Feel history in the air as you peruse local produce at Sweet Auburn. Transport yourself to Spain when dining at Caravaca. Here's a sample of what to expect when you carve out a day (or four) to explore Atlanta's markets.
Historical Sweet Spot
Established in 1918 and overflowing with history (in addition to bright colors and scrumptious smells) the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is home to 30 independently-owned businesses, selling everything from barbecue to cold-pressed juice, seafood to soul food, pralines to double-crust pies. Sweet Auburn Curb Market’s name derives from the period when Atlanta’s black citizens were prohibited from selling their wares inside the Municipal Market, so they vended along the curb. A century later, the thriving market invites everyone to stop by, munch on a poke bowl or slice of pizza, sip on a cup of tea and peruse local produce.
More Than Mouthwatering
“Designed to be as authentic as the 1920s warehouse it’s built into,” the Krog Street Market is a bustling food hall and market, selling produce, prepared goods and specialty creations. And though Krog Street was featured in the Travel Channel's “Food Hall of Fame," it plays host to a lot more than delicious dumplings, ice cream and Southern-fried hot chicken. Head to the heart of Inman Park to pick up stationery and candies. Stick around for live music, holiday parties and a glass of wine or the free weekly beer tasting at Hop City.
Smaller than its neighboring markets, Caravaca makes up for its size with bold flavors. Named for a town in Southeastern Spain, “home to a harmonious blend of cultures, religions and cuisines,” Caravaca Market is a gourmet food hall with an outdoor patio, various food stations and a provisions area. Those looking to sip on a margarita, devour a Spanish tortilla or tuck into a Breakfast Mallorca from Harry Bakes can make their way to the TRACE building in the heart of Midtown. While exploring, they may just stumble upon a seasonal or cultural event and “travel without leaving town.”
Step off the BeltLine and into Ponce City Market. Recognized by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of a plan "to move Atlanta forward while maintaining and emphasizing the city's unique history and culture," Ponce City has positioned itself as the place to be for dining and shopping—also playing host to offices and apartments. Located in what was once a Sears, Roebuck & Company distribution center, it's well-known for its Central Food Hall. Venture into the 2.1-million-square-foot building to dig into a lobster roll from James Beard Award-winning chef Anne Quatrano's casual fish shack. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the old-fashioned Collier Candy Company, then hang out at Nine Mile Station, an elevated beer garden. Or, grab fresh ingredients from Bellina Alimentari, a gourmet Italian market, and whip up your own dish at home. You'll pass Szechuan-inspired fare and Indian street food along the way.