Hip. Historic. Happening. Near Little 5 Points and the Inman Park Village, the area around the Inman Park MARTA station is a surprising mix of tree-lined streets with Victorian architecture and modern restaurants, nightlife and recreation. Unlike other MARTA stations, not all the things to see and do are immediately visible, but if you are willing to walk within a 15-minute radius, you can check out these destinations on the “best of” list.
Little 5 Points
Little 5 Points is a popular destination for locals and tourists, and this station is the closest to all the shows, concerts, funky shops, restaurants and bars the area has to offer. As a bonus, check out the Halloween festival and parade, which is a massive event full of costumes, floats and street partying. Criminal Records, Junkman’s Daughter, Vortex Bar and Grill, Variety Playhouse, Seven Stages and the Star Bar are some of the highlights.
Edgewood Retail District
For access to big store shopping intown, the Edgewood Retail District is a 10-minute walk from the station and features Best Buy, Lowe’s, Ross Dress for Less, Barnes and Noble, Target and Kroger. There are also a handful of casual places to get a bite to eat such as Ru San’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Figo Pasta.
Directly next to the station on the edge of the parking lot is access to the PATH, an intown network of trails that run from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain. The spur on the Inman Park side of the station winds through greenspace and hills, past a playground and eventually leading up to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Carter Center, the BeltLine Eastside Trail and to the main PATH trail the continues on to Freedom and Candler Park. After exiting the station, keep to the right to walk along the bus bay to the reach the marked sidewalk just on the other side of a fence. Don’t forget you can also bring your bike on MARTA if you want to explore on two wheels.
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Inman Park Village
A newer development in the historic neighborhood, the Inman Park Village, which contains boutique shops, restaurants (including Parish, Fritti, Sotto Sotto, Barcelona, The Albert and Pure Taqueria) and the popular Inman Perk coffee shop. The Eastside BeltLine trail also runs next to the village as another sight to see. Several apartment buildings, condos and townhomes are also in the area if you are looking for a place to live.
Inman Park Festival
Held each year during the last full weekend in April, the Inman Park Festival is one of the largest in the city and is conveniently next to the MARTA station. In addition to a tour of homes, a Saturday parade is the main event and all weekend long you can explore a large artist market that stretches for blocks under large oak trees and listen to music at multiple stages.
Civil War Historic Markers
The area around the Inman Park station has a historic significance as the site of the Battle of Atlanta. Several markers are next to the Inman Park side of the station (turn right at street level). Or after going down the stairs or elevator, walk straight ahead past the bus bay to enter Edgewood Avenue. Walk about two blocks to Springvale Park for another marker highlighting where Manigault’s Confederate Brigade engaged in battle with Federal troops. The nearby Carter Center was the former site of General Sherman’s encampment for more Civil War history.
One Eared Stag
Located literally right next to the station on the Inman Park side is One Eared Stag, a higher-end new American restaurant. A romantic courtyard patio is available in warmer weather and Monday is fried chicken night. The restaurant is also open for brunch and lunch.
Proof Bakeshop is the new kid on the block and is also next to the MARTA station and behind One Eared Stag. Choose from classic baked goods, coffee and breakfast and lunch menu options.
Fox Brothers BBQ
Who doesn’t like barbecue? Fox Brothers has some of the best in Atlanta. Choose from ribs, pulled pork, brisket, wings, smoked chicken and more. Follow the signs pointing to Inman Park after exiting the fare gate at the station. At street level, turn right and walk to Dekalb Avenue, which is the major street next to the station. Head east (away from downtown) on Dekalb to reach the restaurant, which is about two blocks down.
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
For the beer lover, or even architecture lover, don’t miss the Wrecking Bar, a newer pub located in the basement of a 20th-century Victorian home. The interior is cozy with exposed stone walls or sit on the small patio out front. Follow the signs pointing to Inman Park when leaving the station and at street level, turn right along the bus bay. Follow the parking lot around to the main street running next to the station, Dekalb Avenue, and turn left, walking away from downtown Atlanta. At the first stoplight, turn left to walk down a street ramp. The pub is at the bottom of the street next to Moreland Avenue.
For serious sports watching and serious patio seating, head to the Brewhouse on Moreland Avenue. It is particularly a great spot for watching soccer games, and they have legendary World Cup viewing events. Follow the same directions as the Wrecking Bar, but continue walking straight ahead on Moreland Avenue at the end of the ramp.
The Porter Beer Bar
Comparable to the popular Brickstore in Decatur, the Porter is a gastro pub with over 800 beers and food definitely up a notch from your typical bar. They also have regular special events and tastings. Take the Inman Park exit out of the station and turn right at street level to reach the PATH sidewalk. Turn left on the PATH and at the first street intersection (just beyond the playground) turn right on Euclid Avenue. The Porter is just over two blocks down on the left.
Built in 1940 as a movie theater, the Variety Playhouse today offers a variety of concerts and performances in a fun, retro environment. Some of the larger names to perform and/or record live albums here include Stephen Stills, They Might be Giants, Shawn Mullins and Phish.
Asa Candler House/Historic Architecture
Inman Park is full of ornate, and in some cases, very large, Victorian-era homes. The first lots went up for sale in 1889, and winding picturesque streets were built into this historic first Atlanta “suburb”. Edgewood and Euclid Avenue, along with Elizabeth Street, provide some of the more scenic areas for viewing the houses. In particular, you can view the mansion of Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler at the intersection of Euclid and Elizabeth Street.
For easiest access, take the Inman Park exit out of the station and at street level, turn left to walk along the bus bay. Keep walking straight ahead to enter Edgewood Avenue, where you will find the historic Trolley Barn that once housed electric streetcars that connected the neighborhood to downtown Atlanta. Turn right on Elizabeth Street about a block down and walk to the next intersection for the Candler House, which will be on the right (pictured above).
A Cappella Books
A Cappella is one of the few independent bookstores in Atlanta. The store buys and sells new, used, rare and out-of-print titles, plus they organize regular book events and signings. It is only a block from the station, just off Dekalb Avenue on Haralson Avenue. Take the Inman Park exit out of the station, turn right at street level and walk around to Dekalb Avenue and turn left on Dekalb.