Just a five-minute drive from Tech is the Ponce City Market, a vast combination of restaurants, shops, office space and apartments located in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building across the street from the Old Fourth Ward Park.
Upon arrival, visitors will be charged $ 2 an hour for parking, which is common in the Atlanta area although the parking lot was only half full. On the bright side, the first $ 1 goes to Atlanta Beltline, a concept first presented in a thesis by former tech student Rayan Gravel.
Once out of the parking lot, it’s impossible not to notice the beauty of the renovated Sears, Roebuck & Co. building. Ponce City Market is truly a pretty remarkable environment for eating or shopping. Built in 1926, the building offers a certain nostalgia to anyone who loves architecture.
Arrived late for dinner, most of the stores were closed; However, it was evident that there was a huge choice of stores and visitors could find most of what they wanted. In fact, the market is so big that it takes several minutes to get to Central Food Hall which is billed as “similar to the legendary food hall at Chelsea Market in Manhattan,” which the developers of Ponce City Market also own. The best way to describe the food court is to say it was like a hip, urban food court.
Trying to find a place to eat that would provide a full stomach and a full wallet was about as difficult as trying to schedule Fridays as a freshman. After spending 20 minutes looking at menus at different restaurants and seeing $ 40 steaks and $ 6 beers, El Super Pan, a Latin-inspired sandwich restaurant from Atlanta chef Hector Santiago, seemed to be in. the price range of a typical college student while offering some solid food. Substantial in quality and quantity, the Cuban sandwich is a great choice for around $ 12.
While most restaurants were pricey for those on a budget, the market deserves to be commended for its diverse selection. Also, most restaurants had a decent size selection at the bar.
For consumers who are willing to spend the money, the market is a good place to go for an afternoon. It offers high quality food, lots of choice and an interesting environment with tons of stores for shopping. If he’s strapped for cash, a savvy consumer will find that the market is still a great experience.