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A Guide to Athens, Georgia ☻

Dear UGA '25,


Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Georgia, and welcome to your NEW HOME! At UGA Alpha Phi, we are so excited to have you arrive in Athens this coming August and share in all of the amazing things that our city has to offer. As first-year orientation begins, we wanted to compile a list of all our favorite restaurants, shops, and places in Athens to visit during your stay! We wish you the best of luck as you begin your freshman year and, as always, Go Dawgs!




On Campus Must-Sees


UGA's Main Campus is 762 acres and includes 465 different buildings, so it can be a bit overwhelming at first...but don't worry! You'll become a master of our campus before you know it!


North Campus


North Campus is the historic part of campus, and an Alpha Phi favorite for taking photos prior to events like Formals and Semis!

The UGA Chapel is a popular photo spot, and is located right off of the North Campus lawn where people have picnics, play frisbee, or just hang out! This is also a popular location for senior photos, and where we held our first PC '19 photoshoot!

This is also where you'll find the Chapel Bell, where it's a UGA tradition to ring the bell when something good happens!


The Arch is a huge tradition at UGA! Right next to downtown Athens, the Arch marks the entrance to North Campus...but be careful! Legend has it, if you walk under the Arch during undergrad, you won't graduate!



Also, be sure to check out the UGA Fountain and Herty Field, UGA's first football field, right across from Moore College on North campus!


Central Campus


Central campus is home to much of the student activity at UGA! This is where you will find the Tate Student Center, where you park for orientation, The MLC (Miller Learning Center), The UGA Bookstore, and, of course, Sanford Stadium!





South Campus

  • UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

  • College of Education

  • School of Social Work

  • Stegman Coliseum

East Campus

  • Ramsey Student Center- our on-campus recreational facility!

  • East Campus Village Dorms

  • The State Botanical Garden of Georgia


Alpha Phi's Favorites | The Best of Athens




Favorite Shops to Visit

  • Pitaya | 282 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • The Indigo Child | 264 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • fab'rik | 142 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Red Dress Boutique | 147 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601

  • Cheeky Peach | 160 W Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • American Threads | 269 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Urban Outfitters | 155 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Fringe | 153 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Dress Up | 198 W Broad St b100, Athens, GA 30601

  • The Impeccable Pig | 154 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

Favorite Dessert Spots

  • 4 Fat Cows | 723 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30605

  • Ben & Jerry's | 105 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601

  • Last Resort Grill | 174-184 W Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • (Their cheesecake is AMAZING!!!)

  • Pauley's | 134 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Alumni Cookie Dough | 480 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Insomnia Cookies | 228 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Nezda's | 1591 S Lumpkin St Suite A, Athens, GA 30606

  • Bruster's | 1029 Athens W Pkwy, Athens, GA 30606irst-y

  • Pelican's | 510 Baxter Street Suites A&B, Athens, GA 30605

  • If you're living in Brumby, this is super close to your dorm!

Favorite Restaurants

  • Taqueria Tsunami | 320 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • The Local 706 | 1676 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606

  • El Barrio | 1331 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

  • The Place | 229 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30608

  • Ahi Hibachi & Poke | 89 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Athens Wok | 493 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Cafe on Lumpkin | 1700 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606

  • Cali N Tito's | 1427 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605

  • Pauley's | 134 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Taqueria del Sol | 334 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601

  • South Kitchen + Bar | 247 E Washington St Suite 101, Athens, GA 30601

  • Starland | 145 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Maepole | 1021 N Chase St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Clocked | 259 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601

  • De Palma's | 401 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Bubble Cafe | 247 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Trappeze | 269 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Chuck's Fish | 220 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Marker 7 Coastal Grill | 1195 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

  • Jinya Ramen | 351 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Five & Ten | 1073 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

  • Last Resort Grill | 174-184 W Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Five Bar | 269 N Hull St STE 100, Athens, GA 30601

  • Hybar | On top of the Hyatt Place, 412 N. Thomas Street Rooftop, Athens, GA 30601

  • Rooftop restaurant known for its awesome view of ATH!

  • Shokitini | 251 W Clayton St STE 117, Athens, GA 30601

  • Seabear Oyster Bar | 297 Prince Ave STE 10, Athens, GA 30601

***Note: For the best brunch in Athens, check out Mama's Boy!


Best Coffee

  • 1000 Faces | 510 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Jittery Joe's | 297 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Condor | 1658 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606

  • Au Bon Pain | 790 S S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605

  • Zombie Coffee & Donuts | 350 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

  • Sips | 1390 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30606

  • Hendershots | 237 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601

  • Walkers | 128 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601

There is also a Starbucks downtown across from Chick-fil-a!


Our Favorite Things to Do in ATH

  • Picnics on the Quad or on North Campus

  • Stargazing at Iron Horse

  • Hiking at the Nature Center

  • Oconee River Greenway

  • IM Picnics

  • Ramsey Workouts

  • Running or walking down Milledge

  • Lake Herrick


Best Study Spots

  • MLC Floor 3 [Reading Room]

  • The Law Library

  • Walker's

  • Starbucks Downtown Upstairs

  • Picnic Tables Downtown

  • North Campus

  • Tate Fifth Floor

  • MLC/Tate Lawn

  • Jittery Joes at 5 Points

  • Terry Courtyard

  • Main Library

(Of course, a special shoutout to the Alpha Phi library in our house...our live-ins' fav study spot!)





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