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Most of your shopping needs can be satisfied at Lenox Square.
It's fun simply to explore the eclectic assortment of specialty shops in Atlanta's various neighborhoods. The side streets of Buckhead feature one-of-a-kind stores. If funky and unusual is more your style, head to the Little Five Points neighborhood, where you can find everything from vintage clothes and tattoos to environmentally friendly clothing.
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For those into home design, Miami Circle is the place to be. The street features shop after gallery after design store. Choose from a place like Curran Designer Fabrics (which features its own unique line of fabrics) or Thames Valley Antiques (which sells classical 18th and 19th century English furniture) or the ever-popular Gables (home of marvelous country French antiques and accessories).
The best bargains can be found in the Chattahoochee Warehouse District. Located on several smaller streets off Chattahoochee Avenue and Howell Mill Road, it can be difficult to find, but its discounts make it well worth the hunt.
You will be amazed at the variety of fresh produce, bakery, seafood, and international foods offered at discount prices at the DeKalb Farmer's Market (3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur; 404-377-6400). Walk through the 140,000 square feet of booths and counters to discover such gems as cheeses from around the world, tank after tank of live seafood, hundreds of cakes and pastries like guava-filled croissants and Black Forest brownies, freshly made sausage and rosy Black Angus fillets, and an extensive wine and beer selection. The cafeteria serves up quick, healthy lunches; you won't go wrong with such unique creations as the wild rice salad with cranberries. Just make sure to bring plenty of cash because credit cards are not accepted.
After you've finished shopping, you might want to go out and paint the town. For tips on nightlife and entertainment in Atlanta, see the next page.