Retail Therapy

Fast Facts

  • The city is home to AmericasMart Atlanta, the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise.
  • Atlanta has the second-and third-largest malls in the Southeast, Perimeter Mall and Lenox Square, which are both located within the metro area.
  • Atlantic Station, designed as a city within a city, boasts 138 acres of outdoor shopping, dining options and greenspace.
  • Highland Row Antiques, Kudzu Antique Market and Paris on Ponce are all ranked among USA Today’s “10 Best Antique Shops.”

Shopping Collective

One of Atlanta’s new favorite shopping scenes is the mammoth Ponce City Market. Situated along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, Ponce City Market is a unique collection of chef-driven restaurants and stalls alongside a variety of local, regional and national brands. From fashionistas to outdoorsmen, Ponce City Market has more than 25 retail options for every shopper including Anthropologie, Citizen Supply, J. Crew, lululemon, Frye, Ponce Denim Company, Sephora and West Elm.

Handmade in Atlanta

Co-operative showrooms across the city support this “made local” movement by featuring the works of local artisans and providing a place to incubate local talent. The Beehive is credited with being the first boutique in the city with the sole focus of showcasing local entrepreneurs. The Beehive isn’t just a store, it’s a community that provides support for like-minded designers and gives customers the chance to form relationships with the artists who make the products they purchase from the boutique. Atlanta MADE, on the city’s Westside, is another showroom that features more than 70 local merchants. Products includes everything from furniture and jewelry to organic skin care products. The Collective is located next door to Krog Street Market in Inman Park with a similar concept. This collection of local artists offers a multitude of products including antiques, vintage and handmade clothing, succulents and much more.

Antique Hunters Paradise

Due to its storied past, Atlanta is a hotspot for collectors and antique hunters drawn to the city’s concentration of antique shops and markets. Scott Antique Market, self-proclaimed as “America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt,” is the world’s-largest monthly-indoor antique show. More traditional Southern artifacts can be found at Chamblee’s Antique Row District, 14th Street Antiques Market or Peachtree Battle Antiques and Interiors. Midcentury modern fans will enjoy Highland Row Antiques and Kudzu Antiques. For quirkier vintage finds, visit Paris on Ponce or Desperate Housewares.

Rodeo Drive of the South

Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood is long-established as the destination for fashionistas. Along less than two miles on Peachtree Road, Buckhead boasts three high-end shopping complexes earning the nickname of the “Rodeo Drive of the South.” Lenox Square opened in 1959, beginning Buckhead’s shopping story. The mall remains one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city and recently completed a large-scale upgrade with new retail 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 “Beverly Hills of the East.” The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, an all-encompassing shopping district, is raising the neighborhood’s luxury game. Visitors now have access to first-to-market restaurants such as Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen and Le Bilboquet, and luxury designers like Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Bonobos and Canali.