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With convenient access to top city venues and a growing number of trendy restaurants, mixed-use developments, tech headquarters and more, Atlanta’s Westside has proven it’s one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods to call home. With so much happening in this hot pocket, we thought we’d spotlight five new and exciting things now open or coming soon to the area. Discover them below.

Now Open: The Works – Phase 1

Located on the Upper Westside and just down the street from Empire Crosby and Homebase, The Works is Midtown’s newest mixed-use development, featuring a cool mix of retail shops, open work and lounge spaces, and a mix of international food and drink. Be sure to check out Chattahoochee Food Works (the west side rival of Krog Street Market), Dr. Scofflaw’s Brewing and The Camp and The Spur, an open green space with weekly events including outdoor fitness classes, comedy nights and live music.

Now Open: Bacchanalia at Star Provisions

One of Atlanta’s top restaurants, Bacchanalia has earned a reputation as one of the city’s best since it first opened in 1993. Its new location at Star Provisions spotlights the light and creative menu it’s known for, with organic ingredients sourced from local farms.

Now Open: The Interlock – Phase 1

Another new mixed-use development has come to the busy corner of 14th Street and Howell Mill. The Interlock is a vibrant property that includes walkways, bike paths, a rooftop view of the city skyline and mix of residences. The development is also home to 200,000 sq.ft. of office space and 105,000 sq.ft. of retail space that includes Puttshack, Velvet Taco and Saint Germain Bakery. Publix and Pour Tap Room are expected to open in the second stage of The Interlock’s development.

Coming Soon: Westside Park

With its completion date on the horizon, the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry is set to become the city’s biggest park, with 280 acres of green space (for comparison, Piedmont Park is 185 acres). With a connection to the BeltLine’s Westside Trail northern extension, the Westside BeltLine Connector, and the Proctor Creek Greenway in future, the park will serve as a beautiful and smartly-planned green space, as well as a source for critical emergency water reserves for the city.

Coming Soon: Microsoft

Tech giant Microsoft announced earlier this year that it had purchased over 90 acres of land in the Bankhead area as part of a plan to add two regional data centers and bring thousands of new jobs to the city’s west side in addition to the new office space at Atlantic Yards and Atlantic Station. While exact details of the development are still unknown, Microsoft has been working diligently in collaboration with the city to determine the campus’s master plan, which is expected to include a grocery store, bank, green space and community amenities.

Want to explore more great Atlanta hot spots and neighborhoods? See our roundup of some of the city’s best hot spots, and learn more about what makes West Midtown, Buckhead and Summerhill great places to call home.

Images courtesy of What Now Atlanta (The Works); CoStar (Microsoft); HGOR (Westside Park); The Interlock Atlanta (The Interlock); Star Provisions (Bacchanalia).

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