirt.
Babette's Café 471 N. Highland Ave.; 404/523-9121; dinner for two $46. Inventive fare—fried oysters on a dill biscuit, mussels steamed in a strawberry-and-serrano-pepper cream—in a casual, warmly lit bistro setting.
Variety Playhouse 1099 Euclid Ave.; 404/521-1786. Good acoustics and an eclectic roster—from Leo Kottke to Cassandra Wilson—make the shows a steal at around $15.
Horizon Theatre Company 1083 Austin Ave.; 404/584-7450. Prelude to a Kiss and The Good Times Are Killing Me had their Atlanta premieres in this former elementary school.
7 Stages Theatre 1105 Euclid Ave.; 404/ 523-7647. The city's center for performance art, and the base for the provocative troupe Dance Force.
Euclid Avenue Yacht Club 1136 Euclid Ave.; 404/688-2582. To fit in, wear leather and never order a daiquiri. Not even a peach one.
Michele D. Niesen lives in L5P.