Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station is one of Atlanta’s premier destinations for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The complex is conveniently located in midtown, at the Downtown Connector (I-75/85) and 17th Street. Its restaurants, bars, theaters, outdoor entertainment, and special exhibitions make it a popular in-town gathering spot.

The shopping village has several large anchor stores and many smaller specialty stores. Dillard’s, Target, and IKEA are located at Atlantic Station. Specialty stores include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Express, Gap, Jos. A. Bank, Loft, and Victoria’s Secret. Regal Cinemas has 16 theaters with stadium seating plus an IMAX theater at the complex.

With nearly 20 restaurants to choose from, Atlantic Station is a popular place to dine. The variety of eateries range from casual to upscale, counter service to sit down restaurants. Choices include Atlantic Grill, Rosa Mexicano, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Meehan’s Public House, and California Pizza Kitchen. Diners can enjoy Asian cuisine at Tin Drum Asian CafĂ© and steaks, seafood, and sushi at Strip. Fishook Grille specializes in South African inspired dishes. Lobby Bar and Bistro was recently named as one of the “Top 50 Restaurants in Atlanta” by Conde Nast Traveler.

Outdoor entertainment, special events, and festivals are scheduled throughout the year at Atlantic Station. Visitors can enjoy live music at Friday Night Live through November 23 from stages in Central Park. Musical genres range from rock to jazz to country. Other popular events include a fall festival and the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Atlantic Station has exhibition space to host large scale events and exhibits. Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” is scheduled under the big top October 26-December 16. This beautifully choreographed acrobatic show traces the journey of the human species from an amphibian state to its desire to fly. The show is inspired by origin of the species legends from different cultures. Adult tickets begin at $48.50 and children’s tickets begin at $36.50, depending on seating section.

The Exhibition Center is currently hosting two exhibitions. Bodies-The Exhibition is a look at the different systems of the human body including skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and reproductive systems. The exhibition uses actual preserved body parts and organ specimens. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner. More than 200 of the ship’s artifacts are displayed in re-creations of the ship’s interior spaces. Visitors will also see video from the ship’s wreckage. Tickets for each special exhibition are $24 for adults and $16 for ages 4-12. Combination tickets are available.

Atlantic Station is also the home of a permanent museum, the Millennium Gate Museum. The gate houses an interactive gallery of exhibits on Georgia and Atlanta history. The Millennium Gate is open Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for youth.