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Sweet Auburn Curb Market: A look at one of the oldest food markets in Atlanta

As many years as I’ve lived in Atlanta, I’m always surprised to discover new destinations in the city that I’ve never been. One such destination is the Sweet Auburn Curb Market located downtown.

 

 

Founded in 1923 the Sweet Auburn Curb Market offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood. Need pigs ears, frogs legs, or oxtail? They got you covered. In addition, there are several small cafes that operate out of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm. However, hours for cafes may vary, so be sure to check with individual cafes before heading down there.

For a true taste of the South, we visited Metro Deli Soul Food. With favorites like collard greens, mac n cheese, sweet potato casserole, and meatloaf, there’s certainly something for everyone here.

Next up was Miss D’s New Orleans Pralines. Miss D was there herself to give us a little background of how she got started. She shared with us she came to Atlanta after Katrina struck New Orleans and started fresh making her goods here. She makes New Orleans Pralines from fresh Georgia pecans, as well as making candied apples and flavored popcorn. From the looks of it, she does quite the business too!

A visit to the Market, wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Sweet Auburn Bakery. They feature cupcakes, tarts, danishes, brownies, muffins and of course cheesecake! We were able to sample the Sweet Potato Cheesecake and it was delightful!

Our last stop was at Cafe Campesino . All of their coffee is Fair Trade organic, which means the workers in the countries that supply the coffee beans get a fair wage for the work they do. They also treated us to some delicious scones to enjoy while we sipped on our coffee. They open early (7am) on weekdays and have their own entrance for guests to pop in before the market officially opens at 8 am.

I left completely stuffed full of yummy treats. Our tour lasted about three hours. Each vendor was prepared to greet us and serve up our food when we got to their space at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

 

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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