Insider’s Guide to Downtown Alpharetta

In Events & Entertainment, Food + Drink, Shopping
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Whether you’re shopping, dining, playing or staying, Downtown Alpharetta is an awesome place to visit for the day or over a long weekend. The downtown area combines the best of small-town, Southern charm with high-end shopping, upscale dining and an abundance of fun! We’ve rounded up our best insider tips on how to soak up every minute on your next excursion to Downtown Alpharetta.

Stroll and Shop the Newest Styles

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Part of Downtown Alpharetta’s lovely charm comes from the fact that it is conveniently walkable. With easily accessible (and FREE!) parking available in multiple locations, you can park and then peruse through the abundance of more than 25 shops and boutiques. From amazing accessories and dresses to shoes and more, find new closet favorites without breaking the bank at Dress Up Boutique. Your friends will be envious when you look fabulous in a new outfit from Moops, featuring French shabby chic apparel and accessories. Curate a new look for your dining room at La Bella Maison or The Red Hound Gifts, where you can find exclusive entertaining essentials to wow your guests. Savor a scoop of ice cream at Kilwins to cool off on a warm day and stroll over to Mountain High Outfitters to find all of your outdoor adventure essentials.

Insider Tip: Downtown Alpharetta is a sip and stroll area of town, where you can enjoy a frosé from Chiringa, a crisp beer from Jekyll Brewing Downtown, or a classic cocktail from Taffer’s Tavern while you stroll through the city and discover your favorite shops!

Only in Alpharetta Eats to Amaze

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Take a notepad with you and get ready to write home about the best food you’ve ever tasted. With more than 30 extraordinary dining options, Downtown Alpharetta is home to dishes packed with flavor.

For the best breakfasts and brunches, check out The Southern Porch and order their Chicken and Waffle paired with a pineapple mimosa. Opt for The Nest Café to find an array of curated coffee beverages and their Fresh Garden Croissant Sandwich with scrambled eggs, melty provolone cheese, and garden-fresh tomatoes.

Enjoy lunch at Central City Tavern – try their CCT Steak & Chorizo sandwich, packed with flavor from the steak, chorizo, ham, avocado, jalapenos, green peppers and chihuahua cheese. Pick the Honey Sriracha Shrimp Bowl for a lighter option. Visit South Main Kitchen for their tasty take on a Flatbread or select a seaside flavor with the Mussels and Frites featuring Bang’s Island Mussels. Drop by The Savory Gourmet Market for spectacular sandwiches like the Roasted Chicken Caprese.

Insider Tip: Purchase a few of your favorite items from the market shop, such as sauces, pastas, meats, cheeses, olives, figs, breads and more to spice up your at-home meals!

Try a twist on Southern cuisine with the Gluten-Free Fried Chicken at Citizen Soul or find your favorite small plates at Restaurant Holmes. Dine al fresco at Minnie Olivia Pizzeria for pizza made with the freshest ingredients and enjoy a glass of white vino on their patio. Witness dishes come to life from start to finish at Rena’s Italian Fishery and Grill, where guests can watch as chefs create unforgettable grilled meat and seafood plates – the Grouper topped with a lemon white wine sauce is a crowd favorite.

Appreciate Art and History

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In addition to the various works of art scattered throughout the city and historical markers detailing local history for visitors to enjoy, Downtown Alpharetta is home to a vibrant arts community and a robust history.

Make the most of your visit by checking out the Alpharetta Arts Center, where rotating exhibits often feature pieces that guests can purchase to enjoy at home. See what a working studio and art gallery looks like at The Treehouse at Sis & Moon’s where guests might catch one of the 15+ resident artists creating a new masterpiece. Meander through Brooke Street Park to enjoy unique works of art like The Visitor, an adorable bear statue who welcomes visitors to the city in various languages, or check out the Alpharetta Arts Walking Tour to enjoy all of the pieces placed throughout the downtown area.

Round out your downtown excursion with a stop at the Alpharetta and Old Milton County History Museum to learn how Alpharetta started from humble beginnings and developed into the modern and magnificent mecca for shopping, dining and events that it is today!

Don’t-Miss Events

Make the most of your Downtown Alpharetta adventure by attending one or more of the city’s awesome events. Find fresh fruit, flowers, produce and more at the Alpharetta Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. through November 27. Make your art experience even better when you check out the Alpharetta Art in the Park at Brooke Street Park happening on May 22-23, June 26-27, July 24-25, August 28-29 and September 25-26. Make sure to check back often for a complete listing of Alpharetta’s Don’t Miss Events.

Insider Tip: Enjoy live music throughout the year across Downtown through Alpharetta Music City – Music Match Ups, which pairs live music acts up with restaurants and venues across the city. Check back often for updates on musical acts and where to find them!

Plan out your next visit to Downtown Alpharetta with our shopping and dining map.

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