shop·a·hol·icˌSHäpəˈhôlik,ˌSHäpəˈhälik/ noun informal
- a compulsive shopper.
You’ve found the mothership. Atlanta’s shopping ranges from blue jean emporiums to quaint shopping malls – vintage homewares and chic, fashion forward styles. Get your credit cards ready for the following Atlanta shopping destinations:
This development spans 138 acres and has everything from books to furs to furniture, everything fashionista’s could dream of. In total, Atlantic Station boasts 1 million square feet of retail space. It includes a movie theater and standard stores like Dillard’s, American Eagle Outfitters and Old Navy – as well as unique stores like Big Peach Running Co and Tulipano. At the local IKEA, you will be served local favorites like grits and sweet tea – true to Atlanta form. As you leave, stop by The Grape for a taste of one of the city’s oldest cellars.
For a taste of luxury, don’t miss Buckhead. This chic center is filled with art galleries, boutique stores and antique shops. While it does carry an upscale reputation, shoppers with an eye for a bargain are bound to find something for them. The two main malls at Buckhead are Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, but you do not need to limit yourself to these two locations. Arts, antiques and luxury items can be found along the entire two-block strip that makes up this shopping nexus.
If you turn off of Peachtree Road, you will find one of the most eclectic shopping areas in Atlanta. During the Civil War, this road was used to supply the city. Since that time, it has become an excellent venue for art dealers, antiques and galleries. Don’t miss the first Thursday art walk on Bennett, where locals and tourists alike come for exceptional art, culture, and shopping of course.
Little Five Points
Upscale not your thing? No worries. For a funky experience, stop by Little Five Points. This off-beat location has a hippie-like atmosphere that is filled with quaint shops, taverns and cafes. The Flying Biscuit Cafe is the best place to stop for a cup of coffee and the Junkman’s Daughter is sure to contain an unusual gift. (We also love Criminal Records for great music recommendations!)
This shopping and entertaining district resides in downtown Atlanta, and his home to fantastic stores, restaurants, and nightclubs. The location spans six blocks of shops, all placed below street level. Great for tourists looking for a fun souvenir, beyond shopping options, you will discover live bands, caricature artists, homemade candy and entertainment.
No matter the size of your wallet, Atlanta has all of the shopping destinations that you need. Just make sure leave the stilettos at home – with so many options spanning acres of retail space, your feet will thank you!