I love visiting the Eastside Beltline Trail- more commonly known as “The Beltline”. This paved pathway connects several intown neighborhoods (including their restaurants and hot spots) and is sprinkled with artwork. Come for an hour or an afternoon- either way, you won’t be disappointed! It is full of energy (and people) and is always evolving.
Stop One: Fritti
I love this place. The pizza is SO good and they have my favorite arugula salad (that is also served at it’s sister restaurant, Sotto Sotto). If the weather is nice, they have the huge garage doors opened and who doesn’t love dining al fresco?
Pro Tip: The pizzas are sharing size (6 slices) and the salads are too!
Stop Two: Old Fourth Ward Park
After an especially yummy lunch, we jumped on the Beltline to head to the park. On our (short) walk, we encountered lots of creative grafitti art, a metal sculpture and two men playing live music. JB enjoyed a quick dance to their music.
The park is pretty expansive with a skate park (so cool to watch!), huge grass sports field, one small fenced playground, an awesome splash pad (in the summer), and a really cool, larger playground. We loved watching the skaters/cyclist in the skate park and then swinging together in the little playground.
Stop Three: New Realm Brewery
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of their beer BUT their roof top views are FANTASTIC (and free). Being just east of the city, gives you a really good 180 degree view of the city with the high rises of ATL all fanned out in front of you. There used to be some pretty ugly powerlines that obstructed the view, but now those are gone and it’s perfection. On Saturday afternoons, there is live music on the patio next to the Beltline. We enjoyed the music, went upstairs for the view (and a potty break), and watched some football.
Pro Tip: The rooftop has heaters, so even in the winter, you can enjoy the view!
Stop Four: A Sweet Treat for JB
After New Realm, we mosied back towards Fritti in hopes of grabbing a King of Pop at their walk up window. Sadly, they are closed for the winter due to construction. We wondered around some in Inman Quarter and discovered Vogo Gelato. JB inhaled the mint chocolate chip gelato.
Pro Tip: Not sure what you like? They give out free samples!
Stop Five: The Albert
This place is a straight up pub with plenty of tvs for sports watching. We watched some more football and I ordered a snack. Their curried onion rings and kale salad are 👌🏼👌🏼.
Pro Tip: The bathroom is a one person set up, so be prepared for a line!
If you haven’t been to the Beltline but want to go and don’t know where to park, where to go, etc… just let me know. I’d love to point you in the right direction!
Pro Tip: Atlanta civil rights history is prominently on display right now throughout the Beltline.
Cheers from ATL!