Like any capital, Atlanta has its fair share of shopping and leisure activities you can enjoy but there are some neighborhoods and communities that have cute districts or bold options that make the simple task of shopping there more of an enjoyable experience. Here are a few that are local faves:
The newest addition to the city’s shopping scene is Buckhead Atlanta. This development lay unused and in construction for the longest time until recently when new developers took over and gave it a new lease of life. What was a potential eyesore in one of the fancier neighborhoods is now a must-do/must-see destination for many. The shops here are a mix of high-end lifestyle and fashion brands as well as multi-cuisine restaurants. Must try eateries include Doraku Sushi and Le Bilboquet.
Another similar shopping experience but with much more affordable brands is the Atlantic Station area. It offers big brand labels, department stores and smaller boutiques. They host a series of events all year round as well so if you wanted entertainment other than shopping then you can head to the movies, eat at one of the many restaurants or enjoy the free and open to the public activities hosted on Central Park.
The Westside Provision District, or WPD as locals like to call it, has its own share of unique shopping and eateries. Luxury brand names such as Calypso St. Barth, Ann Mashburn and Everything But Water can be found here. You can find Chef Ford Fry’s JCT Kitchen as well as Yeah Burger and Yoforia call this space home. The design district nearby is a great resource for all your home furnishings and fabric finds.
Virginia Highlands offers a central shopping and dining area entrenched in the community. So you will find yourself amidst residences every now and then but walk a little further and you will hit another set of shops and restaurants. Burgers, Italian, seafood – you are covered. Shop for home linens or clothing, jewelry or gardens – its all here. Walking around the area, you will feel a more relaxed vibe compared to most other shopping center points. A lot of neighborhood events are also hosted here so give the events calendar a peek before you venture over.
For quirkier shopping sprees and your chance to find some unique vintage fare, Little Five Points comes highly recommended. Rest assured no other area can quite match the character this place offers. You will find thrift stores, bars, music and bookstores, restaurants, and more. The artsy types among you will love the vibe here. Parking is going to be a bit of an issue so look for street parking or paid parking closer to the establishments you plan to visit.
No matter your choice of shopping venue, you are sure to find something to cater to your tastes. Atlanta shopping never disappoints!