Atlanta isn’t just another big city, it’s an urban landscape made up of nearly 45 neighborhoods, grouped into five distinct districts — Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Westside and Eastside.
“When it comes to shopping, Atlanta has an amazing variety,” said Kristin Delahunt, director of convention services, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Buckhead is a mecca for high-end designer apparel and accessories as well as all of the major department stores and brands. DIYers love to hit the home decor, fabric and lighting stores on the Westside, which also boasts many of Atlanta’s most popular independent boutique shops.”
The Atlanta CVB arranged the following itinerary for groups to explore Atlanta’s affluent and eclectic shopping scene.
In Westside, a blending of Georgia Tech’s campus culture with nearby loft communities creates a new district within old industrial spaces. The dining and design scene thrives at Westside Provisions District. Staple eateries Little Star Provisions and JCT. Kitchen & Bar anchor the district as new, lively concepts like Little Trouble and Cooks & Soldiers make a mark.
Once the dining is done, visitors can shop nationally known brands including Design Within Reach and Warby Parker; local favorites including Atlanta MADE, Ann Mashburn and Sid Mashburn; and first-to-market retailers Little Barn Apothecary and Lilith.
Visitors wanting to eat, shop and play should look no further than Atlantic Station. Centered on 17th Street, Atlantic Station has well-known retail brands mixed with casual dining to make a shopping day just a little different.
Hop on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail to explore a few of the city’s newest shopping destinations in Atlanta’s Eastside neighborhood. One of Atlanta’s favorite shopping scenes is Ponce City Market. The market is a distinct collection of chef-driven restaurants and stalls alongside a variety of local, regional and national brands.
Follow the Eastside Trail to Inman Park where Atlanta’s hot spot for foodies and shoppers, Krog Street Market, is located. The market is housed in a renovated 1920s warehouse and features market stalls alongside Southern-grown restaurants and local retail outposts.
Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood is long-established as the destination for fashionistas. Along 2 miles on Peachtree Road, Buckhead boasts three high-end shopping complexes.
Lenox Square remains one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city, and it recently completed a large-scale upgrade with new retail stores, including a two-story Nike store, UGG Australia, Karen Millen and Vince Camuto. Across from Lenox Square sits Phipps Plaza. Phipps offers upscale shopping with more than 100 stores, including Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace and Valentino.
A more recent development cements the neighborhood’s title of the “Beverly Hills of the East.” The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, an all-encompassing shopping district, raises the neighborhood’s luxury game. Visitors have access to first-to-market restaurants such as The Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen and Le Bilboquet, and luxury designers like Hermès, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo.
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau