The World’s Coolest Neighborhoods: Inman Park, Atlanta
Atlanta always has new restaurants and areas to explore, but one of its hottest neighborhoods, Inman Park, isn’t new at all. In fact, Inman Park has been around since the 1880’s—it was Atlanta’s first planned suburb with a streetcar shuttling commuters to downtown a few miles to the west.
Due to the advent of the automobile and the city's outward sprawl, the neighborhood lost favor with residents in the 1950s and 1960s, but has since rebounded. Part of the 30307 zip code, Inman Park is bordered by the popular BeltLine Eastside Trail to the west, Freedom Parkway to the north, Moreland Avenue to the east and DeKalb Avenue to the south and is now one of the city’s most affluent areas and a popular dining destination for residents and visitors alike.
Walk down any of these streets—hint: Sinclair Avenue and Elizabeth Street are particularly charming—and you’ll be captivated by the colorful Victorian homes, many of them converted into apartments after the flight to other suburbs, and the beauty of well-manicured lawns and gardens. If you look hard enough, you may find the neighborhood's hidden green spaces, like Springvale Park.
While a streetcar no longer comes to Inman Park, it is accessible via the city's transit system, MARTA. The Inman Park-Reynoldstown Transit Station is located on DeKalb Avenue, less than a mile east of Krog Street Market, the neighborhood's popular food hall. Convenient, since the Inman Park Festival rolls around each spring, bringing with it local artists and food purveyors – but limited parking.
Here’s where to eat, drink and play in Inman Park.
Where to Eat: Inman Park Restaurants
Whether your taste buds like international fare or crave dishes of a more domestic nature, Inman Park has something for everyone. Head to Krog Street Market (KSM), a new-fashioned dining hall, which has over a dozen food stalls, including modern Middle Eastern delight Yalla, the healthy salad and grain-bowl centric Recess and Szechuan noodle and stir-fry spot Gu's Dumplings. For a full service experience, visit Superica, restaurateur Ford Fry’s wildly popular Tex-Mex spot, or Bar Mercado for Spanish tapas.
Walk a few blocks over to Inman Quarter, a mixed-use development just steps away from the BeltLine Eastside Trail, for more dining options like upscale bar food at Hampton and Hudson, all day French café dining at Bread and Butterfly and modern seafood at MF Sushi.
Can’t decide where to start? Visit during Inman Park Restaurant Week, held each spring, for specials like Rathbun’s three-course menu for just $25.
Where to Drink: Inman Park Bars
The neighborhood is also a destination for beer enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs alike.
Wash down the tiny sandwiches at the BeltLine-adjacent outpost of Victory Sandwich Bar with the restaurant's signature Jack n' Coke slushy, a spiked soda or a can of cheap beer.
Or belly up to the bar at Wrecking Bar Brewpub, a Victorian mansion turned gastropub with an on-site brewery that serves up to nearly a dozen beers on tap. Try the Little Tart sour cherry ale, a nod to one of the city's most popular pastry shops, which pair well with the kitchen's creative takes on farm-to-table fare and go-to starters like white cheddar fondue served with a Bavarian pretzel and seasonal vegetables.
Don't miss the $1 oysters and cocktail specials Tuesday through Friday from 5 pm. to 7 p.m. at Watchman's Seafood & Spirits, which focuses on Southern sustainable seafood and also has chartreuse on tap.
Watchman's Krog Street neighbor, Ticonderoga Club, is a quirky, nautically themed run by the bartenders responsible for the city's cocktail renaissance. Try the signature “Ticonderoga Cup” with rum, cognac, sherry, pineapple, lemon and mint.
Where to Get a Sweet Fix
For that raging sweet tooth, Inman Park offers a few reliable options.
Grab a frozen treat at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream or Queen of Cream, the latter of which also serves up sweet treats like brownies and cakes.
Time slows down at Julianna’s Crepes, a charming sweet spot tucked into a residential part of the neighborhood. Try the “Cherry Bomb crepe” (pickled sour cherries, vanilla curd, Oreo crust and vanilla curd), the “Ace” (marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate graham crackers) or the “French Whip” (chestnut puree and whipped cream).
Have food allergies or other dietary restrictions? Revolution Doughnuts specializes in natural, handmade treats and offers gluten free, vegan and dairy-free options for both its doughnuts and seasonal specialty cakes like gingerbread and pumpkin spice.
Where to Get Your Sweat On
After all that eating and drinking, you may feel the need to burn some of it off! Don’t worry, Inman Park has you covered there, too. The neighborhood is bordered by the BeltLine Eastside Trail, popular with runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Rent a bike from Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle and take the trail all the way to Piedmont Park, the city's largest green space.
Kick things into high gear at X3 Sports. This sports complex is guaranteed to make you break a sweat with a variety of fitness options. Get all that pent up Atlanta traffic frustration out at their kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. Or get your heart racing in the cardio focused Fast Track class. Don’t be surprised to see UFC fighters training in the rings there, too.
Pilates devotees will want to check out the neighborhood's location of The Daily, an all-Reformer studio that offers stretch, sculpt and jump board classes.