Neigh­bor­hood: Buck­head

Get to know At­lanta's wealth­i­est 'hood, where couture and gourmet reign supreme.

Where Atlanta - - NEWS - BY MICHELLE KHOURI

Wealth of His­tory

Buck­head be­gan long ago as a quiet, ru­ral com­mu­nity, which changed rapidly af­ter Lenox Square Mall opened in its cen­ter in 1959. The area’s first skyscraper was built in 1974, and now, Buck­head is home to nearly a third of At­lanta’s high-rise build­ings. Today, the sprawl­ing neigh­bor­hood en­com­passes some the city’s most lav­ish homes, an im­pres­sive di­ver­sity of re­tail op­tions, and the city’s third-largest busi­ness district. This area also of­fers a cou­ple riv­et­ing his­tor­i­cal sites. The mas­sive Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion of­fers pub­lic tours on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days. The re­cently ren­o­vated At­lanta His­tory Cen­ter is home to one of the largest Civil War ex­hibits in the U.S., a Cen­ten­nial Olympic Games Mu­seum and two his­toric homes, which trans­port visi­tors back in time to their re­spec­tive eras. The 33-acre cam­pus also of­fers acres of gar­dens and walk­ing trails, and hosts fam­ily-friendly events through­out the year.

FASH­ION

Lux­ury and couture reign supreme in Buck­head, long con­sid­ered the “Bev­erly Hills of the East.” Within just a mile of one an­other sit lux­u­ri­ous Phipps Plaza, mid­priced Lenox Square Mall and the haute Shops Buck­head At­lanta. The six-block de­vel­op­ment com­bines the glim­mer­ing, walk­a­ble streets of Paris with the couture shops of Rodeo Drive in the heart of At­lanta’s wealth­i­est neigh­bor­hood. Adding to the area’s al­ready vast se­lec­tion of top-notch restau­rants and high-end shops, Buck­head At­lanta’s ten­ants in­clude Her­mès, Chris­tian Louboutin, Etro, The­ory, Canali, Dip­tyque, among many oth­ers. Tucked away off Pied­mont Road, Mi­ami Cir­cle is re­plete with in­te­rior-de­sign stores, vin­tage shops and art gal­leries for de­sign afi­ciona­dos. Speck­led through­out Buck­head are beloved small or lo­cally owned boutiques—like Peo­ples, The Bilt House, Moda404 and Swank—that are sta­ples for fash­ion-for­ward At­lantans.

Feast

Food­ies, get ready to fall in love. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a neigh­bor­hood in At­lanta that of­fers the sheer num­ber and va­ri­ety of restau­rants found in Buck­head. Not only are the ea­ter­ies in this ‘hood widely di­verse in cui­sine, but they also range in price, am­biance and over­all ex­pe­ri­ence. Some of the city’s most cel­e­brated restau­rants are here. For in­stance, you’ll find gourmet fare at iconic steak­house Bones, ex­cep­tion­ally fresh Restau­rant Eugene and mod­ern Aria. Or you could opt for au­then­tic cui­sine from around the world, par­tic­u­larly Moroccan cui­sine (and belly danc­ing) at Im­pe­rial Fez, Mediter­ranean dishes (in­clud­ing Chef Karatas­sos’ fa­mous oc­to­pus) at Kyma, Per­sian food at Sufi’s and Ital­ian fare at La Grotta. For a ca­sual af­fair that’s lighter on the wal­let but not on taste, you can’t go wrong with a burger, fries and shake from Shake Shack or Gusto! Wood Fire Grill, which serves up fresh and health­ful food in a fast­ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment.

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Canali at The Shops Buck­head At­lanta

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