If you need to buy something — anything — in Atlanta, you can. Even if you don’t need to buy something, you will find something that you suddenly must have. Atlanta is known as the shopping capital of the Southeast and there are plenty of options — from high-end national chains to funky boutiques and second-hand stores. Let’s have some retail therapy.
Atlanta has some of the most popular and successful malls in the country. Two of the signature ones are Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, both across the street from each other in Buckhead. Combined they have about 150 shops ranging from department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, to high end shops, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s, Gucci and St. John Knit. Of course, there are plenty of options for those of us who don’t carry a Platinum card such as Williams Sonoma, Victoria Secret, Chico’s and Talbots. Both malls have fantastic food options, from updated food courts to high-end restaurants. Phipps Plaza even has LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
A little farther down Peachtree Street are The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, another cluster of stores and restaurants. Enjoy a burger at the Shake Shake and then shop at Hermes, Tod’s and Diptyque. Close to the Shops of Buckhead is the East Andrew Square district where there are wonderful boutiques to explore around several streets.
Other major area malls are Cumberland Mall and Town Center Mall, both in Cobb County, Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, and Gwinnett Place Mall, Sugarloaf Mills and the Mall of Georgia in Gwinnett County.
Not Quite Malls
Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market are two in-town food halls known for its food and boutiques. Krog Street Market was a factory built in the late 1800s but now is a funky “epicurean center” with fantastic restaurants and shops. Among the shops are Mama Bath & Body, The Merchant and The Collective. Not far from Krog is Ponce City Market, century-old building turned into a restaurant and retail wonderland. Among the shops are Alex and Ani, which sells eco-conscious jewelry, Amourt Vert, Archer Paper Goos, Casper, Candlefish and Cubbies, which sells shorts, swim trunks and shirts. Citizen Supply sells local and international artisan goods while Cobbler Union sells luxury shoes and leather accessories.
Another shopping stop is Atlantic Station, which has options such as Dillard’s Dermalogica, Banana Republic and fab’rik. Peachtree Battle is a large community shopping center with more than 50 retail and restaurant properties, including EcoHome, Frolic Boutique and J. McLaughlin. Colony Square, right in the heart of Midtown, underwent a renovation and new shops are restaurants are opening.
Atlanta’s eclectic neighborhoods offer a wide variety of shopping options. Those who appreciate quirky counter-cultural clothes and gifts should head for Little Five Points. This is the place to shop for vintage. Don’t miss the Clothing Warehouse, Rag-O-Rama, Junkman’s Daughter, Psycho Sisters and Stefans Vintage for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories and Wax n Facts and Criminal Records for vinyl records. Nearby Virginia-Highland also has several fun boutiques such as Sugarcoat Beauty Bar, Dakota Jo’s, Urban Cottage and Vernacular. Historic Castleberry Hill, which is close to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is a quaint neighborhood offering specialty shops and bespoke offerings. There are several art galleries and studios as well as unique boutiques such as Keys Denim, iwi Fresh and Habano’s. There are lots of great lofts in the area, which are often used for movies and television shows, so do a little “star” gazing as well as shopping. The Westside of Atlanta has taken on a life of its own. Shops and outlets are popping up everywhere so park the car and walk around, or drive slowly and you’ll find a lot of gems (keep your eye on the road). A good starting point is the Westside Provisions District that has a wide variety of shops including Ann Mashburn (check out the perfectly tailored shirts), Base Brands and its eco-friendly products, Billy Reid (a shop fashioned around owner Billy Reid’s style) and Bungalow Classic.