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Best Hidden Gems in Atlanta

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Margaret Mitchell House

This modest turn-of-the-century home is an architectural find in itself, but most notable because it houses the apartment where Margaret Mitchell penned most of Gone with the Wind. Having survived arson and many seasons of decay, the house has been completely restored. Guided tours feature a wealth of historical and anecdotal information on Mitchell, the house and Atlanta in general. A museum shop is also on site.

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Atlanta Federal Monetary Museum

Located within the Federal Reserve’s grand marble building on Peachtree Street, the Federal Reserve Bank’s Monetary Museum provides a hands-on look at the history of money and the role of the Federal Reserve in regulating banks and setting monetary policy in the United States. The experience starts with "The Story of Money" exhibit which traces the evolution of money from the barter system to modern currency. Gold nuggets, rare coins, antique currency notes and other unusual items illustrate the story. You’ll also learn about the history of banking, the future of currency and see a real gold bar. Finally, see your money in action as you peek inside the Fed’s daily cash-processing operations where millions of dollars are counted, sorted or shredded daily.

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Shrine of The Black Madonna

Celebrating Afro-American culture, the Shrine of The Black Madonna is a cultural center and bookstore in the West Side. It stocks best-selling books and also organizes book-readings and author-signings to encourage reading. Many cultural activities pertaining to the Afro-American section are also organized to spread awareness about the cultural ethos of the community. While here, explore the Black Holocaust Museum and the Karamu Art Gallery Red Room for some brilliant art work.

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The Wren's Nest

This handsome Victorian abode was the longtime home of famed Georgia writer Joel Chandler Harris, who penned some of this country's most popular stories for children as well as adults. Best known for his Uncle Remus tales, Harris wrote many of his landmark pieces right here in Atlanta, and the story of his life and work is on display at the museum. Guided tours and storytelling programs are offered, as well as a nice shop that stocks books and Brer Rabbit memorabilia.

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Compound

Compound is one of the most happening places around Atlanta offering a wide array of bars and lounges and surreal interiors. It is a haven for music lovers - through the themed nights, the club covers Asian as well as international music including hip-hop, R&B, and a lot more. MB1 is the non-smoking lounge which lets you sip chilled drinks and relax amidst the beautiful artwork surrounding you. On the other hand, for the grooviest parties in town, let yourself loose on the dance floor at Ride or Rail. Visit Tenshi Gardens to relax amongst a lavish garden, a fog pond, and a pool while watching live performances by famous bands!

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Little Five Points

Located east of downtown Atlanta, the district of Little Five Points traces its history to the early 20th Century when it served as a commercial hub for the city. While it's no longer known for its commercial activities, neighborhood is home to an intriguing and unique array independent establishments that have helped shape the area's reputation as a bohemian hotspot. From independent bookstores and coffee shops to galleries and theaters, the district offers quite a lot for the culturally-inclined. Spend a day exploring the variety of shops dedicated to the alternative culture that has developed here.

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Junkman's Daughter

A staple of Little 5 Points shopping, Junkman's Daughter is where shoppers go for the things that can't be found anywhere else. Junkman's Daughter considers itself "Atlanta's Alternative Super Store" and it's easy to see why. Unique knick-knacks, rock band tees, extravagant costumes and club wear, wigs, hair dyes of every color are just some of the gems. Browse a long rack of vintage clothes or walk up to the upstairs shoe department. Junkman's Daughter has been a haven for the alternative crowd since 1982, when it was opened by, as the name implies, the daughter of a junkman.

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The Secret Spot

What used to be the East Atlanta Key shop has today metamorphosed into a secret gallery that operates from an obscure location. It showcases sculpture and art work created by amateur artists. The gallery calls itself the headquarters of people who will be called "ancestors in the future". It offers a metaphorically spiritual journey highlighting the beautiful things in life that one does not have time to notice.

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Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000-square foot (4180-square meter) museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's cultural landscape. Affiliated with Emory University, the museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects spans a historical stretch of nearly 9000 years, from the prehistoric cultures of the 7th Century BCE to the 20th Century. The museum also sponsors many special exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops. Visit Cafe Antico for daily gourmet lunches in a dramatic setting.

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Tongue & Groove

Looking for a dance club with good drinks and an equally appealing crowd? Then head to Tongue and Groove. Sample the creative concoctions that the cute looking bartenders mix up or dance the night away to the latest tracks spun by the DJ. Offering a good socializing scene, you're sure to meet a few interesting people who party like you do. The bouncers might give you a tough time but the overall trendy ambience makes up for it.

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Lullwater Park

Located on the banks of the Candler Lake at the Emory University, Lullwater Park is an expanse of green that offers stimulating trails across the dense countryside. A popular spot for jogging, it also functions as a beautiful picnic site for families. There is a quaint foot-over bridge, a mini creek and waterfall that give a countryside feel. Enjoy fishing by the lakeside too.

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Tracy B Hair Studio

A popular hair salon, the talent of beautiful hair that Tracy B Hair Studio has perfected over the years has earned it some loyal customers. Drop by for a makeover at the hands of expert hair stylists. The haircuts are fashionable. The staff offers helpful suggestions regarding trends that are most suited to your look. There are various treatments including coloring, styling and keratin smoothing that help to flatter the features further. Expert make-up services are also offered here. Book an appointment online or walk in to experience the genuine friendliness with which the staff looks after your every need.

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