Cabbies are inclined to "take you for a ride."
Unique Suggestions: Inquire at the front desk about approximate cost to your destination and discuss this with your cabbie before getting in. If taxis seem plentiful, don't be afraid to pass up the first cab, if his estimate is not in line with the estimate at the front desk.
Fun Alternatives: Use MARTA whenever possible.
All tourist traps are not bad. It depends on what you expect and what you are looking for. If your looking for a great dining experience then it could turn out to be a bad decision. If your like and collect Hard Rock Cafe tee shirts when you travel, then finding the Hard Rock in any city is a treat. The Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta is located on Peachtree Street. This is the real Peachtree Street. Not one of the other 45 streets with Peachtree in their name. If you use the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel as your guide the Hard Rock is just across the street and on the corner. Great souvineers. Mediocre food.
If you like playing fast and loose with your life, by all means visit Underground and/or Buckhead on a Saturday night. In Buckhead especially, don't forget your bulletproof vest-over the past several years, Buckhead has hosted several random shootings. World of Coke: Total tourist trap unless you're enthralled by Coca Cola products. Centennial Park: There's nothing there, but feel free to go if you want. Pittypat's Porch: Should be awarded a prize for top Tourist Trap in the restaurant category. Stone Mountain: The World's Largest 2nd Place Trophy, but a nice change in the spring or fall.
Unique Suggestions: Take a deep breath and don't spend any more money than necessary.
Fun Alternatives: The Carter Center is fasciating, even if you're not a fan of President Carter. Well worth seeing. The High Museum is good, too, especially when they have a special exhibit. Dailey's is a good downtown restaurant, and downstairs there's a very cool jazz bar. The Vortex and Joe's on Juniper (both in Midtown) have good food-they're both great to go to on Saturday for a late lunch. The Prince of Wales in Midtown is also good-(British pub food)-it's a cool place to go since it's across the street from Piedmont Park, a popular place to hang out, picnic or people watch, especially on Sundays. Everybody's Pizza near Emory has great pizza. It's also fun to go to Turner Field for a Braves game. It's a great facility and a lot of fun-just be sure to eat before you go, since everything's so expensive. For shopping, Atlanta has hundreds of boutiques, but for malls, go to Lenox and Phipps. They're across the street from each other. Of course you could just go up to the Northside near Sugarloaf and wait for the cops to arrive at Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's house.
It is a group of clubs that has become a sketchier area with every passing year. There was a large publicized murder of some partygoers by a football player a couple years back. Mostly meat-market clubs here, selling to the young and reckless crowd.
Unique Suggestions: Go south on Peachtree to La Fonda or Fellini's for pizza, but bring cash, 'cause they don't take plastic.
FADO Fado is an EXCELLENT Irish pub that is very convincing. Try to get lunch there and you can have the whole bar to yourself. Beautiful wooden bar with real charm.
Fun Alternatives: East Atlanta, Midtown, Virginia Highlands, Little Five
If your not used to some of the food, be carefull in what you choose... American's have a funny diet... In fact, not a very healthy one? And well, I am still trying to find out what there real defanition for sanwhich really is... Oh, and if you order something on a biscut, then don't, it's just a greasy baked scone...
When asking for chips on the side. Make sure you get hot chips, and not potatoe chips.
Also, if you don't know how to tip properly, always try to give between 5-15% of the full price to the wait staff. But remember. If you get bad service. Don't hesitate to give a bad tip!... If they complain, tell them that waiting for a drink that you ordered 20 minutes ago isn't good enough..
Other than that, if you tip well. You will be looked after.
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