Things To Do In Alpharetta, Georgia

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Unlock the essence of Alpharetta, Georgia with our list of must-do experiences. From vibrant events to hidden gems, embark on a journey through this charming city. Explore the local culture, savor culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the diverse activities that make Alpharetta a destination unlike any other.

Flowers in front of a building.

Loaded with Southern charm and friendly people, Alpharetta is ranked as the 7th friendliest city in the country.  Only 22 miles north of downtown Atlanta, it maintains the small-town feel with all of the conveniences that one could ask for.  If you have ever wondered “What is there to do in Alpharetta?” then read on.  Below is our list of fun, delicious, and creative things to do in Alpharetta.

1. Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown

Dodd Hotel sign.

Download a free self-guided walking brochure (click here to get it), put on a good pair of walking shoes, and check out the 22 historical points of interest in Alpharetta.  Along the way, you’ll see what makes Alpharetta so special.

2. Shop Local Merchants and National Brands

Items for sale on a table.

There are five shopping districts in Alpharetta:  Avalon, Historic Downtown Alpharetta, North Point Mall, Windward Parkway, Haynes Bridge Road, and North Point Parkway.

If you are a fan of Fixer Upper, then you will want to stop by  La Bella Maison at 20 Milton Avenue.  It’s a place where I could envision Joanna Gaines shopping for items to turn houses into homes.

3. Visit Alpharetta’s Farmer’s Market

Fresh herbs for sale.

The Alpharetta Farmer’s Market takes place each weekend (from the middle of April until the end of October) in downtown Alpharetta, with around 60 vendors selling beautiful flowers, fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants, natural meats, bread, desserts, handmade soap, local honey, jellies, and more.

Fresh baked bread for sale.

4. Eat Breakfast Like A Local

Beignets in a wire basket.


The Nest Café is a local spot offering specialty brewed coffee, breakfast, and lunch.  Favorites include beignets and freshly made Southern-style croissant breakfast sandwiches.

Croissanwich, fruit, and bacon on a plate.

Or opt for a lighter option such as a smoothie and/or a bowl of fresh fruit.

Fruit and smoothie on table.

The Nest Cafe is located at 58 Canton Street, Suite 101. It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

5.  Sample Local Craft Beer

Jekyll Taproom.

Named after Georgia’s Jekyll Island, Jekyll Brewing is a local brewery that got its start with the help of locals who helped crowdsource the funds needed to get things brewing.  Be sure to try their year-round beer, Cooter Brown, which has chocolate and caramel notes.

Beer bottles on the assembly line.

There are two locations of Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta: 15 Academy Street, Suite 1E, and at 2855 Marconi Drive, Suite 350. Be sure to check the Jekyll Brewing website for current operating hours.

6. Sample French Pastries

Pastries in a box.

You can get your fill of French pastries in Alpharetta at Colette French Pastry Café.  After just one bite, you might find yourself saying, “Oh la la!”  I found the éclairs to be c’est magnifique!

Colette is located at 2225 Old Milton Parkway, Suite #100. Normal hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The cafe is closed on Monday.

7. Eat Tapas!

Inside Made restaurant.

Made Kitchen & Cocktails is one of the coolest, unique places to grab a Spanish tapa.  Located in the heart of downtown Alpharetta, you can order shareable plates a signature house-made Sangria, or both.  My recommendation – order the crab cake and get Christian to create a cocktail for you.  He knows his stuff.

Crab cake.

Made Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 45 Roswell Street, Suite B. It is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

8. Get Your Guac On

The El Felix restaurant.

The El Felix in Avalon is a rustic eatery serving upscale Texas-style dishes with a south-of-the-border influence. Made with fresh avocados, the guacamole with flautas is simply delicious. It’s time to vamos to The El Felix!

Guacamole on chips.

The El Felix is located at 1130 1st St #1030. It is open for lunch and dinner daily.

9. Enjoy a Persian Sunset in Georgia

Rumi restaurant.

Rumi’s Kitchen serves authentic Persian cuisine in the heart of Avalon.  The delicious Persian food is served with pure Southern hospitality.

Persian Sunset drink.

Guests can dine inside or opt to dine al fresco on the beautiful patio terrace.

Al fresco dining patio.

Rumi’s Kitchen is located at 7105 Avalon Boulevard. It is open from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

 10. Enjoy a Concert By a Polo Field

Chukkar Farm sign.

Pack your dinner and head to Chukkar Farm and enjoy Southern artists performing under the Georgia stars.  It’s a great venue for escaping technology and enjoying Mother Nature while listening to some incredible talent.

Chukkar Farm is located at 1140 Liberty Grove Road.

11. Create Your Double

MiniMe Factory.

Ever feel like there needs to be two of you?  Stop by the MiniMe Factory and strike your best pose.  The unique factory will take a 360-degree image of you and create an exact duplicate of you – only in miniature.  You select the size you want, and in about 3 weeks your MiniMe will be shipped to your house.

MiniMe display.

Imagine the possibilities – wedding cake toppers, a forever memento of a young girl in a pageant gown, an expecting mom at her most radiant time – there are so many reasons to preserve that one moment in time.

Wedding cake topped with miniature children.

MiniMe Factory is located at 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 100A. It is open from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call 770-305-6570 to make an appointment.

12. Take A Ride

Electric bike.

The Big Creek Greenway is an 8-mile linear park in Alpharetta.  Rent an electric Pedego Bike and you’ll be ready to zip along the tree-lined path.  After a quick lesson on how to operate the bikes, riders can pedal all they want on their own, or use the bike’s electricity to help speed along the greenway.

Woman on a Pedego Bike.

Don’t forget to put on your helmet.  If you didn’t bring yours, don’t worry – they have plenty for you to use.

Woman wearing bicycle safety gear.

Pedego rents eBikes for $25 per hour or $95 per day. Visit the Pedego website for more information and to book a bike.

13. Take a Swing At Golf

Top Golf.

Topgolf is the best place to practice your swing – even if you don’t golf.  Bring your friends and rent a bay for an hour or two and see who can rack up the most points.  The friendly staff will show you what you need to know in order to have a good time trying to hit a hole-in-one.

Golf targets at Top Golf.

Swinging a golf club can cause you to work up an appetite.  You can fuel up with items such as burgers or salads or unique little doughnuts that YOU can inject with tasting fillings.

Doughnuts and flavor injectors.

Topgolf is located at 10900 Westside Parkway. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until midnight on Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, and from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.

14. Create Your Own Jewelry

Kendra Scott store front.

Stop by Kendra Scott’s Color Bar in Avalon and select a setting and gemstone and make something special either for yourself (it’s perfectly okay to treat yourself) or someone else. Not feeling creative? That’s okay – there are plenty of beautiful creations already made from which to shop.

Blue gemstone earrings.

Kendra Scott is located at 3150 Avalon Boulevard. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Alpharetta Facts

  • It’s the 6th fastest-growing city in the United States and is Georgia’s first fiberhood.
  • Alpharetta is ranked #1 by Forbes as the best place to relocate.
  • Download speeds are 60% faster in Alpharetta than the US average.
  • 150 yearly events take place in downtown Alpharetta.
Map of Alpharetta, Georgia.

I was a guest of Awesome Alpharetta. All thoughts, opinions, and grammatical errors are my own. Be sure to check out my post about The Hotel at Avalon and The Taste of Avalon.

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5 Comments

  1. It seems a lovely place and so many unique things to do! It’s definitely been added to our list! Thanks for sharing!

  2. omg you will not believe it but I LITERALLY just watched a video of Conan o’Brien visiting an American Girl store in LA and I come here less than 2 hours later and see it on your post too – the Universe is definitely trying to tell me something!! 😂🤣😂🤣

  3. Friendly people, fabulous food, and fast internet speed–what more could you want? The photography is impressive–very creative and skillful. Love the bike photo.

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