Atlanta, GA Neighborhood guides

Discover East Atlanta—The Hip, Bohemian Neighborhood of Atlanta

Updated September 2020.

East Atlanta is the bohemian-chic neighborhood just east of downtown Atlanta, which many young locals call home. The area has been consistently on the rise since the 2000s. It’s a balanced blend of beautiful murals, buzzing bars and restaurants, yoga studios, hip and trendy independent boutique shops, and a vibrant nightlife.

Living in this area of Atlanta is considered in-town living since it is a mere 5 minutes away from the city center. The well-established community fosters many residents who are native to Atlanta. The area’s epicenter is at East Atlanta Village, a unique area of the town where good times are brought by live music and locally-owned bars.

East Atlanta neighborhood


East Atlanta is a hidden gem, a neighborhood acceptant of diversity, whose residents have a strong sense of community. With all the new restaurants and venues to explore, it’s impossible to get bored here. Plus, most of the places really worth visiting are locally-owned, which further enforces the sense of belonging.

Where to Eat

You might start by visiting We Suki Suki – A Global Grub Collective, a Saigon soup&sub shop serving a variety of ethnic dishes. This multicultural community-based food market was founded by Q Trinh, and employs passionate cooks who create delicious, home-style, affordable food. Inside We Suki Suki, check out Poki Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen, authentic Asian cuisine.


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Friday 12/9: :: MAI KIND OF BREAKFAST (MON – FRI, 8am – 11am) Asian Inspired Breakfast & Weekend Brunch: MAI KIND OF BRUNCH (SAT & SUNS, 9am – 3pm) :: WE SUKI SUKI (MON – SAT, 11am – 4pm) Best of Atlanta* Banh Mi, Boba Tea and Homestyle Pho :: POCO POMODORO (MON – SAT, 11am – 9pm) Home-style Italian Kitchen :: REVOLUTION GELATO (SUN – THU, Noon – 9pm), Fri & Sat (Noon – 10pm)Dairy Free, Gluten Free, All Natural Gelato :: ROTI (MON – SUN, 11am – 10pm) Homestyle Vegetarian Indian Soul Food :: POKE BURRI (TUE – SAT, 11:30am – 9:30pm) Japanese Burritos & Poke Bowls :: KISS MY BUNZ BURGERS (TUE – FRI, 11:30am – 3:30pm) Burgers beyond the Traditional Bun :: MAMOUNE’S HOMESTYLE HAITIAN (THU – SAT, 11:30am – 3:30pm), Authentic Haitian Cooking :: YEN KITCHEN (FRIDAYS only, 5:30pm – 9pm) Ghanaian, Geechee/Gullah Fused Vegetarian Vegan Food :: GYOZA GIRL (THU – SAT, 5pm – 10pm) Food From A Japanese Mom’s Kitchen :: LOS BORRACHOS GUAPOS (LATE NITES THURSDAYS – SATURDAYS, 11:30pm – LATE!) Gringo Mexican Foods :: MIDNIGHT MARAUDER (FRI & SAT Late Nites,11:59pm – 4am) Defender of the Late Nite Snack ::

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If you want to continue to support local businesses in the area, then stop by Emerald City Bagels and grab bagels for the office. This family-owned business is all about bagels: hand-rolled, long-fermented, boiled and baked the traditional way. It’s no wonder they won their first award for Best Bagels in Atlanta in 2015! Did you see their menu?


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After work, you may want to unwind at a local bar, so why not make it Flatiron Bar and Restaurant. The well-known venue is a 21 and up non-smoking bar in the East ATL Village neighborhood, with a dog-friendly patio and award-winning food served from lunch until midnight. Located in the old Flatiron building, this is a great place to gather with friends and family for a mid-week meal. They also have a second bar, the Trophy Room, equipped with a pool table and a dart room.

Some more great restaurants to try out in the area are Banshee, Holy Taco, and Argosy.

And if you’re just craving a cup of coffee or you’re looking for a cozy spot to do your freelancing stuff or study, you don’t want to miss Hodge Podge Coffee, where you can enjoy some delicious homemade pastries, lunch items, teas, and homegrown coffee drinks. The venue is also available for private rentals, such as wedding receptions, community meetings, or workshop events. They also organize their own events and the location is kid-friendly, so there’s something to see and do here for everyone.

What to Do

Great music & good food is always a winning combo. Go out to the most notable venue in the area, The Earl, a local concert venue also serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks. The EARL—an acronym for The East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge—hosts national artists and it has been a staple in the community for decades.

The weekends are made for exploring and shopping. This is why you might find yourself at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. This is something that the whole family is sure to enjoy, whether you’re shopping or just taking in the sights and sounds of the market. This is one of the oldest Atlanta farmers markets, providing local and seasonal produce since 2006, and featuring vendors, artisans, and farmers who grow and produce food locally. Located in a park across from the Midway Pub, the market even hosts an on-site Edible Learning Garden that offers garden education and children’s activities.

Moving to East Atlanta

Real Estate Snapshot

The upbeat and trendy East Atlanta community offers a variety of home options, condos, apartments, and houses. There are older bungalow-style homes going for around $150,000, as well as newly constructed homes that average around $550,000. The community boasts a range of houses from craftsman bungalows to farmhouse style homes, and the majority of people own their houses here. The 38% of residents who are renting in the area pay an average rent of around $1,247 per month for an apartment in East Atlanta.

One of the local rental communities is Alexan EAV, boasting a private beer garden, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a bark park, and many other perks.

For those interested in purchasing, Ironside East Atlanta is a chic community of townhomes at the crossroads of Glenwood & Flat Shoals in East Atlanta with designer finishes.

Schools & Employment

East Atlanta is served by the Atlanta Public School System, along with alternative schools.

Grady Hospital and DeKalb Medical employ many residents in the area. Since it is also easily accessible from the airport, there are some in the area who also commute to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for work. Some work even closer to home in downtown Atlanta for companies such as the Southern Company and Georgia Pacific.

Freelancers can find amazing opportunities at Oxwork—a coworking facility in East Atlanta. This “success factory” provides premium offices and stimulating co-working facilities.


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Getting to East Atlanta

To get to East Atlanta via MARTA take the rail to the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green line. After exiting the station, you will then have to take a bus to the neighborhood. If traveling from downtown, you can take the #74 bus from the Five Points MARTA station to get to East Atlanta.

East Atlanta is a great place to call home, especially if you are looking for an established neighborhood to lay your roots in. Find out what your rental options are in the area by visiting RENTCafé. With so many options, your only challenge will be picking the one best suited to your needs.

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About the author

Nicky Iudean

Nicky is a Senior Communications Specialist for RENTCafé.com, where she researches and writes about real estate, interior design, and all things that spark renters’ interests. She is also your go-to person for content collaborations. Nicky double majored in Marketing and Applied Economics and holds a master's degree in Marketing Strategies and Policies. You can reach her via email at

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