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The square in downtown Decatur.
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A guide to local favorites in the West Ponce District

The square in downtown Decatur.
  • By Nneka M. Okona
  • Photos by Kevin D. Liles
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West Ponce District
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Five miles beyond the city proper, Decatur offers a slower pace from bustling Atlanta. The West Ponce District in its downtown area is especially charming and walkable, with small shops, locally owned restaurants and bars perfect for a nightcap. Don’t even bother ride hailing or driving here; it’s a quick ride on the MARTA. The Decatur station is minutes away from all the action and things to eat and see.

Meet Nneka Okona

Nneka has lived in Atlanta since 2016 — this go-round. She’s from Atlanta, by way of Stone Mountain, and returned after living in Madrid and Washington, D.C. She considers herself a true Georgia peach and can’t give up sweet tea and skillet cornbread.

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West Ponce District

DeKalb History Center
A repository of local history, the center functions as a nonprofit museum and a resource for researchers and historians.
DeKalb History Center, 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur, Ga. 30030
The Square
In the true heart of downtown Decatur, pick from any number of restaurants or simply sit on the benches and take in the live music.
The Square, 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur, Ga. 30030
Decatur CD & Vinyl
Thumb through a collection of old-school vinyls, cassette tapes, CDs and LPs in this music time capsule. Check out the murals on the side of the buildings, too.
Decatur CD & Vinyl, 356 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030
Highland Bakery
The first location of this Atlanta breakfast staple first opened in the Virginia-Highland area. Stop by for their enormous cinnamon rolls or their all-day breakfast.
Highland Bakery, 319 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
For truly great coffee by local roasters, head to Dancing Goats. When the weather is warm, take a cup and sit in the area in front of the cafe.
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, 419 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030
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Nneka M. Okona
Nneka has lived in Atlanta since 2016 — this go-round. She’s from Atlanta, by way of Stone Mountain, and returned after living in Madrid and Washington, D.C. She considers herself a true Georgia peach and can’t give up sweet tea and skillet cornbread.
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Kevin D. Liles
Kevin is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Atlanta. Though from a small Georgia town, Atlanta still feels like home for Kevin, who says the city has the perfect mix of small-town feel and big-city attractions (like amazing restaurants!). One of his favorite spots is Candler Park, a small neighborhood a few miles east of downtown that has a quaint and vibrant vibe with a couple of restaurant gems — the original Flying Biscuit and Candler Park Market Deli.
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