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10 Things to Do in Decatur

If any city in Metro Atlanta is an example of urban renewal and progress, it’s Decatur. Technically a separate city, but looked upon more like an intown neighborhood, Decatur earned the slogan “Where it’s greater” for good reason—some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and schools make a cozy home for themselves in this peaceful area, which manages to embody the best of suburban life (great schools, manicured lawns, beautiful homes) with metropolitan glitz (excellent eateries, boutique shops and bustling nightlife). Downtown Decatur is the heart of the area and the historic Decatur Square is its main artery. Surrounding the square is a melange of locally-owned restaurants, shops and watering holes that lend an electric energy and eclectic spirit to the quaint town.

Farm Burger

Enjoy a simple place with simple burgers. Patties are made with grass-fed beef from local farms. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. If you aren’t in the mood for a burger there are plenty of other options. L&D (daily).

Taqueria del Sol

The food is worth the wait at these casual spots that offer from-scratch Mexican and Southwestern cuisine including tacos (we like the hickory-smoked pork and fried chicken), carnitas-style pork with salsa frita, enchiladas, rotisserie chicken and more. A full bar includes margaritas, liquor and bottled beer.

Chai Pani

Created by husband-and-wife team Meherwan and Molly Irani (they also have a location in Asheville, North Carolina), the restaurant offers authentic Indian street food specialties as diverse as India’s own culture. Enjoy chaat (street snacks), Indian street sandwiches or uttapam (Indian crepes) and thalis (regional entrées).

Leon's Full Service

Here, you'll find a smorgasbord of unique foods, including a variety of sauces for its pub frites and inventive cocktails. L (T-Su), D (daily).

Cakes Ale

Billy and Kristin Allin own this eclectic spot named one of “The Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appetit. The restaurant serves fresh and seasonal fare; check the blackboard for specials and don’t miss the The Bakery at Cakes & Ale serving breakfast, lunch, dessert and coffee. D (Tu-Sa).

The Iberian Pig

This cozy restaurant is the brainchild of fifth-generation restaurateur Federico Castellucci II. The menu includes artisan-crafted, hand-shaved meats and cheeses, plus traditional Spanish offerings, tapas, tacos, flatbreads and more. D (daily).

Kimball House

This train depot-turned-restaurant offers farm-to-table food, craft drinks and one of the city's best oyster bars in an industrial-chic setting. The bar serves up absinthe service, classic cocktails, wine and draft beers. D (daily).

Boogaloos

Look for clothing lines such as Seven for All Mankind, BCBG Generation, Citizens of Humanity, Envi and more. The fourth Friday of every month is Fab Friday, with 20 percent off all full-price merchandise. Open daily.

The S.O.S Tiki Bar

Walk through Victory Sandwich Bar and through an inconspicuous door to access this small Tiki temple. Here, you'll find a menu of Polynesian-inspired cocktails, including rum-filled punches, Mai Tais, frozen cocktails, punch bowls and a limited food menu. Open W-Sa 6 pm-late, sometimes Su.