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 Atlanta is the economic and cultural center of the south of the United States. A city full of traditional charm spiced up with a modern flair. Atlanta is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park and the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gone with the Wind" - Margaret Mitchell - commemorated with a museum of where she used to live.

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$1 dollar (USD) = 100 cents

phone

911

newspaper

Atlanta Journal Constitution
Creative Loafing (local news, entertainment, food, music and events).

hours

Stores are open from 10h - 20h
Banks: 9h - 17h

population

486,290

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Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA
Tel. +1 404 521 6600
Open hours: Mon - Fri 9h - 17h

The City

Modern Atlanta is a great cosmopolitan city and well worth a visit. From the outside, Atlanta looks like a typical American big city with skyscrapers and plenty of hotels and restaurants. However, there is much more to explore.

It is a place full of American history that predates the American Civil War. It is also the birthplace of several famous people, such as civil rights’ fighter Martin Luther King Jr. and Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With the Wind". It is home to the world’s most famous soda brand, Coca-Cola, and its headquarters and museum are still based in Atlanta.

Sports enthusiasts will find a complete selection of options including the Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Dome hosting the NFL Atlanta Falcons, the Philips Arena showcasing NBA Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA Atlanta Dream.

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Do & See

As the economic and cultural center of the south of the United States, Atlanta surely offers an interesting mix of attractions and activities. From the CNN and Coca-Cola headquarters to places rooted in history as the church where Martin Luther King Jr used to preach. The range of cultural offerings and sports events are endless, in Atlanta you'll find something for every age and taste.

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The Centennial Olympic Park

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park/The King Center

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World of Coca-Cola

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The Punchline Comedy Club

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The Fox Theatre

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Margaret Mitchell House

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

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Alliance Theatre

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Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Park

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Atlanta's Eclectic Neighborhoods

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Atlanta Falcons and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream and State Farm Arena

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Atlanta History Center

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Six Flags Over Georgia

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Georgia Aquarium

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CNN Studio Tours

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Woodruff Arts Center

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Atlanta Ballet

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Center for Puppetry Arts

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Zoo Atlanta

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College Football Hall of Fame

Dining

Chitlins, grits and collard greens are typical of Atlanta, but they are by no means the only thing you may expect here. Atlanta offers an impressive number of restaurants, ranging from fine dining to rustic roadside diners. There's something for every budget and every palate.

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Nikolai’s Roof

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Bone's Restaurant

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Buckhead Diner

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Metro Cafe Diner

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Holeman & Finch Public House

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Empire State South

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One Eared Stag

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The Optimist

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Gunshow

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Ria's Bluebird

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Flying Biscuit Cafe

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Pittypat's Porch

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Restaurant Eugene

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Miller Union

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Ok Café

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Ray's Restaurants

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Aria

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Tomo Japanese Restaurant

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Silver Skillet

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Agave Restaurant

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Sun Dial

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Bacchanalia

Cafes

Cafés are usually a world in themselves and Atlanta’s are no exception, offering plenty of variety in atmosphere, food, drinks, and entertainment.

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Highland Bakery

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JavaVino

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West Egg Cafe

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Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop

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Urban Grind

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Condesa Coffee

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Octane Coffee / Bar

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Ok Café

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Bars & Nightlife

Atlanta has an exhilarating night life and a variety of bars and nightclubs. From Latin music to burlesque shows and everything in between, there is something for everyone. Midtown is the area to head to where sports bars are especially popular. Most of the clubs are open until 2h/3h.

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Front Page News Patio Bar & Grill

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Manuel’s Tavern

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Havana Club ATL

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Lava Lounge

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Eleventh Street Pub

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Barcelona Wine Bar (Inman Park)

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Johnny’s Hideaway

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Smith’s Olde Bar

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Sanctuary Nightclub

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The Masquerade

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The Porter Beer Bar

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Red Light Cafe

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Krog Bar

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The Earl

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Blind Willie's

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Halo Lounge

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The Hideaway

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Variety Playhouse

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Shopping

As Atlanta is quite cosmopolitan, it is easy to find what you are looking for, be it trendy or tacky, funky or fashionable or anything you can think of in-between. The city and its suburbs are teeming with malls, neighborhood shops, galleries and antiques.

Malls are by far the most convenient place to shop since most of them have parking, entertainment options and restaurants. For bargains, you have to drive a little out of the way to the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawnsville or Discover Mills in Lawrenceville.

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Ponce City Market

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Atlantic Station

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Nordstrom Phipps Plaza

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Lenox Square

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Buckhead

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Criminal Records

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Junkman's Daughter

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Paris on Ponce

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Sweet Auburn Curb Market

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YOUNG BLOOD

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Edgewood Retail District

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Hop City Craft Beer & Wine

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AmericasMart Atlanta

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Tourist Information

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Atlanta is during the spring (March - May), when the weather is mild, hotel prices are somewhat lower and the city hosts a few outdoor concerts and events, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

Summers in Atlanta are known for being fairly hot and humid, hotel prices are high, and the city becomes crowded with tourists, but that's when most of festivals take place, such as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Be aware that the month of September is hurricane season in Atlanta.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Serving over 100 million passengers every year, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is currently the busiest airport in the world and it is located nine miles (14.5 km) south of the city.

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) operates light rail services from the airport to the city center and throughout the metropolitan area. A single ticket to Downtown Atlanta costs $2.50, the Peachtree center station is in the heart of the Downtown hotel district.

Taxis are located in the Yellow Bus aisle. A taxi ride to Five Points can take from 15 to 60 minutes depending upon traffic – fares vary according to the number of passengers and the amount of luggage.

Car rental services are available a few minutes away from the airport via the SkyTrain. Hotel shuttle services are available on the Purple aisle in the Ground Transportation area at the west end of the Domestic Terminal. Share-ride shuttles leave every 15 minutes from stalls 3 through 10.

Address: 6000 North Terminal Parkway - Atlanta, GA

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Phone: +1 800 897 1910

Website: www.atl.com

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Public Transport

A good and cheap way to travel around Atlanta and visit the main attractions is by MARTA. A transport card, as known as Breeze Card costs $2.00 in addition to the cost of the fare. A single fare costs $2.50, and you can reload your card as many times as you need. You are also allowed four free transfers during 3 hours (not valid for round trips). Breeze Vending Machines are located at the MARTA stations.

The bus network operates throughout the city from 5h - 1h on weekdays and from 5h - 24h30 during the weekends. The trains operate from 4h45 - 1h on weekdays and from 6h - 1h during the weekends.

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: +1 404 848 5000

Website: www.itsmarta.com

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Taxi

Order a taxi through the phone with Taxi Atlanta, use the Uber, Lyft, and Cab Hound Atlanta rideshare apps for lower fares, or book a cab online with Atlanta Taxi Cab Service & Airport Transportation.

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Pharmacy

In Atlanta, you will find from the well known chain pharmacies such as CVS, and Rite Aid to smaller neighborhood ones. Working hours may vary, but a few are open 24/7. Most large pharmacies sell prescription as well as over the counter medicine. Pharmacy signs are often in red and white and they can be also found inside department stores like Walmart.

CVS Pharmacy
235 Peachtree Street SW
+1 404 577 4054
Mon - Fri 9h - 19h

Rite Aid can be found on the following address:

Address: 2345 Peachtree Road - Atlanta, GA

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Phone: +1 404 233 2101

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Post

Post Office - Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Transit Station:

Address: 190 Marietta Street NW, Suite 280 - Atlanta, GA

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Phone: +1 800 275 8777

Website: www.usps.com

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Time Zone

Atlanta is located in the Eastern time zone, and all times are reflected in Eastern time.

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Telephone

Country code: +1

Area codes: Atlanta has several different codes depending on area (404, 470, 678, 770). Please check carefully before dialing.

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Electricity

US electrical power is 110V/60 cycles AC with two flat parallel prongs.

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