Little Five Points - Candler Park - Inman Park
On the east side of the city, Candler Park and Inman Park are joined together by the groovy little district called Little Five Points, forming an eclectic and historic conglomerate. A lot of personality bleeds over their borders, so it only makes sense for them to be grouped together. For artists and creatives who are looking to experience the Atlanta that doesn’t get shown TV, these neighborhoods are for you.
Where to stay: In this part of Atlanta, there are fewer towering structures, which gives it a more open and spacious vibe. Airbnbs reign supreme here and consist mostly of guest areas like this cozy Candler Park cottage or this Little Five lair. Inman Park has a bonafide bed & breakfast operating out of a cotton mill from the 1950s. Urban Oasis is situated right on the Atlanta Beltline and perfect for experiencing the surrounding neighborhoods to the fullest.
Things to do: Together, Little Five Points, Candler Park, and Inman Park have the best IG-ops in the city. From the Krog Street Tunnels’ iconic street art to the bike-clad Beltline, there are plenty of picture-worthy places to explore. What’s more, Candler Park has its own 55-acre park, complete with a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, soccer field, basketball court, tennis courts, and playground. For some atypical retail therapy, you can always peruse record stores and thrift/consignment shops in Little Five Points.
Best restaurants: The major tip for this group of neighborhoods is Inman Park’s Krog Street Market, your source for everything from Spanish tapas to Asian steamed baos. With 15 eateries and a handful of retail spaces, you could spend a few days there without eating the same style of food. On the other hand, Candler Park has the OG Flying Biscuit -- definitely worth visiting. Lastly, Little Five Points has both The Vortex, a burger bar & grill inside the mouth of a giant skull, and Thai 5, a hole-in-the-wall that doubles as a Thai restaurant and sushi bar and doesn’t disappoint.
Bars and nightlife: Ticonderoga Club, which is one of the best bars in Atlanta right now, rests in Inman Park, but the real fun after dark is happening at Little Five Points. You can get some new ink from one of the many tattoo parlors, catch live entertainment at clubs like Aisle 5, the Star Community Bar, and Variety Playhouse, or bar hop from Wrecking Bar Brewpub to the Corner Tavern.
Public transit: These neighborhoods fall between MARTA’s Inman Park/Reynoldstown and the Edgewood/Candler Park train stations, but things are a little more spaced out than other areas. There is a nice amount of MARTA routes, so either riding the bus or catching an uber is recommended if you’re not a walker.