A couple weeks ago we had a visitor for the weekend, which was the perfect excuse to go out and explore a little bit of our new city. My Mr. and I had heard about the World of Coca-Cola—the company is headquartered here—but weren’t sure if we were interested in actually visiting. Cheesy tourist attraction, we thought. Well, when you have company visiting from out of town, all bets are off and even tourist traps make the list of possible things to do. So, we went. And it turns out, it was pretty cute. Our visit kicked off with a short, sentimental film that illustrates Coca-Cola’s global reach (its theme of connectivity and one-ness made the traveler in me weepy). From there, we toured a mock bottling facility, visited the vault where the original recipe is stored, and—my favorite—got a massive sugar buzz in the international tasting room. (My favorites were a Melon Frosty Fanta from Thailand and a Pineapple Fanta from Greece.) We even taste-tested a new Mango Fanta. By the end of our two hours inside, our curiosity was quenched.
These beautiful bottles were designed for the Atlanta Olympics and represent different countries.
So much vintage and international Coca-Cola paraphernalia is kept and displayed here.
How the bottling process works…
The Vault, where the original recipe is stored. Or, so they say.
“Surveillance” is heavy in there.
These magical monitors turned the faces of passersby into effervescence.
There it is—The Vault.
Recognize that guy?
Another favorite from the tasting room—banana-flavored Inca Kola, which you’ve undoubtedly tried if you’ve been to Peru.
Asian Coke products…
And, of course, American.
A fridge full of Mango Fanta. SO sweet, yet, so good.
And complimentary glass-bottle Cokes for everyone on their way out.
The shop was loaded with nostalgia, too, like these soda-flavored Lip Smackers, which were so ubiquitous among my friends and me so many years ago.
Sometimes, a little nostalgia just hits the spot.