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Westside Provisions District off of Howell Mill Road in West Midtown is fast becoming one of the best places to shop in Atlanta. Skip the crowded indoor malls and head here next time you have an afternoon to spare.
For food (or a last-minute hostess gift), stop by Star Provisions. The market sources first-class products from cheeses and chocolates to tableware and cookbooks. They've also got a bakery that serves up sandwiches, soups, and sides as well as house-made breads and pastries to go. For wine, head to Perrine's Wine Shop, where sommelier Perrine Prieur will find just the right bottle for you.
For home goods, check out Switch Modern and Jonathan Adler; FLOR, your stop for custom-made carpets and rugs; Knoll, for home and office; exterior furnishers Kolo Collection; and Room & Board, Environmental Furniture, and Bungalow Classic. Simply Put Paper & Gifts will design custom stationery or invitations for any occasion.
And for clothes, it's hard to know where to start. There's Sid Mashburn and Ann Mashburn, Billy Reid, Free People, Anthropologie, G. Gilbert, Jack Spade, Lululemon, Steven Alan, Calypso St. Barth, Kayce Hughes, and, for children, Seed Factory.
If you're in town and looking to scoop up something that says you were here, then skip the suburban outlet malls and head straight downtown to the CNN Center.
There, you'll find one-stop-shopping for all things branded "Atlanta."
The CNN Center houses spots like the Braves Clubhouse Store, which sells apparel, memorabilia and hard-to-find trinkets from the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers. At the actual CNN store, you'll want to shop for your relative who lives and dies by Anderson Cooper or other famous CNN personalities, and pick up fun trinkets from CNN, the Cartoon Network and HBO.
Of course, if you're just looking for amazing deals, then be sure to head up 400 North until you see signs for North Georgia Premium Outlets. There are more than 140 premium stores here including Ann Taylor, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike, Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma. There's prime shopping -- and amazing deals -- to be had here come Black Friday.
Shopping in Atlanta for some could be considered a competitive sport. The city boasts some of the best boutiques and retail spaces in the Southeast. Here are the best of the bunch.
Phipps Plaza. The shops at Phipps showcase the most coveted items in the city. From Jeffrey, to Bottega Veneta, to Michael Kors, to Gucci – some of the most well known designers have a presence here.
Lenox Square. Atlanta’s most buzzed-about indoor shopping area has everything from department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, to specialty shops like C. Wonder, Kiehl’s, and Madewell.
Shops Around Lenox. Atlanta’s own clothing designer, Bill Hallman has a studio and boutique within the Shops Around Lenox. After browsing there, head to neighboring gems like Cosabella, Tootsies, Deka, and Fab’rik,
Virginia Highland District. Locals head to the Highlands for the best in boutique shopping. With unique shops ranging from the food-lover’s paradise, Bella Cuicina Porta Via, to the best clothing to choose from at stores Meringue, Mitzi and Romano, and Dakota J’s, this outdoor district is worth a stroll.