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Magic City, Majestic Diner, Plaza Theatre… Atlanta assure le show

by archyde

From the window of room 517 of the Wylie Hotel, one can observe a vast construction site (surprisingly silent) which unfolds in front of the west face of this building of the 1920s. In the 1960s, the basement of the hotel housed the first city ​​drag show. In the 1990s, the mythical MJQ nightclub held its first parties there.

In Atlanta, the capital of the State of Georgia, which saw the birth of Margaret Mitchell, the author ofGone with the wind, Martin Luther King, rapper Young Thug and singer Cat Power, change is all the time. On this section of Ponce de Leon Avenue, the artery that crosses the city from east to west for 25 kilometres, Atlanta, capital of Afro-American culture and cradle of trap music, has been reinventing itself over the past ten years by high place of cool.

Wylie Hotel, 551 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE. From $199 per night.

160 meters away: stock up on local dishes at the Ponce City Market

The Ponce City Market in Atlanta.

On weekends, the ground floor of this huge building which was in turn an amusement park, then a stadium, before becoming a department store in 1925, and where today apartments of rental, offices and shops, teeming with people. With its wooden tables, Ponce City Market is a must to get a feel for the city’s food scene. Pizza by the slice, fried chicken, a typical dish from the region, Latino sandwiches, ice cream and even a soup bar… To wash it all down, The Tap on Ponce, a local distillery, offers a selection of beers on tap.

Ponce City Market675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE.

1.4 kilometers away: see a cult film at the Plaza Theater

The Plaza Theater in Atlanta.

Opened in 1939, this movie theater has retained its splendid Art Deco storefront. Converted in the 1970s to porn cinema and burlesque shows, the Plaza was, in the 1990s, the temple of auteur cinema. Bought in 2017 by the director of the Atlanta Film Society, which promotes image education and film culture, the Plaza shows contemporary independent films, but also cult films from the past.

Plaza Theater1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE.

1.4 kilometers away: enjoy a regressive meal at any time at the Majestic Diner

The Majestic Diner, in Atlanta.

Its façade proudly announces it: the Majestic Diner cooks “pleasant meals” since 1929. On the menu: the cream of the diner food American, served non-stop from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Pancakes, French toast and eggs « any style »… It is possible to play it traditional or, much more fun, to taste the local flavor of the American South by ordering its waffles topped with bacon and generously drizzled with syrup. With, as an accompaniment, grits, this corn porridge so comforting.

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