The 15 Best Things To Do in Atlanta
August 24, 2018
The 15 Best Things To Do in Atlanta
Conde Nast Traveler



Atlanta’s been a shopping destination in the South for decades, but the 2014 opening of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta further cemented the reputation. The outdoor complex, which covers six city blocks in Atlanta’s highest-end neighborhood (seriously, the Governor’s mansion is just a few minutes walk away), is so beautifully manicured with leafy trees strung with twinkle lights, colorful planter boxes, and ambient music piped in, it feels like it could’ve been a set for a scene in The Stepford Wives. The walkable plaza and connecting side streets feature a mix of ultra-high-end stores like Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Tom Ford, and Etro, and some more approachable brands like COS, Warby Parker, and NARS cosmetics. Those seeking Atlanta-based concepts will want to visit Luna, a curated women’s boutique, and Bella Cucina, a brand started in 1993 with Italian-inspired artisan culinary products.



Let’s start with scale. Where are we between global flagship and neighborhood boutique?



Atlanta’s been a shopping destination in the South for decades, but the 2014 opening of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta further cemented the reputation. The outdoor complex, which covers six city blocks in Atlanta’s highest-end neighborhood (seriously, the Governor’s mansion is just a few minutes walk away), is so beautifully manicured with leafy trees strung with twinkle lights, colorful planter boxes, and ambient music piped in, it feels like it could’ve been a set for a scene in The Stepford Wives. You’re mostly going to find national and international brands (I suspect they’re the only ones that can afford what’s sure to be astronomical rent), as well as high-end restaurants and posh boutique gyms. Even if you can only afford to window shop, it’s fun to visit.

 



Excellent! What can we find here, or what should we look for?



The walkable plaza and connecting side streets feature a mix of ultra-high-end stores like Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Tom Ford, and Etro, and some more approachable brands like COS, Warby Parker, and NARS cosmetics. Those seeking Atlanta-based concepts will want to visit Luna, a curated women’s boutique, and Bella Cucina, a brand started in 1993 with Italian-inspired artisan culinary products.



If money’s no object, what goes in the cart?



If you're shopping with no spending limit, get yourself something nice at Hermès. A Birkin handbag made with Australian crocodile leather will only set you back $57,000 (plus tax).



And … what if we’re on a budget?



For a souvenir that won't cost more than a car, shop for edible treats at Bella Cucina. The brand sells its signature pesto, flatbreads, flavored sea salts, and desserts in retailers nationwide, but you won't find a better selection than here in the brand's hometown. My personal favorites are the lemon curd, and the artichoke and lemon pesto. They make terrific hostess gifts, though I usually end up hoarding them for myself.



Who else shops here?



The Shops Buckhead Atlanta are scattered with shoppers with serious money to spend, as well as others there to work out, eat, or just browse. It's also a rare day that you won't see at least one fashion blogger with a professional photographer in tow.



Any secret tips, or “don’t go home without” purchases?



If you can afford to seriously shop here but have limited time or don’t want to be bothered with sifting through all of the prestige brands on the premises, you can engage stylist Amy Nelson. The Service (yes, that’s the official name) is gratis and by appointment, and includes expert style advice and shopping services in a private styling suite adjacent to Flywheel. After you’ve shopped to your heart's content, The Service’s team will gift wrap and deliver your purchases to a nearby home, hotel, or office.


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