“Fancy Tips” (but not too fancy) to Whet Your Palate and Tempt Your Wallet

Posted on 11.11.11.

Someone suggested that I do a blog with some fancy tips for shopping and eating in Atlanta, so here are a few, off the top of my head. With so many choices, it’s hard to choose, but these should whet your palate and tempt your wallet! And meanwhile, for some creative ways gift-giving “from the heart”, check out this feature I did for Ballard Designs “Style Studio”.

Buckhead:

No need to head to the malls. All of these stores are outside of that area that gets such high traffic during the holidays.
Stores:
– Hermes (need I say more? quality, style, creativity!)
– Mitchell + Williams (wonderful furniture. Say hi to John Waluskiewicz. He interned for me when he was studying interior design at SCAD, very talented!)
– Peachtree Battle Antiques: http://www.peachtreebattleantiques.com/ just south of Lindbergh and north of Peachtree Battle shopping center. (It’s on the right, as you head south on Peachtree Road (and say hi to the manager, Michael Daehn for me!)
– The stores around ADAC (Atlanta Design and Accessories Center is for trade only) AND the ones on Miami Circle and Bennet Street bring many wonderful perspectives on design in one place with only one parking space and are frequented by top interior designers.
Restaurants:
– The St Regis Hotel wonderful for lunch or dinner)
– Portofino (same, a bit more casual than the two below)
– Restaurant Eugene (dinner, I love this place)
– Aria (dinner, this one is a favorite, too!)
– Souper Jenny or Cafe Noah (These too!!!! Lunch, very casual… terrific with alot of “heart”)
– Cafe Lapin (lunch, sort of ladylike, but not too, too fancy. In the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center)
– Paul’s (on a side street, for lunch or dinner. Very nice but comfortable too)… it is between ADAC and the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center

West Side:

(From I-75, head south on Howell Mill Road and it’s just after Huff Road… or take the 14th street exit off of I-75 South, and head west til the end of 14th and take a right and you’re there)
Stores:
– Belvedere (lovely lovely store! as well as all others in that area)
– Terra Cottage (say hi to Sandy, the owner)
– Bungalow Classic
– Kolo (Totally GR-8 outdoor furniture! Say hi to them from me too!)
– 14th Street Antiques (the sister store of Peachtree Battle Antiques – Michael Daehn splits his time between the two stores) — on 14th Street, if you are at West Side area, turn left on 14th Street and it’ll be on the right, after Northside Parkway)… huge, wonderful, great vintage jewelry and handbags as well as furniture. Great for gifts!
Restaurants:
– JCT Kitchen – Yum… not “fancy” but nice is a low key kinda way.
– Bacchanalia – fancy, one of Atlanta’s best, thanks to Anne Quattrano! (and if you really want a treat, her other restaurant Quinones is 10-star!)
– Star Provisions – casual lunch (another one of AQ’s creations, with great gifts and home items for sale as well)
– Taqueria del Sol (wonderful, casual, fun)

Midtown

There are a number of great design stores to the north of the Fox Theather on Peachtree Street… they tend to be contemporary, and I love the fact that this area is growing in such a cool way. It’s a bit harder to find lunch spots there, but here are three, all fablulous:
– Ecco
– Nan
– South City Kitchen

Back in Buckhead, I would also suggest visiting Swan House and the Atlanta History Center (they have the exhibit for the 100 years of the Olympics)… if you haven’t done that yet, that’s a “must” — and you can have lunch at the Swan Coach House, another “must” for Atlanta!

Now that I am hungry, with all of these restaurant suggestions, I’ll leave it to you and look forward to hearing of your adventures! So grab a friend or head out solo and treat yourself to an afternoon of inspiration and maybe check a few things off your gift list while you’re at it!


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5 Responses to ““Fancy Tips” (but not too fancy) to Whet Your Palate and Tempt Your Wallet”

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    Happy new year to you!
    Christine

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