Krog Street Market

My Favorite Things about Krog Street Market

Fresh Factor 10I have always loved Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward for its historic, laid-back charm. With the addition of Krog Street Market, it’s only gotten better. While the market is a bit of a destination, it’s just small and quirky enough to fit into the neighborhood and add to its charm versus detract from it.

A modern-day food court with tons of artisan fare, there’s lots to admire about Krog Street Market. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. While it can be tricky to find a spot, parking is free. This luxury is becoming less and less common in Atlanta.
  2. There is plenty of food to choose from, but the market is still small enough to walk around it a few times before making a selection. I like choices, but too many can be overwhelming.
  3. Since the closing of the beloved Gu’s Bistro on Buford Highway, this is now the only place to experience the ultra-satisfying Gu’s Dumplings (and other limited selections from the former restaurant’s menu).
  4. It’s not just all about eating. There’s drinking too! Perhaps the coolest thing about the market is Hop City, where you can find a mind-blowing selection of craft beers. Since you are able to buy them by the single bottle, I made an awesome variety pack for my husband one Valentine’s Day (in addition to snagging a few interesting brews for myself). You can also drink these beers as you walk around the market. And they have a bar where you can order by the glass if you want to be more sophisticated!
  5. If you’re not up for alcohol, you can get a mean smoothie at Nature’s Garden Express. I got a banana chai smoothie there that was to die for. It was the perfect dessert after slamming a bowl of Gu’s Dumplings.
  6. If your thirst is still not quenched, then prepare to be wowed. In addition to a fountain of free water, there’s also a fountain serving up free sparkling water!!! I love this so much I can’t stand it.

Besides the dumplings, I have also tried a pulled pork sandwich from Grand Champion BBQ, which was delicious. My husband got a lamb kebab sandwich from the Middle Eastern food stall, Yalla, and enjoyed that as well.

In addition to the food stalls, there are also a few shops selling flowers, chocolates and other fun items. There are a few sitdown restaurants too if you’re looking for something a little more fancy, including Ford Fry’s Superica.

How does this all compare to the newer Ponce City Market also in downtown Atlanta, you ask? To be fair, I have been to Krog Street Market twice, and Ponce City Market only once. However, so far Krog is my winner. Ponce is much larger and more commercial with a lot more retail stores. You also have to pay an exorbitant amount of money to park there. I will definitely be checking it out again, but so far Krog has my heart.

Here’s some pics to give you a better feel for Krog!

The Little Tart Bake Shop

The Little Tart Bake Shop

Grand Champion BBQ

Grand Champion BBQ

Superica

Superica

Yalla

Yalla

Gu's Dumplings

Gu’s Dumplings

Gu's Zhong Style Dumplings

Gu’s Zhong Style Dumplings

Krog Street Market

Krog Street Market

Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

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