Shopping and dining in historic Norcross, Georgia

The historic city of Norcross in Georgia is a twenty-minute drive northeast of downtown Atlanta. The old town grew up along the railway and prospered in the period after the Civil War. Today, many old bricks in the city date back to the end of the 18th century. Once housed mercantils and stables for livery, they are now home to many shops and restaurants. Here are some of the best places to explore in Norcross.

Britain's Taste of 73 S Peachtree carries a wide selection of food, tea, gifts, porcelain and tatras from the British Isles. The owner is English and often buys trips back to the UK. Right next to it are good things and a garden, a great place to browse. This shop offers fun and moody accessories such as bird houses, tools, soaps and lotions. Anna Balkan Jewelry Gallery is located down the street at 51 S Peachtree. Here customers will find beautiful handmade jewelry. Many pieces of this kind have pearls and colored semi-precious stones.

For fashionable women's clothing and accessories, head to the 81 S Peachtree Boutique Store. Art lovers will enjoy Abby Gayle's at 74 N Cemetery Street. Shop carries original folk art and home accessories. Antique trades stores offer five traders under one roof. Customers will find antiques, furniture and accessories in this antique shop, 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, 7 Jones Street, boasts New York's best pizza pie. Appetizers, salads and classic Italian appetizers are also on offer.

The Norcross Station Café in the city center offers southern cooking in an old train station. Bleu House Café, located in Cemetery 108, offers soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Chicken croissant salad is a homemade specialty. Morning birds can have breakfast or lunch at 45 South Café on S Peachtree Street.

Zapata's 15 Jones Street serves deluxe Mexican cuisine. The Tequila Bar serves margaritas, cocktails and beer. Mojitos is a small bistro serving authentic Cuban cuisine. Specialties include roast pork, Palomillo steak and vieja oil. Mojitos is located at 35 S Peachtree.

Iron Horse Tavern on 29 Jones Street is a local pub. It serves traditional pub grub, such as shepherd's cake, bangers and mash, fish and chips, as well as hamburgers and sandwiches. Readers can enjoy a pint, listen to live music, watch TV or play darts. The pub is open until Friday and Saturday until 02:00.