Atlanta is one of the top 10 retail markets in the country and the shopper's paradise of the Southeast. Just six miles north of downtown, Buckhead houses two of the metro area's most upscale malls. Since 1959, Lenox Square has served as the Southeast's premier shopping destination, anchored by Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's, and features 250 specialty stores such as ADIDAS, Herve Leger, Michael Kors, Fendi, A/X, Microsoft and coming soon, XXI Forever (Forever 21 concept). Just across Peachtree Street from Lenox, Phipps Plaza is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Belk. It also offers more than 100 stores, including Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Elie Tahari, Bar-neys New York CO-OP, Versace, Vince, Michael Stars, Bottega Veneta and com-ing soon, Arhaus Home Furnishings and Legoland Discovery Center. On Midtown's west side, the 138-acre Atlantic Station entertainment and retail complex show-cases unique establishments such as Swedish clothing retailer H&M, superstore IKEA and the city's only West Elm home store and also holds outdoor artists' mar-kets almost every weekend.Neighborhood Nooks The city's neighborhoods are a great place to fi nd antiques, art galleries, arts and crafts stores, thrift shops and boutiques. The Virginia Highland area is known for its wonderful boutiques and interesting shops; Decatur has been Atlanta Itinerary SuggestionsDiscover Great Taste and Local Flavorcoined as the "Mallternative" for its funky stores on the Square, as well as premier gourmet store and cooking school The Cook's Warehouse (with locations in Mid-town and Brookhaven also) and fabulous art galleries; the Westside district, from Chattahoochee Avenue down to the Howell Mill Road/Marietta Street intersec-tion, boasts establish-ments such as the Westside Marketplace, a hot spot for design-ers and antique lovers, and White Provi-sions, with residents, boutique retailers and restaurants; Little Five Points, with the best eclectic shopping around; and Castle-berry Hill includes numerous art galleries, as well as No Mas! Hacienda, featuring Mexican imports, accessories, lighting and furniture and architectural custom design.Atlanta's Cooking Up TalentAtlanta has emerged in recent years as a genuine foodie's destination. Home to numerous "Top Chef," "Iron Chef" and "Chopped" contestants, Atlanta's dining scene is sizzling with competitive spirit. "Top Chef," "Top Chef All-Stars" and "Iron Chef" alum Richard Blais (one of the country's most innovative chefs and the winner of BRAVO'S season eight "Top Chef All-Stars") brought gourmet burgers to Atlanta with his Flip Burger Boutiques in Westside and Buckhead and now has teamed with Barry Mills to serve as a menu consultant to HD1, of-fering an approachably modern take on the hot dog (think Merguez lamb sausage with red currant compote) in the heart of Atlanta's Poncey-Highland neighborhood. Puerto Rican native Hector Santiago ("Top Chef" Season 6) has brought a Latin American and Spanish fl avor to the city with Pura Vida, while another Season 6 contestant, the lovable, red-bearded, and tattooed chef Kevin Gillespie, oper-ates Woodfi re Grill and contributes ice cream fl avors to Morelli's in East Atlanta. Kevin Rathbun (of Rathbun's, Kevin Rathbun Steak and Krog Bar in Inman Park) showed Bobby Flay the meaning of "throw down" on "Iron Chef America," and "Iron Chef" alum Linton Hopkins brings regional Southern fl avor to Res-taurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House in Buckhead. Take the fl avor home with bread from Hole-man and Finch Bread, Co. Atlanta chef Suzanne Vizethann emerged victorious in summer 2011 on "Chopped" on the Food Network. Vizethann - a personal chef and co-creator of The Hungry Peach - joined a list of local chefs who have appeared on the program, including Tom McEachern, corporate executive chef at Ray's on the River, and Jef-frey "Cheffrey" Gardner, South City Kitchen Midtown sous chef. Visit Atlanta.net on your mobile phone to learn everything you need to know about the city when you're on the go. Atlanta's mobile site offers location-based search, making it easy to fi nd places to eat and things to do right around you.
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