Ponce City Market is an Atlanta icon in Old Fourth Ward right on the Beltline, with an upstairs mini-park and a rooftop restaurant, and over 30 restaurants and over 50 stores. It’s located in the old Sears Warehouse, which used to be the site of an amusement park.
Ponce is great for a dinner out and has a lot of retail options- you can find stores like J.Crew and Sephora, as well as local businesses interspersed. I love to go for lunch and walk around the shops for an hour. There are not a lot of retail choices in Midtown, so it’s great to run over to Ponce to shop for a few new outfits without going too far outside my neighborhood. Be warned that Ponce is known for being a little pricey compared to other restaurants in the area, but it’s worth it for the atmosphere.
This store is great for unique items and has local Atlanta products. I like to go to look for smaller items, like local postcards and magnets. I got Ryan a great leather keychain with an Atlanta design on it- I love gifts that are local! Plus, it was fun to buy him something to commemorate his move to Georgia.
A great (albeit pricey) store for gifts for the southern gentleman. Think embroidered belts, cocktail crafting books, and great polos.
Glossier Pop up
Right now, Glossier is located at Ponce until April 26. I went after dinner, right before closing, with some friends, and we had so much fun trying everything on. I ended up getting the Balm Dot Com in cherry- I love it. If you are going to stop by, I would recommend going in the evening as it gets crowded on the weekends.
Pancake Social is one of the cutest places I’ve ever been for brunch. The interior is just adorable, but know that it is casual and all counter service. I went for breakfast with a friend and just loved it! Their pancakes are good (they are no Ria’s Bluebird), but we mostly went for the aesthetic. Do try their potato pancakes – yum!
If you’ve read my post about moving to Atlanta, you know that Saint Germain has a special place in my heart. Their desserts are to die for – they always have a new tart on display. Last time I visited, they had Atlanta United themed ones!
King of Pops
King of Pops is an Atlanta legend- you can find their little carts all around town! I love to get a popsicle when I walk by a cart in Piedmont Park, but the Ponce location is extra special because they have drinks! They serve slushy-type drinks with a popsicle right in them. You can find them in the dessert section of Ponce on the first floor, or outside in a second stand.
I love Hops Chicken for breakfast, but I don’t personally find anything super special about their lunch chicken sandwich. Their breakfast biscuit however, is incredible, and their sweet tea is the real deal- it’s great. If you go, go for breakfast, but skip it for lunch.
This spot is a little expensive, but their margaritas are worth every penny. Their chips are also really good- they put special seasoning on them that makes them good plain, or with their salsa. Be warned that they do charge you for salsa (and don’t give refills), which I found a little lame. However, their tacos and margs are delicious.
These famous burgers are fantastic. I personally prefer the vortex but it is a tough contest- H&F is also amazing. The counter is a cute spot to eat at, and the fries are the best in Ponce. Get the classic double cheeseburger- it’s what they are known for.
When I’m craving wine (or a fun cocktail!) and some carbonara, this is the spot I go to for dinner. I went last for a girl’s night with friends, and we had a blast. The pasta is amazing, and they just leave the fresh parmesan cheese on the table, which is a win in my book. Definitely a pricier choice, but the quality is worth it.
Farm to Ladle
This is one of my favorite choices for when I’m craving some lighter food for takeout. They have a pick two option where you can mix and match what you order- my favorite is a salad and their tomato soup. It reminds me of a local Panera with more specialty options!