About John M
Lives in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Since Feb 2015
25-34 year old male
Born in the South. Living and teaching in Chiapas, Mexico.
Architectural Buildings, Theaters
Art Museums, History Museums
Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
History Museums, Gardens
The fabulous Fox is an Atlanta landmark. Broadway shows, concerts, ballet, Saturday morning cartoons in the summer; the performances at the Fox are great but always overshadowed by the beauty of the theater itself. To truly appreciate the splendor of this one-of-a-kind venue, take a tour and see a side of the Fox most locals haven't even seen.
The Varsity — the 'world's largest drive-in' — is an Atlanta experience that should not be missed. From burgers and onion rings to chili dogs and fried pies....what'll ya have?
My mom always takes visitors to Atlanta here and they are never disappointed. The Cyclorama is the second largest oil painting in the world! It is an excellent way for people who are not all that into history to learn about the Battle of Atlanta, perhaps the most important piece of Atlanta history.
Welcome to Atlanta! There is no better way to say good morning to the 'Paris of the South' than a breakfast at the Silver Skillet. This great little diner on the edge of downtown has been serving the best breakfast in Atlanta for over 50 years.
Take a walk through the history of Atlanta and the South in Oakland Cemetery. The 'garden cemetery,' as it is called, is a wonderful way to experience the history and beauty of the city.
Little Five, as locals call it, is a neighborhood of mostly independent stores and restaurants on the east side of Atlanta. Called 'Atlanta's answer to Haight-Ashbury,' Little Five Points has been a hip destination for generations of young Atlantans. With its vintage clothing stores, independent record and book stores, and locally-owned restaurants, Little Five is a great destination for anyone wanting an outside-the-box experience.
The Vortex has some of the best bar food in Atlanta and is a great little local place for a sandwich. It definitely has an attitude and a character all of its own. Smoking is permitted in the restaurant, so if a little smoke and a little attitude turn you off, you may want to give it a miss! I've never found either too much though — and the sandwiches are so good!
It's Atlanta's oldest cinema and one of the last independent movie theaters in the city. And when was the last time you saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Virginia Highland is a great little, historic neighborhood in midtown Atlanta with a perfect mix of beautiful old homes, great shops, and wonderful restaurants. This is a perfect neighborhood for a walking or driving tour.
Whether you visit Atlanta in the summer or the winter, get a popsicle from these folks. Grapefruit-mint, banana pudding, chocolate sea-salt, blueberry cobbler... they're all delicious!
With several new and trendy coffeehouses opening up in and around Atlanta, it's nice to know about one whose coffee has stood the test of time. Aurora has been serving up great espresso for over twenty years now and there's a reason for their impeccable reputation. This is where the locals, who don't drink corporate coffee, get their joe.
The food is only decent and the drinks are expensive, but it doesn't matter — the view from the Sun Dial is the best in Atlanta. From the 72nd floor of the Westin Hotel, you get stunning 360° views from this revolving bar and restaurant.
Whenever I visit my old hometown, I always eat at the OK Cafe. Friends and family don't even have to ask where I want to go. They know. This place is so good — it's a real tradition.
Who doesn't like to play old video games? Even if you don't, the Gamebar is a nice, centrally located place to relax for a bit while you gather steam for the rest of your Atlanta adventure. The Gamebar is also an 'incubation kitchen,' with a revolving chef and revolving thematic menu.
This location supplies most of the doughnuts for the city. If you have not had a Krispy Kreme, this a must-do! Plus, at this location, you can see the magic, that is a Krispy Kreme doughnut, being made.
While you're in Atlanta, why not learn the history? While you're at it, you can have a look at the largest Civil War memorabilia collection in the world. The Atlanta History Center is another place my mom takes all her out-of-town friends to.
Mellow Mushroom is an Atlanta pizza institution that has now spread throughout the South and beyond. There is a reason for this: their pizza is good and their vibe is mellow.