Beau Shell, a Junior at Cedar Shoals High School sells ice cream and popsicles from his Lil’ Ice Cream Dude truck with his parents Rick and Vickie. In Athens, Georgia, on Sunday, June 28, 2020 Cornerstone Church hosted an event where Beau and his parents sold cold treats and practiced social distancing by putting a table in-between themselves and their customers. (Photo/Sophie Yaeger; shy41872@uga.edu)

Just beyond “the Loop” highway which encircles Athens, this area contains a mix of established subdivisions, new developments and apartment complexes. Convenience to campus and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital makes this area popular with students and faculty alike.

Park it

Southeast Clarke Park sprawls over 124 acres and contains everything from a dog park and BMX/skateboard park to nature paths and a splash-pad playground. 

East Side eateries

  • Choo Choo — Moderately priced Asian fusion and open past midnight.
  • Cali N Tito’s Eastside — Arcade games, picnic tables and vibrant decor. 
  • Mannaweenta — An Ethiopian/Eritrean spot that offers traditional cuisine.

Sweet stuff 

  • Lil Ice Cream Dude’s Cool World — Operated by teenager Beau Shell who got his start at age 8 with an ice cream cart. 
  • Sweetie Pie by Savie — Takeout spot for a quick latte and scone — or where to order an entire cake for your next big event.