Broad Street is one of my favorite places in Downtown Atlanta. Located in Downtown’s Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, Broad Street’s historic brick buildings, beautiful trees, wide sidewalks, high pedestrian traffic, low vehicle traffic, and restaurants combine to create an ambience similar to that of a small-town main street.

Broad Street, looking northeast.
Broad Street, looking northeast. Zane Ziegler, February 14th, 2022.

Despite its location next to Peachtree Street and a block away from Five Points, Broad Street can often feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown.

In the summertime, Broad Street comes alive with activity and is a great place to relax under the shade trees while enjoying a delicious, affordable meal from one of the street’s several restaurants. The recently constructed Broad Street Boardwalk pedestrianized a portion of Broad Street, and it greatly enhances the street’s vibrancy. The Boardwalk is currently closed for repairs but should reopen before summer begins.

Broad Street Boardwalk in the summertime.
Broad Street Boardwalk in the summertime. Credit: Atlanta City Studio (click on photo for details about Atlanta City Studio’s work on Broad Street).

Hopefully, in the near future, the northern and southern portions of Broad Street can be reconnected, as they are currently separated by the Five Points MARTA station. And hopefully, the entirety of Broad Street will be a lively as its northernmost portion is currently.