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Published annually in December, our Best of Atlanta issue rounds up the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the city. To get the digital edition, click here.

Or, scroll below for a list of winners.

The Winners

Eat & Drink
Coffee and Pastries Octane and the Little Tart Bakeshop
Overall Restaurant Bacchanalia
Bartender Paul Calvert
Best New Watering Holes Argosy
Best New Watering Holes Kimball House
Best New Watering Holes Mother
Best New Watering Holes Paper Plane
Watering Holes: Standard Setters Brick Store Pub
Watering Holes: Standard Setters Holeman and Finch Public House
Watering Holes: Standard Setters The Porter Beer Bar
Watering Holes: Standard Setters H. Harper Station
Chef Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale
Game-Changer Gunshow
Sushi Bar Sushi House Hayakawa
Persian Rumi's Kitchen
Empire Builder Ford Fry
Seafood The Optimist
New Neighborhood Restaurant BoccaLupo
Under-the-Radar Restaurant One Eared Stag
Restaurant Worth the Drive Five & Ten
Restaurant for an Anniversary Dinner Aria
New Restaurant The General Muir
Quiet Conversation Restaurant Eugene
Farmers Market Grant Park Farmers Market
Farm Stand 3 Peas in a Pod Produce
Pasta Storico Fresco
Chocolate Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
Ice Cream High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet
Wine List Empire State South
Chinese Gu's Bistro
Indian Cardamom Hill
Italian Sotto Sotto
Japanese Tomo
Dim Sum East Pearl
Korean Myung Ga Won
Sophisticated Southern Miller Union
New Wave Asian Miso Izakaya
Noodle Shop Umaido
Vietnamese Nam Phuong

Splurge & Save
Designer Shoes Jeffrey Atlanta
New Comfy Shoes Flatz
Bling for Your Home Pieces
Designer Handbags Bella Bag
Town Square Browsing Marietta
All-Occasion Jewelery Worthmore Jewelers
Gift Store Young Blood Boutique
New Kids Clothing Shop Kayce Hughes
Consignment Furniture Savvy Snoot
Place to Buy Local Atlanta Made
Fitness Gear Bargains Publix Georgia Marathon Health & Fitness Expo
Bargain Home Furnishings Home Decorators Collection
Consignment Clothing Labels Resale Boutique
Place to Buy Glasses Ansley Eye Care
Party Dresses for Under $100 The Impeccable Pig
Party Dresses for $1,000 Tootsies
Suit for $500 SuitSupply
Suit for $2,000 Sid Mashburn
New Home Furnishings Store Westside Market Antiques & Interiors
Lamps Bungalow Classic
Bargains for Remodelers ReStore
Leisure Bicycles Houndstooth Road
Outdoor Furnishings Janus et Cie
New Garden Store Willow Green
Men's Shoes Nordstrom
New Prep Shop Sperry Top-Sider
New Jewelry Shop Hunter Collective
Alterations June's of Atlanta
New Lingerie Shop Agent Provocateur
Guitar Shop Maple Street Guitars
Bookstore Foxtale Book Shoppe
Head-to-Toe Looks Tulipano
Aristocratic Accessories The London Trading Company
New His and Hers Steven Alan

See & Do
New Gay Bar Ten Atlanta
Nighttime Parade BeltLine Lantern Parade
Daytime Parade DragonCon
Independent Movie Theater Plaza Theatre
Museum Worth the Drive Georgia Museum of Art
Playground Historic Fourth Ward Park
Kids Bookstore Little Shop of Stories
Way to Teach Your Kids About Conservation Zoo Atlanta's panda twins
Toy Store Bean Head Toys
Local Kids Author Laurel Snyder
Sports The Atlanta Dream
Bar Trivia George's Bar & Restaurant
Crafting Classes The Beehive
Chain Movie Theater AMC Parkway Pointe
Legacy of Olympic Glory Centennial Olympic Park
New Park Project Southwest Connector Trail
Gallerist Redux Fay Gold
New Art Space Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Small-Stage Coup Aurora Theatre
Bowling Alley Brunswick's Norcross
Karaoke Bar Karaoke Melody
Outdoor Ballet Wabi Sabi
Bounceback Georgia Shakespeare

Look Good & Feel Good
Mani-Pedi, Economy Class Sugarcoat
Mani-Pedi, Luxury Class Nouvelle Nail Spa
Blowout Salon GlowDry
Clinical Facial Institut' DERMed
Spa Facial Fabu Face Spa
Colorist, Classic Kris Harrelson, Grow Salon
Colorist, Edgy Jenn Jones Hair
Swedish Massage Organic Signature Massage, Natural Body
Massage Indulgence Four-Handed Massage, Mind & Body Day Spa
Eastern Massage Gina Michael
Power Yoga Class Becky Nickerson, Agni Power Yoga
Urban Running Trail Freedom Park Trail
Suburban Running Trail Big Creek Greenway
Spray Tan Raw Bronzing Studio
New Place to Relax Flotation Chambers at FLO2S
(Fun) Workout Chaos Conditioning
Brows and Lashes Paris Campeau, Jazmin Spa
Waxing Raquel Souza, Sweet Peach Wax and Sugaring Studio
Straight-Razor Shave Gino's Classic Barber Shop

World's Cutest Photo Shoot

2013 was a fruitful year for Atlanta. Builders started building again. New restaurants opened. Even our panda population went up by 50 percent.

Year in Review

  • Artist of the Year: HENSE

    The graffitist has hit the (very) big time

    Alex Brewer, the artist better known by his tag HENSE, had a breakout year. But he’s certainly no breakout artist, having long straddled the worlds of illicit street graffiti and commissioned public art. Read More
  • Ten best books of 2013

    Teresa Weaver's picks for the year's best reads by local authors—or about Georgia

    Featuring the works of John Lewis, Joshilyn Jackson, Charles McNair, Susan Rebecca White, and others. Read More
  • Atlantan of the Year: Antoinette Tuff

    The steely-nerved bookkeeper who prevented a school shooting

    Thanks to Antoinette Tuff’s presence of mind when confronted with terror, the incident at McNair is known for what did not happen. Read More
  • Musician of the Year: Janelle Monáe

    Thanks to her, R&B stands for "robot and bouffant"

    Winning song of the year. Earning a Video Music Award for best art direction. Collaborating with Prince. It has been quite a year for Janelle Monáe. Read More
  • 2013: Worst sports year in Georgia history?

    Plus, our athlete of the year and other bright spots

    2013 saw a century and a half of mediocrity compressed into seven days that will live in infamy as the Worst Week in Georgia Sports History. Read More
  • Counting down our top 13 posts of 2013

    Evidently, y'all really liked to read about The Walking Dead. Also the Braves and Amanda Davis

    In addition to zombies, subjects popular with Daily Agenda readers included the Braves' relocation to Cobb County, DragonCon cofounder Ed Kramer's legal drama, and the sudden and strange departure of a local TV news anchor. Also, Bat Dad and a Mumford & Sons comeuppance. Read More
  • Hashtag of the Year: Atlanta History Center’s #wouldagrammed

    Plus: Erick Erickson, James E. Carter IV, and three reasons to go behind the AJC paywall

    Why lefties should follow Erick Erickson's tweets, why conservatives should listen to James E. Carter IV, and three reasons to pony up for the AJC's paywall. Also, the year's best Instagram hashtag is historic. Read More
  • Radio Personality of the Year: Ryan Cameron

    The host reclaims his spot at the top of the morning

    Ryan Cameron returned to the early shift in January, bringing the mix of humor, community service, and music fanaticism that made him a radio favorite in the early 2000s. Read More
  • Guest Star of the Year: Conan at the Tabernacle

    We've never enjoyed being insulted so much

    In April, a giant Final Four basketball adorned with an orange pompadour was inflated in Centennial Olympic Park—the first indication that TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien had taken up residence at the nearby Tabernacle. Read More
  • Curtain Call of the Year: Chris Kayser

    After fifteen years, the veteran actor hangs up Scrooge's nightcap

    Chris Kayser reflects on what his years playing Scrooge taught him and offers advice to those who will take on the role next. Read More