Five Points is an area in Downtown Atlanta where five of the city’s biggest streets merge. Today, Five Points is the site of the city’s biggest MARTA station. It’s not as fashionable as it once was, but its name lives on in Little Five Points, a trendy neighborhood located near the smaller intersection of Moreland, Euclid, and McLendon.
Little Five Points is Atlanta’s version of New York’s Greenwich Village or LA’s Melrose Avenue. This eclectic community offers dining, shopping, entertainment, and a large artistic element. You’ll find vintage clothing shops, tattoo parlors, bars, and record shops along the busy streets of Little Five Points, which locals have nicknamed L5P.
Like the older neighborhoods of Inman Park and Candler Park, much of the real estate in L5P is prized — and pricey. There are some older homes available at lower prices, but many of these homes have not been refurbished. Restored bungalows and Civil War-era homes mix with lofts, townhomes, and a few larger single-family homes in L5P, which attracts young and active residents with a sense of culture and adventure.
L5P is known for its eclectic stores and funky fashions, but it has a traditional side as well. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Center and Library are located in the northwest corner of the neighborhood. The facility sits on a hilltop amid acres of gardens and ponds. It was also the site of the camp where Gen. Sherman watched the burning of Atlanta in 1864.
Food is plentiful in L5P, but most restaurants are casual eateries rather than fine-dining establishments. Don’t let the low prices and nondescript buildings fool you — these are some of the most popular restaurants in Atlanta. Grab breakfast at the Flying Biscuit Cafe, a burger at the Vortex or a sandwich at the retro lunch counter in the Little Five Points Pharmacy.
The annual summer street festival attracts natives and neighbors to a raucous, fun-filled event. Local bands and famous performances also appear throughout the year in neighborhood music venues such as the Star Community Bar and the Variety Playhouse.