Ponce City Market stands prominently in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, linked directly to the Atlanta BeltLine, and currently houses artisanal eats, regionally curated retailers and specialty community spaces.
The artisanal eateries, upscale retail shops and rooftop experience – with a modern twist on amusement parks of old – will win you over to this unforgettable neighborhood attraction.
At the heart of Ponce City Market, the Central Food Hall combines a curated selection of internationally inspired restaurants and Atlanta-based purveyors — Photo courtesy of Ponce City Market
In 1926, Sears Roebuck constructed the building that now houses Ponce City Market, holding the moniker of "largest brick building in the Southeast United States." For decades, the department store and regional distribution center served as a center of commerce for Atlanta, flanked by freight and trolley lines and the Atlanta Crackers baseball field.
Sears shuttered in 1979, and after a short stint as a warehouse, the building sat closed until 2014, when Ponce City Market’s first adopters set up shop.
The redevelopment focused on preserving the building's historic character, environmental sustainability and its connection with the community. Ponce City Market also reflects the authenticity of the historic structure and the surrounding neighborhoods, returning the building to its prominence as a thriving landmark in the Southeast.
Recycling and sustainability are at the core of Ponce City Market’s redevelopment. For example, all the windows feature the original glass panes of the historic building, fully restored to create a tight envelope that helps minimize heating and cooling costs.
The property also offers more than 400 bike parking spaces, as well as EV charging stations and reserved parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
The first two levels of Ponce City Market introduce national retailers, local businesses, chef-driven restaurant concepts and a Central Food Hall that highlights Atlanta restaurateurs and regional foods.
Restaurant selections include James Beard Award-winning chef-owner Anne Quatrano’s Dub’s Fish Camp, featuring a raw shell counter, housemade sandwiches and steamed fish bowls.
Spiller Park Coffee is the latest concept from James Beard Award-winning chef and Georgia restaurateur Hugh Acheson and Dale Donchey.
The first of its kind in the U.S., Biltong Bar comes to Ponce City Market from restaurateur Justin Anthony, owner of South African-inspired concepts 10 Degrees South and Yebo. Biltong Bar will feature organic, all-natural beef jerky and other specialty jerky meats.
This is only a sampling of the 14-plus restaurants featured.
Retail shops now open include Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, The Suzuki School, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Mountain High Outfitters, Anthropologie and 15 or so additional storefronts.
Skyline Park at Ponce City Market — Photo courtesy of Skyline Park
The most exciting new addition is Skyline Park, which offers a nostalgic experience: a carnival atmosphere inspired by the boardwalks and amusement parks of the early 20th century.
Visitors to Skyline Park can travel to the top of the old Sears building in an open cab via the building’s original freight elevator. Once up, they have the option to visit a full-service restaurant, grab a drink at the bar, play a round of miniature golf, try their luck at old-timey, boardwalk-style games or take a spin on the amusement offerings – all with vistas and Atlanta’s signature buildings forming an inspiring backdrop.
The effort put into creating this community space in an historic Atlanta landmark, while preserving its former bones and focusing on sustainability, is good proof that Atlanta is evolving into a city that embraces the best of its past while also looking forward to a booming future.