Tucked away in a historic shopping center just a few minutes off exit 59a and down the street from Zoo Atlanta, Ziba’s Bistro offers an eclectic Mediterranean-inspired menu that has something for everyone. Since it opened its doors in 2010, Ziba’s Bistro has been dubbed ‘Grant Park’s Best Kept Secret,’ thanks to its use of the freshest ingredients, great atmosphere, and friendly service. The restaurant’s name, Ziba, means beauty and strength, and the building has original ceilings from 1880 as well as custom-made tables to comfortably seat you and your friends. Its rustic walls, beautiful blurry paintings, billowy curtains, shady street-side patio, and jazz music make customers feel like they are in the Italy of their dreams. Their cocktails are inventive and tasty, and the European wines pair perfectly with the delicious dishes that have included amazing spicy chorizo mussels, tender steak frites, carrot salad with soy ginger dressing, and grilled calamari. The menu changes often, always using the freshest local ingredients, and they also serve fantastic coffees.
Located right across from the main zoo entrance, Grant Park Coffeehouse specializes in premium organic and fair trade coffee, as well as made-to-order breakfast and lunch, high quality delicious ice cream, and baked goods and desserts that are made on the premises. Visitors love the cool outside wall with the Grant Park Coffee name and Coca Cola logo painted on the bricks of the building, and the interior is small and quaint, a cozy spot to hang out and relax or study with a delicious hot cup of coffee when it’s raining. There is also a lovely dog-friendly outdoor patio perfect for enjoying sunny days. Patrons love the freshly squeezed juices and the delicious sandwiches, wraps, scones, and breads.
Address & telephone number: 753-A Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 856 0433
Focusing on local craft and produce, Octane roasts their coffee beans right next to the café and uses milk from a nearby dairy so that the baristas can craft a quality enjoyable experience that makes visitors feel like they’re at home. The space is a nicely renovated warehouse with exposed piping and brick walls, the service is friendly and unpretentious, the vibe is hipster, and the café even offers free wifi for the people who want to hang out and get work done. Considered one of the best coffee shops in the country, some people visit Atlanta just to go there. Patrons fall in love with the iced coffee on nitro, the amazing chai tea, and the ‘Super Regular,’ which is a solid yet intricate house coffee with a seasonally changing makeup of single origins or blends that are fresh off the harvest. They also have a nice bar that opens in the evening with cocktails, craft beer, and a great happy hour.
Address & telephone number: 437 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA, USA, +1 404 815 9886