About Virginia Highland

vahi2 [1600x1200]Virginia Highland is located just south of Morningside, east of Midtown and west of Druid Hills, minutes from Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown. This quintessential, in-town neighborhood is busting at the seams with charm and style! The well renowned shopping, dining and nightlife district provides Va-Hi with a unique, artsy and upbeat vibe that locals resonate with and tourists are attracted to. A historic neighborhood, Virginia Highland gets its namesake from the intersection of North Highland and Virginia Ave. Situated in Midtown’s backyard, residents are provided with all the access to the city, and all the benefits of a tight-knit community. Its top-rated school system, active lifestyle, kid-friendly environment, and proximity to so much culture make this one of the most attractive neighborhoods in Atlanta. Originally designed as a streetcar suburb, the winding, tree-lined streets make it one of Atlanta’s most walkable neighborhoods! Voted “Favorite Neighborhood Overall” by Atlanta Magazine and “Best Walkable Neighborhood” by Creative Loafing!

Housing Mix

Craftsman bungalows and Tudor Revival cottages make up the bulk of the housing stock along with some new construction scattered throughout.  White picket fences and old growth trees line these pleasant streets.  Towards the southern side of the neighborhood, nearing Ponce-de-Leon, there are a few vintage two and three story apartment buildings to round out the mix.

Restaurants & Bars

Toscano & Sons Italian Market
Toscano and Sons – Your local Italian Market and Panini shop. Serving a wide selection of Italian wine, meats and cheeses, olive oils, sauces, pastas, gelato and homemade pizza supplies.  Their Panini’s were voted best in town by “Atlanta Magazine”.

Murphy's Restaurant Atlanta
Murphys – Upscale comfort food with a focus on fresh, local ingredients.  Staples include Shrimp and Grits and Braised Beef Brisket.  Head here on the weekends for a serious brunch.  Murphy’s is also a bakery and wine shop, offering weekly themed wine tastings on Tuesday nights.

La Tavola Trattoria
La Tavola Trattoria – A small, cozy restaurant serving up simple, classic Italian comfort food.  The exposed brick interior and back patio provides a warm atmosphere.  Pop in for a glass of wine and friendly conversation.

El Taco Restaurant
El Taco – Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood taqueria serving up great tex-mex and unique tacos.  This place always has a fun, lively atmosphere with the bright murals and “wheel of taco”.  Try the smoked chicken taco and a frozen mojito.

Fontaine's Oyster House
Fontaine’s Oyster House – Seafood and extensive raw bar items served in an old-fashioned public-house space with a spectacular patio out back.  They have great happy hour specials and the freshest oysters in ATL.

Woody’s Famous Cheesesteaks
Woody’s Famous Cheesesteaks – Somewhat of a landmark, this small shack has been serving up authentic, cooked-to-order cheesesteaks since 1979.  Open till 4am this no-frills, all-business institution is a great stop after a long night on the town.  And if you like milkshakes, their black and white is legendary!

Goin' Coastal Seafood
Goin’ Coastal – A Southern Seafood joint with a focus on sustainable fish.  They feature only the highest quality fish from sources that support the health of our ecosystem.  It has an upscale, rustic dining atmosphere and recently started serving brunch!

Yeah Burger
Yeah Burger – A burger shop whose motto is “keeping it real”.  They focus on fresh, all natural ingredients.  Free of the harmful chemicals and heavy processing found in most other burger spots.  With a wide selection of burgers, there is something for everyone.

Dark Horse Tavern Atlanta
Dark Horse Tavern – A favorite in VaHi, this full service bar and kitchen is a hotspot for local singles and young couples to mingle.  Head downstairs to 10 High for a night of Karaoke backed by a full band!

Hand in Hand Pub
Hand in Hand – A neighborhood pub serving bar bites and beers.  Home to one of the best patios in Virginia Highland, this is the place to be when the weather is nice.

Neighbors Pub Atlanta
Neighbors – Relaxed hang-out with TV’s, a dog-friendly patio and a menu with classic bar bites and all day breakfast.  Over 30 beers on tap including several local brews.

Blind Willie's Blues Bar
Blind Willies – Known as Atlanta’s most authentic blue’s club, this is a great spot to kick back and relax to some great live music.  Featuring acts from around the country and local.  Blues, Booze and Cajun Food!

Georges Bar and Restaurant
Georges Bar and Restaurant – This establishment has been dishing out burgers and beers since 1961.  Recently renovated, the sidewalk patio is great for people watching.

Parks & Recreation

Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park – Walking distance  to Atlanta’s version of Central Park, a 200 acre greenspace located smack dab in the heart of the city, between Midtown and Virginia-Highland.  Home to the Botanical Gardens, Summer Festivals, Intermural Sports, Dog Park and every kind of recreation you want to do!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Botanical Gardens – An expansive 30 acre Botanical Garden located in the North corner of Piedmont Park.  Hanging walkways traverse the landscape giving guests a unique, outdoor experience in the heart of the city. Hosts to several summer concerts, learning opportunities for the young ones, fundraisers, and extravagant holiday lights!

Orme Park
Orme Park – Locals favorite.  A quiet, 6.6 acre park on Brookridge Drive.  Offers a playground, big sandbox and tons of swings.  The mature trees offer a nice, shaded retreat on summer days.

John Howell Park
John Howell Park – A charming 2.8 acre park in the heart of Virginia Highland, at the corner of Virginia Ave. and Barnett St. The volleyball courts are always packed in the summer, and the playground is a big hit with the little ones.  A great local gathering spot.

Atlanta Beltline
Atlanta Beltline – A 22-mile multiuse trail that connects a network of neighborhoods and parks encircling the center of the city.  Converted from an old railway corridor, it offers pedestrians a truly unique way to get around town.  It is among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs underway in the US!

Health & Fitness

LA Fitness
LA Fitness – Nationwide chain offering members access to every location.  These state-of-the-art facilities cover all your gym needs.  Find group classes for yoga, cycling, aerobics etc, basketball/racquetball courts, heated pools, full locker facilities and personal training.

Urban Body Fitness
Urban Body Fitness – Located in the Amsterdam Walk development.  Offers a wide range of group classes, professional trainers and cardio equipment. Everything from kickboxing and cycling to yoga and Pilates.

MODO Fitness – A bootcamp/fitness class held outdoors at Piedmont Park.  Intended for all levels of fitness, these classes provide training from certified instructors, nutritional and lifestyle coaching.  These small classes are a great way to meet people and get a little extra motivation.

Iron Tribe Fitness
Iron Tribe Fitness – Tired of the big box gyms?  This is your place, located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and the Atlanta Beltline.  A gym focused on gaining functional strength through a system of simple body movements, personal coaching, and healthy nutritional advice.

Pink Barre – A barre-based total body workout.  Classes combine the core elements of Pilates, isometric strengthening, ballet, and yoga while using the ballet barre for support.  They have several locations around Atlanta.


Half-Moon Outfitters
Half-Moon Outfitters – Your local dealer for adventure and outdoor gear. The one-stop shop for all your kayaking, climbing, camping, hiking, surfing needs.  The knowledgeable and friendly staff can get you going in the right direction. Featuing brands like North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware and more.

310 Rosemont
310 Rosemont – A men’s and women’s high-end fashion boutique specializing in premium denim.  Enjoy a cocktail while you shop and be sure to say hello to the unofficial store mascot, Chanel, a friendly chocolate lab.  Featuring brands such as Nudie Jeans, Billy Reid, and Southern Tide.

Dakota J’s – A well curated women’s boutique offering fun and unique clothes, jewelry, shoes, funky bags and other accessories. They have a good selection of hats and scarves as well as a $20earring rack. With all the other great shopping and dining around, it’s a good place to check out.

Bill Hallman
Bill Hallman – The latest collection of designer clothing for women, this store is chock full of hip threads and specialty accessories.  Head here when you need something trendy.

Chico’s – Offering the latest styles in women’s designer clothing, shoes, accessories and more.  From casual to dressy and everything in between.

Ooh La La
Ooh La La – A compact boutique offering contemporary womens-wear from European and local designers.  Also has a wide selection of jewelry, purses, shoes and hats.


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Other Attractions

Virginia Highland Summer Fest
Virginia Highland Summer Fest – One of Atlanta’s premier seasonal festivals, and the neighborhoods largest fundraiser.  Features a large artists market, live music, 5K and tot-trot, kid’s activities, food and drink specials and more.  Held on the first full weekend in June, it’s a great way to kick off the summer!

Virginia Highland Tour of Homes
Virginia Highland Tour of Homes – A 2-day home tour and food tasting event showcasing the beautiful homes of the neighborhood and tastings by local restaurants.

Virginia Highland Restaurant Week
Virginia Highland Restaurant Week – A chance to taste those restaurants you have been talking about.  Every year for one week, local restaurants get together and put on tastings and drink specials that highlight their specialties.