Georgia — Shopping and Leisure
The shopping in Georgia resembles that of most of its southern neighbors. Venture into the rural countryside where small historic towns like Roswell hold antiques shops, bookstores, and other simple pleasures. The big cities of Atlanta and Savannah have the most diversity and depth for serious shoppers.
In Savannah, head straight to River Street where nine blocks offer everything from souvenirs to jewelry and clothes. City Market is another super spot in Savannah, just between Franklin and Ellis Squares, along West St Julian Street. There are also large modern malls of Oglethorpe Mall and Savannah Mall to get all your goods in one place.
Atlanta’s Buckhead district has Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza to serve as starting points for boutiques, antiques, and everything in between with over 250 specialty stores around Lenox Square alone. The Little Five Points neighborhood is a lot of fun if you enjoy unusual, funky vintage shops. Virginia-Highland is another good area to hunt for artwork, antiques, and books. Best of all, the urban atmosphere in both Savannah’s and Atlanta’s historic districts are wonderfully charming.
Atlanta, Georgia is also home to the sprawling Atlantic Station retail complex. This mixed-use development covers 138 acres and encompasses shopping, entertainment, dining, and general milling around. You can easily spend a whole day at Atlantic Station, shopping, eating, and watching the latest Hollywood flick.
Georgia also has its fair share of outlet malls. The Northeast Georgia Outlets has one of the largest collections of brand name stores in the state. Located just a 45 minute drive north of Atlanta, it boasts over 140 well-known retailers selling goods at lower-than-average prices. Also in the region is the Tanger Outlets of Commerce with 75 stores.