Best Things to Do in Decatur, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia, is a hub of good food, lots of fun, and ample places to enjoy fresh air. Even better, it’s super easy to walk or bike to everything. You can take MARTA to the downtown station and find plenty to do. Also, check out our posts on nearby Midtown, Downtown Atlanta, Inman Park, East Atlanta, and Avondale Estates.
Eats in Decatur
Decatur is well-known for its abundance of great restaurants. Downtown Decatur has so many choices it’s almost ridiculous. The hardest part is deciding where to go. Victory (order the ‘World Famous’ Boozy Coke Slushie, which contains a healthy dose of Jack Daniel’s), Chai Pani (Indian street food), Sapori Di Napoli (Neapolitan style pizza and salads), Farm Burger (organic, grass-fed beef with your choice of crazy toppings), Brick Store Pub (feels a little like it should be in a Harry Potter film), K BBQ Taco (Korean-Mexican fusion), Kale Me Crazy (try the breakfast wrap and acai bowl), Raging Burrito (free queso dip with your order Tuesdays and Thursdays), and Noodle (handcrafted drinks and Asian fusion) are favorites. For fancier options, Revival, Brush Sushi Izakaya, Pinewood, and No. 246 are delicious. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can also check out the Decatur Farmers’ Market.
Treats in Decatur
Two ice cream shops and four coffee shops in the downtown area—enough fun for all. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Butter & Cream offer flavors you won’t find in the freezer section at the supermarket. The menus feature favorites and seasonal picks. For popsicle lovers, enjoy Steel City Pops on Church Street. For candy and more, visit Greene’s Fine Foods and Rocket Fizz. Get a coffee at Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Bar Crema, or Java Monkey (insider tip: if you go for the chai latte, ask for a splash of vanilla), or go for a Starbucks on the square.
Shopping in Decatur
There are plenty of cool, locally-owned shops in Downtown Decatur. Get kids’ books and toys at Treehouse Kid and Craft, Brave and Kind Bookshop, and Little Shop of Stories. Shop for hip clothes, shoes, and more at Squash Blossom, Sq/Ft, HomeGrown Decatur, One Step at a Time Kids, and Wild Oats and Billy Goats.
Parties in Decatur
There is hardly a weekend that goes by in the city without a festival or other such gathering. AJC Decatur Book Festival, with two days of book loving activities, is on Labor Day Weekend each year. There’s also Decatur Craft Beer Festival in October and Decatur Wine Festival in November, Tiny House Festival, Oakhurst Porchfest, Haints and Saints Homegrown Halloween Parade, Tree Lighting, Bonfire/Marshmallow Roast, and Grand Menorrah Lighting, just to name a few things happening this fall/winter season. For big events, if you can utilize MARTA or walk from your location, you should. If you’re driving, the city has a useful page on the available places to park in Decatur.
Parks and Playgrounds in Decatur
Decatur is full of beautiful parks. You can grab a coffee at Dancing Goats, then walk across the street to Decatur Toy Park, which has all sorts of toys, like dump trucks and play cars, in addition to more traditional playground equipment. Go behind the Decatur Recreation Center for a playground encircled with a sidewalk—parents can exercise AND watch the kiddos play. Glenlake Park, Dearborn Park, McKoy Park, Oakhurst Park, and Scott Park are also favorites.
Libraries in Decatur
I love walking to one of the Little Free Library houses scattered about the city for a new read. I take it with me to a restaurant for lunch (what a luxury to dine alone!). Since these beauties are located everywhere in Decatur, it is easy to find something worthwhile. Check out the downtown Decatur Library, too, for ongoing events and a pleasant place to read.