Pursuitist recently embarked on a whirlwind visit to Buckhead, Atlanta’s renowned hub of luxury and elegance, and came away thoroughly impressed by the myriad of opulent experiences it has to offer. At the heart of this grandeur is the all-new Phipps Plaza, a stunning centerpiece that is not only visually gorgeous but also the epicenter of high-end leisure and lifestyle offerings. From the architecturally splendid facades to the meticulously curated experiences within, Phipps Plaza stands as a testament to luxury and style.
Nestled within this upscale milieu is the modern and sumptuously appointed Nobu Atlanta. This hotel not only sets a new benchmark in luxury accommodation but also offers an immersive experience into refined living. Its exquisite design, world-class amenities, and impeccable service make it a standout destination for the discerning traveler.
Here is our detailed summary of the best things to do and experiences to indulge in during a visit to Buckhead, with Phipps Plaza and Nobu Atlanta at its core:
1. A Gourmet Journey at Citizens Market, Phipps Plaza
Location: Phipps Plaza, 3480 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
- Umami Burger: Experience the depth of umami with their rich, savory burgers that redefine the fast-casual burger scene.
- Sam’s Crispy Chicken: Indulge in Southern-fried chicken delights, boasting hormone and antibiotic-free ingredients.
- Krispy Rice: A fusion of flavors and textures, offering an upscale sushi experience with dishes like Krispy Rice and chef-curated sushi combinations.
- Sa’Moto: Dive into Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Pan-Asian culinary masterpieces, a blend of Asian flavors and Japanese techniques.
Tips: Visit during off-peak hours to avoid crowds and fully savor the culinary diversity. Explore the indoor and outdoor seating for different ambiances.
2. Life Time Buckhead: The Ultimate Fitness and Work Destination
- Life Time Athletic Country Club: Features over 300 cardio and weight machines, 145+ weekly classes, and specialized studios for yoga, Pilates, and more.
- Life Time Work: A premium coworking space that merges professional and health-focused lifestyles.
Tips: Take advantage of trial memberships to experience the club’s facilities. For remote workers, Life Time Work offers a refreshing alternative to traditional office spaces.
3. Nobu Hotel Atlanta: A Fusion of Luxury and Gastronomy
- Nobu Restaurant: Savour Nobu‘s iconic dishes and local culinary creations. The private dining room and Sake Room offer exclusive, intimate settings.
- Bar and Lounge: Ideal for casual meetings or relaxing evenings, featuring Atlanta-exclusive cocktails alongside classic drinks.
Tips: Book a table in advance, especially for the private dining areas. Explore the cocktail menu for unique local flavors.
4. Porsche Experience Center: An Automotive Adventure *
- Driver Development Tracks: Test your skills on tracks designed to mimic various driving conditions.
- Heritage Gallery and Porsche Classic: Explore Porsche’s rich history and classic models.
- Personal Design Studio: Customize your own Porsche, a dream for car enthusiasts.
Tips: Reserve your track time and experiences in advance. Even non-drivers can enjoy the gallery and café, making it a comprehensive visit. * Not in Buckhead – but it’s a quick 20 min drive away
5. Phipps Plaza: A Destination for High-End Shopping and Leisure
Shopping and Entertainment:
- Luxury Brands: From Gucci to Louis Vuitton, indulge in high-end shopping.
- Dining and Entertainment: Choose from award-winning restaurants and catch a movie at AMC Theatre.
Tips: Plan your visit to include both shopping and dining. The plaza’s layout is perfect for a full day’s exploration of luxury and leisure.
Buckhead, with Phipps Plaza at its center, presents a world of luxury that is both diverse and captivating. Whether it’s indulging in gourmet dining, unwinding in opulent accommodations, seeking thrills at the Porsche track, or reveling in high-end shopping, this destination offers an array of experiences that cater to the most discerning of luxury aficionados.
Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. Named a "Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger” by USA Today, Parr has also been selected as the official winner in Luxury Lifestyle Awards’ 2023 list of the “Top 50 Best Luxury Influencers and Bloggers in the World.”