710 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Poncey-Highland
This café is one of those places that you could happily while away the entire day, starting with your morning coffee and Egg McMuff sandwich (soft scramble, cheddar, cilantro-Tabasco mayo, avocado—the works), which can be ordered at the counter. Pastry chef Sarah Dodge is something of a local hero: her breads—including her famous biscuit—and cinnamon rolls fly out the door every morning. Come evening, the outdoor patio turns into a lively spot for cheap Nicaraguan beer and strong mixed drinks—and, starting at 10 p.m., a late night menu of burgers and oysters.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
441 Freedom Pkwy., Poncey-Highland
There’s a reason presidential libraries are a boon to academics and historians—they’re a veritable archival wonderland. The Carter Library and Museum is no exception, but also engages the broader public in an accessible way. In addition to permanent displays of photos and memorabilia from the Carter presidency and an exact replica of the Oval Office, through October 2017, you can check out an exhibition which explores efforts to eradicate and control disease throughout history (a nod to the Carter-Center campaign to eliminate Guinea worm). Plus, they have incredible programming—a lecture from Michael Erik Dyson and a talk with Trayvon Martin’s parents are just two examples this upcoming month.
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Ave., Poncey-Highland
Located in the former Sears, Roebuck & Co building, Ponce City Market has flats and small apartments on the upper floors, and one of the city’s biggest food halls on the lower floors. Tenants run the gamut from a coffee bar, farmstand, and ice cream shop to full-fledged restaurants, and the entire operation is across the street from the generous green space of Fourth Ward Park and steps from the Beltline.