There’s a unique feel to Downtown Macon. From local store fronts to restaurants and bars to live music venues, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Follow your nose and choose from an array of local restaurants. The Rookery, opened since 1976, is one of Macon’s most noticeable landmarks. Best known for their out-of-this-world burgers and mouth-watering milkshakes, it’s a must-try. If you’re a fan of authentic Mexican food, La Bella Morelia is the place to go. Test out their marinate pork (al pastor), beef barbecue (barbacoa), or cow tongue (lengua) on a taco, tostado, quesadilla, or burrito. Looking for something a bit more upscale? Downtown Grill is an English Steakhouse that specializes in prime cut Black Angus steaks, fresh pasta dishes, and decadent desserts. Yes, please.
Find the perfect gift to take home to your loved one or something for yourself at one of our local shops. Travis Jean Emporium offers an eclectic selection of local products, gifts, antiques, art, candles, jewelry, and more. If you’re in need of some new threads, check out Daphne’s 525. From stylish tops to gorgeous accessories, they have everything you need for a night out on the town. If you’re a fan of getting a good deal, stop by Wear, a local thrift store offering high-quality clothing at a low price. There’s also a few record stores downtown for you music fans. Fresh Produce Records has a wide selection of old favorites and new independent releases. Falling Star Records sells vinyl records, turntables, and local works of art.
Experience Macon's culture at one of the downtown galleries and museums. Shop local art at Macon Arts Alliance. The Gallery exhibits and sells work by more than 200 artists in an array of media. If you're a fan of music, head to Gallery West and see iconic photos of music legends including The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, and more. Macon's culture continues at our many museums. Walk around The Tubman Museum and learn about African American art, history, and culture. Are you a sports fan? Explore the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the largest states' sports hall in the country. Tour Hay House to see beautiful architecture and explore the Cannonball House, the only house struck during Stoneman's Raid on Macon in 1864. Ramble down to The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House to see the largest collection of ABB memorabilia in the world.
Macon’s vibrant music venues and nightlife scene add to downtown’s unique feel. Known for hosting big names like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Travis Tritt, Fantasia, and more, Macon City Auditorium is one of Macon’s most popular music venues. First opening its’ doors in 1916, Hargray Capitol Theatre has become a cornerstone in the revitalization effort of Downtown Macon. You can see up-and-coming artists like George Winston and Susto and headliners like Drive-By Truckers, Portugal. The Man, and Phillip Phillips alike. Doubling as both a bar and music venue, Hummingbird Stage & Taproom is a cool place to grab a drink, hang out with friends, and listen to great live music. Just across the street, The Thirsty Turtle hosts hip hop artists like Young Dro, Ying Yang Twins, and Pastor Troy. Grant’s Lounge has seen performances by The Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more since it opened in 1970. It continues to be a hub for talented musicians to gathers and play their music.