Five reasons to love East Atlanta Village

The neighborhood exudes a small-town feel while boasting distinctly urban offerings
Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop

Photograph by Eric Cash

The “village” part of this neighborhood’s moniker (aka EAV) isn’t just a cutesy realtor-invented label. This diverse, walkable pocket of the city exudes a small-town feel while boasting distinctly urban offerings, from hipster-filled tattoo parlors and late-night bars to flower shops. Says Quynh “Q” Trinh, the woman behind neighborhood banh mi joint We Suki Suki and the Global Grub Collective, a mini international food hall and restaurant incubator: “When you come to businesses here, you actually meet the owners.”

So Worth Loving

Photograph by Eric Cash

Retail on the rise
Shoppers can peruse vintage furniture shops like Kaboodle Home and the new Kiwi Vintage, plus other quirky finds like Sock Fancy (just what it sounds like). So Worth Loving, a clothing brand that promotes positive vibes and self-confidence, opened last year. And there’s more coming soon: Paces Properties is developing a row of Glenwood and Gresham avenue storefronts.

Music mecca
EAV is home to alternative rock mainstay the Earl, a live music venue that opened in 1999 and has nurtured homegrown talent like the Black Lips and Mastodon. For a late-night sweaty dance marathon, there’s the Basement. It hosts a slew of decade-themed DJ’ed parties, including Keep On Movin’, a wildly popular soul and funk night held each month.

Midway Pub

Photograph by Amy Sinclair

Solid suds
The Midway Pub might be EAV’s unofficial town hall. The bar’s sprawling (and dog-friendly) patio is regularly filled with stroller-pushing young families and raucous sports fans all enjoying the long list of taps. Find an even bigger beer selection just up the street at Argosy, a cavernous beer hall with a blazing-hot pizza oven and an ever-changing draught list. Duck into Brigantine Beer Parlor in the back for skee-ball, shuffleboard, and old-school gaming.

Gaja’s bibimbap

Photograph by Eric Cash

Diverse eats
EAV is brimming with both local haunts (Joe’s East Atlanta Coffee Shop) and international options (pho at So Ba and Korean eats at Gaja). At Trinh’s steadily growing collective, find 22 vendors slinging dishes from poké to okonomiyaki (a condiment-­laden Japanese pancake).

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Photograph by Eric Cash

Market matters
Each Thursday from March to December, local farmers and makers pitch their tents across from the Midway Pub, selling everything from heirloom carrots to artisanal dog treats at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. Plus, Bond Organic Market, which works with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to offer local produce and other goods, is set to land on Gresham Avenue.