Get to know Cabbagetown

Explore an artsy Atlanta neighborhood

Order a cupcake at Sweet Cheats Atlanta.

Cabbagetown is pretty hip for a neighborhood that (probably*) got its name from the olfactory assault of all-day cabbage cooking. Just south of Inman Park and north of Grant Park, Cabbagetown has a real neighborhood vibe, with parks, restaurants and shops all within easy walking distance of the shotgun-house lined streets and old brick factory buildings. The area fell into decline after the cotton mill closed in the 1970s, but—like many intown Atlanta neighborhoods— the area benefited from the urban revival in the 1990s. Here’s how to get a taste of true Cabbagetown flavor.

Eat and groove at the Chomp and Stomp.
Cabbagetown’s annual neighborhood festival—part chili cook-off, part bluegrass shindig—is worth planning a trip around. Next year, 2014, will mark the twelfth year of chomping and stomping festival fun.

Have a beer on the patio at 97 Estoria.
This 1930s grocery store-turned-laidback bar is Cabbagetown’s neighborhood hangout. Join the locals for a pitcher, and try to blend in among the crowd of artists, musicians and other creative types who live here.

Stroll through the Krog Street Tunnel.
A combination neighborhood bulletin board and street art gallery, the Krog Street Tunnel is a Cabbagetown landmark.

Order a cupcake at Sweet Cheats Atlanta.
Boutique bakeries may be trendy, but that’s probably because it’s hard to resist a cupcake. I might run a marathon for a Sweet and Sinful—a cheesecake cupcake with fresh strawberries, strawberry buttercream frosting and shortbread cookies—but half the fun is choosing your own favorite.

See a show at the WonderRoot.
Something about this basement venue feels like you’ve hired a band to play your party when your parents are out of town. In the good way.

* There’s plenty of dispute over the origins of this neighborhood’s moniker, but Cabbagetown certainly sounds a little more welcoming than its original name of Factory Town.