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Things to do in Athens

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Music Venue
“Take in a show, and don't forget to check out the views and food from the rooftop!”
  • 81 locals recommend
Bar
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“* Local owners, and another Athens favorite! Southwestern-inspired food served in beautiful downtown Athens.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Fantastic beers brewed in town and available for tasting. Tropicalia is the beer that put them on the map. Tritonia is a must taste. Did you see Avengers Endgame? This is the beed Thor drinks.”
  • 59 locals recommend
College Football Field
“Between the Hedges, where the University of Georgia Bulldogs play football. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Great place for sitting outside and enjoying nature. When the weather is nice, many people bring picnics and blankets and simply hang out in some of the open sunny spaces that the garden offers. There are also several miles of hiking/running trails, some of which runs along the river. There is also a newly opened children’s garden, which is quite impressive.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Great Vegetarian restaurant. Brunch on the weekend with people lining up before it opens it’s so popular. Also great for lunch and dinner during the week. The desserts are always amazing!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Their biscuits can't be beat! If one location is too busy, try their second location. You won't be sorry. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Art Museum
“I love this museum. Great galleries, lovely monthly events and solid local artwork.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to get away from downtown but still want a good drink, this is the place to go!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Café
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“Lovely hanger steak. Wine and cocktails at the bar. Special occasion place.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
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“Famous for their donuts We recommend grab and go, because it's fairly small on the inside - not much seating Some outdoor seating available”
  • 34 locals recommend
Night Club
“Best live music venue in Athens, GA. Good music, good crowd, and friendly bar tenders. We love the 40Watt. Hands down the best rock club in the U.S. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This natural grocery store has everything a regular grocery store has, just healthier. Get there before 9 for the breakfast hot bar, which typically has eggs, bacon, grits, roasted potatoes, biscuits and gravy, tofu scramble, and various pastries.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“297 Prince Avenue #10 (distance .6 mile) Seabear serves a rotating roster of six varieties of oysters on the half shell, and from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, they’re 1/2 price. Also on the menu - shrimp and grits, clam chowder and crispy scallion pancakes with sweet rock crab (my favorite).”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
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“Family friendly bar... I know, I know... it doesn’t sound right, but it is! Locals are known to bring their kiddos while parents enjoy a happy hour. Delicious hotdogs, hipster cocktails and good vegan menu. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson owns this restaurant. Upscale spot for creative, contemporary Southern cooking with Sunday brunch. ”
  • 41 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“* Local owners, and another Athens favorite! Southwestern-inspired food served in beautiful downtown Athens.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Great Vegetarian restaurant. Brunch on the weekend with people lining up before it opens it’s so popular. Also great for lunch and dinner during the week. The desserts are always amazing!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Their biscuits can't be beat! If one location is too busy, try their second location. You won't be sorry. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Café
“Lovely hanger steak. Wine and cocktails at the bar. Special occasion place.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
“Famous for their donuts We recommend grab and go, because it's fairly small on the inside - not much seating Some outdoor seating available”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“297 Prince Avenue #10 (distance .6 mile) Seabear serves a rotating roster of six varieties of oysters on the half shell, and from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, they’re 1/2 price. Also on the menu - shrimp and grits, clam chowder and crispy scallion pancakes with sweet rock crab (my favorite).”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson owns this restaurant. Upscale spot for creative, contemporary Southern cooking with Sunday brunch. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Quirky place with good burritos. The east side location is farther away (Cedar Shoals Drive) but has good margaritas. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

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