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City of Decatur

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Jasmine Harris

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Decatur Where It’s Greater

Discover City of Decatur where modern charm meets rich history and community meets excellence. Whether you’re seeking a tight-knit community, top-notch schools, unique dining, fascinating landmarks, this neighborhood has it all!

Top-Rated Schools 

The district’s schools are consistently ranked within the top 5% of all 221 districts in Georgia with a graduation rate of 95%. The district’s average testing ranking is 10/10, which is in the top 1% of public schools in Georgia. The nation’s #1 most innovative liberal arts colleges calls COD home as well! Agnes Scott College is a private women’s college offering coed graduate programs.  

Foodie Heaven 

My absolute favorite ice cream spot in the whole city is located on the square in Downtown Decatur (there’s a sister location in O4W too). Butter & Cream is Atlanta’s hometown, house made, small batch ice cream purveyor. My daughter loves Honeycomb Forest but my favorite is O.G. Goodness. Boho 115 fish camp and bar is another one of my faves. You can’t go wrong with bohemian and coastal vibes right on the square with seasonal cocktails and a fresh seafood menu. My recommendation off The Square is Café Lily. For starters, Café Lily has THE BEST tiramisu I’ve had in Atlanta. Period. It’s a Mediterranean inspired restaurant with eclectic menu offerings. I’ve literally never had a bad meal there. But honestly, from French to Italian to tapas to tacos, City of Decatur has it all. 

Historic Landmarks

  • Decatur Cemetery (1823)
  • The Old Courthouse (1898)
  • Mary Gay House (1821) 
  • Winnona Park Historic District (early 20th Century)
  • Decatur Depot (1891) 
  • Glenn Creek Nature Preserve (early 20th Century)  

Hidden Gems

S.O.S. Tiki Bar is one of the best places you can go for a cocktail, hands down. With exotic drinks and unsinkable spirits both on the rocks and frozen, served in coconuts and pineapples. It’s located adjacent to and kind of behind Victory Sandwich Bar (which gets an honorable mention for their Jack Daniels slushy). 

Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market has a vast selection of exotic and ethnic foods both fresh and prepared. There’s a spice wall with every seasoning you can think of, coffee from all over the world, fresh pastries and breads, live crabs, and produce you probably didn’t even know existed. 

Kudzu Antiques is a family-owned antique heaven with 25,000 sq ft of fabulous finds. Consistently voted “Atlanta’s Best” antique store since 1979. 

Fernbank: Forest, Museum and Science Center is a natural history museum and one of the most iconic and popular attractions in Atlanta. The Forest is 75 acres of outdoor exhibits, walking trails, playgrounds, a canopy walk, and natural wildlife. It’s open year-round, rain or shine. The Science Center features a planetarium and observatory. Offered the second Friday of each month, Fernbank After Dark is exclusively 21+. Great for a unique date night or meet up with friends. Each month highlights a different theme with immersive programming, live music, full bars, and tapas. 

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is one of the largest independent book festivals in the country! The organization also offers a virtual summer reading series. 

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