It's no secret that Atlanta is a shopping and dining destination. Whether you're a vegetarian who prefers eating farm-to-table produce, or a die hard bargain hunter in search of that 1960s set of vintage dining chairs, the Atlanta area teems with both farmers markets and flea markets, ideal for spending hours perusing fresh food, antiques, and trinkets. Here are some of the best Atlanta farmers and flea markets for your shopping pleasure.
Atlanta Farmers Markets
Your Dekalb Farmers Market
300 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur
It's probably the king of all Atlanta farmers markets, so if you can't find that exotic ingredient for your recipe here, you won't find it anywhere. The warehouse space brims with unusual spices, fruits, and vegetables from around the globe, meat, poultry and fresh seafood as well as baked goods and gluten-free and organic products. While many foods are not locally produced but imported, Dekalb Farmers Market celebrates the cultures of Atlanta, with its employees representing more than 40 countries and speaking 50 languages. For oenophiles, there's also an impressive wine department, so YDFM is a one-stop shop for gourmets and home cooks.
Grant Park Farmers Market
600 Cherokee Ave, Atlanta
Operated in partnership with the Grant Park Conservancy, this community market is a favorite among locals and also considered one of the city's best. Besides featuring fresh produce and artisanal foodstuffs, the Grant Park Farmers Market showcases dishes from some of the South's top chefs including Hugh Acheson, Kevin Gillespie, and Virginia Willis. This market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. In winter, the market shifts locations, so visit at Eventide Brewing (1015 Grant St).
Marietta Square Farmers Market
65 Church St, Marietta
Approximately 65 vendors set up shop at this downtown Marietta market selling heirloom tomatoes, cut flowers, staple vegetables, local honey, jelly, jam, preserves, and herbal soaps. Wander around the Marietta farmers market every Saturday from 9 a.m.until noon and on Sundays, May through October, from noon to 3 p.m. On the second and fourth Saturday of every month, shop arts and crafts at the Marietta Square Artists Market, set up alongside the farmers market.
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
572 Stokeswood Ave, Atlanta
You know an Atlanta farmers market is worth checking out when it's been voted best in town by Creative Loafing for five years in a row. Shop bread, eggs, meat, fruits, and veggies – all sustainably and ethically produced in Georgia. Set in a park across from Midway Pub, this market provides cooking demonstrations, live music, as well as an"Edible Learning Garden, "a program geared toward garden education and kids'activities. Visit every Thursday between 4 and 8 p.m.
Atlanta Flea Markets
Scott Antique Markets
3650 Jonesboro Rd SE, Atlanta
Featuring a trove of vintage furniture, accessories, coins, jewelry and other collectibles from around the world, this indoor-outdoor flea and antique market never disappoints. Take your creative self and some cash (best for bartering) and head to the next show at Scott's. The Atlanta outpost is in operation one long weekend each month (Thursday through Sunday) – check the website for the schedule. Entry is $5 (good on all four days), and parking is free.
Antiques & Beyond
1853 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta
Midcentury modern and retro design aficionados won't want to miss this one. Yes, you'll find some quality antiques at this sprawling store adjacent to Midtown, but the "beyond" ensures plenty of flea market treasures in the 25,000 square foot space. Open since 1992, Antiques & Beyond is the place to shop for vintage dining chairs, antique rugs, Jadeite, milk glass, one-of-a-kind art, and most anything else you could picture in your living room. The inventory is excellent, and since it's in the city limits and easy to get to, this Atlanta flea market is my top pick.
Bill’s Flea Market
4260 Bankhead Hwy, Lithia Springs
Browse over 400 booths overflowing with housewares, clothing, furniture, electronics, gardening supplies, seasonal items, and more every weekend from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at this Lithia Springs flea market. Bill's also offers fresh produce (a bonus!) in case you've spent too long thrifting and can't make it to your local farmers market before closing time. Need a nosh while shopping? Head to the concession stand for a southern barbecue sandwich.
Lakewood 400 Flea Market
1321 Atlanta Hwy, Cumming
Although it's far from the City of Atlanta, this 75,000 square foot emporium is worth the almost hour-long drive (more with traffic) from downtown. The famed Georgia flea market, which had a home on the south side of Atlanta for two decades, remains "the place" to go for great deals, beautiful antiques, unique tchotchkes, and architectural salvage. Lakewood 400 is open the third weekend of every month, except for December when it runs on the first weekend. Cost is $3 for adults, free for children under 12, and tickets are valid the entire weekend.