The Top 10 Things To Do In Brookhaven, Atlanta

Photo of Elaine Elliott
9 February 2017

The neighborhood of Brookhaven is nestled between the intersections of major highways 400, 285, and 85. With such a convenient location, and only 20 minutes north of Midtown by car, Brookhaven is a great place to visit for evening cocktails, exceptional dining, recreation, and cultural immersion. The area has a variety of parks, a public museum within Oglethorpe University, and lots of places to eat with friends and family.

Valenza | courtesy of Word of Mouth Restaurants

Town Brookhaven

This pedestrian-friendly village in the heart of Brookhaven offers everything from dining, shopping, salons, gyms, and a movie theater. Town Brookhaven has over 900 residential apartments, but it’s also a popular location for locals and visitors in the area. Dine at some of Brookhaven’s best restaurants, such Bua Thai, or drive three minutes out of Town and visit Valenza; shop in a variety of retailer stores and hip boutiques; or enjoy cocktails and popcorn at the Ciné Bistro Movie Theater. There is something for everyone here, whether you’re with the family, going out on a budget with friends, or on a dinner date.

Oglethorpe Museum of Art | oglethorpe-university/flickr

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

Oglethorpe’s art museum has three major galleries that offer three year round exhibits and smaller installations throughout the year. There is a variety of artwork here from international, representational, and figurative collections. The museum is located in a very open and modern space that has plenty of room for pondering the featured pieces. For avid art enthusiasts, this is a great museum that holds tours and events within the beautiful vicinity of Oglethorpe University.

Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12 – 5 pm

PURE Brookhaven rooftop | Courtesy of Greg Galla

PURE Tacqueria Brookhaven

Brookhaven has a variety of dining options, but PURE is the best option for young adults who want to sip margaritas and eat freshly made tacos on the stylish rooftop patio every evening. This is a great spot to meet new friends in the evening while mingling on cozy furniture, watching a sports game, and enjoying the views of Brookhaven. PURE has been known as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the great Atlanta area, and this new location in Brookhaven is setting the bar for great eats, views, and company.

Watch out for: The fish tacos and margaritas

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: 11 am – 11 pm

Murphey Candler Park | trancemist/flickr

Murphey Candler Park

Murphey Candler Park is the largest Brookhaven park at a total of 135 acres. The park includes fields for sports, a lake, picnic areas, wetlands, and forests. Visitors can swim in the public pool for a small fee, play on tennis courts, walk along the two-mile loop trail, or utilize the playground and sports fields. The park opened in the 1950s for public use and is still the largest park in the North Dekalb area of Atlanta. Year round events, such as the Duck Duck Goose 5k every fall, are also popular ways to enjoy the park’s amenities.

Burger | bpprice/flickr

Kaleidoscope Bistro and Pub

Considered one of the best restaurants in Brookhaven, Kaleidoscope Bistro serves “global comfort food” that looks and tastes unique each time – hence the name. The restaurant integrates a blend of flavors from Southern, Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean influences. Owner Joey Riley attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York and worked with renowned chefs before opening up his dream restaurant in 2010 in Brookhaven. Since then, Kaleidoscope has been challenging traditional dishes with modern twists in a fun and trendy setting. This is a great place to get lunch, dinner, or late night drinks until the early hours of the morning every weekend.

Watch out for: The K Burger

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and 5 pm – 1 am, Fri 11:30 am – 3 am, Sat 12 pm – 2 am, Sun 12 pm – 12 am

Righteous Room’s interior | Courtesy of The Righteous Room

The Righteous Room (Northeast)

North Brookhaven’s best dive bar offers good eats and booze for reasonable prices. The 20-year-old bar has unique perks such as a jukebox and a magnolia tree growing right in the middle of the establishment. This is a go-to spot for locals, especially during happy hour or sports games. This is a fun place for adults to hangout with dogs on the patio or with the funny bartenders inside. Visitors will enjoy the unique atmosphere, comfort food, humble magnolia tree, and Southern hospitality in this laid-back bar.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11 am – 1 am, Sat 11 am – 3 am, Sun 12 pm – 1 am

Brookhaven Park | courtesy of amandabrown/flickr

Brookhaven Park

Brookhaven park is a great place to hang out with the family and four-legged friends. There are large lawns, a dog park, a playground, grill pavilions, a sports complex, and paved trails that circumvent the area. There is something for everyone in this park. Enjoy a nice run, play with canines, or have a picnic with friends and family.

Plaza Fiesta | Plaza_Fiesta/wiki

Plaza Fiesta

Plaza Fiesta is a traditional strip mall that opened in the 1960s to cater to the Latino and Hispanic communities in the surrounding area. This colorful establishment will liven all your senses with attractions like shopping, dining, and regular events. The biggest event of the year is on Mexican Independence day on September 13th. There are over 280 retail stores, all inspired by Mexican villas. Children will love the arcade area and large indoor play area.

Silver Lake | Courtesy

Silver Lake

Silver Lake remains a local treasure to the surrounding Brookhaven neighborhoods. Hidden away from the Atlanta crowds, Silver Lake is maintained by volunteers and membership fees. No swimming is allowed, but the lake area takes pride in row boat and trail amenities. Silver Lake was Atlanta’s first large-scale bird sanctuary and remains a great place to bird-watch. The Silver Lake Civic Association helps keep the lake pristine with local funds, and requests visitors to respect the property.

Golfing | georgiasouthern/flickr

Peachtree Golf Club

If you’re lucky enough to find a club member to golf with, then this should be a top must-see in Brookhaven. Although not open to the public, Peachtree Golf Club is still worthy of a mention because it is considered on of the best courses in America. With no country club, pool, or tennis courts, Peachtree Golf Club is solely devoted to friendship and a passion for golf. Co-founder of the Masters Tournament, Bobby Jones, helped design the course in 1948. Similar to many classic Augusta greens, the Peachtree course is a premier gem within the Atlanta community.

Peachtree Golf Club, 4600 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, USA

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