Little Five Points

An intersection not to be missed, Little Five Points is the artsy hub of Atlanta. Hosting a hodgepodge of styles ranging from hipster, urban grunge, hippie, and hip-hop, you’ll see every walk of life as you stroll through Little Five Points. The shops here offer rare finds in vintage, boutique, and specialty-made items, and the restaurants are perfect for people watching while enjoying a craft-style beer. In addition to the sights and sounds, Little Five also has excellent concert venues, theater, and even an occasional street performer–there’s something here for every type of artist!

Little Five Points Data

Top Attributes
  • Singles
    8.8
  • Pet friendly
    8.8
  • Shopping
    8.5
  • Nightlife
    8.2
  • Dining
    8.2
Lowest Attributes
  • Empty nesters
    3.3
  • Income
    2.9
  • Families
    2.7
  • Parking
    2.3
  • Seniors
    0.8

Little Five Points Review

Atlanta”s Bohemian Mecca

Since at least the 1970s, L5P has been known for being weird. And that’s a good thing. It’s not technically a neighborhood, but it serves as a commercial district for Candler and Inman Parks. No matter what day of the week, there’s always great people watching here. Tourists, suburban posers, hipsters, druggies, homeless people, and just about everyone else can be seen promenading on the sidewalks. Businesses come and go (Criminal Records), but some of my faves have managed to survive: Stefan’s Vintage Clothing, Junkman’s Daughter, Vortex, etc. And the district’s managed to stay strong despite the opening of a huge big box shopping plaza just down the street.

What’s awesome

shopping, people watching, having a cool pedestrian experience in Atlanta

What’s not so awesome

posers

Jonathan C.

Eclectic and Accepted

If you’ve never been to the city of Atlanta, most people will tell you to visit Little Five Points just simply to see the shock on your face when you get there. It’s like visiting another world where all human beings and creatures are accepted and the ‘norm’ is abnormal in this part of town. If you like music, Variety Playhouse is a great venue for indie artists including David Wilcox, Josh Ritter,etc..If you like BEER, you’ll love the Vortex Bar and Grill and if you like VINTAGE clothing, you’ll love Rag-O-Rama and Psycho Sisters. Don’t be surprised if you see a guy dressed in a bunny suit walk in while you’re shopping. True story.

What’s awesome

costumes,tattoos,mohawks,music,beer,arts

What’s not so awesome

traffic and pan handling

Dawn W.

Why I love Little Five Points

Little Five Points used to be a place I would just go to for the great shopping. Now I go for the shopping, the dining, and the overall experience. The people you see every day in Five Points are crazy! You see all different types of people all day long. It’s really amazing to be a part of the atmosphere when you’re there.

What’s awesome

The shopping, dining, people.

What’s not so awesome

Parking, homeless people, conartists.

Amanda C.

Little.5ive.Points.

The name underrates it immediately. It isn’t ‘little’ in the sense of the word. It is big in spirit. It may have colorful graffiti, spontaneous ice cream and a lot smiles. It MIGHThave all of your favorite things in one spot, but no spot for your car. In Little Five Points, you don’t need a car though…you need your good mood and NO plan. Little 5 provides the plan for you with it’s whimsical aura and magical freedom. Live it, try it. You will come back.

What’s awesome

Unlimited art, everywhere. Free for the eye and amazing for the soul.

What’s not so awesome

Parking, no where to be found…ditch the car – take the bus and free yourself of that burden.

 Caylin Caruso

L5P, very cool.

Little Five Points is cool. I can’t think of any other way to describe it. The place is just cool, and I never feel quite cool enough to be there. But I keep going back, hoping that those cool kids will finally accept me into their trendy scene. You know, or not.

Despite my insecurities, or innate lack of coolness, I do enjoy the location. I always start by getting the same strawberry, banana, mango, and orange juice smoothie from Arden’s Garden, the greatest smoothie chain I’ve ever stumbled upon. I enjoy this until I remember that I cannot take it into any of the shops, so I chug it and remind myself to plan this trip better next time (which I again fail to do. I just can’t put off that smoothie).

Then to the shops. I enjoy browsing through vintage clothes, but that’s usually all I do. Browse. While I enjoy many of the clothes that I find, I don’t understand the appeal of paying twice the price that the original owner pair for them new. I own a couple of clothes and accessories from Little 5, but usually I limit myself to window shopping. And smoothies.

In the music stores, I feel more comfortable. The prices are less outrageous, although I’m willing to spend more money on music than on clothes. I enjoy flipping through the record albums, and while I have a record player, I have never bought one in these stores. Although I suppose it would make me look significantly cooler if I walked down the street holding a record album. Very vintage.

I cannot write a review of Little 5 without mentioning The Vortex. It is always crowded, but their burgers are incredible. The menu is witty, the food is good, and they have parking. No complaints. But I don’t bother with The Vortex if it’s crowded, as there are several other (less overrated) places to eat in the area, and they are all perfectly delightful.

When I was in high school, someone told me that Little 5 Points is not somewhere you want to be at night. I lived a couple of miles away from Little 5 throughout college, and I still have never been at night. Without any real reason, that advice has stuck with me for years. I wonder what Little 5 looks like at night. I imagine that it looks similar to how it looks during the day, only darker.

What’s awesome

Very different from other locations in Atlanta. Small and interesting.

What’s not so awesome

Pricey.

Merilee B.

fun to see every so often…if you have patience

Did you know it’s technically only four points now? When a shopping plaza was put in, it eliminated one of the streets also at the Euclid/Moreland intersection. Of course you can pretend that one of those other streets count, but that’s not as cool.

I used to want to always come here…and then I took a friend to the Vortex, where we were ignored after it took like an hour to even get to L5P from Lindbergh-Morosgo, and that’s a pretty basic drive. Now, I don’t want to come here because it’s a total hassle, and my car paranoia requires me to stay away from sketchy places. The sketch factor is there, all the time.

Problem is, it’s just so neat. All the little vintage shops and boutiques, the cool bars, the fact that the local police precinct blends in, how can you not like this place? Oh yeah…the weirdos. Is it possible to ignore them for the sake of fashion? Duh.

The high school turned loft building is pretty awesome. My favorite band…well when they were touring, always played at Variety Playhouse. There’s just a cool artsy vibe from the place all around.

I find it funny that it was the “commercial district” for Inman Park at first, and at the same time, people finally realized they should pretty up both nabes. I think Inman Parkgot the better end of the deal, but L5P is different in its own right.

I just don’t come here enough. I think I have wanted to go to the Porter since I moved to Atlanta, but I just do not want to deal with traffic and congestion and a lack of parking. MARTA? Totally pointless if you’re not on the east/west line because you could go sit in traffic and probably pay less for the same amount of time.

One day. Maybe a Monday or something when it might not be packed to the gills with cars. Damn you, MARTA, I blame you.

What’s awesome

lots of unique businesses

What’s not so awesome

congested area with traffic, lack of parking

fun to see every so often…if you have patience

Did you know it’s technically only four points now? When a shopping plaza was put in, it eliminated one of the streets also at the Euclid/Moreland intersection. Of course you can pretend that one of those other streets count, but that’s not as cool.

I used to want to always come here…and then I took a friend to the Vortex, where we were ignored after it took like an hour to even get to L5P from Lindbergh-Morosgo, and that’s a pretty basic drive. Now, I don’t want to come here because it’s a total hassle, and my car paranoia requires me to stay away from sketchy places. The sketch factor is there, all the time.

Problem is, it’s just so neat. All the little vintage shops and boutiques, the cool bars, the fact that the local police precinct blends in, how can you not like this place? Oh yeah…the weirdos. Is it possible to ignore them for the sake of fashion? Duh.

The high school turned loft building is pretty awesome. My favorite band…well when they were touring, always played at Variety Playhouse. There’s just a cool artsy vibe from the place all around.

I find it funny that it was the “commercial district” for Inman Park at first, and at the same time, people finally realized they should pretty up both nabes. I think Inman Parkgot the better end of the deal, but L5P is different in its own right.

I just don’t come here enough. I think I have wanted to go to the Porter since I moved to Atlanta, but I just do not want to deal with traffic and congestion and a lack of parking. MARTA? Totally pointless if you’re not on the east/west line because you could go sit in traffic and probably pay less for the same amount of time.

One day. Maybe a Monday or something when it might not be packed to the gills with cars. Damn you, MARTA, I blame you.

What’s awesome

lots of unique businesses

What’s not so awesome

congested area with traffic, lack of parking

Amanda D.

L5P

Admit it, you could probably stand to be a little cooler. Even if it’s just a little. Well grab a soy latte at Aurora Coffee and you will find everything you need to make you instantly cooler in Little Five Points.
First you can pick you some one-of-a-kind clothes at Junkman’s Daughter, Psycho Sisters, anywhere you can buy clothes, actually. There are plenty of indie bookstores and record shops to really get in touch with the new, hip you. For those who are really, really committed on their Journey to Cool, Holy Mother or Sacred Heart Tattoo can help solidify your lifelong membership into cool, just make sure your PBR tattoo is ironic enough.

Family and friends in town? Grandma won’t love it, but your mom and dad won’t hate it. Your parents will feel like they are finally cool enough to say things like TY and G2G in texts (even though NO ONE DOES THAT, MOM), and you’ll show your parents that your tattoos could always be bigger, more colorful, and more on your face. They will appreciate that.
Every October more than 35, 000 hipsters (just like you could be!) come to Little Five Points for the Halloween Parade and Festival. You can even show off your new-found cooler self and be IN the parade. So get your cool on in L5P (uh, because that’s what they call it. duh) and walk in the foot steps of Mick Jagger, The Ramones, Black Crowes, and Outkast. Or you can play “Hey Ya” and drive around in hopes of spotting Andre 3000 (because oh yeah, he lives in Atlanta. No big deal).

What’s awesome

The anything-goes vibe. Feel like wearing your best purple velvet pants with a leopard cocktail dress and heels with fish in them (Because who hasn’t been dying to try that look)? No one will bat an eye. Tuxeedo and blue wig (actually spotted on Moreland)? No problem.

What’s not so awesome

Parking sucks sucks sucks on weekends. Take MARTA or find a spot early.

Chelsea F.

Stranger in a Strange Neighborhood

Let’s be clear: L5P, as the hip people call it, can be termed nothing if not a melange. Skinny-jeaned hipsters mingle casually with the second-generation restaurateurs and the less traditional suburbanites at the convergence of these five streets. A more apt metaphor has never been created in the history of verse.

Little Five Points is often considered the “alternative” area in Atlanta. After having seen a one-man show dealing with the hilarity of living outside the constraints of gender and then promptly visiting a place across the street for some Pad Thai, I can see how that assessment might fit. Youth culture has reworked the entire area, with several people living in the converted-high-school lofts that used to dominate the area. This is, after all, a predominantly youthful scene.

Overall, the area is pleasant, but something smells a bit faux in the boho. Yes, the people are separatists and anarchists and whatnot, but the area is a little contrived, having resorted to the mundane aspects of “alternative living.” The vintage clothing store with hiked up prices on their threads does nothing to prevent the decay of the archetypal granola group. Perhaps after living so close to the city, Little Five Points is aspiring to become her older brother.

What’s awesome

Family-owned restaurants!

What’s not so awesome

Alternative culture is being watered down.

Adam C

Is 29 too old for L5P?

Maybe, just maybe. Or it could be that this 29 year old more typically acts like a 40 year old. I happened upon some rare, kid-free down time thanks to the absence of typical traffic and the annoyance of doctor’s running way too late, so I decided to skip on over to L5P to check it out. It’s a happening spot with a variety of people, but I’m sad to say I didn’t even make it out of the car. I just didn’t feel comfortable finding a parking spot and walking around by myself. Perhaps a trip with the hubby is in order, but I’ll definitely be leaving the kiddos at home.

What’s awesome

Walking around and eclectic shopping finds.

What’s not so awesome

Leave the car at home…or at least somewhere safe.

R.

A Gentrified Gem

In the last 10 years this hip nabe has gone from being a homeless haven to a place for younger creative types. Actually, to be honest not all of the homeless people have vacated, but this nabe has blossomed into a vibrant and affordable artistic colony. Its very bike friendly and is home to many unique shops, cafes and grocery stores. The living spaces are a combination of early 1900s buildings and newly renovated apartments and homes (for example: an old highschool has been reformed into some swanky loft apartments!) This nabe is one that has still retained its affordability, but offers hip and alternative hangouts and a great nightlife. Its home to several concert venues, dance companies and theaters-wanna join the Atlanta Juggling Club? The headquarters are in this nabe!

What’s awesome

Viviacious and colorful neighborhood great for young creatives. LGBT and everything-else-you-can-think-of friendly!

What’s not so awesome

This isn’t the safest nabe in Atlanta. Just don’t be stupid and leave your doors unlocked.

Leili K.

Bums & Shoppers, Hippies & Tourists, Punks, Rastas & Spectators

Little Five Points: The hip, seedy-turned-tourist destination spot for visitors and residents alike.
If there is any neighborhood of Atlanta that is known for its eclectic culture, L5P (as it’s known to locals) is the ultimate mecca made of and for worldly characters in this fine city.

Steeped in a history of danger, L5P has emerged as one of the most popular Atlanta neighborhoods to visit. L5P has gone through several transformations over the last few decades, including some periods of high criminal activity and even murders. The original impression of L5P is one of a line of old shoes hanging in row on the main power line across Moreland Avenue, swarms of homeless people asking for change, and groups of people that represent nearly every type of counter- and subculture under the sun.

The first sign of transformation was the end of the reign of The Point, a wonderfully small and dirty punk club in the heart of L5P. The Point was, largely, the shining star of the neighborhood for many years. Where this mostly windowless, dark and dank room of noise was you will now find a trendy clothing boutique of overpriced “vintage” clothing. Not only does it have lots of big windows, it’s also magenta.

Not long after the fall of The Point, another well-known establishment called The Nine Lives Saloon was to meet a similar fate, now replaced with another restaurant. The only vestiges of rock’n’roll culture remaining in L5P are The Variety Playhouse, a hippy and jam oriented music hall and a still popular little club called The Star Bar.

Soon to come was the mini police station followed immediately by the curvaceous iron bars lining every planter in the main square, insuring no one can sit “too long” comfortably in this central gathering place of the neighborhood. What was once a mass of homeless people is now just the few here and there that you will see wandering the area in search of handouts.

What you will see in L5P today, however, isn’t terribly different from the old days. There is still a lot to enjoy about the neighborhood, including but not limited to:
*Freedom Park – a vast green space open to the public
*Junkman’s Daughter – the source for overpriced hip junk and fashion accessories
*420 Degrees – glass shop and pipe store extraordinaire
*Sevananda – one of the best cooperatively owned health food stores in the entire city
*Crystal Blue – new age and crystal shop run by extremely nice people
*Criminal Records – the source for all things music
*Wax’n’Fax – the source for all things music, especially vinyl
*”The Market” – dozens of booths of unique offerings and craftspeople
*Arden’s Garden – fresh squeezed juice bar of delight
*89.3 local community-owned progressive radio station

…and a whole lot more, including several wonderful local coffee shops, bookstores, tattoo parlors, restaurants, and enough clothing stores for you to want to simply go naked to spare yourself the trouble of choosing from and buying all the merchandise.

What has changed, however, is that the main demographic of L5P has gone from the poverty-stricken hipsters and hippies, artists and bums, to a mostly tourist-fueled shopping extravaganza. The mall-like buzz of shoppers hungry to part with their dollar in L5P is almost palpable. It is also a bit disgusting in the context of a neighborhood with such a rich, relatively recent history of authentic bohemian activity. L5P is a place to hang out and meet people, more than it is anything else. If you only go to the shops and don’t talk to anyone but store clerks, you are truly missing the “point” of Little Five Points. Don’t just be a tourist. You can go do that anywhere in this strip mall lined city.

You can even, on occasion, enjoy or buy wares and performances from the locals who are representing their skills in the main square on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The events that happen in L5P are certainly more interesting than most neighborhoods have to offer, and among them, but not least of all, is the famous L5P Halloween Parade, a not-to-miss event.

Beware of the gentrification. As you enter L5P from the north, you will be met with agulp Starbucks… Yes, that’s right. If you want a good, let alone any, cup of coffee, do not, I repeat DO NOT even think about walking in those doors! Try Aurora coffee or Java Lords, two amazingly delicious coffee joints in this neighborhood. Pay no attention to the Kroger / Home Depot / Target shopping center just a mere half mile south of the neighborhood… you may just believe you walked right back into the lame, homogenized suburban banality you were trying to escape from in the first place: And you’d be right.

What’s awesome

mostly everything here

What’s not so awesome

gentrification, chain stores, materialistic shoppers & tourists with no intention of interacting with people

Jordan O.

Little Place with Big Fun

For students without cars at Emory, this is one of the easier places to reach by theMARTA bus. Little Five Points(LFP) provides tired students with places to eat and a number of places to shop and eye-shop. That’s goes the same for the residents of the area as I have seen then dine-out and chill in the area.

Since most of the restaurants are more bar-like, it is more fun if you are over 21. While there are a number of places to eat, you don’t want to miss the Vortex. You will see a big white skull with red-and-black spiral eyes. It is an exotic burger bar where you can enjoy your blue cheese burger with a ice-chilling beer. Can you imagine that beer going down your throat? It’s quite crowded inside but there are lots of seats, in and outside. However, I won’t guarantee you a quick seat. There is also a stand-up comedy show. I regret to say that I’ve never been to one yet.

If you are up for some interesting(?) shopping, take a look around. There are unique clothing shops around the place. I’m not much of a shopper, but I’ve been to the stores. If you are looking for some fun, you need to visit during Halloween. LFP will be packed with people. You will find all sorts of costumes and accessories that go with it. On the day or the day before Halloween? I’ve seen them do a parade. It’s quite the fun to be surrounded with people in creepy or dreamy costumes…. although…. I did have to walk back home because the bus decided to stop running.The only problem that I’ve had with it was the bus. Yes, it is reachable by MARTA but to wait 40 minutes for the next one?? If you are also looking to visit there by bus, I wish you good luck.

What’s awesome

Vortex and Shopping

What’s not so awesome

Some strangers do talk to you… then again… where does that not happen?

Helena