Named after London’s theatre district, West End in Atlanta is full of history even though it isn’t full of theatres. The historic and walkable neighborhood was the location of one of the early crossroads in Georgia, and a historic district features turn-of-the-century homes that were built in an effort to create the ideal Atlanta “suburb.”
That suburb today is more along the lines of a city neighborhood, with the suburbs today much further away from downtown. But West End still maintains a distinction as a popular spot for travelers, and restaurants, retail and public greenspaces abound. If you are curious about the station or are planning a visit, here are five things check out.
Atlanta Streets Alive
Playing in the street is usually discouraged, unless it’s at Atlanta Streets Alive, a reoccurring street party for pedestrians and cyclists that takes place around the city. West End is one of the host neighborhoods, and just outside the MARTA station you can walk or bike the streets and enjoy live music, games and more.
BeltLine Westside Trail
Groundbreaking for expansion of the BeltLine Westside Trail took place in November 2014. The 3-mile trail will connect Adair Park near the West End MARTA station to Washington Park near the Ashby MARTA station. From the West End station, the trail is only a 10-minute walk away, with a conveniently located BeltLine Bike Shop off Lee Street. See walking directions to plan your visit. Bikes are allowed on MARTA if you want to bring your wheels with you.
The Wren’s Nest
Joel Chandler Harris, author of the “Uncle Remus Tales,” called West End his home. His house, otherwise known as the Wren’s Nest, is three blocks from the MARTA station and is open for touring, special events and storytelling. See MARTA to the Wren’s Nest for transit and walking directions.
Almost across the street from the MARTA station is the Mall at West End. It isn’t Lenox Square Mall, but the few stores offer more affordable options than the Buckhead mall if you are shopping for new clothes, shoes or home goods. MaxWay, Jimmy Jazz, Foot Locker and Rainbow Apparel are just a few of the retail options.
Eat Soul Food
For some classic (and modern) soul food, look no further than the restaurants around the West End MARTA station. Soul Vegetarian offers just that, vegetarian twists on soul favorites, or dine at Chanterelles for meat options and a French twist. View the list of restaurants near the West End station to learn more.