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Georgia Travel Guide

Gracious columned mansions, pretty girls, and handsome soldiers is the image the southern state of Georgia conjures up for most, thanks to the enduring fame of the classic movie <em>Gone with the Wind</em>, based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer prize-winning novel. The state took a heavy toll during the American Civil War, particularly the capital, Atlanta, which was largely laid waste. Georgian determination, however, has ensured that a phoenix arose from those ashes, and today Georgia's lively towns and the thriving cosmopolitan city of Atlanta are a force to be reckoned with.<br /><br /> The coastal region, from lovely historic Savannah southwards, is a treasure-trove for nature lovers, still largely unspoilt and undiscovered by mainstream tourism. It offers beaches, offshore barrier islands filled with indigenous flora and fauna, wetlands, walking and biking trails, and quaint shrimping villages to explore.<br /><br /> Whichever region of Georgia one chooses to visit, be it Atlanta, the northern mountains, the plantations of the Deep South or the charming coast, there is one common denominator: everywhere visitors are received and hosted with traditional southern hospitality. This is the cherry on the top for the state that claims 'You can do anything in Georgia'.<br /><br />

Atlanta History Center

Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road

Admission: $16.50 (adults), $11 (children 4-12 years) excluding tax. Other concessions are available, and discounted tickets are available through the website. Museum: Monday to Saturday 10am-5:30pm; Sunday 12pm-5:30pm. Tullie Smith House and Swan House Tours: Monday to Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm.

Telephone: (404) 814 4000

Set in nine hectares (23 acres) of beautiful gardens, the Atlanta History Center is the ideal place to soak up the rich history of the state.<br /><br /> The main attractions are two historic homes, open to the public offering informative guided tours. The Tullie Smith House originally stood outside the city limits but has been relocated to the History Center, along with its outbuildings. The house was built in the 1840s and survived the near-total destruction of Atlanta in 1864 when General William Sherman burned almost every business and more than two thirds of the city's homes during his infamous 'March to the Sea'. It was once the home of yeoman farmer Robert Smith and his family, who owned 11 slaves and farmed on about 324 hectares (800 acres). The farmhouse is typical of most in Georgia at the time, despite popular belief that not all Georgians owned large plantations and mansions.<br /><br /> The Swan House, built in 1928, is a grand Italianate mansion that is an Atlanta landmark, once the home of Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. The History Center also features several other historic buildings and exhibitions.<br /><br />

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Address: 450 Auburn Avenue

Admission: Free Daily 9am-5pm (until 6pm from mid-June to mid-August).

Telephone: (404) 331 5190 or 331 6922 for recorded information

In January 1929 a baby boy was born in an upstairs bedroom of a house in Atlanta. Today the Victorian house is the centre of a protected site dedicated to the memory of that baby, Martin Luther King, who grew up to become America's Nobel prize-winning Civil Rights leader.<br /><br /> A half-mile stretch of Auburn Avenue, including King's birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached, and the memorial tomb at the King Center where he is buried, has been designated a historic site, drawing hundreds of visitors every day. The exhibits contained within provide insight into the life and times of this much-revered man. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes on a first-come first-serve basis.<br /><br />

World Of Coca-Cola

Address: 121 Baker Street, Pemberton Place

Admission: $16 adults, $12 children (3-12); other concessions available. Saturday 9am-5pm, weekdays 10am-5pm. Hours vary on weekends and in summer.

Telephone: (404) 676 5151

In 1886 Jacob's Pharmacy, a small drugstore in Atlanta, began selling a new headache and hangover tonic called 'Coca-Cola'. In 1891, entrepreneur Asa Candler paid $2,300 to acquire the rights of what is now the world's most valuable brand. The following year he founded the Coca-Cola Company.<br /><br /> The new, environmentally-friendly construction houses more than just a museum dedicated to Coca-Cola; it is an entire soft-drink experience. Thousands of Coke objects, trivia and memorabilia are contained among the interactive exhibits in this building, backed up by commercials, radio jingles, a 4-D theatre, tasting and a Pop Culture Gallery.<br /><br />

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield

Admission: Free, but on weekends there is a fare of $3 (adults) and $1.50 (children 6-11) to ride the shuttle bus to the top of the mountain. Daily 9am-5pm.

Telephone: (770) 427 4686

In 1864 Kennesaw Mountain was the scene of a bloody Civil War battle when General Sherman led his Union forces against the entrenched Confederate forces at the site, resulting in the death of more than 67,000 soldiers.<br /><br /> The park consists of several thousand acres of protected land, covered with more than 17 miles (27km) of interpretive walking trails. The trails encompass historic earthworks and cannon placements, and notable markers and memorials have been provided to commemorate the event.<br /><br /> A small museum at the site displays Civil War artefacts, and a visitor's centre provides information about the battle on the site. This popular park is visited by more than a million people each year, many of whom come to picnic and enjoy the views afforded across Atlanta.<br /><br />

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave

Admission: $18.95 (adults), $12.95 (children 3-12 years), concessions available. Tuesday to Sunday 9am-7pm (April to October), 9am-5pm (November to March).

Telephone: (404) 876 5859

A highlight of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the Fuqua Conservatory, a giant greenhouse enclosing different climate-controlled eco-systems that was financed by an Atlanta businessman in memory of his wife. A walk through the conservatory takes visitors from a desert into a steamy tropical jungle. Outdoors the gardens are criss-crossed with dedicated nature walks, bypassing many quiet spots designed for peaceful contemplation, as well as tasteful garden sculptures.<br /><br />

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Address: 767 Clifton Road

Admission: Museum: $18 adults, $16 children 3-12. IMAX: $13 adults, $11 children 3-12. Other concessions and discounted combination tickets are also available. Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Telephone: (404) 929 6300

As one of the South's pre-eminent museums, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a gateway for discovery and exploration, unfolding the story of the earth's history, the physical universe, the environment and human culture through exhibitions, programs and films in the IMAX Theatre. Opened in 1992, Fernbank is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is 'Atlanta's Home to Dinosaurs,' a reputation highlighted by , a distinctive permanent exhibition which features the world's largest dinosaurs.<br /><br />

Stone Mountain Park

Admission: Various packages available. A one-day, adventure pass costs $31.95 Vehicle entry to the park is $15. Daily from 10am; closing hours vary according to the season and attraction. Summit Skyride opens daily from 10am to 5pm, with extended hours in summer and on holidays

Telephone: (800) 401 2407

Stone Mountain is situated about 20 minutes from Atlanta and features numerous man-made and natural attractions. Most awesome of these is the huge relief carving of the three Southern heroes of the Civil War, which has been etched into the mountainside. The images of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson cover an area larger than a football field and are part of the largest relief sculpture in the world. Three sculptors worked in succession on the carving, beginning with Gutzon Borglum in 1915. He later became famed for his carvings at Mount Rushmore. Subsequently two other artists pursued the work that was completed finally in 1972. Visitors can either walk up the mountain or take the Skylift to the top from where the views of Atlanta and the Appalachian Mountains are incredible. Stone Mountain also features a restored Antebellum Plantation featuring a colonial mansion, slave cabins, coach houses and barns. The park also contains several lakes and hiking trails, a wildlife reserve and petting zoo.<br /><br />

Jonesboro

Address: 104 N. Main Street

Admission: Road to Tara Museum: $7 adults; Stately Oaks: $12 adults, $6 children. Gone With the Wind Tour: $24.95. Road to Tara Museum: Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm; Stately Oaks: Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Gone With the Wind Tour: Monday to Saturday 1pm, or by appointment.

Telephone: (770) 478 4800

About 15 miles (24km) south of Atlanta in Clayton County is the town of Jonesboro, a not-to-be-missed destination for movie fans and those hankering for a taste of the real 'Deep South'.<br /><br /> Jonesboro was the setting for Margaret Mitchell's acclaimed novel, and later film, Gone with the Wind and devotees come to see the local historic plantation houses and learn about the real people whose lives inspired the fictional characters of the novel.<br /><br /> In Main Street, the Road to Tara Museum is housed in the Jonesboro Depot Welcome Centre, containing original props, costume reproductions, doll collections and an extensive photo gallery associated with the making of the movie, Gone with the Wind.<br /><br /> The Welcome Depot is also the departure point for daily tours, starting at 1pm (except on Sundays), that take in the local scenes where the film was shot and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the true life stories on which the book was based.<br /><br /> In Carriage Drive, a beautiful Greek Revival plantation home dating from 1839 is open to the public along with its authentic outbuildings.<br /><br />

Georgia Mountains

Northern Georgia is hilly and mountainous, dotted with numerous small towns, fascinating historic sites, national parks and forests.<br /><br /> Among the highlights of an exploration of this region are the New Echota State Historic Site (the last capital of the Cherokee nation); Chickamauga at Fort Oglethorpe, which is the oldest and largest Civil War military park; Jasper, where the marble quarries produced the marble used in the Capitol in Washington, DC; the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, at the end of the Appalachian Highway; and the spectacular Tallulah Gorge near the town of Clayton.<br /><br /> The northwestern Georgia region is a paradise for nature lovers, offering hundreds of wooded hiking trails, sparkling trout streams, scenic lakes and camp sites. Most of the towns and attractions are within an hour's drive of Atlanta, making them perfect day trips or weekend breaks from the city.<br /><br />

Davenport House

Address: 324 East State Street

Admission: Tours: $9 adults, $5 children 6-17. Other concessions available. Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm. Guided tours run every 30 minutes.

Telephone: (912) 236 8097

This beautiful characteristic pink homestead at the heart of Savannah's historic district was the first of the city's architectural treasures to be saved for posterity. It was the threatened demolition of this house that goaded the city's residents to form a fund to preserve Savannah's historic heritage.<br /><br /> The house was built between 1815 and 1820 by Isaiah Davenport, a master builder. It features a semi-circular staircase with wrought-iron trim leading up to the recessed front door. Inside the polished hardwood floors gleam and the mansion is furnished befitting the period with Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Sheraton pieces.<br /><br />

Savannah History Museum

Address: 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Admission: $14 (adults), $4 (children) for an all-site pass, valid for three days. Weekdays 8:30am-5pm, 9am-5pm on weekends.

Telephone: (912) 651 6825

The Savannah History Museum gives an excellent introduction to the city, its exhibits reflecting the city's history from her founding to the present day. The museum is housed in a restored railway station that dates from before the Civil War and is one of Georgia's 43 National Historic Landmarks. Beneath the building are the graves of Polish Count Pulaski and his fellow colonists, killed on this spot in 1779 while trying to drive off the British soldiers.<br /><br />

Telfair Museum of Art

Address: 124 Abercorn Street, Oglethorpe Square

Admission: $20 adults, $15 students, concessions available. Individual tickets for the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Telfair Museum and the Owens-Thomas House are available. Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday and Monday Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Telephone: (912) 790 8800

The Telfair Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the South, fittingly housed in an important historic building, the Owens-Thomas House. The house, overlooking Oglethorpe Square, was designed by William Jay, a young English architect, who introduced the British Regency style to America. It was built in 1818 for Alexander Telfair, son of the Governor of Georgia.<br /><br /> The art museum's permanent collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts by both American and European artists. The museum encompasses the art gallery, restored rooms in the historic house, and the Jepson Center for the Arts. Guided tours are offered daily, included in the admission price.<br /><br />

Fort Jackson

Address: 1 Fort Jackson Road

Admission: $7 adults, $4 children 2-12. Other concessions available. Daily 9am-5pm.

Telephone: (912) 232 3945

A short distance to the east of central Savannah stands Georgia's oldest standing fort, surrounded by a deep tidal moat. The fort was preceded by a mud battery, the brick fort having been built in 1808. It was the headquarters for the Confederate river defences during the Civil War, when it was enlarged and strengthened. The fort today contains numerous exhibits pertaining to the war. Living history demonstrations and cannon firings are staged daily in spring and summer. The fort also offers picturesque views of Savannah's skyline, and the grounds are a good place for a walk on a pleasant day.<br /><br />

Okefenokee Swamp

Address: 2540 Memorial Drive

Telephone: (912) 283 3744 (Waycross Tourism Bureau)

The mysterious Okefenokee Swamp comprises 700 square miles (1,813 sq km) of wet, green wilderness stretching across the southern part of coastal Georgia. The largest peat-producing bog in North America, Okefenokee is a national treasure because it provides a refuge for a vast number of animals and plants that thrive in its lakes, islands and wetlands.<br /><br /> The park consists of different environments, from towering cypress stands in still waters to vast prairie grasslands in other areas. Visitors have four parks to choose from when pursuing an Okefenokee experience: three of the parks are on the east side of the swamp and one on the southwestern side. All three offer sightseeing, boating and fishing opportunities.<br /><br /> The southwestern park is Stephen C. Foster State Park, featuring cypress swamps, at the headwaters of the Suwannee River, near Fargo. Laura S. Walker State Park is near Waycross, on the swamp's margin.<br /><br /> South of Waycross Okefenokee Swamp Park has some alligators, snakes and other swamp wildlife in easy-to-see captivity for a quick swamp experience, while Suwannee Canal Recreation Area near Folkston provides access to the prairie environment of the swamp, offering nature boardwalks and historic sites.<br /><br />

Darien

A short drive south of Savannah lies the charming old town of Darien, established in 1736 on the banks of the Darien River as a military outpost.<br /><br /> Today it is a favoured tourist town; its historic shopping enclave specialises in unique gifts and antiques, and the picturesque waterfront is lined with shrimp boats. A series of walking and bike paths, lined with Spanish moss-draped oak trees, connect the downtown waterfront with Fort King George, which houses a museum and plays host to living history pageants.<br /><br /> Other diversions include paddling the river and tidal creeks in kayaks or canoes and dining on delicious shrimp. The area around Darien in McIntosh county is extremely scenic, dotted with quaint fishing villages like Valona and Shellman Bluff. Just offshore, accessible by ferry across Doboy Sound, is the pristine barrier island of Sapelo, which boasts one of Georgia's most beautiful beaches and a restored lighthouse.<br /><br />

Tybee Island

The small barrier island of Tybee, 18 miles (29km) east of Savannah, is a popular seaside resort for locals and visitors alike. The three-mile (5km) long beach has rolling sand-dunes, and at the south end of the island a pier and pavilion offer a pleasant stroll, usually accompanied by live band music.<br /><br /> Apart from swimming and sun worshipping, the island also has sightseeing opportunities including Fort Screven, a historic Tybee lighthouse dating to 1773, an intriguing museum and Fort Pulaski. There is a selection of restaurants, hotels, motels, inns and cottages available.<br /><br />

Turner Field

Address: 755 Hank Aaron Drive

Admission: Game tickets start at $15, museum admission is $5 ($2 on game days). Concessions available.

Originally built for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Turner Field was converted after the event to serve as the home of major league baseball team the Atlanta Braves. Affectionately known as 'The Ted', the attractive open-air stadium is a great place to spend a hot summer night in Atlanta, the stadium is also home to the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, with exhibits on famous Braves players like Greg Maddux, Bobby Cox, and Hank Aaron, as well as Braves owner (and stadium namesake) Ted Turner.<br /><br />

Georgia Aquarium

Address: 225 Baker Street, Pemberton Place

Admission: $35.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12 years. Ticket prices vary according to season, check the website for specific dates. Free audio tours are available. Sunday to Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm. Extended hours apply during holidays.

Telephone: (404) 581 4000

The impressive Georgia Aquarium is the largest of its kind and boasts over 100,000 animals from 500 species. A range of different environments play host to fascinating animals from around the world, from whale sharks and manta rays, to sea lions and sea otters, penguins, sharks and a riot of colourful fish. The Aquarium also has a 4-D theatre that features an animated 3-D film, interactive seats and live actors; a café and the Ocean Ballroom for special events. A popular attraction is the Dolphin Tales show, which features choreographed musical performances with both human and animal stars.<br /><br />

High Museum of Art

Address: 1280 West Peachtree Street

Admission: $19.50 adults, $12 child aged 6-17 years. Other concessions available. Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm (open till 9pm on Friday); Sunday 12pm-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Telephone: (404) 733 4444

Atlantas's High Museum of Art is home to more than 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection and includes 19th and 20th century American and decorative art, important and visiting European collections, as well as contemporary art and photography, and African folk art. The museum has an impressive collection of Civil Rights photography.<br /><br />

The Fox Theatre

Address: 660 Peachtree Street

Admission: Box office is open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, closed on Sundays.

Telephone: (404) 881 2100

Atlanta's Fox Theatre, which is often promoted as the Fabulous Fox, is one of the magnificent movie palaces built in the United States during the 1920s. The theatre's unique beginnings and Moorish design set it apart from other theatres of that period. Today it hosts an array of artistic and cultural events, including a summer film series, the Atlanta Ballet and performances by national touring companies of Broadway shows.<br /><br />

Imagine It! Childrens Museum of Atlanta

Address: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW

Admission: $14.95 Open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday and Sundays 10am-5pm. Closed Wednesdays. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Telephone: (404) 659 5437

The Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta is one of the most fascinating places parents on holiday in the city can take their younger kids for a day of exploring, learning and discovering. With exciting interactive exhibits such as the Curious George Gallery or exploring trees, children also get the opportunity to paint the walls, crawl through a playground or even don a raincoat and play in a forest stream.<br /><br />

Zoo Atlanta

Address: 800 Cherokee Ave

Admission: $22.99 adult, $17.99 children 3-11. Open Monday to Friday 9:30am-5:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-6:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Telephone: (404) 624 9453

Zoo Atlanta features around 1,000 animals representing 250 species from around the world and sees over 1 million tourists every year. Founded in 1889, the zoo has become one of Atlanta's top family attractions with exhibitions on the African rainforest, a free-flying parakeet enclosure, and a reptile house.<br /><br /> Children will absolutely love discovering all the animals and even some slightly more exotic ones such as the giant pandas, Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, and komodo dragons. The zoo also has the country's largest collection of gorillas and orangutans.<br /><br /> For smaller children there is a petting zoo which allows kids to interact with goats, pigs and sheep.<br /><br />

Six Flags Over Georgia

Address: 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell

Admission: $64.99 (adults); $44.99 (children). Discounted tickets are available via the website. Gates open 10am; closing hours vary.

Telephone: (770) 948 9290

A great day out for kids of all ages, Six Flags Over Georgia is a fantastic amusement park filled with rides and thrills for just about every child to enjoy. Try the Acrophobia, the Superman, the Batman or the Goliath for the really adventurous, while younger tots will enjoy the Thomas the Tank Engine ride, Up UP and Away and the River Carousel.<br /><br />

Monetary Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

Address: 1000 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta

Admission: All tours are free of charge. Tours are offered from Monday to Friday, at 9:30am, 11am, and 1pm. Tours must be requested, by filling in a form on the Federal Reserve Bank website. Self-guided tours are possible Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Self-guided tours are limited to the Visitor's Centre and the Monetary Museum, and do not need to be scheduled in advance.

Telephone: (404) 498 8500

Although it doesn't sound like much of a tourist drawcard, visitors to the Federal Reserve Bank are unanimous in their enthusiasm about the fascinating Monetary Museum found there.<br /><br /> Whether part of a guided group tour (recommended for scholarly types), or just perusing the exhibitions on one's own, a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank is bound to instil in visitors a renewed appreciation for the rich history that informs present-day money use in America.<br /><br /> Tour highlights include an extensive 'History of Money' exhibition, displaying antiquated currency from all over the world; interactive, multimedia displays that teach you how to spot counterfeit money; the opportunity to lift a $450,000 gold bar; and a free bag of shredded money to take home as a souvenir.<br /><br /> Visitors are guaranteed to leave the tour with a better understanding of the role that money plays in their everyday lives.<br /><br />

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Address: 101 Jackson Street

Admission: Tours are conducted Monday to Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, and Sunday 2pm-4pm.

Telephone: (404) 688-7300

Though small, Ebenezer Baptist Church has played a large role in America's history. Founded in 1886, the church functioned as the epicentre of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Martin Luther King Jr acted as co-pastor from 1960 to 1968, and worked toward equal rights for African-Americans during this time. The church has a new premises across the street, but visitors can still tour the old sanctuary where King preached.<br /><br /> Annual events surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January typically draw large crowds. Past speakers have included US Presidents, national and local politicians, and civil rights leaders. Remembrances are also held during Black History Month (February), and the anniversary of King's assassination on April 4, 1968.<br /><br />

Haven

Address: 1441 Dresden Drive, Suite 100

Food Type: American

In an ambience thick and tightly packed room the trendiest diners in Atlanta share American cuisine with local Georgian ingredients. An open kitchen adds to the lively setting which bills itself rather perfectly as an 'upscale urban eatery' although a local neighbourhood feel also persists. Reservations should be made for daily lunch and dinner.<br /><br />

Anns Snack Bar

Address: 1615 Memorial Dr

Food Type: American

Burger aficionados will literally have their hands full on Ann's famous Ghetto Burger, a monstrous pile of ingredients consistently chosen as the best burger in all of America. Ann's Snack Bar churns out delicious fast food treats to locals and the lucky few out-of-towners who catch wind of her fryer. Its all made to go as the small establishment can't fit more than a few patrons at a time. Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm.<br /><br />

Mary Macs

Address: 224 Ponce de Leon Ave

Food Type: American

It is a classic not to be missed institution of southern dining and a litany of celebrity patrons and their pictures on the wall would attest to it. Hearty southern meals like fried chicken and barbecue are big pieces of evidence that cooking doesn't need to be fancy to be downright delicious. Open seven days a week 11am to 9pm.<br /><br />

Bones

Address: 3130 Piedmont Road

Food Type: American

Bone's is Atlanta's most famous steakhouse; a key lunch venue for important people, from presidents to businessmen and celebrities, with a masculine, club setting. Bone's serves the best prime-aged Iowa beef, prepared exactly as ordered. The lamb chops are another delicious option, as is the Maine lobster. Decadent desserts include Mountain-high Pie (layers of chocolate chip, rum raisin and vanilla ice cream). The wine gallery has hundreds of excellent wines, specialising in French and Californian bottles. Lighter entrees are on the menu for lunch and Bone's is open daily for lunch (except Saturday and Sunday) and dinner.<br /><br />

Sotto Sotto

Address: 313 North Highland Ave

Food Type: Italian

At ('hush hush' in Italian), the noise is incredible; this is the place of the moment and an energetic crowd all seem happy to shout at one another over their seafood risotto. The wood-roasted fish is Sotto Sotto's specialty, and the rich chocolate soup, with dark Belgian chocolate, hazelnut whipped cream and sugar croutons is delectable. The bartender makes an excellent martini and the all-Italian wine list is extensive. Sotto Sotto is open all week from 5.30pm till late.<br /><br />

Murphys

Address: 997 Virginia Ave

Food Type: American

Murphy's was a wine-and-cheese shop and evolved into a restaurant and bakery with a cozy atmosphere; one of the most popular venues in Atlanta for brunch. The bakery/wine shop has display cases overflowing with pastries, crusty fresh-baked breads and luscious desserts. For dinner, Murphy's offers a variety of entrees, including sautéed rainbow trout with sweet-potato hash; there's also a good selection of pastas, salads, waffles and pancakes. Murphy's is open all week till late.<br /><br />

Floataway Café

Address: Suite 15, 1123 Zonolite Road

Food Type: French

Hidden on a secluded industrial street, in a renovated warehouse, the Floataway Café opened in 1998. The menu changes daily, with fresh and local organic produce and unusual ingredients being the order of the day. Enjoy succulent wood-grilled or roasted meats and seafood or homemade pastas; grilled steak with pommes frites and red-wine shallot butter is a house speciality. The wine list is quite international and complements the food beautifully. Floataway Café is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 5.30pm to 10pm.<br /><br />

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