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Top Choice American in Athens

Five & Ten

Driven by sustainable ingredients, Five & Ten ranks among the South's best restaurants. Its menu is earthy and slightly gamey: sweatbreads, black-eyed pea hummus and Frogmore stew (stewed corn, sausage and potat…
Top Choice Museum in Athens

Georgia Museum of Art

A smart, modern gallery open to the public where brainy, arty types set up in the wired lobby for personal study while art hounds gawk at modern sculpture in the courtyard garden and the tremendous collection from A…
Gardens in Athens

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Truly gorgeous, with winding outdoor paths and a socio-historical edge, Athens' gardens rival those in Atlanta. Signs provide smart context for its amazing collection of plants, which runs the gamut from rare and th…
in Athens

Jittery Joe's

This Georgia coffee chain serves a good cup. As photos in the café indicate, it sponsors a professional cycling team, and also provides a tranquil space to get online or hang out with a book.
Diner in Athens


Downtown diner that's an Athens institution for curing late-night, drunken munches. It's all about the fries dipped in feta cheese.
American in Athens

Farm 255

This stylish, light-filled bistro gets much of its meat and vegetables from its own 5-acre, organic/biodynamic Blue Moon Farms outside of Athens. The operative word here is fresh.
Pub in Athens

Trappeze Pub

Those 'beer weirdos,' as one local put it, flock here to enjoy a choice of 35 beers on tap and 260 by the bottle, with bartenders who wax poetic about suds like sommeliers talk Château d'Yquem. The above-average pub…
in Athens


Locals hang out next to students who hang out next to you, in any given order. The scene in this little bar is jovial and laid-back.
Bar in Athens

Normal Bar

This lovable dark storefront bar, a bit out of the way in Normal Town, is very unstudentlike but still very much Athens. The beer goes from PBR cheap to local craftsman IPA-sophisticati. There's a terrific wine list…
Cafe in Athens

Ike & Jane

This sunny little shingle in Normal Town serves decadent doughnuts bedazzled with crazy creative ingredients like red velvet, Cap'n Crunch cereal and peanut butter, banana and bacon. If that's all a bit much for you…