It’s no secret that Hotlanta gets its notorious nickname from the sweltering summer temperatures. What most people don’t know is that the name also pays homage to the excitement of the city. From the vibrant nightlife to the restaurants rich in Southern fare, this city brings the heat. Both on and off the map, we’ve put together a list of must-see gems for a sizzling stay in Atlanta, Georgia this summer.

Savor & Sound

Fine tune your trip when you head to these restaurants offering fine dining, live music and a whole lot of Southern charm.

Smith’s Olde Bar: This classic bar is a modern take on a turn-of-the-century style restaurant and watering hole. Offering an array of live tunes from rock and country to metal and hip-hop, Smith’s Olde Bar provides something exceptional almost every single night. The abundance of live music paired with their guest, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, will give you that Southern satisfaction your stomach and ears are seeking.

Apache Café: Indulge in a “piece of paradise” at this popular Spring Street café. Apache Café offers its patrons a world of intimacy with art from local artists as well as Southwestern, Latin and Caribbean-infused fare and a wide range of entertainment. From open mic nights to performances from world-class music ensembles, there’s no way you won’t be buzzing from the bustle at this Midtown gem.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room: If you’re heading to Atlanta, you’re probably in search of some good, wholesome comfort food. Setting the standard for Southern cooking, Mary Mac’s Tea Room has been preparing a brilliantly curated menu of Southern foods for over 70 years. Serving delicacies like fried chicken, tomato pie and peach cobbler, it’s no wonder this restaurant was officially declared Atlanta’s Dining Room.


Alleviate some of that Hotlanta heat with a refreshing cocktail or brew served in Atlanta’s best bars.

Ticonderoga Club: There’s something tempting about a bar that establishes itself as a place of meeting, of congregation, of plots and schemes. A home for a friend and wayward strangers. Slightly known for its food selection, Ticonderoga Club’s specialty cocktails, such as The Killing Joke and Have Mercy, are the true attraction. Do as they say and stop by this gem in Inman Park for boisterous drinking and grateful dining.

Wrecking Bar Brew Pub: Nestled in the neighborhood of Little Five Points sits this 20th century Victorian-style home-turned bar. What once was a church, a dance school and an antique store is now home to specialty beers such as pale golden ale/lager hybrids and IPAs brewed on-site. This historical landmark is complete with an underground cave-like maze and old English pub hospitality with a modern twist.

Northside Tavern: Nicknamed as a world-famous Westside haunt, this blues-loving dive bar is as Southern as it gets. Pull up ready to indulge in the spirit of Wild Turkey, PBR and live music. Who knows what celebrity you might see in search of a good time.

Bar Margot: Leave the fur coat and angst at home when you wander into this Margot Tenenbaum-inspired bar. Located in The Four Seasons hotel in Midtown, this bar hosts a diverse crowd in a sophisticated atmosphere. Whether you’re a fan of The Royal Tenenbaums or seeking crafty cocktails made by Atlanta cocktail royalty, you’re are sure to get your fill of Margot’s spirit(s).


From streetwear to high-end luxury, retro garb to one-a-kind boutiques, these well-appointed shopping destinations have the inventory to accentuate your personal style.

Wish ATL: It’s no secret that streetwear has made an identity for itself. Consisting of fresh sneakers and unique fashion pieces, this sector of the fashion world offers a realm of possibilities. If you find yourself to be one for limited edition footwear and edgy garb, Wish ATL should be on your radar. Lace up your kicks and head to this beautifully built building housing hard to find pieces, perfect for all lifestyles.

Junkman’s Daughter: This is a home for those with an eye for the peculiar. Voted one of the 25 Best Independent Stores in America, the family-owned shop offers a world of groovy accessories, unusual gifts, collectables, retro knick-knacks and books you long forgot about. If you’re in search of something you can’t find at home, stop by Atlanta’s Alternative Superstore.

The Shops Buckhead Atlanta: Do you have an eye for luxury? This chic shopping center offers a big city feel and European charm. Housing over 60 high-end designer stores from Jimmy Choo to Christian Louboutin, this shopping center places the best of fashion right at your fingertips. Fill your bags and delight in sidewalk-style cafés in an intimate space where art and style intersect for the perfect ambiance.

Ponce City Market: What once was the Sears, Roebuck & Company building is now the sanctuary for Atlanta’s burgeoning Old Fourth Ward. Located on Ponce de Leon Avenue, this one-stop destination offers exceptional food and highly-desirable retail including Coco + Mischa, J.Crew®, Lululemon®, Madewell®, Posman Books, Sephora® and so much more.


Get your itinerary ready for some of Atlanta’s most sought-out spots housing all the art, culture and entertainment you could need for your stay in the city this summer.

High Museum of Art: With more than 15,000 works of art in one place, this museum is sure to please your search for artistic indulgences. The popular downtown Atlanta museum houses an extensive collection of European paintings, African American art and Modern and Contemporary art, photography and folk. Wander through the halls and admire work by Southern artists, as well as rotating exhibits available all year round.

Little Five Points: This eclectic neighborhood is a sight to see all on its own. Speak with the locals of Atlanta and see a part of the city that you can’t learn about without doing so firsthand. Spend a day exploring the entire neighborhood when you take advantage of the assortment of shopping, dining and endless hubs for entertainment. Savor the “best tacos north of the border” at Tijuana Garage, or grab a monster slice of pizza at Cameli’s. Vortex Bar & Grill welcomes you with Cajun-style burgers, specialty beers and a giant skull display luring you in. Get your fill of fun with improv at Dad’s Garage, a concert at Variety Playhouse and shopping at Charis Books and Criminal Records.

Skyview: See all of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area in one sitting, literally. This Ferris wheel towers 20 stories above Centennial Park and offers tourists stunning panoramic views that are hard to forget. The Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas, perfect for a fun family adventure or a romantic evening for two.

There’s still time to pack your bags for one last summer vacation, so what are you waiting for? Browse through exclusive packages from Vacations by Marriott and book your trip to Atlanta, Georgia today.