Atlanta's West Midtown or "Westside" is reinventing itself. Once largely industrial, this area of town is now home to a lively selection of urban lofts, art galleries, live music venues, retail shops, restaurants and modern office space. Spanning from the southern tip of Howell Mill Road to 17th Street – and located minutes from downtown, Buckhead and all of Atlanta's major highways and interstates – much of West Midtown retains its loft-style industrial identity, as most of the new developments in the area have restored the once-neglected factories and warehouses that date back to the 1880s.
Adventurers into West Midtown immediately notice that the Westside Provisions District, a trendy district that combines artisanal tastes with an industrial minimalism, anchors the neighborhood. After parking in the ample (and complimentary) parking deck at Howell Mill and 14th Street, everywhere you look has the aura of clean and well-designed city planning.
The keyword in this area is "artisan." You'll find furniture, swimwear, paper goods, breads & cheeses, ice cream and even burgers. Expert craftsmanship rules in West Midtown, so retailers and restaurateurs always bring their A-game. There's already stiff competition in the area, including Atlanta's two top Zagat-rated restaurants.
West Midtown is also home to four arts centers: the Goat Farm Arts Center, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and King Plow Arts Center. Each has its own angle on the art world, so be sure to explore them – especially during the art walk that takes place every third Saturday of the month.
One popular outdoor location is the bridge over the railroad tracks; it is a favorite for many an Atlanta photographer. When strolling from one section of Westside Provisions District to the other, be sure to take in the unique views of the serene Midtown skyline.
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Updated: 23rd January, 2019 6:07 AM.