If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug but don’t have the vacation time readily available to go globe-trotting for weeks at a time, you can satisfy your curiosities closer to home with a visit to Alpharetta, Georgia.
From internationally infused and inspired cuisine to events that feel truly abroad, this Peach State city has global appeal! Here are just a few ways you can go international while you’re here in Alpharetta:
Discover Amore at Vinny’s On Windward
Italy is practically synonymous with romance, so Italian cuisine is a natural fit for a date night. At Vinny’s On Windward, you’ll find all the bold decadence of Italian suppertime staples without having to get your passport stamped! From beef carpaccio to grilled octopus, gorgeous antipasto options, handmade veal and cremini mushroom tortellini or house-made bucatini puttanesca, and an unforgettable tiramisu, Vinny’s on Windward makes food a love language.
Escape to Europe in a Bottle of Wine at Fermented
At Fermented, you’ll find varietals of vino from light, bright French Rose to big, bold Spanish Tempranillo and every sweet German Riesling in between. With tastings every Friday and Saturday and fun, 30-minute learning sessions offered every Tuesday and Thursday, this wine boutique’s knowledgeable staff will not only help you discover your new favorite, they’ll give you enough backstory and cool facts that you’ll feel like you visited the vineyard yourself!
Get A Taste of India in Downtown Alpharetta
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Alpharetta, Botiwalla serves as a love letter to the grilled meats, fresh herbs, and flat breads of the Far East. Inspired by the charmingly idiosyncratic Irani cafes of India, this kitschy, colorful space is the perfect spot for experiencing the vibrant spices for which Indian cuisine is best known. North Indian Charcoal Grills (called “sigris”) are used to fire up the flavors of favorites like chicken tikka rolls wrapped in hot-buttered naan and juicy Botiwalla lamb burgers boasting cumin, ginger, chilies, and mint. For lighter, shareable bites, check out Botiwalla’s ultra-selection of finger foods (known as “chaat”)—the SPDP: puffed flour crisps stuffed with potatoes, onions, cilantro, sweet yogurt, green and tamarind chutney, is not to be missed.
Take Your Late-Night Appetite on a Worldwide Journey
Shade Street Food + Bar on Broad Street serves up global gastronomic magic, sick beats from a house DJ, and craft cocktails—all until 2am. Treat your taste buds to late night grub inspired by Ireland (a massive burger topped with sweet and sour cabbage then doused in beer cheese), Egypt (all-day braised oxtail topped with spicy tomato relish and served over golden African couscous), Jolly Old England (stout beer-battered fish and chips), and a host of other countries. Annnd you’ll just be a short Uber ride back to your hotel so no international airfare necessary!
Go Global with Alpharetta’s Open-Air Markets
From Corsica to Munich, North Africa to Barcelona, bustling outdoor markets with their chatty vendors hawking goods like handmade trinkets, pungent goat cheeses, briny black olives, creamy pâtés studded with pistachios, crusty baked bread, and so much more. The magic of a market is its swelling energy and personality. Fortunately, you need not make your way to some foreign land for this effervescent shopping experience.
From now until the end of October, each Saturday in downtown the Alpharetta Farmer’s Market features rows upon rows of tents teeming with local produce grown from surrounding fields. Reminiscent of the colorful, aromatic vibes you might find at a farmer’s market in Germany or Amsterdam, the Alpharetta Farmers Market boasts juicy strawberries, plump tomatoes, zesty spreads and salsas, and glimmering local golden honey.
For a deeper dive into the wonder of an open-air market, be sure to put Alpharetta’s beloved European Market on your radar. On September 21 and 22, Milton Avenue transforms into a distinct boutique shopping experience echoing the eclectic ensemble of vintage home décor, furniture, art, and jewelry one might find in The City of Lights.
Another intercontinental treat available right here in Alpharetta is the Atlanta International Night Market, a glowing celebration of diversity happening October 4-6 at North Point Mall. Common in Asian cities like Hong Kong, Taipei, and Bangkok, night markets are evening open-air bazaars that allow guests to taste, see, and experience all the local culture has to offer. For Alpharetta’s version of the Atlanta International Night Market, this concept expands to a massive scale with over 75 countries and cultures represented through cuisine, live performances, art, and collectibles on that Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 12 am and on Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm.
No matter if you fancy yourself a Francophile, aspire to be an expat, or you simply want to try something brand new to you, Alpharetta offers superbly sundry cuisine and culture within each of its unique neighborhoods. For comfy accommodations to return to after hours of wide-eyed wandering, click here today.