5 Foodie Things to do in Marietta, Georgia

Five foodie things to do in Marietta, Georgia. From farmers markets to diners and dives, Marietta is a food forward gem of a city in the American South.

While most visitors to Georgia make the usual pit stops in Atlanta and along the coast, I’m highlighting food-forward cities throughout the American South you may not have thought to explore. Our first stop was the city of Duluth in the northeast suburbs of Atlanta, but next, we’re headed northwest to Marietta.

Marietta, Georgia, is a small city of 60,000 people located in Cobb County, which is a short 30-minute drive north on Interstate 75 from downtown Atlanta. While most people drive straight through on their way to Atlanta or Florida, the food-obsessed traveler should make Marietta a must-stop on their road trip map. Read on for five foodie things to do next time you’re in Marietta.

Eat Your Way Through Marietta Square on the Marietta Food Tour

Two hands holding a blue plate with barbecued chicken; things to do in Marietta, Georgia.

Marietta Square has been the epicenter of life in Marietta, Georgia, since the town’s inception in 1834. Now you can explore the modern-day square through its food with Marietta Food Tours. Break out your walking shoes and your elastic band pants and get ready to taste your way through 12 food and beverage locations in Marietta’s historic district.

Grab a Brew at Red Hare Brewing Company

If you’re traveling through Marietta, Georgia, you must grab a pint at the city’s only microbrew, Red Hare Brewing Company. With five year-round and 12 seasonal brews, there will surely be something to satisfy your suds craving. We also love Red Hare for its commitment to sustainability as this was the world’s first brewery to use a 90 percent recyclable can. We’ll drink to that!

Eat and Drink Local at The Butcher, The Baker

In the mood for a Southern yet modern meal? Marietta’s The Butcher, The Baker has you covered. From locally-raised pork belly to hominy and radicchio salads, The Butcher, The Baker is modern Georgia cuisine at its finest.

Browse This Season’s Harvest at the Marietta Square Farmers Market

Love eating out but want to try your hand at cooking Georgia’s harvest bounty? Head to the Marietta Square Farmers Market to pick up the season’s freshest produce and meet local farmers. Open every Saturday year-round and on Sundays in warmer weather, the market features over 65 local Cobb County vendors.

Get Your Late-night Grub on at Marietta Diner

We all love a greasy spoon after a late night (or very early morning), and Marietta Diner is the spot for round-the-clock craving. Opened in 1995 and featured on Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this neon-adorned diner is like stepping back in time to the height of 1950s Americana. Don’t miss the milkshakes!

Marietta, Georgia: Travel Tips

  • How to get there: Fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Marietta is a 30-minute car ride north on Interstate 75.
  • Where to stay: Marietta boasts an array of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. Book your Marietta, GA hotel here.
  • How to get around: Marietta Square is walkable, and buses are an easy option for venturing outside the downtown area. Rideshares are also gaining popularity throughout Georgia.

Marietta, Georgia, is full of delicious restaurants, tasty breweries, and farm-to-table food culture. Don’t miss all that this small southern town has to offer on your next trip through the South. And don’t miss the other cities on my American South foodie travel series!


Kristina Todini, RDN of Fork in the Road cutting vegetables in an outdoor kitchen.

Author: Kristina Todini, RDN

I'm a registered dietitian who believes that food should be good for you AND good for the planet. Join me in taking the "fork in the road" to eat green and live sustainably.

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