Sometimes, you just want to do a little Atlanta shopping, but your pint-sized partners need to stop for a rest. Here are some popular in-town shopping spots and corresponding places to stop for a quick snack and rest.
After you’ve walked around this Buckhead destination with 250 stores, specialty shops and boutiques, be sure to stop at Sprinkles Cupcakes on the Peachtree Road side of the mall. Direct from Beverly Hills, this popular stop’s cupcake flavors change daily but include chocolate marshmallow, red velvet and vanilla chocolate, all with a perfect amount of icing. Try the olive oil cupcake (available Sept. 28-Oct. 11) or a Sprinkles sundae with your choice flavor of ice cream between a split cupcake. Cookie sandwiches are also available, with one scoop of ice cream between two cookies or brownies. You might need to get a few samples.
Also in Buckhead, Phipps is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Belk, and houses around 100 stores on three browsing levels. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is also located here, so after you’ve either shopped the stores or built all the LEGO creations you can, hit Johnny Rockets for a milkshake It’s located right across from LEGOLAND and serves thick, basic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors but you can also get all fancy and try the peanut butter banana, Oreo cookies & cream or strawberry banana. Want fries with that? Well, I would, but that’s up to you.
In Midtown, you’ll find this open air shopping center that has not only Dillards, West Elm and a bevy of boutiques, but special Tot Spot programming for kids on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (through October) and a movie theater. With the motto of “Drink Coffee, Do Good,” Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company is a great stop to refuel. Your cup of Joe helps farmers in Rwanda create coffee into a sustainable income and pay a fair living wage. Settle in outdoors on the patio or inside with a steaming cup for you, and tasty items from the bakery for the little ones, or perhaps a bit of lunch from the cafe menu.
Ponce City Market
Whether you rolled in off the Atlanta BeltLine or simply stopped in to wander the halls (and the Central Food Hall), you’ll find retail therapy from Madewell, Anthropologie, Candlefish or Poseman Books, Archer Paper Goods and the whimsical Sugarboo & Co. In addition to all of the snacks and bites beckoning from the food hall, check out the King of Pops Bar, serving Atlanta’s most POPular pops, such as the favorite Chocolate Sea Salt or comforting Banana Puddin’. With mindfulness toward sustainable farming, King of Pops opened their own farm called King of Crops to grow high quality fruits and vegetables for their pops. If you want to get crazy, the stall also serves Poptails and food. This is one of those places where you won’t want to share just one bite with the child. It’s best to get your own.
Krog Street Market
Shop at Mama Handmade Bath + Body for olive oil soap, soy candles and gifts, and then The Merchant for stationary, furnishings and more. Then, stop for a sweet at The Little Tart Bakeshop. This delightful little stall serves fresh pastries, sweet and savory croissants, tarts flavored with chocolate caramel and Frangipane and fruit, galettes, danish, scones and a variety of coffee drinks. Little Tart Bakeshop uses only local and organic ingredients, and even serves local Octane coffee.
Located off Howell Mill Road, this outdoors area has shops such as BuzziBoutique with eclectic goods, Little Barn Apothecary selling wares made from wild harvested ingredients, and Seed Factory Kid’s furniture & accessories. After all of that, stop in at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Whole ingredients are baked, chopped, peeled, sliced and diced to make flavors such as Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Churro, Darkest Chocolate, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Sweet Cream. Frozen yogurt and sorbets are also available, as well as strong, pressed coffee.
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