We travel to Atlanta at least once a month (sometimes more). With our oldest in school up there and a lot of my writing get-togethers located in the city, we are always trying to find something new to do while we are there.
My husband was researching fun places to eat and found a place called Drafts & Dogs, located in Ponce City Market. I loved the idea of their gourmet hot dogs. Hubby liked the idea of being able to grab a beer to drink while we walked around the market and shopped (hey, I'll use whatever I can to get him to go shopping with me... :) ).
We thought we had really found something new and was excited to try it out. I couldn't wait to tell our oldest son about it. When we mentioned it, he was like, “Yeah. I go there all the time.”
Okay, so it wasn’t something completely new. But it was new to us. So I was still excited.
This really is a cool place.
The building was once a Sears, Roebucks & Co building. Now the spaces are filled with shops and restaurants, as well as living and office spaces. The building earned the LEED Core & Shell certification at the Gold level. “By installing water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, reclaiming rainwater and other building-generated water, and using the latest in LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems in the base building, Ponce City Market offers tenants a space that is sustainable and efficient to operate for years to come.” -From the Ponce City Market website.
There are over 100 different shops and food locations inside, filling two stories of the building with places to hang out. And I know there are more areas we have not yet discovered.
The idea is to grab a drink and some food, head out to one of the tables in the middle of the walkway and hang out. Everyone can grab something different. There are also places that have seating inside, so that option is always open, too.
You can also grab a drink and take it with you as you browse the different shops. That was a fun experience for me and I found myself feeling more relaxed about the crowds.
And then there are the places located outside. Don't let the lack of people fool you. It was raining the day we were there. But normally this place has people everywhere.
My favorite store is the book store located way at the end of this walkway, on the right.
Postman Books. https://www.posmanbooks.com/
I LOVE it there! I literally have walked away with bags full of calendars, trinkets, and books each time I’ve stepped inside.
We didn’t make it to the roof, but you definitely need to check it out. “Ponce City Market is transforming the Rooftop Terrace into a Winter Dreamland featuring an ice skating rink high above Atlanta, private igloos for rent, and festive hot cocktails to keep you warm under the winter sky!” https://poncecitymarket.com/event/skate-the-sky-2/?instance_id=5933
We did make it to Drafts & Dogs. https://www.draftsanddogs.com/
I had the ‘Opa! Your Mouth’ - Greek-style dog. I also had a Froze', which has since become the drink I grab EVERY time we visit Ponce. :)
Hubby had the ‘Hangover’ that included a fried egg on top. YUMMO for both!
They really do have everything here. I had to grab a picture of their laundry service. How cool is that!!!
Linked with the Beltline, Ponce City Market draws in a lot of visitors each year. I love that they have ample parking for those that drive, a place to store their bikes for those that ride, and as you walk in via the Beltline, you see a ton of electric scooters that get people from one place to another.
If you get a chance, definitely check this place out. It was a perfect spot to hang out with our oldest and his girlfriend and get in a little Christmas shopping at the same time.