Decatur Travel Guide

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Decatur Things to Do

  • Cloud Dancer Tattoos and Body Piercing

    Fancy a new piece of jewelry or a little drawing on your arm? This is the place to come if in Decatur---the oldest licensed tatto parlor in Atlanta, since 1970! 18 and older check them out!

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  • Dekalb History Center

    They are having an incredible exhibit now showcasing the famous local underground newspaper of the 60's/70's called The Great Speckled Bird---I have a treasured copy from my days in the summer of love....Located inside the Historic Decatur Courthouse, they also have book signings, and other historical shows so check the website before...

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  • Steatite Boulder Marker--Decatur Square

    This boulder was found about 8 miles from Decatur in a prehistoric quarry showing the methods Indians used in making bowls and the like---about 3000 years old.

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  • Decatur Square

    Lots of places to eat, drink and play around this central Square in Decatur. Music at Eddie's Attic, dinner at a local restaurant, drinks at a local pub, or a play at a nearby theater. The Square is WIFI as well!

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  • Push Push Theater

    Theater, Puppetry, Music, all that and more can be had at NE Atlanta's premier place for cutting edge arts near Decatur...I have seen Puppetry, Music, crazy Theater, and more here and all top drawer talent...Check out the website for what;s going on at the moment....They have a summer camp for kids, stage rentals for clients use, and there are...

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  • Beacon Dance Company

    Contemporary dance in a great setting is yours at Beacon---they are a site-specific organization with performances in local places around town----check out the website for specifics---lately they had a performance on The Beltline, a new local train route around Atlanta showcasing areas of re-emergence.....'recommended.....

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  • arts and shopping

    pictured is blue moon designs which is one of a number of art galleries and upscale stores in downtown decatur. the area around courthouse square has a number of good restaurants, shops, and bars. decatur is a very worth while area to visit when in the atlanta area.

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  • agnes scott college

    agnes scott college is located in downtown decatur. agnes scott was founded in 1889 as a presbyterian college for women. agnes scott has a beautiful campus with scores of victorian era buildings. agnes scott college also has an observatory and planetarium. you can arrange a tour of the campus. see the attached website for information.

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  • confederate memorial

    pictured is the dekalb county confederate memorial. this memorial is an obelisk with a draped flag which is a common motif in the south. decatur's courthouse square was the site of a battle between the forces of confederate general joseph wheeler and union general james mc phearson on july 22nd 1864.

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Decatur Restaurants

  • Best Pate in the World!

    People always want to eat "where the locals eat." Well when you drop into Cafe Alsace you will likely see the owner, Benedicte, visiting with half the patrons because she has a large and regular local clientele. It is a small room beautifully decorated with a French/Alsatian theme. The food is all freshly prepared on site and we have not been...

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  • Take home a simply delicious meal.

    If you (or whomever cooks at your house) wants a break from meal prep, do yourself a favor and pick up dinner (or lunch) at Las Brasas!This tiny place produces amazingly delicious food. It is mostly for take out, but not too long after it opened, it added a few tables and chairs, then later umbrellas, in the small space in front. It is owned and...

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  • Authentic south indian food

    My very reason for visiting Atlanta is Saravana Bhavan which is by far the best in US for authentic south indian food. Ambience is good and service prompt. Except huge crowd and wait time during holidays.try the 14 Idli Sambar and filter Coffee, it brings back memories of good old Madras..

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  • Great Meat shop!

    Here are some choices from The Pig----cured spanish sausage, Jamon Iberico, manchego cheese plate, pork cheek tacos, veal shank ravioli, wild boar sausage meatballs, lamb ribs, and more for the meat lover---pigs ears, bone marrow and lots of goodies---definitely recommended.... Lots of small plates

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  • Avondale Pizza

    A little confusing, O'Keefe's is above the door in this new location, but everybody calls it Avondale Pizza-----small shop with pizza, spagatti (their spelling!) and more---full bar

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  • Home cooking with a twist

    From meatloaf mondays to Salmon Loaf fridays, loads of fresh veggies (some vegetarian style--no meat) casseroles, wine/beer, and homemade desserts all at a good price.Mon-Fri 11-8some saturdays veggie plate

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  • Local coffee and donuts!

    Great coffee along with local-made donuts can be hard to beat-----the service can be a little slow but perfection needs a little time, eh? Good for takeout as well as lounging on the sofas and chairs provided.... Cappuccino and a donut

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  • Bison and Beef

    Ted Turner started this chain of excellent steak houses selling his Bison grown out in Montana on his ranches. The house made pickles are great, the drinks are usually good and strong, and I love bison burgers and the bison meatloaf, but they have good beef too. Try the onion rings!open til 11 fridays and saturdays Bison burger and onion rings!

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  • Chocolate and alcohol!

    Some really cool drinks along with the area's best chocolate maker, this is the place to come after a movie date, or the theater for a passionfruit mojito/lemon-ginger martini/portuguese sling and a small or large dessert plate....sherbets, soufflees, bonbons and more for your dark cravings! Chocolate soufflee

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Decatur Nightlife

  • eating & drinking

    the brick store pub is located on court square in the heart of decatur's shopping and entertainment area. the brick store pub has an excellent selection of craft beers. a great place to have a beer or two in downtown decatur. casual.

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  • Paris Decatur Nightclub Rocks

    This place is great, awesome food and martinis, very romantic and great music. Lots to choose from during the week, it's open 7 days a week and stays open later.College night , karaoke , wed social networking w/ once a month speed dating, boys night , fri and sat dance party and sun tea dance opens at noonfun place can't wait to go back

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  • A Great Bar

    Great Bar!No cheesy music, no neon signs, and no cheap tasteless American beers. Just a nice, pleasant atmosphere that encourages good conversation. It has the feel of an old English pub with lots of brick and wood. Around 200 beers offered from all over the world. A large Belgian selection of over 100 beers. Shirt and shoes required.

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Decatur Transportation

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    Decatur is easily reached by metro Atlanta's rapid rail system, MARTA. It is about 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and 45 minutes from the airport. Cost is $1.75. There are also connections from other parts of town and a pretty widespread bus system (part of MARTA) in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. Check with MARTA downtown in the 5 points station or call the number below for bus routes and schedules.

    The station in Decatur was recently redone and about the same time they switched from metal tokens to plastic cards (similar to London's Oyster Card). So they embedded some of the old tokens in the plaza and walkway in front of the entrance. Within a few days they had all been pried up and taken.

    Decatur MARTA station Renovated station entrance Tokens disappearing

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Decatur Shopping

  • world of food

    This place is open every day of the year except christmas day and is a huge market with food from all over the world, and also plenty of local foods as well. There is a restaurant inside with wonderful food to eat, some veggie, some halal, some fried chicken as well! All kinds of fresh veggies, fruits,seafoods, meats, breads and coffees---much more...

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  • Great shopping fun!

    Kudzu has tons of stuff to look through including antiques, stained glass, porcelain, books and prints and some local artist's items such as Christine Sibley's pottery, who died a few years back. Definitely a place to slowly walk through taking in all the cases of toys, collectibles and more.25000 SQ FT showroom. anything good pricing

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  • Local book shop

    Small local shop, these places are dying out, so definitely give them a look if in the area--they have gifts as well. A local written book is always a good present. local writers retail

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Decatur Local Customs

  • Honoring our citizens

    During the 1996 Olympics (hosted by Atlanta), Decatur played host to the delegation from Ireland. We had a coach stay most of 2 weeks in our home. To mark the event, Decatur modestly proclaimed itself Hometown to the World. After the event, many of the volunteers were recognized as Hometown Heroes. That tradition continued and now each year a group...

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  • Christmas goings on

    Every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas (November and December) the merchants in Decatur have "Terrific Thursdays." On Thursday evenings merchandise is discounted and most shops have wine and appetizers for the patrons. Cafe Alsace usually does complimentary and delicious Christmas cookies. Some shops have a simple spread and some more...

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  • Tour of Trees

    A part of the annual Decatur Arts Festival is the "Tour of Trees" which are done by local volunteers. I say volunteers instead of artists because anyone can do it - my wife and I even did one a couple of years ago. The trees are auctioned off at the end of the festival or later at the BBQ & Bluegrass Festival and ours is still displayed at a local...

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Decatur Off The Beaten Path

  • Bradley Observatory

    Even I was surprised when I learned that our neighbor, Agnes Scott College, has a full-fledged observatory and in recent years has added a planetarium as well. The Bradley Observatory has open houses each month and the public is welcome. You can see a calendar, directions and other info on their website. Even if you don't go inside, the plaza in...

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  • The Woodlands

    Dr. & Mrs. Chet Morse moved to this 7 acre site in 1946. The built their home and began clearing the wild vines which had covered it, but left most of the pine trees and began adding hemlocks, beech and magnolias as well as azaleas and rhododendron, hydrangeas, hostas and Japanese maples. Dr. Morse went to where they were building a dam just north...

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  • The County's Namesake

    Decatur is the county seat of DeKalb County. This bust is tucked away at a lesser used end of the square and depicts Baron de Kalb whom one writer describes as having been a soldier of fortune. He volunteered to serve in the American Army and, after being commissioned as a major general in Paris, his commission was ratified by Congress and he...

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Decatur Favorites

  • DeKalb Wellness Center

    If you are in town and need a place for a workout, run or swim, this facility is a pretty comprehensive one. There are all kinds of weight machines as well as stairmasters, treadmills, elliptical trainers and a track and pool. Fitness staff are very helpful and knowledgeable and always available to help as well as getting folks started on the right...

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  • It ain't Paris, but ...

    If you have looked at any of my Decatur stuff, you realize I am unabashed booster of my little city. Thanks to some excellent leadership, it has become very popular because it is so liveable. Developers who build housing like this in the photo are required to devote the ground floor to retail space and to provide wide sidewalks with nice lampposts...

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