Boulevard Neighborhood

Let’s kick things off downtown in the historic Boulevard neighborhood. This area has gorgeous homes dating back to the late 1800s – we’re talking sweeping porches, sprawling magnolias, and those signature wraparound second-story balconies. Take a peaceful stroll down tree-lined Boulevard to see some of the best examples of Victorian, Queen Anne, and Neoclassical architecture in town. Don’t miss the Morton Theatre on Washington Street, a historic vaudeville venue that now hosts concerts and events year-round. And for a bite to eat, head to Ted’s Most Best for some out-of-this-world vegan comfort food in a hip, graffiti-covered setting. Their mac and cheese and collard green wraps truly can’t be beat!


Now let’s make our way over to Normaltown, my favorite eclectic neighborhood in Athens. The stretch of North Avenue that runs through here is lined with the coolest vintage shops, like Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother and Yesterday and Today Records. Normal Bar is a must-visit – grab a local brew and some loaded tater tots on the patio. And don’t miss the iconic double decker bus! Athens Transit turned an old London bus into a bookmobile, so you can check out a beach read as you lounge across from Creature Comforts Brewing. The neighborhood association also sponsors an art walk on the last Friday of each month. It’s the perfect way to support our talented local artists.

University of Georgia

Now let’s explore the area around the University of Georgia campus in the heart of town. The streets surrounding North Campus are shaded by gorgeous oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. The neoclassical architecture of the historic quad and famous Arch make for stunning photo ops. For amazing coffee and pastries, don’t miss 1000 Faces on West Broad Street. And for homestyle Southern cooking, try Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods – their fried chicken and butter beans are local legends. The Globe bar is also a classic spot to grab craft cocktails in a cool, laid back atmosphere. There’s always live music playing at the Globe!

Cobbham and Five Points

Head east of downtown to find the quaint and artsy neighborhoods like Cobbham and Five Points. This area has adorable Craftsman bungalows and cottages, perfect for an afternoon walk. Stop into White Tiger Gourmet for an artisan pizza, then shop for local art and handmade gifts at local favorite Heirloom Boutique. Don’t miss a cone of creamy gelato from the family-run Gelateria Tutti Frutti. And Five and Ten restaurant sources ingredients from local farmers to create unbelievable seasonal dishes. The polenta fries alone are worth a visit!

Boulevard Historic District

Let’s cross the river to explore the Boulevard Historic District along the Oconee River Greenway. The historic cottages here are simply charming. Pop into the Trail Creek Park for a picnic lunch under the weeping willows, then walk across the steel truss footbridge into the trail system. Don’t miss a photo in front of the iconic double-barreled cannon! Athens has the only remaining example of this unusual Civil War weapon. And for dinner, try the rotating seasonal menu at National Restaurant – the fried green tomatoes and chicken & dumplings are local favorites. Yum!

Westside Neighborhood

Now we’re off to the happening Westside neighborhood! Wander along the railroad tracks to check out the amazing street art and murals, like the sprawling 40 Watt mural. The unique blend of industrial spaces and cozy residential streets here has an awesome artsy vibe. Grab a craft beer at Creature Comforts Brewing or a glass of natural wine at Osteria Athena. And for live music, the Georgia Theatre is a legendary local venue – everyone from the B-52s to R.E.M got their start on this stage! The renovated theatre has retained its vintage character while hosting today’s top acts.

Victorian village of Bishop

Let’s wrap up our neighborhood tour with a visit to the charming Victorian village of Bishop. This historic railroad town looks like something straight out of a movie set. The narrow brick streets are lined with pastel-painted cottages and stores. The historic railroad depot now houses Brick Store Pub, where you can grab pub grub and a locally brewed beer on the open-air platform. And no visit is complete without a photo in front of the iconic Bates Country Store! This general store has been in continuous operation since 1897. The creaky wooden floors and vintage displays are frozen in time.

Book a Bus With Us

Well, there you have it – the insider’s guide to the very best of Athens’s distinctive neighborhoods! Let me and the team at Charter Bus Company Athens help you explore this amazing town. We’ll match you with the perfect minibus or charter bus rental for your group’s size and provide top-notch service every step of the way. All you need to do is enjoy beautiful Athens! Give us a call at 706-583-6718 or request your free quote online to get started. We can’t wait to be your transportation hosts and introduce you to our wonderful city. Let’s hit the road!