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30 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta on I-85, Gwinnett is a suburban destination with a growing reputation for cool downtowns, international food, great theater (our very own Aurora Theatre was just named "Best Theatre in metro Atlanta" by Creative Loafing) and the most diverse shopping in metro Atlanta.
Our county includes award-winning towns like Suwanee (named as one of Money magazines Top 10 cities); the 112-acre National Register of Historic Places district of downtown Norcross; the great restaurants, historic town square and arty happenings of Historic Lawrenceville and Historic Buford, plus many others!
International & Organic Foodies Rejoice
Gwinnett, or Seoul of the South, has the South's largest Korean population. And it is the home of Atlanta's top international food markets - Super H Mart, Assi Plaza, the International Farmers Market and the Global Mall. Kimchee chefs, amazing food courts, Korean-infused kitchen items and some of the best food photo ops in town are just the beginning. Whether you are looking for Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese or something you can't find anywhere else, head to Gwinnett. The Mega Mart features thousands of unique food & home items, many with an Asian Flair. Make sure to check out our Korean Dining Guide here.
Explore Gwinnett has a Korean speaking staff member, Sarah Park, who can assist in getting information and interviews.
For locally-grown produce and organic specialties, foodies can choose from our many seasonal Farmers Markets that are held from spring to early fall in Suwanee, Lilburn, Grayson, Stone Mountain and Auburn.
From May-October, visitors can find out why there is a lot more para-normal than normal in Gwinnett! Historic downtown Lawrenceville (scarystroll.com) has a history rich in Native American culture, Civil War stories and various quirky characters. Take a scary stroll and hear about flying corpses, the heiress who was kidnapped and buried alive and what REALLY happened at the old jail.
The Haunted History Walks of Norcross gives you insight into their most infamous spirits, historic figures and horrifying supernatural experiences.
Beginning in September, Netherworld Haunted House - Rated #3 in The Country's Top Haunts for 2014 (www.hauntworld.com) - opens their doors for a frightfully scary experience!
The New Downtown Experience
Gwinnett's cities are an eclectic mix of new and old, but all are bursting with events, cafes, kid-friendly developments and wide-open green space. The award-winning Suwanee and Suwanee Town Center Park features a wide array of restaurants, shops and galleries, anchored by a 10-acre urban-style park, the Big Splash interactive water fountain and the Suwanee Creek Greenway.
Norcross is known as 'a place to imagine." This historic town, with a downtown fully located on the National Register of Historic Places, has a drive to bring arts, music and a creative flair to every event and restaurant. Downtown restaurants are dotted with local artwork, and one of Atlanta's top juried art festivals, the Norcross Art Fest, is held here every October.
Historic Lawrenceville is anchored by the 1885 Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, home of notorious publisher Larry Flynt's trial and shooting. There's a rooftop bar, live music, shops, antiques and it's the home of metro Atlanta's top professional theater, the Aurora Theatre. Historic Buford is home of the Tannery Row Artist Colony, and Downtown Duluth's Town Green is a hotbed of festivals, special events and more.
The BAPS Hindu Temple is the largest temple in the U.S. and one of metro Atlanta's most spectacular cultural highlights. Visitors can tour the temple and guided tours are available. Tour highlights include the viewing of the sacred deities and the Aarti Ceremony. The entire Mandir was carved by hand. See website for dress restrictions and viewing times.