Savannah is such a beautiful city to visit. It seems that this port side town is constantly bustling with things to do and some restaurant is receiving notability for topping a “Must Eat At” food chart in a major publication. The last time I was in Savannah it was an overnight trip that was stopover before our final destination to St. Simons, so when the opportunity arose to spend a full three days there, I charged my camera battery up and started scoping out places to eat.
Savannah Travel Guide
Where to Eat
Collins Quarter: Hands down the best avocado toast you’ll ever have. This place accumulates a large line so make sure you get there early or be prepared to wait amongst the rest of Savannah’s tourists for a bite to eat. Lucky for you, Savannah is an open-container city, so you can pop in at the bar and order a Sake-Bloody Mary to go! These Aussie’s really know how to serve up a meal!
Proof & Provision inside of the Desoto Hotel: We have a P&P in Atlanta but sadly ours does not offer breakfast like this one! I was intrigued by their Southern takes on classic breakfast dishes and they had a variety of delicious things to nibble on like bruschetta with manchego cream.
Soho South Café: An eclectic eatery that’s open for all meals, this place had a hearty crowd for when we walked in on Sunday morning. They don’t take reservations so plan accordingly!
Gryphon: A tea room that got lost in 1950’s. The décor is incredible. The walls are stacked with books and the patrons were happily dining away at their little café tables. We will have to visit it next time we go.
The Grey: A bus depot turned hot-spot eatery, the star of this place is their cocktails, cocktail bar, and oyster menu! Each dish we ordered was in constant competition for “Who ordered the best dish”, as we passed our plates around. Make sure you make a reservation, they book up well in advance.
Cotton & Rye: A light-filled space with industrial décor, the food is next to nothing but delicious in execution and creativity!
The Atlantic: A new spot in town that we WILL be visiting on our next adventure there. The menu looks to be tapas based which means you get to try a variety of things and the interior is gorgeous with its vaulted industrial ceiling and powder blue accents.
1540 Room inside of the Desoto Hotel: This place is amazingly gorgeous. It has so much natural light, beautifully high ceilings, incredible Edison bulb chandeliers, and the food looked incredible. We ran out of time to eat here, but if a book’s cover is a good judge of its writing, this place is sure to impress!
Leopold’s Ice Cream: Call me basic, but they have THE BEST strawberry ice cream. I won’t wait in line for much, but that is one treat I’m willing to lock my knees out for. If trying to avoid the crowds, try to go during an off hour, like 11am or 3pm. Chances are there will still be a line, but not the hair pulling type I’ve endured in visit’s past.
Back in the Day Bakery: I wouldn’t say this is walkable if you are staying near the historic district, but the baked goods are worth the hoof if you are trying to stay calorie neutral during your visit!
Mirabelle Café: An Instagrammers dream- white marble tables, impressive chandelier, charming wallpaper throughout, coffee poured with hearts, and the most sinful butter smell that you’ll ever walk into. The liege waffles come in a variety of ways but I’ve never tasted one outside of the classic Nutella, strawberry and whipped cream combination.
Chocolat by Adam Turoni: With two locations in Savannah you’re going to have to make at least one stop- this place is very beautiful. The chocolates are expensive and almost too pretty to eat. I recommend grabbing one truffle to split just to say you did it.
The Artillery: Savannah is lucky to have operations that are just for drinking. The Artillery boasts a unique collection of antique drinks and tinctures to settle your spirits. They just have a couple of rules for you to follow listed on their menu, like put your phone down and talk to your companions!
Rocks on the Roof: Located at the top of the Bohemian Hotel, you must experience this bar at least once while you go to Savannah. It has a spectacular 360 view of the Savannah River as well as the streets on the other side. The cocktails are typical, but the view is worth it! Keep in mind you must get on the list downstairs to make it up. Try to aim for a sunset cocktail hour!
Things to do
Walking Tours: I’m a huge fan of walking tours. I’ve done one in Beaufort, SC and Charleston, SC so it only seemed fitting to do one in Savannah. We were on a bit of a time constraint so we did a self-indulged walking tour through the historic district and Forsyth Park. Follow the map below to see where we went! You’ll want to make a trek down Jones Street, that’s where the phrase “Keeping up with the Jones’s” came from! This self-guided walking tour will take you from Gordon street and end on Jones and weave past some of my favorite houses in the city.
Forsyth Park Farmers Market: Every Saturday rain or shine, Forsyth park has an immense farmers market. You can grab a coffee and a quick pastry while you’re there, or even find some sort of local edible treat to take home with you.
Ghost tours: Cheesy BUT if you’re in one of the most haunted cities in the United States, you might as well indulge a little! There are hearse themed ghost tours, pub crawl ghost tours, bikes/ walking/ Segway/ etc, whatever your preferred method of transportation, there is a ghost tour to satisfy your need.
Shopping: You’ll find plenty of places to unload the money you “accidentally” pulled out from the ATM pre-Savannah. The shops on Broughton Street are mid-high end with fun local places in-between. A favorite amongst tourists and locals alike is the Paris Market, known for having French themed trinkets for you bring home. They also have a café and a bakery inside in case you’re in need of provisions!
Where to Stay
The Desoto Hotel: I was incredibly surprised at the interior renovation of this hotel. Unfortunately, the original Desoto was torn down to make way for a more architecturally chic hotel when it was rebuilt, however, the Southerly group has committed to bringing this hotel back to its glory days! They found the original chandeliers tucked away on a second story mezzanine and have renovated the bathrooms with ceiling to floor marble. The event space on top has a lovely 360 view of the entire city, plus if you are lucky you can get a view of the St. Phillips Cathedral. If you’re not feeling like you want to chance that luck, request to have room 1201, that’s the one we stayed at which had that gorgeous shot of the church every morning!
If you have any questions or recommendations, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Hope this helps you plan your Savannah Adventure!