Welcome to Midtown Atlanta
The vibrant neighborhood is known as Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts.”
Always a popular neighborhood that saw renewed growth starting with the Olympic games in 1996, Midtown Atlanta also benefited from the merger of the Atlanta College of Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design. These factors contributed to making Midtown the city’s cultural epicenter. The recent addition of high-rise luxury apartment buildings and their spectacular views of the downtown Atlanta skyline make this a highly desirable neighborhood.
What to Love
- Many cultural and educational institutions
- Close proximity to downtown amenities
- Highly walkable and bikeable with great public transportation
Midtown was voted the fourth-best neighborhood in Atlanta and is home to the thriving Midtown Arts District. Residents tend to be younger — about two-thirds are Gen Xers or millennials, and a majority of them feel a strong sense of community and attachment.
Housing ranges from old Victorian homes to modern condos to luxury accommodations with gourmet kitchens, resort-style swimming pools, 24-hour security, and concierge services. The crime rates are 85% lower than the Atlanta average, making this a safe oasis in a big city.
Midtown has tons of attractions right around the corner, with ample walkways and bike paths throughout the neighborhood and direct access to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta Airport.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
One of the shopping destinations that anchor the neighborhood of Midtown is Atlantic Station. From their seasonal celebrations, community and charity sponsorships, public art initiative, and newly opened green space, Atlantic Green, everything they do is meant to bring people together.
Spend an afternoon strolling along the wide sidewalks of Midtown Mile. This stretch of unique boutiques, galleries, and restaurants is an upscale main street experience and hosts one of Atlanta’s favorite events, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
Get a bite to eat like a real local at The Varsity. Opened in 1928, this drive-in burger joint is the largest in the world. Now a growing franchise with nine locations, this restaurant is an Atlanta favorite — especially its original location in the heart of Midtown.
Check out the nationally recognized and Atlanta-approved date night option South City Kitchen Midtown, which has been offering Southern classics with a sophisticated spin from an iconic 1920s bungalow for over two decades.
Things to Do
It is no wonder Midtown is widely acknowledged to be the center of the cultural scene in Atlanta. Its combination of venues, museums, and educational institutions is unparalleled.
The historic Fox Theater opened on Christmas Day in 1929 as a movie palace inspired by ancient temples of the Far East, with an elaborate and intensely ornate design. Now the theater hosts plays, concerts, and comedy events surrounded by all the glory of its storied past.
The Woodruff Arts Center opened in 1968, and for over 50 years, the institution has made Atlanta a premier destination for arts and culture. Home to the Alliance Theater and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Woodruff Center is also the largest arts educator in the state of Georgia.
Located at the Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum of Art has grown from its humble origins in a private residence on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the Southeast United States. With more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High has extensive holdings of 19th and 20th-century American and decorative art, African-American art, modern and contemporary art, and is dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.
Midtown is home to many outstanding higher education institutions, including: