As the temperature rises and that strong Georgia sun strengthens, chances are (like us), finding ways to stay cool while having fun are at the top of your priority list. Luckily, our beloved Upper Westside offers some of Atlanta’s best activities (and drinks, we shall add) that will keep you refreshed and enjoying the glory days of summer. So, grab your sun hat, put on your shades, and let’s dive into the ultimate guide to chilling out in the Upper Westside while beating the summer heat!

1. Cultivate Food + Coffee

First up, the most important meal of the day! Summer is the perfect time to reconnect with a friend and grab brunch at Cultivate Food + Coffee. Sip on their Basil Lemonade Iced Tea and fill up on favorites like their Westside Plate, Nashville Chicken Biscuit, and French Toast. Cultivate’s menu boasts the perfect variety of culinary delights, sure to satisfy every palette with options for your foodies, vegans, and gluten-free friends alike. Are you drooling yet? We sure are!

2. Brash Coffee @ the Works atl

Is there anything better than iced coffee in the summertime? No matter the time of day, iced espresso and other scrumptious seasonal beverages are waiting for you at Brash Coffee’s newest location on the Upper Westside— The Works ATL. Make sure to venture in with your furry friends too, because now on property and our side of town is a Fetch Park. Summer days are longer, which calls for more caffeine and playtime with your four-legged friends, right? Right.

3. Jeni’s splendid ice creams

Let’s be honest. Is summer even summer without ICE CREAM? We think not. And that’s why cooling off with a scoop (or 2…or 3…) at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is nothing short of a *must-do* on your summer bucket list. Conveniently located at Westside Provisions, this Atlanta favorite offers flavors that will blow your mind – and there’s something for everyone (including your little ones)!

4. Beat The bomb

Next stop: fun but make it air-conditioned at Beat The Bomb. Step into real-life video games at Beat The Bomb, the world’s craziest team game! Choose your experience and grab your teammates for a temperature-controlled afternoon of competition. Disarm the paint or foam bombs in time before it’s too late or book the gaming bay for a less messy, but equally electrifying experience. Ages 8 and above are welcome but Friday and Saturday nights are 21+ so leave your kiddos at home *cue date night*! 

5. Rooftop loa

What’s better than a dip in the pool to cool off? Enjoy a swim in sky-high luxury at LOA, the first-of-its-kind in Atlanta,  located right here in the Upper Westside. Catch an epic sunset view from the rooftop or even a yoga class. Maybe happy hour is more your speed?  $5 mini martinis (need we say more?)

Be sure to add all 5  of these fun activities (and delicious treats) to your list of things to do this summer in the Upper Westside. Keep up with the Upper Westside, follow along on social.