Atlanta mini city guide
May 3, 2011
A Boston friend of mine, the talented Rachel Reider Interiors, just went down to Atlanta for a girls weekend and asked for some shopping and restaurant recommendations. Now Atlanta has all the big flagship stores and eating establishments you would expect of any large metropolis, but it is the bungalow neighborhoods and flora filled city that shape Atlanta’s personality…and there is no better time to visit than the spring. It is truly when the south shines. Here is a list of some of my favorite places unique to the beautiful city of Atlanta
P.S. I would recommend approaching Atlanta by neighborhood. Each one has it’s own little feel and great shopping and food. Otherwise you will spend half your day driving…oh and always use back roads if you can. Most Atlantans, who live in the city, avoid the highways like the plague.
Rosebud – (Virginia-Highlands/Morningside) This great little neighborhood restaurant has some of the best food in the city with many farm-to-table selections. In fact there is a farmers market every Saturday in their parking lot where the purchase most of their food. I use to live right down the street from Rosebud and would seriously eat there at least once a week. The enchanted mountain springs trout is my favorite dish in the whole world!!!!
Two Urban Licks
Horseradish Grill (Buckhead) – Even though it is technically in Buckhead it is tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood setting. A favorite for years of my whole family (we held my mothers 60th birthday there) it is across from the beautiful Chastain horse stables. A little country club chic and a little casual southern elegance, this place it perfect for any group. They have a killer trout dish as well and a lovely outdoor patio.
Shopping – home decor
Gramercy Home (Buckhead) – Love love love this store. I have done multiple photoshoots for them and they always have the best things, I could go on, but check my previous blog post and post, to see for yourself.
Photo by me
Peices (Buckhead) – I am sure most of you have heard of Peices and the uber chic owner Lee Kleinhelter. The little shop is perfectly curated with all those coveted interior design goodies you see in every magazine. Everything is totally lust worthy.
B.D. Jeffries (Buckhead) – do not judge this store by the website. It is awesome. Very old South/Garden & Gun chic. You will want to buy everything. Silver, leather, home, mens, childrens, the expansive shop is perfect vignette after perfect vignette.
Erika Reade (Buckhead) – right next to B.D. Jeffries it is the waffle robe and beautiful linens to B.D. Jeffries’ silver and leather
Providence Antiques (Virginia-Highlands/Morningside) Right next to Rosebud, this shop is a little gem of home decor and random things you don’t see all over the Internet. The woman that runs it is AWESOME and here little French Bulldog, Hector is the cutest thing ever.
Shopping – clothing, baby, etc.
Atlanta has all the big stores at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, but here are some unique to Atlanta little boutiques.
Photo by me
B Braithwaite (Howell Mill area) – World’s best baby store :) The owners are a mother/daughter team (I went to college and am good friends with the daughter Chaffee, so please tell them hi if you go in). Their shop is gorgeous and the pristine white decor, makes you feel as though raising a baby will be the most wonderful, blissful event. When the baby challenges do come, they have an awesome blog, and a rolodex full of experts to help. Oh and their cool and modern Kiawah Island beach house was just in the April Veranda magazine.
I mean…the storefront alone is worth the visit. How Parisian chic it this?!Photo courtesy of B Braithwaite.
Labels Resale Boutique (Buckhead) – again, do not judge a shop by its web site. This is a great little consignment shop (hit or miss as with all consignment shops) but I have gotten some great stuff over the years. They have a black Birkin for sale right now for $6500 which is still out of my league but sooooooo pretty.
Very Wang dress I got at Labels last year. Photo by me
So that is the quick and dirty on some of my favorite Atlanta spots. What are yours? Please do share so we can expand the list and put more wonderful places on the must do Atlanta list.