Milledgeville's downtown district is brimming with history, charm, and local flavor. This guide highlights the must-see attractions and activities, from historic tours to trendy eateries, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

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Wake Up with Blackbird Coffee

Blackbird is a local coffee shop downtown with a warm atmosphere and delicious baked goods, including their oatmeal raisin cookies and apple cinnamon scones. Their in-house small-batch roaster guarantees the freshest premium coffee crafted by skilled baristas while offering insight and knowledge on the best brew for you. Enjoy their wide selection of beverages including cappuccinos, white mocha lattes, cold brews, apple ciders, smoothies, and more.

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Tour Historic Downtown 

Once the coffee has kicked in, immerse yourself in the self-guided Historic Walking Tour of Milledgeville’s significant landmarks. Founded in 1803, Milledgeville was designed to be the capital city of Georgia, boasting a series of squares adorned with stunning architecture.   Grab the walking tour brochure at the Visitors Center and begin exploring the architectural grandeur of the town on a scenic walk down oak-lined streets. 

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Get Brunch at the Local Yolkal

Are you hungry yet? Local Yolkal is an amazing brunch spot located in the heart of downtown. With mouth-watering omelets, fluffy waffles, and their award-winning Eggs Benedict, there’s an option for every taste. This local favorite prides itself on its incredible service, memorable food, and colorful environment.

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Treat Yourself at Doodle’s Cupcake Bakery

For those with a sweet tooth, Doodle’s Cupcake Bakery is a must-visit. Located within walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Downtown Milledgeville, Doodle’s offers delicious cupcakes and gourmet treats. With new flavors added regularly, there’s always a new and memorable experience waiting for you. 

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Kayak at the Greenway

Enjoy a cool breeze and relaxation on the Oconee River. Take a walk along the Oconee River Greenway trails, or enlist the help of a local outfitter to get you on the water. Oconee Outfitters and Mac’s Yaks Kayak Rental offer equipment rentals and guided kayaking tours, giving everyone the opportunity for adventure. ​

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Dine in Downtown’s Updated Restaurants

A downtown favorite since 2009, Metropolis Cafe is serving up its delicious Mediterranean foods in a new and fresh location. Enjoy classic Greek gyros, spanakopita, and falafel locals love in a modern location, just across Wayne Street from the former location. The new location features an expansive dining room with upscale decorations and ambiance. The bar has also expanded into a large area for refreshments and entertainment. Shima Sushi Bar & Grill is another downtown spot to reinvent themselves. With an expected opening in early June 2024, this popular downtown restaurant will be serving their customizable Bento boxes and sushi rolls in an entirely renovated interior, boasting contemporary finishes and a full bar for customers to enjoy.  

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Shop Around Town

Find stylish clothing and luxury items at the heart of our Downtown District along West Hancock Street and North Wayne Street. If you are looking for trendy outfits and accessories shop at our local boutiques, French Vill'Edge, Firefly Boutique, and more. Carefully curated home decor and vintage treasures can be found at The Market Collective, while unique gifts are discovered at Eclectic. The latter has joined the group of downtown businesses to upgrade their space. Be sure to check out their new storefront, located next door to the new Metropolis. 

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Explore Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion

Learn about Milledgeville’s years serving as Georgia’s capital city by touring Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion. Completed in 1839, this High Greek Revival building housed eight of Georgia’s chief executives. The Old Governor’s Mansion has been restored to its original appearance, standing significantly as a National Historic Landmark available for tours and offering a glimpse into the roles of the former inhabitants of the house.  

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Dine at Taste and See

Experience casual vegan dining at Taste & See Plant-Based Eatery. From pulled jackfruit barbecue, to jerked tofu or their Taste & See Burger, made with Beyond Meat, their menu promotes holistic health and wellness through specialty cuisine. 

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Sip on a Refreshing Cocktail at Bollywood Tacos

To wrap up the day, grab a drink at Bollywood Tacos located at 107 W Hancock St. They have a variety of cocktails including mimosas, bloody marys, and of course a variety of different flavored margaritas. Pair it with a plate of nachos, chips and dips, or a fried avocado basket before settling down for the night. 

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Stay in a Downtown Rental

Rest your head in one of Milledgeville’s many downtown accommodations. Immerse yourself in the charm of these historic properties, while enjoying the modern conveniences of their stylish upgrades.