Atlanta has fantastic places to go shopping, from the Eastside to the Westside and north to south. Whatever your heart desires, Atlanta's shopping malls and retail districts will likely meet your needs. In the sprawling malls, you'll find everything from America's favorite department stores to exclusive designer boutiques.

    If the weather is good, you can enjoy outdoor shopping. Choose from pedestrian-friendly boulevards, a farmer's market or a hipster neighbourhood where you're bound to stumble upon a treasure. Whether you're searching for unique gifts, luxury brands or casual apparel, our guide to the best places to go shopping in Atlanta will help you on your retail adventure. So grab your billfold and put on some comfy shoes, and start exploring.


    Ponce City Market

    A lively multi-use complex in a revamped historic building

    Ponce City Market is a shopping destination that’s popular among Atlanta locals. The multi-use complex is located in a renovated historic Sears building. It offers some of the city’s best dining, shopping and entertainment under one roof. You can easily spend a couple of hours browsing the retail stores, such as Karoo, Madewell, J Crew, and Anthropologie.

    When you need to refuel, head to the buzzing Central Food Hall in the heart of the venue. Here, you’ll find tasty food created by James Beard Award-winning chefs. There are also takeout stalls offering various cuisines such as Indian street food, Latin-inspired sandwiches and a South African Biltong Bar. End your day at Ponce City at the rooftop Skyline Park and a couple of beverages at the beer garden.

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    Location: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 404-900-7900


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    Atlantic Station

    A one-stop place for dining, shopping, and entertainment

    Atlantic Station is the name given to both the shopping mall and high-end commercial and residential area in Atlanta’s Westside. The open-air mall features walkable brick-paved streets and a Central Park – a mini version of New York’s. If you’re looking for everyday items or want to splurge on new clothes, cosmetics or gifts for yourself and your loved ones, Atlantic Station is a great destination.

    More than 50 shops line the streets, including Gap, Target, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Express, and Banana Republic. You can easily switch between window shopping to grabbing a bite to eat at one of the cafes or restaurants. Ask for a takeout meal and enjoy a picnic in Central Park. The park regularly hosts concerts, free movies, and events such as BODIES The Exhibition and Cirque de Soleil. The neighbourhood is also home to the Millennium Gate Museum and Robert C. Williams Paper Museum.

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    Location: 1380 Atlantic Dr, Atlanta, GA 30363, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11.30 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 404-733-1221


    Phipps Plaza

    Shop for designer names and high-end luxury brands

    Phipps Plaza is an upscale shopping destination in the Buckhead district, about 9 miles north of Downtown Atlanta. Besides department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, there are more than 100 iconic designer stores. Window shop or splurge at Dior, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton.

    If you aren’t in the mood to dig deep into your pockets, brands like Celine, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch have less expensive options. Pause your shopping spree and enjoy a movie or take a seat at one of the fast-food joints or fine-dining restaurants found in Phipps Plaza.

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    Location: 3500 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 404-262-0992


    Lenox Square

    A local landmark since 1959

    Lenox Square is a shopping landmark in Atlanta. From the moment you step foot through the impressive double-storey glass entrance of the square, you'll understand why it's been a top-ranking shopping destination for decades. The shopping mall features unique designer stores, dramatic architecture and several full-service restaurants. Shop for casual staples at J.Crew and Banana Republic or spoil yourself or a loved one with a classy item from boutiques such as Fendi, Prada or Diesel.

    Across the street, you'll find Shops Around Lenox. The open-air, semi-circle shopping complex combines art, design, fashion and food. Whether you're looking for a thoughtful gift, funky stationery or boutique clothing, you're sure to find it at one of the shops. After your shopping, have lunch at one of the surrounding restaurants.

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    Location: 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 404-233-6767


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    Buckhead Village District

    For a sophisticated and diverse shopping experience

    Recently revamped, Buckhead Village District is a walkable 6-block community complex for shopping, dining and mingling in beautifully landscaped streets. There are over 50 luxury retailers, including Dior, Hermes, Tom Ford and Christian Louboutin. Plan to visit on a Saturday to enjoy a sidewalk stroll and discover local pop-ups who set up their stalls on Buckhead Avenue.

    Have a rest at the Veranda, a sizeable covered gathering space, and enjoy live music from local musicians on Saturdays and Sunday from noon to 2 pm. You can reach Buckhead Village on the MARTA Red Line and exit at Buckhead Station. From there, it’s a 1-mile taxi cab or bus (no.110) ride to Buckhead Village District.

    Location: 3035 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 404-939-9270


    Edgewood Retail District

    A family-friendly shopping hub

    Edgewood Retail District is a mixed-use commercial area about 4 miles east of Downtown Atlanta. With restaurants, department stores and street-level shopping, the district will satisfy all your shopping needs. National brands available here include Target, Best Buy, Kroger, and Barnes & Noble.

    You won’t go hungry during your shopping expedition in Edgewood. Choose from popular spots like Ru San’s, Shane’s Rib Shack, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, and Willy’s Mexicana Broil. Getting to Edgewood Retail District is easy. Take the MARTA blue or green line and exit at Inman Park/Reynoldstown Station. Edgewood is half a mile walk from here.

    Location: 1250 Caroline St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 404-222-9910


    Cumberland Mall

    Reliable mall with some of America’s most famous brands

    Cumberland Mall is a sprawling shopping mall located near the suburbs of Smyrna and Vinings in the north of Atlanta. With anchor stores such as Macy’s, Costco, H&M, Apple, Forever21, and Sephora, it’s a great mall to visit whether you’re looking for something specific or just window shopping. The food court offers a wide variety of choices, so you don’t need to leave when hunger sets in.

    While you’re visiting Cumberland Mall, take the pedestrian sky bridge to the Galleria Specialty Shops, directly opposite the mall. The eclectic mall is located inside the Cobb Galleria Center Atlanta. It offers a fantastic range of apparel and gift shops as well as food options.

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    Location: 2860 Cumberland Mall SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 770-435-2206


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    Little Five Points

    A laid-back, bohemian-chic shopping district

    Head to the suburb of Little Five Points and take a stroll through Atlanta's hippest neighbourhood. Start with a walk along Euclid Avenue. You'll find weird souvenirs, hard-to-find vinyl and books, and offbeat vintage clothing. There are also smoke shops, tattoo parlors and entertaining street performers.

    In addition to trendy shops, you can mingle with hippies at the dive bars, burger joints and vegan eateries in the surrounding streets. After dining, shopping and people-watching, admire the street art. Tucked away in back alleys, parking lots, and nearby buildings are huge, colorful murals by local and international artists.

    Location: Atlanta, GA 30307, USA


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    Westside Provisions District

    A former meatpacking zone-turned-chic shopping destination

    Westside Provisions District is an industrial-chic retail area located 15 minutes north of Downtown Atlanta. It’s a hip, walkable destination that combines unique shopping and fine dining. From high-end boutiques to design-centric furniture stores, there are ample opportunities for window shopping and splurging on highly sought-after products. Check out stores Ann Mashburn, Sid Mashburn, and Hudson Grace.

    Stick around after you’ve shopped to enjoy a meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Order your choice of seafood at Brown Bag Seafood Co. and take a seat at one of the outdoor tables. In the evening, head to the upstairs bar of JCT. Kitchen & Bar and enjoy a lovely view of the city.

    Location: 1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA

    Open: Hours vary by shop

    Phone: +1 678-974-1940


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    Atlanta State Farmers Market

    One of the biggest markets of its kind in the world

    The 150-acre Atlanta State Farmer's Market is a genuine farmer's market and the perfect place to enjoy a morning or early afternoon stroll. Every morning farmers arrive with truckloads full of fresh produce to fill up the acres of stalls. So put on your most comfortable shoes and experience a bustling market vibe.

    You'll find vendors selling nuts, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, grains, flowers, herbs and spices and much more. You can also shop for international food, locally-made crafts and unique pottery at the garden center. Bring along some cash as some vendors don't accept cards.

    Location: 16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA 30297, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 404-675-1782

    Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer

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