Southwest of Downtown Atlanta, Castleberry Hill is a small-yet-mighty haven for artists and designers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the area is the most complete surviving warehouse district in Atlanta. Many of those historic buildings have since been converted to lofts, art galleries and boutique shops.
The neighborhood is also an ideal filming location, and can be seen as a backdrop in “The Walking Dead,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Vampire Diaries,” and “Ride Along,” among many others. Diverse, local restaurants—like Paschal’s Restaurant, No Mas! Cantina and Bottle Rocket—flourish in the brick-and-mortar neighborhood. The monthly art stroll is Castleberry Hill’s signature event, and touted by many as the city’s best.
Castleberry Hill’s immense concentration of arts institutions is the area’s major claims to fame. Recent attention from Hollywood has started sharing some of that shine (the neighborhood is used often for movie and TV filming and for production trailers), but the art scene remains tremendously strong in this small ‘hood.
Participate in the monthly art stroll or visit on your own to view works on display at the Marcia Wood Gallery (263 Walker St SW), ZuCot Gallery (100 Centennial Olympic Park Drive SW), Escape Gallery (180 Walker St.), Besharat Gallery (175 Peters St.), Liana Delgado Art Studio/Gallery (161 Mangum St. SW), Nadia’s Studio & Gallery, which doubles as a full-service salon (161 Mangum St. SW), Big House Gallery (211 Peters St.) and others. And while this may seem like an insurmountable list, these stops are all within a half-mile stretch.
All of that gallery and shop-hopping can work up anyone’s appetite, and luckily, this neighborhood offers a fantastic variety of dining options. At tiny Bottle Rocket, it’s all about fresh and creative sushi rolls, like the “whistle…POP!”—serrano pepper, tempura shrimp, avocado, topped with spicy tuna and tempura fried eel. No Mas Cantina serves up a mouthwatering menu of Mexican fare and knows a thing or two about mixing a perfect margarita.
Further down the road sits Paschal’s, a restaurant known far and wide not only for its best-in-the-city fried chicken but also for its spot in history—this was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite restaurant, and eventually became known as the “unofficial headquarters” of the civil rights movement. Or stop by Smoke Ring for finger-licking barbecue and creative craft cocktails that will knock you off your seat.