Any major metropolitan city is sure to boast great shopping destinations, and Atlanta is no exception! There are plenty of fantastic places to shop until you drop throughout the city. However, if you want a more unique shopping experience, consider eschewing the shopping malls and heading instead to the local boutiques that you can only find in Atlanta. Not only are you sure to find lovely one-of-a-kind souvenirs, but you will also help support local vendors and artists. Live like a local during your vacation in Atlanta by planning a trip to one of our picks for the best shopping in Atlanta featuring local shops. Keep reading to learn more!
Located in the fashionable and trendy neighborhood of West Midtown, Crafted is a storefront space that caters to a collective of artists and designers local to Atlanta and the surrounding area. Crafted helps these artists pool resources and gain access to affordable retail space, grow their visibility in the local markets, and build their business. Here you’ll find a rotating selection of good from artists and designers, with their main focus being jewelry, apparel, accessories, bath & body products, and art & decor. Crafted also hosts regular pop-up shops throughout the city. Every time you visit, you’ll find something new, unique, and local!
These days, most cities with a vibrant art scene may host a number of artist collectives or co-ops and Atlanta is no exception. In fact, many of the stores on this list fall under that category! However, what makes The Beehive one of the best places to shop in Atlanta is that it boasts the distinction of being the first-ever local artist collective in the Atlanta area. The Beehive was a pioneer in the Atlanta scene for artists, artisans, and designers to pool their resources and showcase their goods. The slogan of The Beehive is “handmade. modern. made local” and everything they sell falls under these categories. From jewelry and clothing to housewares, bath & body, and even baked goods and food items, The Beehive sells a whole host of amazing products that are interesting to pursue and perfect to purchase. They are open from 11am to 6pm Monday-Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.
Southern Belle Farm
A visit to Southern Belle Farm is the perfect way to feel connected to the roots and history of the city of Atlanta and support local farmers in the process! This family owned and operated farm spans 330 acres, and hosts tours and you-pick produce that they sell alongside their baked goods, branded jams and jellies, canned peaches, picked vegetables, and more! Southern Belle Farm also hosts a farmers’ market where you can pursue products and other goods from local vendors and farmers in the area. Southern Belle Farm is the perfect destination for anyone interested in locally grown produce, and there’s plenty of fun activities to keep the whole family occupied!
Sis and Moon’s
For the best shopping in Atlanta with local goods and a cheeky twist, head to Sis and Moon’s! Located in the downtown area of nearby suburb Alpharetta, this sister-owned boutique focuses on locally made goods such as clothing, decor, jewelry, and candles. Their business model may seem similar to other boutiques that focus on local goods, but their merchandise and their inspiration sets them apart. Inspired by their grandparents, who owned a local hardware store for over 35 years, they wanted to create an environment that isn’t just a store but a gathering place for the community. Many of the items they sell are emblazoned with inspirational or sassy phases. Unlike many other local boutiques, Sis and Moon offers classes with local artists, a canvas and cocktails class, and hosts private art parties.
The Local Exchange
The Local Exchange might be one of the most unique shopping experiences in all of Atlanta! Located in the heart of downtown Marietta, The Local Exchange describes themselves as a modern general store. Here you will find the perfect mix of nostalgic charm and vintage finds alongside modern goods. Part grocery store, part antique store, and part local arts boutique, The Local Exchange is a must visit for anyone seeking to shop while taking in the unique culture of the Atlanta area. It’s perhaps the only place in Atlanta where you are able to pick up a jar of local honey, a bottle of wine, handcrafted soap, and pick up a handmade greeting card on your way out the door. The Local Exchange is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm Monday-Thursday, 10am to 8pm Friday-Saturday, and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday. You won’t want to pass up a stop at The Local Exchange!
For a fun and unique shopping experience, be sure to visit one of our top 5 local only shops to visit during your next vacation in beautiful Atlanta!