Whatever your tastes, the state’s shopping areas are sure to have something in your size. From quaint boutiques and charming antique shops to sprawling discount outlets and massive malls, Georgia has it all. Shopping Malls Shopping malls (large, enclosed shopping centres) are anchored by a few large department stores and occupied by dozens of smaller speciality retailers. The most famous mall in Georgia is Lenox Square in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. High-end retailers converge at this Atlanta landmark, from top department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, to speciality shops such as Hermes and Burberry. The mall also features premium restaurants, and many other fine-dining establishments, speciality shops, high-end boutiques and hotels can be found nearby. Just across the road is Phipps Plaza, home to luxury department stores and designer boutiques, as well as first-rate restaurants, a cinema and the Legoland Discovery Centre. If it’s lots of options you’re after, check out the Mall of Georgia, north of Atlanta in Buford. The largest mall in the state, it offers more than 220 shops, a large food court and an IMAX (large format film) cinema. There are many other malls across the state; some cities have several, others only one. Some smaller towns don’t have a mall, but offer a range of individual shops, sometimes situated around a revitalised town square, or smaller shopping centres. Outlet Malls Many major retailers have outlet stores, which offer products at discounted prices. You’ll find outlet stores for brand name and designer clothing and shoe retailers, DIY retailers, cosmetics, bookshops and more. For truly great deals, visit the outlets at the end of each season or just before or after most U.S. public holidays. Most big malls have food courts, so you don’t have to hunt for a restaurant when you get hungry. The largest outlet mall in the state is North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, which features 140 shops. Each outlet mall in Georgia offers a slightly different mix and number of shops. If you’ve already arrived in the state and want to visit an outlet mall, ask at the front desk at your hotel or drop into one of our visitor centres to find one nearby. Antique Shops and Flea Markets If you love antiques, many of the state’s town squares feature multiple antique shops where you can hunt for any number of rare and interesting items. For added excitement, visit an antique auction. Scott Antique Markets hosts the world’s largest indoor antique show on the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Exposition Centre. Antiques dealers or even your hotel receptionist or concierge may know when and where other auctions are being held. Offering everything from antiques to toys and vintage albums, flea markets are an especially entertaining way to hunt for treasures. Many are quite large, and the variety and number of wares are staggering. The markets can be indoors or outdoors, both usually involving hundreds of tables with people selling a wide variety of items. Some flea markets are only open at the weekends, while others are only open on certain weekends of the month. If possible, call the site before you visit.
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