An ever-growing, constantly transforming setting where you can go to eat, drink, shop, and discover something new. Located in the Old Fourth Ward, and connected directly to the BeltLine, Ponce City Market has become the top place to go in Atlanta for tourists as well as locals. Needless to say, you can spend multiple days exploring everything this building has to offer. To make things easy for you — I have created a short guide for spending a single day here with all of my favorite spots to visit.
Begin with a Tour of the Food Hall
Get a late start with an empty stomach to fully experience all of the cuisines this marketplace has to offer! With seats, bar stools, tables, and other communal seating options all throughout the bottom floor- you can get items from several of the food “stalls” and chow down. Your choices range from a delicious cup of New England clam chowder from W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, a cubano mixto sandwich from El Super Pan, a South African jerky sample board from Bitlong Bar, a chicken shawarma plate from Marrakesh and so much more! Depending on your preference, you can grab a cold beverage from the The Tap– which serves over 50 different beers and wines. Or you can get a delicious cup of coffee at the Spiller Park kiosk.
Time to Shop Around
One of the great aspects of Ponce City is the vast collection of shops that are spread throughout the inside and outside of the building. You could definitely spend a couple of hours exploring all of the nooks and crannies. When you do, you’ll find things like eco-conscious jewelry, hand-crafted cocktail bitters, personalized stationery, and vintage clothing. This is also a great place to find unique, Atlanta-themed accessories and t-shirts. Some of my favorite stores include: 18.21 Bitters, Citizen Supply, Modern Mystic Shop, and Sugarboo & Co.
Take It to the Top
Ponce City Market provides all forms of entertainment- from top to bottom! The Rooftop here is considered to be a one of a kind destination. While taking in panoramic views of the city: you can enjoy craft cocktails, play carnival games at Skyline Park, or relax at an elevated beer garden. The fun never stops year round because during the winter season, the Roof provides a unique igloo experience for those who like to dine al fresco without getting a cold! The top level of Ponce truly allows people of all interests & ages to let loose and have some old fashioned fun!
End with a Delicious Dinner
As stated above, there are numerous restaurants and kiosks where you can pick up a tasty meal. However, after a long day of exploring I would suggest sitting down somewhere where you can dine on some comfort food with a perfectly paired glass of wine. The place to go is Bellina Alimentari – a beauitful and airy restaurant that serves authentic, Italian classics. All of the food here is made fresh daily and the produce is either from local farmers or imported straight from Italy. The handmade pastas are to die for so definitely take your time to fully appreciate all the menu has to offer.