Atlanta has a lot to offer for avid shoppers and for those just looking to browse in air-conditioned comfort. From large, affordable anchor stores to boutique and upscale options, Atlanta shopping malls have something for everyone.
Whether you have a lot of money to burn or are on a budget. here are insider tips on Atlanta's best shopping malls, many are accessible via Atlanta's public transit system, MARTA.
And if you're a hardcore bargain hunter? Check out Atlanta's best outlet malls.
Department Stores: Bloomingdales, Macy's, Neiman Marcus
What's to Love: Located in the popular Buckhead neighborhood, Lenox Square mall is a well-rounded shopping destination and a major attraction for visitors and residents. From upscale designer shops like Prada, Brooks Brothers and Fendi to mid-priced staples like Macy's, American Eagle and Sephora, the mall has a store for every budget and taste. Even if you're just window shopping, the displays and people watching are worth the trip. You may even run into a local celebrity like Usher or former resident Elton John.
Hungry after all the mall walking? Grab a bite and sit a while at The Cheesecake Factory, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar or True Food Kitchen or visit one of the food court eateries like Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe or Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
Location: Peachtree and Lenox Road in Buckhead, or use the Lenox MARTA station.
Department Stores: Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Belk
What's to Love: Lenox Square's glitzier big sister, Phipps Plaza, is an upscale shopping haven anchored by Nordstrom, Belk and Saks Fifth Avenue. This is also where you'll find top designer outposts like Versace, Tiffany & Co., Dior, Gucci and Tory Burch. But the mall also has its fair mix of affordable options, including Talbots, Lucky Brand and White House Black Market.
Fuel up for your shopping adventures at Ecco, the Fifth Group Restaurants concept known for its fried goat cheese balls, wood-fired flatbreads and Mediterranean-inspired mains or Davio's, an upscale, Northern Italian steakhouse.
Non-shoppers will appreciate the reclined seating and build your own hot dog station at the AMC Theatre as well as the LEGOLAND Discovery Center for kids of all ages.
Location: Peachtree and Lenox Road in Buckhead, just across from Lenox Mall, or use the Buckhead MARTA station (about a half a mile walk).
Department Stores: Nordstroms, Macy's, Von Maur, Dillards
What's to Love: Located on the northern end of the city, Perimeter Mall is one of the most well-rounded shopping malls in Atlanta. It has a good mix of lower and higher-priced options to choose from, a strong selection of department stores and shops like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe to please the younger crowd. There are also a variety of restaurants, including full-service spots Ruscello and The Cheesecake Factory as well as casual eateries like Chipotle and Panera Bread.
Location: On the Perimeter at GA-400 and I-285, or use the Dunwoody MARTA station.
Department Stores: Macy's, Dillard's, Sears
What's to Love: Northpoint Mall is a strong contender for the best suburban mall. Located in the suburb of Alpharetta, it is large—with over 140 stores—and in an area that offers lots of additional shops and restaurants around it, like Nordstrom Rack, Target and Marshalls. It also has a carousel, which is always a big hit with younger shoppers along for the ride.
While Northpoint doesn't have all the high-end department stores, it does have all the basics you'd expect, including the American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch and H&M as well as the full service Cheesecake Factory and fast casual options like local Moe's Southwest Grill and Starbucks.
Department Stores: Sears, Macy's, Costco
What's to Love: When it opened in 1973, Cumberland Mall was the largest shopping mall in the state of Georgia. Located on the outskirts of northwest Atlanta in the Cumberland district, it's a bit smaller and a lot older than some of the other malls in the Atlanta area, but it has the classic stores most shoppers expect like Gap, H&M and Victoria's Secret as well as an Apple Store.
Mall restaurants include a Cheesecake Factory, and a P.F. Chang's plus more casual options like Moe's Southwest Grill and Subway.