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Best of Atlanta 2018 Cityscape

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Atlanta is on the go — always looking for the next big thing, new places to shop, eat, party, and relax. Lucky for us, our home turf holds countless locales where we can escape from the daily traumas of the 9-to-5 work week. This year’s Cityscape highlights the many neighborhoods, coffee shops, dog parks, urban hiking spots, and more that this concrete jungle has to offer. Because even for a city in constant motion, we all need a place where we can kick back and enjoy the scenery.

— Lauren Leathers & Brenna Hilby


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2018 Critics Pick: Best Co-Working Space BOA Award Winner

Constellations
(Courtesy of Luke Beard).

2018 Critics Pick: Best Day Trip BOA Award Winner

Pasquan, Buena Vista, GA

2018 Critics Pick: Best Dog Park BOA Award Winner

Fetch

2018 Critics Pick: Best Dog Walking Spot BOA Award Winner

Palisades

2018 Critics Pick: Best Free Annual Event BOA Award Winner

EAV Strut
A free neighborhood festival where you bump into the kind of cool neighbors you'd want to crush Pabst Blue Ribbon and get high with. Edgy and grunge creatives alike step out for this backyard-vibe of a good time in East Atlanta Village. This year's music lineup included Material Girls, Flamingo Shadow,more...
A free neighborhood festival where you bump into the kind of cool neighbors you'd want to crush Pabst Blue Ribbon and get high with. Edgy and grunge creatives alike step out for this backyard-vibe of a good time in East Atlanta Village. This year's music lineup included Material Girls, Flamingo Shadow, and Gold Yard. Kiddos are welcome and you're pretty much guaranteed to run into Cousin Dan, PBR Luis, and Max Cooper - three people everyone assumes are famous, just from the looks of 'em. (Courtesy of Dave Blair). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Free Thing to Do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

1 AM Secret Show at Smith's Olde Bar
From Craig Robinson playing TV jingles, Rory Scovel improvising for a full hour, and '90s music sing-a-longs, to a truly wild mix of traditional and experimental stand-up every Saturday night/Sunday, the 1AM Secret Show is one of a kind. David Perdue and Anthony Driver helm the free, rambunctious latemore...
From Craig Robinson playing TV jingles, Rory Scovel improvising for a full hour, and '90s music sing-a-longs, to a truly wild mix of traditional and experimental stand-up every Saturday night/Sunday, the 1AM Secret Show is one of a kind. David Perdue and Anthony Driver helm the free, rambunctious late late show for those weekend warriors who aren't ready to call it quits. You never know what you're going to get, but the 1AMSS always makes sure it?s something to talk about. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hiking Trail BOA Award Winner

SweetWater Creek State Park
With 15 miles of trails of varying difficulties, as well as a lake view and a historic cotton mill ruin, SweetWater Creek State Park is a prime destination for a natural getaway. The George Sparks Reservoir is great for fishing and kayaking in the summer, and the protected trails are full of wild treemore...
With 15 miles of trails of varying difficulties, as well as a lake view and a historic cotton mill ruin, SweetWater Creek State Park is a prime destination for a natural getaway. The George Sparks Reservoir is great for fishing and kayaking in the summer, and the protected trails are full of wild tree and fern species. It's just a short drive west of the city, so it makes a good day trip, or you can rent camping supplies from the visitor center and stay the night on the camping grounds. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

House in the park
House in the Park is the real deal. From infants to grandparents, hundreds of friends and families end up in a trance, grilling and jamming to bass and beats. You'll find yourself sucked into the DJ pavilion, shoulder-to-shoulder with neighbors you've never met, moving or sweating for three hours, justmore...
House in the Park is the real deal. From infants to grandparents, hundreds of friends and families end up in a trance, grilling and jamming to bass and beats. You'll find yourself sucked into the DJ pavilion, shoulder-to-shoulder with neighbors you've never met, moving or sweating for three hours, just dancing. With plenty of water stations and no lines for restrooms - in August, in Atlanta! - it may be hot AF, but you'll never miss another House in the Park. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Neighborhood Market That Has It All BOA Award Winner

Grant Park Market
What's not to like about the Grant Park Market? It's cute, clean, has efficient parking for running in and out, and stays competitive with Kroger prices with a much better selection of local goods. It's where I score my Treehouse nut milk, Montane waters and wine on tap at the diner-style eat-in cafe.more...
What's not to like about the Grant Park Market? It's cute, clean, has efficient parking for running in and out, and stays competitive with Kroger prices with a much better selection of local goods. It's where I score my Treehouse nut milk, Montane waters and wine on tap at the diner-style eat-in cafe. Just waiting for them to sell Georgia Hemp Company CBD, and I'll never shop elsewhere! Call it the sister store to Candler Park Market, yet with quite a different atmosphere. Both are special. (Courtesy of Frederik Brauer). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Bird Scooters
Whether you're a city denizen or a suburbanite, you can't deny the influence Bird scooters have had on our day-to-day lives. Since arriving earlier this year, they've swarmed everywhere from the BeltLine to surrounding suburbs. They've been called the biggest revolution in transportation today, and havemore...
Whether you're a city denizen or a suburbanite, you can't deny the influence Bird scooters have had on our day-to-day lives. Since arriving earlier this year, they've swarmed everywhere from the BeltLine to surrounding suburbs. They've been called the biggest revolution in transportation today, and have sparked the most polarizing debate about transport in recent years. With no word on what the future may hold for Birds, we may just have to get used to sharing the sidewalks with them. (Courtesy of Bird Rides Inc.) less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best NonProfit BOA Award Winner

Sierra Club

2018 Critics Pick: Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Tourist Destination BOA Award Winner

Prison Farm
As captivating as they are twisted, the Prison Farm legends toggle the line between myth or fact. The Farm began as a large experimental prison way back when, and is now the largest piece of untouched land ITP. While some truths on the history of the Farm have been proven, mysterious activities keepmore...
As captivating as they are twisted, the Prison Farm legends toggle the line between myth or fact. The Farm began as a large experimental prison way back when, and is now the largest piece of untouched land ITP. While some truths on the history of the Farm have been proven, mysterious activities keep the ghost stories alive. There's something beautiful about a deserted and mysterious place - maybe it's fear that brings people together. Regardless, this graffiti-covered, forsaken farm definitely makes the BOA list. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Overall Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Grant Park
Where trees are hugged and cemeteries are romantic, Grant Park has the potential to be a zoo - well, outside the confines of the zoo, that is - but it's surprisingly quaint and quiet. Creatives and neighbors collect at the park, some happy to wait on sunny mornings for a seat at Ria's Bluebird. Plus,more...
Where trees are hugged and cemeteries are romantic, Grant Park has the potential to be a zoo - well, outside the confines of the zoo, that is - but it's surprisingly quaint and quiet. Creatives and neighbors collect at the park, some happy to wait on sunny mornings for a seat at Ria's Bluebird. Plus, the Beacon just opened, one of the few developments in recent years of explosive gentrification to add to a neighborhood's charm. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Critics Pick: Best Place to Work Remotely BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee

2018 Critics Pick: Best Playground BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Critics Pick: Best Public Skatepark BOA Award Winner

O4W skatepark

2018 Critics Pick: Best Public Swimming Pool BOA Award Winner

Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center and Aquatic Center

2018 Critics Pick: Best Public Tennis Court BOA Award Winner

Sharon Lester Tennis Center

2018 Critics Pick: Best Rooftop bar BOA Award Winner

Hotel Clermont

2018 Critics Pick: Best Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Arabia Mountain

2018 Critics Pick: Best Volunteer Program BOA Award Winner

HeadCount
Want to get into basically any show for free? HeadCount offers the opportunity to see Beyonce, Jay-Z, Paul Simon, Leon Bridges, Lady Gaga, Father John Misty - the list goes on. All you have to do is chat with concertgoers about registering to vote and, since you're already in the doors, you're in themore...
Want to get into basically any show for free? HeadCount offers the opportunity to see Beyonce, Jay-Z, Paul Simon, Leon Bridges, Lady Gaga, Father John Misty - the list goes on. All you have to do is chat with concertgoers about registering to vote and, since you're already in the doors, you're in the show! Stop the volunteer portion of your evening before the headliner, grab a beer, and enjoy the show. It's brilliant. Thank you, HeadCount! (Courtesy of HeadCount). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Weekend Getaway BOA Award Winner

Serenbe

2018 Readers Pick: Best Day Trip BOA Award Winner

North GA Mountains

2018 Readers Pick: Best Dog Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Dog Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Dog Walking Spot BOA Award Winner

The Beltline

2018 Readers Pick: Best Free Annual Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Jazz Festival

2018 Readers Pick: Best Hiking Trail BOA Award Winner

Amicolola Falls

2018 Readers Pick: Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

2018 Readers Pick: Best netWorking Group BOA Award Winner

The Lola

2018 Readers Pick: Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Tree H?us Atl

2018 Readers Pick: Best NonProfit BOA Award Winner

The Atlanta Community Food Bank

2018 Readers Pick: Best Of Award (old) [boaTitle:default] BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Community Food Bank

2018 Readers Pick: Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Tourist Destination BOA Award Winner

Sweetwater Creek State Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Place to Work Remotely BOA Award Winner

Octane on Marietta St.

2018 Readers Pick: Best Playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park Playground

2018 Readers Pick: Best Public Skatepark BOA Award Winner

O4W skatepark

2018 Readers Pick: Best Public Swimming Pool BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Public Tennis Court BOA Award Winner

Bitsy Grant Tennis Center

2018 Readers Pick: Best Volunteer Program BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Community Food Bank

2018 Readers Pick: Best Weekend Getaway BOA Award Winner

Asheville, NC

2018 Critics Pick: Best Co-Working Space BOA Award Winner

Constellations
(Courtesy of Luke Beard).

2018 Critics Pick: Best Day Trip BOA Award Winner

Pasquan, Buena Vista, GA

2018 Critics Pick: Best Dog Park BOA Award Winner

Fetch

2018 Critics Pick: Best Dog Walking Spot BOA Award Winner

Palisades

2018 Critics Pick: Best Free Annual Event BOA Award Winner

EAV Strut
A free neighborhood festival where you bump into the kind of cool neighbors you'd want to crush Pabst Blue Ribbon and get high with. Edgy and grunge creatives alike step out for this backyard-vibe of a good time in East Atlanta Village. This year's music lineup included Material Girls, Flamingo Shadow,more...
A free neighborhood festival where you bump into the kind of cool neighbors you'd want to crush Pabst Blue Ribbon and get high with. Edgy and grunge creatives alike step out for this backyard-vibe of a good time in East Atlanta Village. This year's music lineup included Material Girls, Flamingo Shadow, and Gold Yard. Kiddos are welcome and you're pretty much guaranteed to run into Cousin Dan, PBR Luis, and Max Cooper - three people everyone assumes are famous, just from the looks of 'em. (Courtesy of Dave Blair). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Free Thing to Do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

1 AM Secret Show at Smith's Olde Bar
From Craig Robinson playing TV jingles, Rory Scovel improvising for a full hour, and '90s music sing-a-longs, to a truly wild mix of traditional and experimental stand-up every Saturday night/Sunday, the 1AM Secret Show is one of a kind. David Perdue and Anthony Driver helm the free, rambunctious latemore...
From Craig Robinson playing TV jingles, Rory Scovel improvising for a full hour, and '90s music sing-a-longs, to a truly wild mix of traditional and experimental stand-up every Saturday night/Sunday, the 1AM Secret Show is one of a kind. David Perdue and Anthony Driver helm the free, rambunctious late late show for those weekend warriors who aren't ready to call it quits. You never know what you're going to get, but the 1AMSS always makes sure it?s something to talk about. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hiking Trail BOA Award Winner

SweetWater Creek State Park
With 15 miles of trails of varying difficulties, as well as a lake view and a historic cotton mill ruin, SweetWater Creek State Park is a prime destination for a natural getaway. The George Sparks Reservoir is great for fishing and kayaking in the summer, and the protected trails are full of wild treemore...
With 15 miles of trails of varying difficulties, as well as a lake view and a historic cotton mill ruin, SweetWater Creek State Park is a prime destination for a natural getaway. The George Sparks Reservoir is great for fishing and kayaking in the summer, and the protected trails are full of wild tree and fern species. It's just a short drive west of the city, so it makes a good day trip, or you can rent camping supplies from the visitor center and stay the night on the camping grounds. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

House in the park
House in the Park is the real deal. From infants to grandparents, hundreds of friends and families end up in a trance, grilling and jamming to bass and beats. You'll find yourself sucked into the DJ pavilion, shoulder-to-shoulder with neighbors you've never met, moving or sweating for three hours, justmore...
House in the Park is the real deal. From infants to grandparents, hundreds of friends and families end up in a trance, grilling and jamming to bass and beats. You'll find yourself sucked into the DJ pavilion, shoulder-to-shoulder with neighbors you've never met, moving or sweating for three hours, just dancing. With plenty of water stations and no lines for restrooms - in August, in Atlanta! - it may be hot AF, but you'll never miss another House in the Park. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Neighborhood Market That Has It All BOA Award Winner

Grant Park Market
What's not to like about the Grant Park Market? It's cute, clean, has efficient parking for running in and out, and stays competitive with Kroger prices with a much better selection of local goods. It's where I score my Treehouse nut milk, Montane waters and wine on tap at the diner-style eat-in cafe.more...
What's not to like about the Grant Park Market? It's cute, clean, has efficient parking for running in and out, and stays competitive with Kroger prices with a much better selection of local goods. It's where I score my Treehouse nut milk, Montane waters and wine on tap at the diner-style eat-in cafe. Just waiting for them to sell Georgia Hemp Company CBD, and I'll never shop elsewhere! Call it the sister store to Candler Park Market, yet with quite a different atmosphere. Both are special. (Courtesy of Frederik Brauer). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Bird Scooters
Whether you're a city denizen or a suburbanite, you can't deny the influence Bird scooters have had on our day-to-day lives. Since arriving earlier this year, they've swarmed everywhere from the BeltLine to surrounding suburbs. They've been called the biggest revolution in transportation today, and havemore...
Whether you're a city denizen or a suburbanite, you can't deny the influence Bird scooters have had on our day-to-day lives. Since arriving earlier this year, they've swarmed everywhere from the BeltLine to surrounding suburbs. They've been called the biggest revolution in transportation today, and have sparked the most polarizing debate about transport in recent years. With no word on what the future may hold for Birds, we may just have to get used to sharing the sidewalks with them. (Courtesy of Bird Rides Inc.) less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best NonProfit BOA Award Winner

Sierra Club

2018 Critics Pick: Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Tourist Destination BOA Award Winner

Prison Farm
As captivating as they are twisted, the Prison Farm legends toggle the line between myth or fact. The Farm began as a large experimental prison way back when, and is now the largest piece of untouched land ITP. While some truths on the history of the Farm have been proven, mysterious activities keepmore...
As captivating as they are twisted, the Prison Farm legends toggle the line between myth or fact. The Farm began as a large experimental prison way back when, and is now the largest piece of untouched land ITP. While some truths on the history of the Farm have been proven, mysterious activities keep the ghost stories alive. There's something beautiful about a deserted and mysterious place - maybe it's fear that brings people together. Regardless, this graffiti-covered, forsaken farm definitely makes the BOA list. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Overall Neighborhood BOA Award Winner

Grant Park
Where trees are hugged and cemeteries are romantic, Grant Park has the potential to be a zoo - well, outside the confines of the zoo, that is - but it's surprisingly quaint and quiet. Creatives and neighbors collect at the park, some happy to wait on sunny mornings for a seat at Ria's Bluebird. Plus,more...
Where trees are hugged and cemeteries are romantic, Grant Park has the potential to be a zoo - well, outside the confines of the zoo, that is - but it's surprisingly quaint and quiet. Creatives and neighbors collect at the park, some happy to wait on sunny mornings for a seat at Ria's Bluebird. Plus, the Beacon just opened, one of the few developments in recent years of explosive gentrification to add to a neighborhood's charm. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Critics Pick: Best Place to Work Remotely BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee

2018 Critics Pick: Best Playground BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Critics Pick: Best Public Skatepark BOA Award Winner

O4W skatepark

2018 Critics Pick: Best Public Swimming Pool BOA Award Winner

Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center and Aquatic Center

2018 Critics Pick: Best Public Tennis Court BOA Award Winner

Sharon Lester Tennis Center

2018 Critics Pick: Best Rooftop bar BOA Award Winner

Hotel Clermont

2018 Critics Pick: Best Spot to Commune with Nature BOA Award Winner

Arabia Mountain

2018 Critics Pick: Best Volunteer Program BOA Award Winner

HeadCount
Want to get into basically any show for free? HeadCount offers the opportunity to see Beyonce, Jay-Z, Paul Simon, Leon Bridges, Lady Gaga, Father John Misty - the list goes on. All you have to do is chat with concertgoers about registering to vote and, since you're already in the doors, you're in themore...
Want to get into basically any show for free? HeadCount offers the opportunity to see Beyonce, Jay-Z, Paul Simon, Leon Bridges, Lady Gaga, Father John Misty - the list goes on. All you have to do is chat with concertgoers about registering to vote and, since you're already in the doors, you're in the show! Stop the volunteer portion of your evening before the headliner, grab a beer, and enjoy the show. It's brilliant. Thank you, HeadCount! (Courtesy of HeadCount). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Weekend Getaway BOA Award Winner

Serenbe

2018 Readers Pick: Best Day Trip BOA Award Winner

North GA Mountains

2018 Readers Pick: Best Dog Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Dog Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Dog Walking Spot BOA Award Winner

The Beltline

2018 Readers Pick: Best Free Annual Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Jazz Festival

2018 Readers Pick: Best Hiking Trail BOA Award Winner

Amicolola Falls

2018 Readers Pick: Best Neighborhood Festival BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

2018 Readers Pick: Best netWorking Group BOA Award Winner

The Lola

2018 Readers Pick: Best New Thing About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Tree H?us Atl

2018 Readers Pick: Best NonProfit BOA Award Winner

The Atlanta Community Food Bank

2018 Readers Pick: Best Of Award (old) [boaTitle:default] BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Community Food Bank

2018 Readers Pick: Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Tourist Destination BOA Award Winner

Sweetwater Creek State Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Place to Work Remotely BOA Award Winner

Octane on Marietta St.

2018 Readers Pick: Best Playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park Playground

2018 Readers Pick: Best Public Skatepark BOA Award Winner

O4W skatepark

2018 Readers Pick: Best Public Swimming Pool BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

2018 Readers Pick: Best Public Tennis Court BOA Award Winner

Bitsy Grant Tennis Center

2018 Readers Pick: Best Volunteer Program BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Community Food Bank

2018 Readers Pick: Best Weekend Getaway BOA Award Winner

Asheville, NC

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