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It can be hard not to feel a little stir crazy while social distancing in your Atlanta apartment. Luckily, there are plenty of safe places to take a stroll, and lots of great murals and street art to enjoy. So put on some pants, grab a mask, and spice up your quarantine-routine with the best Atlanta murals and street art. (Just remember to follow local social distancing recommendations!)
No matter which of Atlanta’s more than 200 distinct neighborhoods you’re exploring, you’re sure to find some amazing street art. This modern Southern city is quickly becoming recognized as a national player in the art & cultural scene.
Home to street art collective & festival Living Walls, as well as Instagram-famous muralist Greg Mike, Atlanta has a dynamic and vibrant street art scene. Neighborhoods like Cabbagetown, East Atlanta, and Little 5 Points are known for their colorful, ever-changing murals. We can’t wait to show you around!
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The Best Atlanta Murals & Street Art
One of Atlanta’s most prolific neighborhoods for street art, you’re always sure to see something new and exciting in Cabbagetown. It’s also a favorite hangout for film industry workers (Atlanta is known as the Hollywood of the South due to the amount of movies & tv shows filmed here), so keep an eye out for movie stars on your tour!
Make sure to stop by Krog Street Tunnel, a well-known and beloved destination for both locals and tourists alike. This short tunnel connecting Cabbagetown to Inman Park (another über-trendy Atlanta neighborhood) is filled to the brim with art. Best of all? The designs are constantly changing. Regardless of when you stop by, you’re likely to see an artist working on their latest design (and you might catch a music video being filmed!)
For more large scale murals, peek just around the corner and take a stroll down Wylie Street. From social commentary to bright, cheerful florals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Old Fourth Ward
Right across the street from the market, you’ll find a large mural space featuring bold, energetic works by local artist Greg Mike. His work has been displayed throughout Atlanta, as well as globally, and should not be missed. This wall has featured many different murals over time— from his signature animalistic designs to a baseball-themed collaboration with the Atlanta Braves.
After Ponce City Market, head to the Beltline Eastside Trail. This 3 mile trail between Piedmont Park and Krog Street Market features a rotating display of street art— from murals to life-sized sculptures. New artists are featured each year, and local organization Art on the BeltLine hosts a variety of events to share their works with the community.
Note that the BeltLine does stretch to other parts of the city, including the West End, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. The area has seen a recent resurgence due to its affordable home prices and walkability, bringing with it an influx of new breweries, restaurants, and art. The “Greetings from West End” mural is one of the most iconic and easily recognizable spots in this rising star Atlanta neighborhood.
Little Five Points
Little Five Points is touted as one of Atlanta’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Known for vintage clothing stores & record shops, as well as dive bars & underground music venues.
The street art scene is just as vibrant. It includes the absolutely iconic Vortex entrance (one of Atlanta’s most well-known burger joints), and the “Pray for ATL” hands mural, often spotted on stickers across the city.
Start your L5P art journey at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, making your way toward Moreland Avenue and The Vortex. We also highly recommend a stop at The Porter Beer Bar. This cozy pub serves up more than 800 beers and our favorite late-night mac and cheese!
East Atlanta Village
“Quirky” and “bohemian” immediately come to mind when thinking of East Atlanta Village. Known for it’s late-night eateries and globally driven food scene, the street art is just as ubiquitous as the sushi burritos & bowls of ramen.
If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love the art in East Atlanta Village. Larger-than-life alligators, foxes, hummingbirds, and more adorn the walls around EAV (as it’s commonly known by locals).
Another walkable ATL neighborhood, we recommend starting on Glenwood Avenue and walking toward Flat Shoals Avenue. The area around popular gastropub Argosy houses a bulk of the art worth checking out.
While traditionally more suburban and not nearly as walkable as the aforementioned areas on the list, there are a few murals in Buckhead and North Atlanta that are a must-visit while taking an Atlanta street art tour. Disco Kroger is named after the disco club that was located next to this Buckhead Kroger location in the early 80’s. And yes, you read that right— Atlanta loves to give themed names to our Krogers! Unsurprisingly, the disco-themed mural has become an ultra-popular spot for Instagram photos.
A bit northeast of Buckhead, the ATL Love mural is a favorite amongst photographers. Spanning two giant walls on the side of an office building, the area might seem like an unlikely spot for street art— but this cheerful, vivid piece is worth the drive.
We hope you enjoy checking out the best Atlanta murals while staying safe and healthy. If you need to find an apartment during COVID-19, AptAmigo is still helping renters find apartments with zero stress and VIP service. Reach out to us and we will set you up with one of our local agents who will be with you every step of the way, so you can find the apartment of your dreams.
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Nichole runs ATL Adventurer, a blog/Instagram account for the best of where to eat, drink, and explore in Atlanta + beyond. She loves a fancy steakhouse, hole-in-the-wall burger joint, and any cocktails with gin. When she's not eating, Nichole loves spending time outside with her Aussie pup Riley. Follow along on Instagram @atladventurer and at atladventurer.com.