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Downtown Atlanta has long had an allure all its own. Home to a slew of globally recognized attractions like World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena and Centennial Olympic Park, not to mention countless office towers, it's a hub for business, sporting events and tourism. Whether it's an Atlanta Hawks basketball game at Philips, a world-class musical performance at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts, or a mega fashion show at AmericasMart, Downtown Atlanta thrives at attracting visitors. Though Buckhead, Midtown and surrounding in-town neighborhoods have long claimed much of the nightlife crowd, recent Downtown developments in this and neighboring areas have amped up the area's allure after dark.
Grand new hotels, renovated buildings and exciting new dining concepts have exploded onto the scene giving locals and visitors extra incentive to stick around Downtown after the event, festival or race is over. Given Atlanta's national reputation as a culinary hotbed – and the home to numerous James Beard award-winners and former Top Chef fan-favorites – it's no surprise that restaurant newcomers have been exceptional. Whether you're craving a juicy cheeseburger, a liquid nitrogen cocktail or a perfectly cooked steak, Atlanta's up to the challenge. Here, we've hand-picked 10 of our favorites within a two-mile radius of Philips Arena. Downtown? You bet!