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.
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.
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 Etro, Hermes and Spanx with the opening of Buckhead Atlanta. Appetizing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.