ATL. The A. The Big Peach. Whatever you call it, you probably know Atlanta is home to Coca-Cola, CNN and one of the world’s busiest airports. But there’s another side to the city—its neighborhoods.

So if you’re planning to visit Atlanta, make room in your itinerary to explore these five notable nooks:

1. Old Fourth Ward

This neighborhood will fill your need for vitamin D. The Atlanta Beltline, a former railway corridor, provides a walking trail and easy access to Historic Fourth Ward Park, with its lawns, playgrounds, 2-acre lake and more.

Cornering the neighborhood is AAA Three Diamond-rated Rathbun’s ( blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond ), a popular spot for one of the best steaks in the city. But no matter what you do, eat or see, Ponce City Market is a must for visitors looking to taste it all—food, shopping and sights. Pay a little extra to visit Skyline Park for scenic views, carnival games and craft cocktails.

Visit Atlanta like a pro tip: Whether you’re a comedy aficionado or simply looking for a few laughs, make plans to stop by internationally recognized Dad’s Garage Theatre for a night of improv by the city’s best.

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2. Sweet Auburn

Looking for a piece of Atlanta’s history? You’ve hit the sweet spot. A neighborhood closely associated with civil rights, Sweet Auburn is home to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace—a historic site on Auburn Avenue that’s stood since 1895.

Cross over one block to Edgewood Avenue to soak in the local street art, and make a pit stop at the Municipal Market, which houses 30 local businesses, including produce stands and bakeries. And if you visit Atlanta in May, check out the Sweet Auburn Springfest for live music, food and fun.

Visit Atlanta like a pro tip: Just down the street from Sweet Auburn is Mercedes Benz Stadium, where you can catch a soccer or football game. Even if you’re not a sports enthusiast, ATL fans and this world-class stadium may make you one.

3. Midtown

Start with a home-cooked meal at AAA Two Diamond-rated Mary Mac’s Tea Room ( blue diamond blue diamond ), and take the kids to the Center for Puppetry Arts to visit the Jim Henson collection.

Fox Theatre stages big-name acts and Broadway musicals, and AAA Two Diamond-rated The Vortex Bar & Grill ( blue diamond blue diamond ) serves up the burger you never knew you couldn’t live without. After dessert, stroll through Piedmont Park for a view of the sun setting behind the Atlanta skyline.

Visit Atlanta like a pro tip: No matter the time of year, plan a stroll through the AAA GEM-designated Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It’s one of the most beautifully designed gardens in the country, with its renowned plant collections, displays and exhibitions—there’s even a light show during the holidays.

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4. Buckhead

To experience this affluent neighborhood like a local, look past bustling Lenox Square and opt for Phipps Plaza, with its luxurious decor and top-of-the-line shopping. Stop for brunch at AAA Three Diamond-rated Buckhead Diner ( blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond ), a retro Atlanta staple known for its high-end twists on diner classics.

Minutes away is the Atlanta History Center, where you can learn about the city’s Civil War history, railroads, folk arts and more. Finish out the day at Buckhead Theatre, a staple of Atlanta’s music heritage for more than 80 years.

Visit Atlanta like a pro tip: Want to see A-list living in the A? Drive through Buckhead’s residential district (specifically within the Paces neighborhood) for a glimpse at some of the fanciest multimillion-dollar properties—some are home to famous musicians, actors, actresses and sports legends.

5. Little Five Points

At the corner of Moreland and Euclid avenues, you can take in much of what this neighborhood has to offer: hip restaurants, eclectic shops and friendly locals. For the ultimate Little Five Points tour, start at the southernmost part of Moreland Avenue at AAA Three Diamond-rated Wrecking Bar Brewpub ( blue diamond blue diamond blue diamond ) for a pour from its rotating tap. Then, head north and take a left on Euclid Avenue to wander up and down, perusing the intricate knickknacks at its shops.

Looking for vintage clothing? Head back up to Moreland Avenue for a gander at The Clothing Warehouse and Psycho Sisters. And, if you’re in search of pizza, AAA Two Diamond-rated Savage Pizza ( blue diamond blue diamond ) is a must—the funky decor makes for a great selfie, too.

Visit Atlanta like a pro tip: It’s not an L5P trip without a stop at Variety Playhouse, so check their schedule to see if there’s a show to catch during your visit. And be sure to pose in front of the can’t-miss “Welcome to Little Five Points” mural off Moreland Avenue.

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