We asked real estate agent Leslie Williamson to tell us about her favorite places to eat and shop, as well as things to do in her neighborhood, Virginia Highland. Here’s what she told us.

Why I Love Virginia Highland
Just step outside your door and you can feel and see the energy of the VaHi neighborhood. People are out biking and walking along the tree-lined streets. You can enjoy brunch in one of the cafes or restaurants, indulge in happy hour at one of the nightspots, shop for trendsetting clothes, jewelry and furniture or have a picnic in John Howell Park. In VaHi you are surrounded by culture, food and fashion!

Where to Eat
(h2sr.com/noche) is great for happy hour serving excellent cocktails and delicious tapas. If you want the best Thai in Atlanta, visit MaLi (malirestaurant.com), enjoy fantastic cuisine in a quaint outdoors setting. Belly General Store (bellystore.com) is a modern take on the traditional general store offering fantastic breakfast specials. Paolo’s Gelato (paolosgelato.com) is the perfect treat of authentic Italian gelato on a hot summer day.

Where to Shop
Mitzi and Romano
(facebook.com/MitziandRomanoBoutique) offers the latest clothing and jewelry trends. If you are need of relaxation Key Lime Pie (keylimepie.net) offers the perfect massage or facial. Urban Cottage (urbancottageatlanta.com) offers a nice blend of antiques and new furniture; it’s a great place to find the perfect gift for the friend that has everything.

Coming Up
(vahi.org/summerfest) is June 3-4 and offers the perfect blend of art food, music and fun. VaHi running group meets at George’s (georgesbarandrestaurant.com) every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. – enjoy a run through the neighborhood, then a burger and beer at George’s. The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes (vahitourofhomes.org) is an exciting and colorful home tour showcasing the beautiful homes of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood Dec. 8-9.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.