As a new Atlanta resident, one of the best things I’ve gotten involved in since my move is Levo League. Levo is a national organization for career-driven women, with a variety of digital and online resources, as well as 30 local chapters around the world. Lucky for me, one of the largest and most robust Levo chapters is based here in the ATL!

While many Levo workshops are primarily focused on building and discussing career skills, the Atlanta chapter also loves to explore the great restaurants and activities that the city has to offer, from Winedown Wednesday events to group barre classes.

This past week, the Atlanta Levo chapter met at Krog Street Market for (Re)Discover Atlanta, a deep dive into what makes Atlanta great. Lead by our fearless moderator and former Atlanta Levo leader Jacqueline Twillie, our small group discussed some of the best food, coffee, and culture in the city.

levo krog event

Here are some of the winners for our Levo favorites!

Best place to go when looking for inspiration

  • Druid Hills area
  • Ponce City Market
  • The BeltLine
  • Hodgepodge coffee shop

Best outdoor dining

  • The General Muir- Jewish-style deli
  • Taqueria del Sol- delicious cheap Mexican
  • Cafe Intermezzo -European coffeehouse with a huge, diverse menu
  • Superica- Tex-Mex at Krog Street Market
  • Barcelona- popular tapas eatery
  • 6 Feet Under- classic pub food
  • Henry’s- brunch spot with a massive Midtown patio

Best restaurant you’ve tried in the last month

  • Saltyard- hip small plates
  • 10 Degrees South
  • Cafe Jonah- quaint brunch spot- check out this spotlight post I wrote on the restaurant
  • Gypsy Kitchen- Spanish food with Moroccan influence
  • Agave- Southwestern and Tex-Mex
  • Poor Calvin’s- Asian fusion with a Southern flair
  • STEEL- sushi

Restaurant you’re dying to try

  • Canoe- farm-to-table right on the Chattahoochee River
  • Cirque- unique spot with daiquiris, wings, and hookah
  • Gunshow- eclectic eatery with a rotating menu
  • Conch City Seafood- a Stone Mountain hideaway with fried seafood

Favorite small business

  • Hodgepodge- creative, homey coffeeshop with art-covered walls
  • Finder’s Keepers- upscale consignment boutique with 4 Atlanta locations
  • The Merchant- beautiful shop with stationary and gifts
  • Buff Nail Bar- a modern nail salon that focuses on chemical-free treatments

One secret to success in Atlanta

  • Network! (Almost every Levo member in attendance mentioned this one!)
  • Use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to follow city influencers and discover new events and restaurants

One recommendation to visitors

  • Pay the parking meter!
  • Avoid tourist hotspots, especially restaurants, and research great local things to do
  • Download and use Atlanta event apps
  • Use MARTA to get around if possible, especially to events downtown
  • Read local blogs and get a sense of the culture of the city before visiting

Best coffee in town

  • The Jackie at The General Muir (Jacqueline’s famous caramel latte that she orders every day, shown below)
  • Condessa Coffee
  • Batdorf & Bronson coffee at Dancing Goats

The Jackie at The General Muir

Favorite Atlanta memory

  • The 1996 Olympics
  • Events and music festivals at Piedmont Park
  • Summer concerts at Park Tavern

Love our list? Check out the Atlanta Levo chapter’s website. It’s 100% free to join, and local events are hosted 2-3 times each month. 

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