As a flight attendant, I don't always have long layovers, but when I do I always try to explore and see something - especially if I've never been to the place before! Sure, I am guilty of locking my door and putting my "do not disturb" sign up on some of my layovers, but for the most part I try my hardest to see the world and try new things. I recently had an Atlanta layover and my co-worker took us to the Ponce City Market.
This time around, I was lucky to have a crew that wanted to get out of the hotel like I did. One of my crew mates has family in ATL, so she knew all the good things to do, see and eat. In Atlanta, there's never a shortage of food, but as someone who is gluten-free, I was worried at first that I wouldn't find anything I could eat... but I was totally wrong!
I had never heard of the Ponce City Market and wasn't quite sure what would be in store. The Ponce City Market is housed in an industrial-style repurposed building which was used by Sears, but is now home to shops, a food hall and even office buildings. You can find popular shops such as Anthropologie, J Crew, and Williams-Sonoma. But you can also check out the countless independent sellers and trendy boutiques.
What makes this place so cool is that it's very open concept and similar to a mall, but it has a history and a very relaxed Saturday Market atmosphere. They also have an open container policy, so you can buy an alcoholic drink and walk the shops while sipping away!
We started the day at Minero, a Mexican restaurant tucked into the Food Hall. I had two al pastor tacos and my friend had 1 chicken and 1 fish taco! The atmosphere was really fun and trendy, and the staff were all amazing!
After some great food, we ventured over to King of Pops. They sell alcoholic popsicles and slushes. I had a rosé slush and a lemonade slush and slurped away while we shopped. It was fun and certainly refreshing in the intense Atlanta heat!
A favorite store of mine was Citizen Supply which was a hipster's dream with cool furniture, art prints, bicycles and apparel. We had a total photoshoot!
If you're ever in Atlanta, be sure to put this place on your to-do list! It was must for my time in ATL and I will totally be going back.
What's your favorite place for an adventure?
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THE BLOGGER: EMMA CRANE
Emma is a part-time contributor at FashionablyFrank.com, bringing her love for travel and exploration. Since graduating college in 2013 and living in London, England for almost 1.5 years, she is now a flight attendant with a major airline. In her spare time, she enjoys embroidery + breakfast food.