Located only around six miles outside of the busy metropolis of Atlanta, Decatur could be considered a “crossroads,” where country meets city. Formerly serving as a trade center for the area’s small farmers, this city in Georgia now draws many residents of the metropolitan area, as well as locals from more rural areas. Visitors can take a stroll down tree-lined streets, explore a nature preserve, sample local craft beer, dine on delicious food at local eateries, attend one of the many festivals or events, and more.
1.Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Your Dekalb Farmers Market in the city of Decatur, Georgia offers a vast assortment of ethnic and exotic vegetables and fruits that help bring the world together. Visitors can also find a wide variety of fish, including saltwater, freshwater, farm-raised, and wild caught varieties. Fresh pastries, cookies, cakes, and breads are baked fresh every day on site, while the Pastry Shoppe offers freshly made tea, fresh roasted coffees, fruit smoothies, and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Your Dekalb Farmers Market is also home to a restaurant with a focus on fresh vegetables that’s open daily from 11:00am until 8:30pm.
3000 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-377-6400
2.Three Taverns Brewery & Tasting Room
© Three Taverns Brewery & Tasting Room
Three Taverns Brewery and Tasting Room features a friendly staff, soft lighting, warm wood textures, and a cozy interior that all combined, along with delicious and refreshing beer, make the tasting room a local favorite. There are many year-round classic brews at the first Belgian-style brewery in the state of Georgia that pay homage to those that came before, including Belgian IPAs and blond ales. Satisfying and smooth heavy hitters are available during the colder season, such as Belgian-style stouts. The Three Taverns Brewery also offers tours of the brewing area, including a glimpse at the barrel aging room.
121 New St, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-600-3355
3.Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
© Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
Previously known as the South Peachtree Creek Nature Preserve, the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve is located within DeKalb County’s Medlock Park neighborhood. The nature preserve’s entrance can be found at the intersection of Pine Bluff Road and Wood Trail Lane. The Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve encompasses approximately twenty-eight acres and all trails are marked clearly with diamonds in different colors that correspond with maps at the trailhead. A short interpretive, mulched nature trail is situated at the trailhead, which includes an outdoor classroom. Other trails in the preserve provide interpretive signage and are a combination of boardwalk and dirt.
2580 Pine Bluff Dr, Decatur, GA 30033, Phone: 678-466-0572
4.Charis Books and More
Charis Books and More is the largest and oldest feminist bookstore in the southern region of the United States. The cozy, locally owned and operated bookstore specializes in unique and diverse books for children, LGBTQ fiction, and books on cultural studies and feminist studies. Charis Books and More also offers an array of general literary fiction as well. The unique bookstore in Decatur, Georgia has also hosted a number of events and programs since it opened in 1974. Charis strives to encourage expression of marginalized and diverse voices, works for social justice, and fosters sustainable feminist communities.
184 S Candler St, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-524-0304
5.The Brick Store Pub
© The Brick Store Pub
Founded by Tom Moore, Mike Gallagher, and Dave Blanchard, three friends in Athens, Georgia, The Brick Store Pub came about from not knowing what to do with their degrees and a desire to own a pub of their own. The three have more than twenty years of combined experience working in the restaurant and bar industry and realized Decatur had a niche that hadn’t been filled yet, a “neighborhood pub” in which service is knowledgeable and friendly, food dishes are made from scratch, pints are served properly in appropriate glassware, and conversation dominates. The Brick Store Pub is open seven days a week.
125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-687-0990
© Chai Pani
Chai Pani brings Indian street food to downtown Decatur, Georgia, prepared by Meherwan Irani, a four-time “James Beard Nominated Chef.” The name of the restaurant means “tea and water” literally, but is Indian slang for “going out for a snack, a cup of tea, or just a “little something.” It can mean a “small bribe” to get a “bite to eat” as well. Chai Pani offers an array of chaat; or brightly flavored, tangy, sweet, spicy, crunchy Indian street snacks; along with thalis, which are traditional family meals that highlight the comfort of home cooking and the culinary diversity of India.
406 West Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-378-4030
6 Best Things to Do in Decatur, GA