Buckhead began long ago as a quiet, rural community, which changed rapidly after Lenox Square Mall opened in its center in 1959. The area’s first skyscraper was built in 1974, and now, Buckhead is home to nearly a third of Atlanta’s high-rise buildings. Today, the sprawling neighborhood encompasses some the city’s most lavish homes, an impressive diversity of retail options, and the city’s third-largest business district.
This area also offers a couple riveting historical sites. The massive Governor’s Mansion offers public tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The recently renovated Atlanta History Center is home to one of the largest Civil War exhibits in the U.S., a Centennial Olympic Games Museum and two historic homes, which transport visitors back in time to their respective eras. The 33-acre campus also features acres of gardens and walking trails, and hosts family-friendly events throughout the year.
Where to Shop in Buckhead
Luxury and couture reign supreme in Buckhead, long considered the “Beverly Hills of the East.” Within just a mile of one another sit luxurious Phipps Plaza, mid-priced Lenox Square Mall and the haute Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The six-block development combines the glimmering, walkable streets of Paris with the couture shops of Rodeo Drive in the heart of Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhood. Adding to the area’s already vast selection of top-notch restaurants and high-end shops, Buckhead Atlanta’s tenants include Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Etro, Theory, Canali, Diptyque, among many others.
Tucked away off Piedmont Road, Miami Circle is replete with interior-design stores, vintage shops and art galleries for design afficionados. For those looking for unique finds from smaller businesses, you'll find your treasures at the many small or locally-owned boutiques speckled throughout Buckhead. Popular stops for fashion-forward Atlantans include Peoples, The Bilt House, Moda404 and Swank.
Where to Eat in Buckhead
Foodies, get ready to fall in love. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a neighborhood in Atlanta that offers the sheer number and variety of restaurants found in Buckhead. Not only are the eateries in this ‘hood widely diverse in cuisine, but they also range in price, ambiance and overall experience.
Or opt for authentic cuisine from around the world, particularly Moroccan cuisine (and belly dancing) at Imperial Fez, Mediterranean dishes (including Chef Karatassos’ famous octopus) at Kyma, Persian food at Sufi’s and Italian fare at La Grotta.
For a casual affair that’s lighter on the wallet but not on taste, you can’t go wrong with a burger, fries and shake from Shake Shack or gusto!, which serves up fresh and healthful food in a fast-casual environment.