The historic town of Norcross, Georgia is a twenty minute drive northeast of downtown Atlanta. The old town grew up along a railroad line and prospered in the post Civil War era. Today a number of the town’s old brick buildings date back to the late 1800s. They once housed mercantiles and livery stables but are now home to a variety of shops and restaurants. Here are some of the best places to explore in Norcross.

A Taste of Britain, at 73 S Peachtree Street, carries a wide selection of food, tea, gifts, china, and tartans from the British Isles. The owner is English and makes frequent buying trips back to the UK. Right next door is Good Things Home and Garden, a wonderful place to browse. This shop offers fun and whimsical accessories such as bird houses, tools, soaps, and lotions. Anna Balkan Jewelry Gallery is located down the street at 51 S Peachtree Street. Here shoppers will find beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Many one-of-a-kind pieces have pearls and colorful semi-precious gemstones.

For trendy women’s clothing and accessories, head to Dress Up Boutique at 81 S Peachtree. Art lovers will enjoy Abby Gayle’s, at 74 N Cemetery Street. The shop carries original folk art and home furnishings. The Shops of Antique Traditions offers five merchants under one roof. Shoppers will find antiques, furniture, and accessories at this antique mall, located at 109 S Peachtree.

Downtown Norcross has plenty of good options for lunch or dinner. Dominick’s, at 95 S Peachtree, serves authentic Italian cuisine in generous portions. Paizano’s, at 7 Jones Street, boasts Atlanta’s best New York pizza pie. The menu also features appetizers, salads, and classic Italian entrees.

Norcross Station Café in the center of downtown serves Southern cooking in the old train depot. Bleu House Café, at 108 Cemetery Street, offers soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. The chicken salad croissant is a house specialty. Early birds can grab breakfast or lunch at 45 South Café on S Peachtree Street.

Zapata, at 15 Jones Street, serves upscale Mexican cuisine. Their Tequila Bar serves margaritas, cocktails, and beer. Mojitos is a little bistro serving authentic Cuban cuisine. Specialties include roast pork, Palomillo steak, and ropa vieja. Mojitos is located at 35 S Peachtree.

Iron Horse Tavern, at 29 Jones Street, is a local pub. They serve traditional pub grub like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Patrons can enjoy a pint, listen to live music, watch TV, or play darts. The pub is open until 2am on Friday and Saturday.