I 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:
- While it can be tricky to find a spot, parking is free. This luxury is becoming less and less common in Atlanta.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Restaurants, Food Court, Gu's Dumplings, Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market