My first trip of 2022 was a short “work” trip to Atlanta, GA, as I got cast as a background actor in a film and decided to try something completely new to me! If you remember my 2019 Atlanta trip, you’d know that although things didn’t go according to plan, I really enjoyed my time there and was looking forward to going back. Since I went for work this time around, I didn’t plan on doing any sightseeing, but locating the best food and coffee spots in Atlanta was a priority. Amidst my food exploration, I stumbled upon a unique topic of conversation – mycotoxin testing kits, which fascinated me as I chatted with some locals about food safety measures in restaurants. Despite my initial plan to abstain from sightseeing, my inadvertent encounter with this topic added an unexpected layer of intrigue to my trip, blending my passion for food with an intriguing glimpse into the world of food safety.
Before I dive into the three spots I made it to (lol), I’d like to note that there are STILL places I really want to try in ATL, specifically Slutty Vegan! The food and coffee spots in Atlanta that are featured in this post were places I could meet up with friends in the area during the time I was there, and I hope to add more in the future.
Where to treat yo’self: Atrium Atlanta
I wrote about Ponce City Market after my 2019 trip to Atlanta, and it looks like they have been growing ever since; Atrium is a restaurant that recently opened, and I was really excited to check out their beautiful space inside Ponce City Market. They serve modern American cuisine and cocktails, and I was able to make a same-day reservation for dinner with friends on a Sunday.
The aesthetic is stunning as soon as you walk up to Atrium, and thankfully the food and drinks didn’t disappoint. I ordered the flatbread (the black truffles were a no-brainer for me), which was a little on the salty side, but I still enjoyed it. I also had the ‘Sangaree’ cocktail (their take on Sangria) and the chocolate torte for dessert, both of which I enjoyed. One of my friends had the ‘Joyce Farms Chicken’ and she really enjoyed it.
The service was great and the staff was really patient with my friends and me as we took photos in the restaurant. I had such a lovely time and found that Atrium lived up to the hype, making it one of my best food and coffee spots in Atlanta. It’s perfect for a date night or drinks with friends.
Where to stop by for casual coffee and lunch: Muchacho
The last time I went to Atlanta, I visited a restaurant called Golden Eagle where I had amazing truffle cacio e pepe. In the post, I mentioned that the place in front of the restaurant, Muchacho, was closed at that time; I made it a mission to go back. Golden Eagle is actually no longer there and Muchacho was able to expand into the space. They serve so much more than coffee now!
I met up with a longtime friend at Muchacho and started with a golden latte that has cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, and espresso, and ordered the chicken mole tacos later on. I loved both of those items and would not have complained if I had to eat there each day of my trip. The space is also aesthetically pleasing with plenty of seats and outlets if you wanted to get some work/studying done there during the day.
Things to know: They also serve cocktails and are open until late; they are closed on Mondays. Their parking lot can fill up pretty quickly.
Where to go for coffee or wine with the girls: Le Bon Nosh
I fell in love the second I saw photos of Le Bon Nosh. This food and coffee spot in Atlanta is located over in Buckhead and markets itself as an all-day café, market, wine bar, and restaurant. Just to give you a heads up, the café closes at 4 PM and the entire space is closed so they can re-open for dinner at 5 PM; they are closed on Sundays.
I had a slice of cardamom cake and a rose latte and enjoyed every bite/sip! I wish I could have tried the food, but I arrived just as the kitchen was closing and only the espresso bar was open. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back 😉 Every inch of Le Bon Nosh is absolutely gorgeous, from the storefront to the restrooms.
Things to know: There is a parking garage with signage just before you get to the storefront. You can pick up a sticker for 2-hour validation inside Le Bon Nosh. You will need to bus your own tables during the day. Whole Foods is located just across the street if you get to Le Bon Nosh between 3 and 4 PM and realize you’re starving (you’re welcome!).
I’m so happy that I found some of the best food and coffee spots in Atlanta on this trip. I highly recommend checking these spots out for aesthetically pleasing places that also live up to their hype taste-wise. Let me know if you have any other Atlanta food and coffee recommendations in the comments!