A Guide to Atlanta's Shopping Districts

Get that till-you-drop fix at these centers and boutiques.

Attention shopaholics (or anyone who’s in the mood to do some spending): This simple itinerary will help you plan a day of window-shopping, browsing through glamorous shops or just searching for that perfect item to remind you of your Atlanta trip.

Virginia Highland

Starting Point: Intersection of North Highland and Virginia avenues

Vibe: Diverse, trendy and family-friendly

Virginia-Highland offers a variety of stores, boutiques, galleries and eateries. Local and independent retailers line the street to create a unique experience. This diverse shopping district has everything—from trendy apparel, antiques and accessories to furniture and trade-specific stores. Stroll along Virginia and Highland avenues to discover hand-knit toys at Bla Bla Kids, handmade jewelry at Judith Bright and adventure equipment at Half-Moon Outfitters. After a few hours of shopping, stop by Natural Body of Morningside or one of the other spas and salons to experience a full day of relaxation. 

The quaint sidewalk cafés, such as the European-style Café 640, are the perfect way to start a morning. For those in the mood for a quick treat, pop into Murphy’s restaurant and choose something from the bakery menu. The Warren City Club has been voted the best brunch in the city for three years by City Search. 

Murphy's restaurant

Buckhead

Starting Point: Peachtree Road

Vibe: High-end fashion

Located near the exquisite Governor’s Mansion and some of the city’s most highly rated restaurants, Buckhead offers a wide range of stores (more than 1,400 retail units) to make it the ideal shopping destination. With Lenox Square on one side of Peachtree Street and Phipps Plaza on the other (with even more shopping spots in the area), shoppers will be able to spot anything they are searching for.

With Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue and Belk, there is something at Phipps Plaza for everyone. Legoland Discovery Center and an AMC movie theater are conveniently there for those who are not in the mood to shop.

Lenox Square offers additional options such as Neiman Marcus, David Yurman and many more specialty shops. French restaurant Anis offer delicious cuisine and a glimpse inside old Buckhead through its old building. 

Adding to Buckhead’s fashion-forward stores this fall are EtroHermes and Spanx with the opening of Buckhead AtlantaAppetizing restaurants will accompany the expansion with both expensive and more affordable options, such as Shake Shack and Doraku Sushi.

Westside Provisions District

Starting Point: Howell Mill Road between 14th Street & Huff Road

Vibe: Trendy, eclectic, stylish

Meatpacking district turned neighborhood, this hip area is home to unique boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more. Westside Provisions District is the place to go for those looking for a combination of the prominent brand stores of today and less common, but more specialized, brands. Pick up fashionable workout outfits at Lululemon Athletica or dive into Everything But Water for designer swimwear. Also located at Westside are Anthropologie, Ann Mashburn, G. Gilbert and more. 

For those looking to surprise someone special, stop by Le Jardin Français for some flowers and then head over to Perrine’s Wine Shop for artisan cheese and decadent wine.

There are plenty of restaurants throughout this outdoor area, including Zagat-acclaimed Bacchanalia with a prix-fixe menu or Ormsby’s tavern with pub food and a vast craft-beer selection. Top off the outing at Yoforia with some frozen yogurt and natural ingredients.

Atlantic Station

Starting Point: Atlantic Drive NW

Vibe: Sustainable, contemporary, diverse

Located in an economically friendly development, Atlantic Station provides shoppers with more than 50 stores to explore.

From anything and everything at Target to stylish clothes at American Apparel, and then furniture for homes at Ikea, people can find whatever they are looking for—and things that might surprise them.

Stop by Meehan’s Public House for a pint and bite to eat at the traditional Irish pub or over to Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro for New Orleans dishes and, of course, cheesecake.

Little Five Points

Starting Point: Euclid Avenue NE

Vibe: Hipster, boho, alternative

Little Five Points' name hails from the “five points” in the center of Atlanta where the main MARTA lines come together. This funky shopping area is home to some of the most eclectic shops around.

Browse through books at Charis Books and More, an independent and feminist bookstore that is one of the oldest in the Southeast, or search through Rag-O-Rama for hidden treasures in this consignment store.

Don’t let the huge skull display scare be off-putting—The Vortex Bar and Grill boasts to making the best burger in Atlanta.

Midtown Mile

Starting Point: Peachtree Street

Vibe: Urban, artsy, sophisticated

Although this shopping district spans more than 14 blocks, it is a stretch of shopping that shouldn’t be missed.

Home to unique retailers in Atlanta such as CB2 and EcoDenizen, shoppers will find modern furniture, chic boutiques, vintage accessories and more at Midtown Mile.

For those that are hungry and not in the shopping mood, grab a seat at Bantam + Biddy, a diner specializing in rotisserie chicken. Ecco, Esquire’s 2006 “Best New Restaurant in America,” is also located in this shopping district, offering cheese and meat boards, pizza and pasta made in-house.

Maridane Hewes
About the author

Maridane serves as the associate travel editor for Where. Studying journalism and Italian at the University of Missis...