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little five points atlanta shopAtlanta offers countless shopping opportunities both in and around town. If you're into malls or outlets selling your favorite brands, you'll find them aplenty -- but you'll also want to check out the city's own homegrown boutiques, art galleries and antique stores. Although the Buckhead district alone could keep you busy for a few days, there are other neighborhoods that offer their own retail charms.

Serious shoppers should start in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood, where you'll find two major malls (Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square) as well as oodles of boutiques, galleries and other places to whip out your credit card. Bennett Street is one of our favorite spots for art and antiques, while the trendy West Village offers a truly eclectic array of clothing, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings and collectibles. And if you're looking for that perfect lamp or antique mirror, try the design stores at Miami Circle.

For offbeat finds, head to Little Five Points. This funky neighborhood specializes in vintage clothing, used books and music, and novelty items (we love the eclectic collection at Junkman's Daughter, offering everything from Halloween costumes to bacon-flavored toothpaste).

One of Atlanta's newest shopping hot spots is the Westside Provisions District. This former meatpacking district now boasts trendy boutiques and home furnishing shops. Try Atlanta MADE for furniture and home accessories from local artisans, G. Gilbert for women's designer clothing, and Preserving Place for cooking supplies and classes.

The Castleberry Hill historic district is home to numerous up-and-coming art galleries. If you're in town on the second Friday of the month, don't miss its ArtStroll, when select galleries, restaurants and shops keep their doors open after hours.

For quaint arts, crafts, gifts and collectibles, head out of town to Stone Mountain Village (about a 30-minute drive from Atlanta). Its historic Main Street is fun for a leisurely stroll.

It's a bit of a hike (45 miles) from Atlanta, but for serious shoppers the North Georgia Premium Outlets are worth the pilgrimage. Enjoy deep discounts on apparel, accessories and housewares from J.Crew, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Williams-Sonoma and dozens more. To get there, it helps to have a car; alternatively, some Atlanta hotels offer shuttle service for a fee.
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