I heard recently from an Atlanta native that almost a half a century ago, Atlanta was a small town just like Birmingham. The only thing that helped us grow into the city that we are today is that the city of Atlanta decided to invest in building our airport. Which is how we were able to grow in diversity and (my favorite part) diversify our restaurant scene, like with the newly opened Brasserie at Bazati.
That Atlanta native was one of the founders of Bazati, who was born and raised in Atlanta but found himself in investment banking and traveling around the world leaving Atlanta to grow up a bit before he returned.
When he came back to Atlanta, he missed being able to pop into a café like in Paris for a meeting and realized that Atlanta needed a space reminiscent of his time abroad.
What he ended up developing is a unique area to have business meetings, indulge in a good meal, and be in an atmosphere that is casual enough to pop in on your morning walk down the beltline and sophisticated enough to dress up for a special night out.
Bazati has a lot of different features to immerse yourself in. The bottom floor is home to the Brasserie, a gorgeous coffee shop, breakfast area, and dining space with mid-century modern light fixtures and plush blue velvet seating. The back of the bottom floor is a couple of different shops selling bespoke umbrellas, leather goods, a flower shop, and a Monocle shop. The top is a Yucatan Peninsula themed restaurant with fantastically authentic dishes and an impressive view of Old Fourth Ward from the Beltline.
It’s a great place to settle in, whether that’s for a business meeting, a girls night out, a stop along the beltline, or even just to pop in and snap a photo for social media.
It’s sure to please all palates, as it’s satiated my need for an accessible French cafe within walking distance of my home.