Atlanta: The Best of Sandy Springs and Perimeter
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Sandy Springs is its own city but has all the convenience of the suburbs with the location of the city. There are plenty of "hidden gems" like ethnic restaurants, holistic cafes and a world famous comedy club all convenient to "The Perimeter." In one minute you can be kayaking the Chattahoochee and in the next you can be checking out the local farmer's market.
4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA
Also located on the Chattahoochee River, Canoe provides beautiful views of the water and celebrates local seafood and other ingredients. The restaurant showcases Springer Mountain chicken, Carolina rabbit, and Enchanted Springs rainbow trout as...
6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30339, USA
Set along the Chattahoochee River, Ray’s has been an Atlanta institution since 1984. It’s the spot for power lunches and ladies who lunch for their steaks and seafood. The jumbo lump crab cake is large enough to be two meals in one.
5064 Nandina Ln, Atlanta, GA 30338, USA
The craft beer industry has taken off in Atlanta within the last few years, particularly establishments selling growlers, or draft beer in to-go jugs. Moondog Growlers opened three area locations within the last two years, in Marietta, Dunwoody,...
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346, USA
This bakery has been listed as having the best croissants in the city, and you will likely agree. Pastry chef Alon Balshan opened in 1994 in Virginia Highland selling baked goods and artisan food and wine products. The Perimeter location is an...
9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075, USA
The community-supported Chattahoochee Nature Center is tucked between Marietta and Sandy Springs along the Chattahoochee River. The 127-acre park has hiking trails, wildlife walks, gardens, and an interpretive center. It’s a good place to spot...
200 Morgan Falls Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350, USA
Another great park for outdoor lovers is the Morgan Falls Overlook. Located at a dam on the Chattahoochee River, it’s a the place to have a picnic, let the little ones play on the playground, or to put in your kayak for a trip downstream. There’s...
352 S Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075, USA
This unassuming coffeehouse has become one of my favorite places to work, mostly for the delicious chai lattes and free Wi-Fi—but there's much more to it than that. Land of a Thousand Hills was founded in 2005 by local Jonathan Golden, who wanted...
955 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075, USA
Located in nearby Roswell’s historic downtown, Roswell Provisions takes pride in what it sells, namely artisan meats, cheeses, breads, and pastries. They also have olive oils, vinegars, and over 100 wines for sale. Ask about the locally made...
801 Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075, USA
Red Baron’s Antiques is known in the region for selling the most unique and quirky antique pieces around. While auctions are their main focus, bringing in buyers from around the country, the store imports pieces from Europe, so you never know what...
6500 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
For those of us looking to dress well on a budget, Rag-O-Rama brings together the best of vintage and “pre-loved” clothing and accessories. When visiting their newest Sandy Springs location, keep an eye out for hidden designer finds...
1140 Hammond Dr, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
Straightforward Italian pasta is Figo’s specialty as the owner came from a small town outside of Florence. The casual atmosphere and reasonable prices are as inviting as the dishes themselves. You can choose from their house specialties like...
101 Riverview Dr, Marietta, GA 30067, USA
If you’re feeling out of balance you can enjoy drop-in classes at Peachtree Yoga Center for only $15. Each class is 90 minutes long and visitors can choose from a variety of levels available throughout the day. They even offer yoga in Spanish and...
5920 Roswell Rd NE a108, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
Named one of the best gluten-free bakeries in America, Sally’s has everything a celiac could want, but is usually unable to consume. They bake their own gluten-free breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and pizzas to go. The bakery also delivers...
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30346, USA
Modeled after the cafes of Europe, Cafe Intermezzo brings you to Vienna with its European-style coffee, desserts, and late-night bites. Their sweet and savory crepes, breakfast dishes, and selection of more than 70 cakes and pastries are all well...
5920 Roswell Rd NE A-209, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
This under-the-radar museum devoted to the life of Holocaust victim Anne Frank boasts over 600 photographs and artifacts. It is free and open to the public and describes her continual influence on the world long after her death. Organized by the...
3652 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342, USA
Want to see some quality shows at Atlanta's longest running comedy club? Head to The Punchline in Sandy Springs to hear the best of the best. Offering at least two shows each night, you can't go wrong! With performers like Eddie Murphy, Richard...
234 Hilderbrand Dr, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
The intimate music venue has different styles of music for every night of the week, ranging from bluegrass to blues to polka and everything in between. Steve’s serves as a place for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talents at open mic...
6780 Roswell Rd NE Studio D100, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
Sky Gym is unlike any other gym around, offering aerial dance and yoga classes held in Cirque de Soleil–style aerial silks. Introductory classes are $19 but once you’ve learned the basics, the drop-in rate is $29 per class. You can also stop by...
220 Sandy Springs Cir #209, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
An unassuming strip mall may not be where you expect to find authentic Thai food, but Little Thai is a pleasant surprise. Expect all the favorites, including Thai tea, spicy curries, soups, noodles, and stir fries. Their coconut cake is an...
220 Sandy Springs Cir, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
The loyal following at this Sandy Springs cafe is truly unbelievable and there's almost always a line for lunch. Breadwinner serves up sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads all with a healthy twist. The chicken salad and tomato basil soup are...
6017 Sandy Springs Cir, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
There’s always something going on at Three Sheets, a cocktail bar and lounge in Sandy Springs. One of the more popular is “flavor tripping,” an event where guests have a Miracle Fruit berry before sampling foods, completely...
1577 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Named for the flour that makes the famous Neapolitan pizza, Double Zero Napoletana has brought upscale Italian to the suburbs. The pizza, cooked in authentic ovens brought over from the motherland, are clearly the star of the show, particularly...
121 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346, USA
This local Mexican chain is conveniently located across the street from Perimeter Mall, making it a great spot for a quick bite and $4 house margarita. It’s popular with the after work crowd, particularly for the build-your-own salads,...
6032 Sandy Springs Cir, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
Arden Zinn started juicing at her first location in Little Five Points almost a decade ago, and has since expanded to dozens of Atlanta locations, as well as having her products stocked in area grocery stores and cafes. The new Sandy Springs store...
235 Sandy Springs Cir, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
Held every Saturday afternoon April through November, the Sandy Springs Farmers' Market brings fresh produce to suburbanites. In addition to the fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs, vendors sell artisan food products like specialty cheeses, olive...
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USA
Named “Atlanta’s Best Ice Cream,” Morelli’s is a highly sought-after dessert. Locals rave about the salted caramel flavor, and Conan O’Brien even stopped by for a scoop when he filmed his show in town. The gourmet flavors are posted daily on the...
6112 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
Named for Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi, Rumi’s Kitchen is the place to sample Persian cuisine in Atlanta. Uniquely Middle Eastern flavors cover the menu with ingredients like saffron, turmeric, and mint. Open for lunch and dinner, Rumi's is best...
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