Guide to Shopping in Atlanta
As a major travel hub in South-Eastern USA, the city of Atlanta gets a constant flow of tourists. And while many of them might just find themselves between two flights, there will be plenty of those who, whether they are traveling to Atlanta for business or for leisure, will want to do a bit of shopping. And this is one aspect of Atlanta that tourists will find quite pleasing.
As one of the biggest cities in the US, Atlanta offers a complete shopping experience, as it offers everything from local bakeries and typical suburban malls to fashion boutiques. This short guide to shopping in Atlanta looks at the most popular stores, malls and shopping areas in The Gate City (as Atlanta is sometimes dubbed):
Shopping in Downtown Atlanta
Downtown Atlanta is a good place to start your shopping spree – although you should know that the downtown area is far larger than just a few blocks, do don’t expect to be able to walk between all the places I mention here. Located in the heart of the city, the Atlantic Station is one of the most popular shopping centers in Atlanta. Underground Atlanta is definitely worth a visit, if not for the sake of its numerous shops and restaurants then definitely for the thrill of shopping underground. For high street shopping and designer fashion, your best bet would be the areas around Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
Atlanta has plenty of malls to choose from. Some are are centrally-located, such as the Peachtree Center Mall or Lenox Square Mall, but the great majority are scattered around the city’s neighborhoods. So are Cumberland Mall, Northpoint Mall or Perimeter Mall. Here you can choose between hundreds of American and international brands, enjoy a family meal or simply amuse yourself with a bit of window shopping. For some fabulous outlet shopping deals, get out of Atlanta and head for North Georgia Premium Outlets.
When it comes to souvenirs, you should know that Atlanta has a lot to offer – the only trick is to know where to look and what to look for. Underground Atlanta is great if you’re in a hurry. However, more pretentious shoppers might consider shopping along Bennet Street, a premiere arts and crafts shopping district. Decatur Square and Buckhead are also frequented by arts lovers: here you can buy some high quality souvenirs – such as antiques, or various art objects created by local artists and artisans.